2021-2022 COVID-19 Resources

Daily updates will identify confirmed cases by school site to assist families in monitoring the overall health of our school community to assist in family decisions regarding mitigation measures.

Active Positive COVID-19 Cases Reported in a Rolling 10-Day Period
Updates made each weekday by 3:30 p.m.

Know the 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.

COVID-19 Mitigation & Prevention Plan

School Protocols:

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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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To reduce the spread of infection, students and staff are asked to be diligent about staying home when they have signs of any infectious illness and should consult their healthcare provider for testing and care.

Students who are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 in school will be sent home. Students must have improved symptoms and be fever-free for 24 hours before returning to school.

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Holy Family strongly recommends testing for students and staff members who have symptoms of COVID-19. Holy Family will partner with local public health officials to provide at-home test kits as supplies last. Individuals may also choose to be tested by their primary healthcare provider or another local testing site.

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Those testing positive for COVID-19 must stay home from school for 10 days following the onset of symptoms OR 10 days after positive test (if no symptoms). They may return to school following the 10-day isolation only when fever-free for 24 hours with improved symptoms.

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Holy Family will offer a virtual learning option for Pre-K–6 students, who are ineligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. Virtual learning will be reserved for students who are isolating due to a positive COVID-19 case or choosing to self-quarantine due to a close-contact. Families in this circumstance should contact the school to make arrangements.

K–6 families wishing to make long-term virtual learning arrangements for a student with specific, documented, health concerns should contact their school principal to make arrangements. A request from the child’s primary healthcare provider must be provided to the school nurse to be considered a candidate for long-term virtual learning.

Long-term virtual learning will not be available for Early Childhood programming.

In accordance with IDPH guidance, Holy Family will not require students to quarantine following an exposure, though will support a family’s decision to do so.  

As Holy Family learns of positive COVID cases within the school community, the information will be posted on the system-wide COVID-19 dashboard by 3:30 p.m. each day. Parents will be notified via email or phone call if their child has been in close contact with a positive case at school. 

If a student or staff member has been exposed to COVID-19, they are advised to monitor closely for symptoms.

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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 12 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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Holy Family will reduce additional exposures to the school environment by minimizing visitor access to our elementary sites during the school day. This includes volunteers, college students, parents and family members. School Masses will continue to be held without guests until further notice. 

Parents and guardians may visit the school office as needed to address student and school-related matters.

As recommended by the CDC, Holy Family will work to maintain three feet of distance between students in the school setting whenever possible.

Lunchroom seating will be spread out and staggered to allow for three-foot distancing.

Large group gatherings will be minimized when possible. K-6 students arriving before the school day begins will remain outdoors when weather permits. During inclement weather, students will report directly to the classroom or may come indoors to wait if space allows for appropriate distancing.

Holy Family will leverage outdoor learning spaces as often as possible while weather permits.

School Masses will follow a grade-level rotation schedule determined by the capacity of the church or place of worship, allowing for physical distancing of three feet among the students and staff in attendance.

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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.