2021-2022 COVID-19 Resources

Based on the current status of COVID-19 in the community, Holy Family has currently discontinued updating its COVID-19 Dashboard. We are prepared to resume updating should a change in conditions occur in the future.

 

Did You Know? Every home in the U.S. is eligible to order three sets of at-home COVID-⁠19 tests totaling 16 tests per household. The tests are completely free. Orders will usually ship in 7-12 days.

Visit: www.covidtests.gov

COVID-19 Symptoms

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Anyone can have mild to severe symptoms. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
This list does not include all possible symptoms. Visit the CDC website for an up-to-date listing of common COVID-19 symptoms.

When to Stay Home

  • Students and staff should stay home when they have any signs or symptoms of COVID-19 or any contractable illness.
  • Those being tested for COVID-19 must stay home until they receive their test results.
  • Those who have had a household contact to a case of COVID-19 and are unvaccinated, in accordance with quarantine guidance listed below.

Everyone who tests positive for COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status, must:

  • Stay home for five days.
  • If you have no symptoms or your symptoms are resolving after five days, you can leave your house. If you have a fever, continue to stay home until you are fever-free for 24-hours (without the use of fever-reducing medication).
  • Continue to wear a mask around others for five additional days or isolate for the full 10-day period.

COVID-19 Protocols:

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Holy Family strongly recommends testing for students and staff members who have symptoms of COVID-19. Individuals may also choose to be tested by their primary healthcare provider or another local testing site.

Those who have been tested for COVID-19 must stay home while awaiting their test results.

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Did You Know? Every home in the U.S. is eligible to order #4 free at-⁠home COVID-⁠19 tests. The tests are completely free. Orders will usually ship in 7-12 days.

Visit: www.covidtests.gov

Fully Vaccinated: All students and staff who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 DO NOT need to quarantine if exposed to an individual who tests positive for COVID-19, unless they begin to experience COVID-19 symptoms. Individuals should continue to monitor for symptoms and contact their healthcare provider if symptoms develop.

Unvaccinated: Unvaccinated household contacts to a positive COVID-19 case should self-quarantine for 5 days from the last exposure and can return to school after 5 days if they wear a mask for an additional 5 days and remain asymptomatic.

Unvaccinated non-household close contacts should continue to monitor for symptoms for 10 days following the last exposure. The decision to quarantine will be at parent/guardian discretion.

Previous Positives: An individual who has had COVID-19 within the previous three months, has recovered, and remains asymptomatic, does not need to quarantine if they are a close contact to a positive case.

Any individual who tests positive for COVID-19 should follow the appropriate isolation protocol for positive cases.

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Everyone who tests positive for COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status, should:

  • Stay home for five days.
  • If you have no symptoms or your symptoms are resolving after five days, you can leave your house. If you have a fever, continue to stay home until you are fever-free for 24-hours (without the use of fever-reducing medication).
  • Continue to wear a mask around others for five additional days or isolate for the full 10-day period.

Those who have been tested for COVID-19 must stay home while awaiting their test results.

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The CDC and Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) encourage all eligible Iowans to receive the COVID-19 vaccine as the most effective approach to preventing the spread of illness.

All Iowans age 5 and older are now eligible for vaccinations.  To find vaccine locations, visit Dubuque County's vaccine information site: dubuquecounty.org/sleevesup.

Holy Family does not require staff or students to be vaccinated, though we join Archbishop Jackels and his brother Bishops of Iowa in strongly encouraging all those eligible to give the vaccine their full consideration. 

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Iowa law prevents schools from requiring face coverings for all teachers, staff, students, and visitors. However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Association of Pediatrics (AAP), and the Holy Family Medical Advisory Task Force recommend universal indoor masking in K-12 schools, regardless of vaccination status.

Holy Family strongly encourages all families to consider this effective mitigation strategy to support the health of our students as we face rising COVID-19 case rates in our community.

Parents should discuss with their child(ren) their family’s decision and the importance of respecting the face-covering decisions of others. Holy Family will also reinforce this message with our students.

Face coverings may be required at school masses held in a church building at the discretion of the pastor and following local parish practices.

From Dubuque Community School District Transportation: For students riding school buses, masks will be required on board in accordance with an official CDC Order requiring masks on all public transportation, including school buses.

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As of Jan. 31, 2022, teachers will no longer be asked to facilitate virtual access to the classroom. As with all childhood illnesses and needs, teachers will work with their students and families to accommodate absences as necessary. 

As of Jan. 31, 2022, parents and grandparents will be invited to fully participate in school Mass with their loved ones. Click here for our school Mass schedules.

Volunteers and local college students will be permitted to re-engage classroom partnerships.

Handwashing is a proven prevention strategy and one of many important layers of protection for students.

Holy Family will utilize reminders and scheduling to promote consistent hand washing throughout the school day.  Hand sanitizer will continue to be available throughout the school building.

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Cleaning and disinfection are important layers of prevention to keep our schools safe.

Holy Family will continue cleaning and disinfection efforts throughout the school day including increased cleaning of restrooms, frequently touched surfaces and eating areas.

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Water fountains and bottle fillers will be regularly cleaned, disinfected and available for student use.  Students are still encouraged to bring their own water bottles to reduce the spread of illness.

The CDC suggests localities should monitor community transmission, vaccination coverage, screening testing, and occurrence of outbreaks to guide decisions on the level of layered prevention strategies.

Holy Family Board of Education will continue to assess guidance from the Dubuque County Public Health, IDPH, CDC, the Department of Education and the Archdiocesan Office of Catholic Schools and the Holy Family Medical Advisory Task Force.

Following IDPH guidance, Holy Family tracks all student illnesses (Influenza, COVID-19, Norovirus, etc) on a daily basis.  If more than 10% of our students are absent due to illness, Holy Family will communicate this information with the school community and IDPH.

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Additional Resources

Isolation vs. Quarantine 

When does each apply?

Isolation and quarantine help protect the public by preventing exposure to people who have or may have a contagious disease. Source: CDC

Self-Isolation

Required for Positive Cases

Isolation separates sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick. People who are in isolation should stay home until it’s safe for them to be around others. In the home, anyone sick or infected should separate themselves from others by staying in a specific “sick room” or area and using a separate bathroom (if available).

Self-Quarantine

Parental Discretion

Quarantine separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick. People in quarantine should stay home, separate themselves from others, monitor their health, and follow directions from their state or local health department.