SHS COVID Protocols Update – October 28, 2021

October 28, 2021

Dear Sacred Heart Staff and Families:

Sacred Heart School has been closely monitoring the impact COVID-19 has had on our school community since the beginning of the 2021-2022 school year.
This includes closely following the positive cases, but any quarantines that lead to a COVID related absence.

Following a high number of COVID related absences in the first month of school (August and September), we have seen a significantly lower number during
the month of October.  The chart below shows the number of COVID related absences this year, compared to last year.  In addition to seeing a decrease in
cases/quarantines within Sacred Heart School, Pettis County has also had a steady decline in cases.  This information leads us to believe that we can lift some
mitigation protocols we have in place.

COVID Related Absences

AUG/SEP

OCT

2020-2021 School Year

82

412

2021-2022 School Year

104

5

Effective Monday, November 1st, masks will no longer be required within the school setting for students and staff in instances when social distancing cannot be maintained:

-Masks will be encouraged rather than required, particularly for those who are not vaccinated;

-Masks will still be required when utilizing school transportation, as this is a federal order issued by the CDC;

-No one will be prohibited from wearing a mask;

-For the current time, Masks will be required during All School Masses, and any other event where there is no ability for students to spread out;

-The other key priorities of the COVID reenter plan are still critically important and will be enforced:  students and staff should maintain social distance whenever
possible, wash hands frequently, and stay home when sick.

Sacred Heart School will continue to constantly monitor the number of positive cases occurring within the school environment.  This will allow us to watch closely
for any emerging trends and make realtime changes to mitigation protocols.

Thank you for your continued commitment to our COVID reentry protocols and your support and prayers to keep our school open and our staff and students safe.

God Bless,

Mrs. Martin