Covid-19 Updates

COVID Two-Hour Delay Schedule

A Message from the President

December 4, 2020

Dear East Catholic Family,

It was good to see our students back in the hallways and classrooms following Thanksgiving break! We are closely monitoring those who traveled and those who may have been exposed to positive cases. Quarantining, getting tested, and erring on the side of caution continues to serve us well. Please always remember, if you have symptoms, especially a fever, please stay home and seek medical advice. Also, if a student has been tested and is awaiting a result, please keep her/him home until you receive the test results. If feeling up to it, students can certainly go to remote learning when home. Remote learning is always an option, especially for health and safety reasons.

Please understand that an administrator will notify you directly if your son or daughter has been in close contact and must follow protocols. We will also update the entire East Catholic family on a regular basis with positive case counts, etc. Our threshold for shutting the school down depends primarily on teacher coverage. If we have a critical mass of teachers quarantining, we may not be able to responsibly monitor all classes. Obviously, should the governor shut down the state, we would also comply.

Please see the adjusted schedule below for the upcoming weeks:

  • December 7–11 - In-Person Green
  • December 14–18 - In-Person Green
  • December 21–23 - Fully Remote Orange (half-day on December 23) and Offices Open from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • December 24 – January 3 - Winter Break
  • December 24–27 - School Offices Closed
  • December 28–30 - School Offices Open from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • December 31 – January 3 - School Offices Closed
  • January 4 - Classes Resume Green

We were blessed by an opportunity to talk with medical professionals from our East Catholic family last week to get their input on our health and safety protocols. Additionally, we were fortunate to have a Zoom meeting with Dr. Walter “Chip” Trymbulak ‘85, P’14, P’17, P’21, with our faculty and staff on December 2. With their guidance, we share with you our updated protocols on a number of fronts:

Positive Cases:

If a student tests positive for COVID:

  • The student will quarantine for at least 10 days from date of positive test.
  • Students who have COVID symptoms must be fever free for 72 hours to return to school.
  • Students with positive tests and/or COVID symptoms should see their physician.
  • Please provide test results to Diane DeCarlo, our school nurse.

For those in contact with a positive case:

Through contact tracing, any student or faculty/staff member within six feet for 15 minutes or more, with or without a mask, will:

  • Be quarantined for 10 days from last point of contact with a negative PCR - COVID test (non-rapid). The test should be administered five days after point of contact.
  • Share written results of the test with Diane DeCarlo, our school nurse.

If a student lives in a household with someone who has tested positive for COVID:

  • Be quarantined for at least 14 days from a positive test.
  • Highly recommended to get a PCR - COVID test (non-rapid). The test should be administered five days after point of contact.
  • Share written results of the test with Diane DeCarlo, our school nurse.

Travel:

If a student or faculty/staff member travels to a “red” state (designated by the state of CT):

  • If you have traveled to any state other than NY, NJ, RI, or HI (these may change so please check the website), you must provide a negative PCR - COVID test (non-rapid) to Mrs. DeCarlo prior to returning to school.
  • You can bring test results to school if you wish.
  • You can have the test done in another state within 72 hours of your return to CT or after you return to CT.

If a student travels to a country the CDC has designated Level 3 or 4:

  • You must provide a negative PCR - COVID test (non-rapid) to Mrs. DeCarlo prior to returning to school.
  • You can bring test results to school if you wish.
  • You can have the test done after you return to CT.

Masks:

  • All students, faculty, staff, parents, etc. are to wear a mask when on campus.
  • Please remember that the main purpose of masks is to protect others from us.
  • Medical professionals recommend a surgical mask (usually light blue).
  • You may wear a cloth mask over the surgical mask.
  • N-95 masks are not necessary.
  • We will not allow bandanas and/or gaiters.

We are incredibly thankful to Dr. Chip Trymbulak and his wife, Dr. Helen Trymbulak, for their guidance during the heightening of this pandemic. As always, we are focused first and foremost on the health and safety of our East Catholic family. Please be in touch with any questions or concerns.

Stay safe, be well, and God bless.

Sean P. Brennan '85

Sean P. Brennan ‘85
President