COVID-19

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

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 at least 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.
Visit the CDC website for an up-to-date listing of common COVID-19 symptoms and isolation guidance for people with COVID-19.

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

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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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 free at-home COVID-⁠19 tests. Orders will usually ship in 7-12 days. Visit covidtests.gov to place an order for your allotted number of tests.

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.

The CDC recommends COVID-19 vaccines for everyone 6 months and older.  Talk to your healthcare professional to determine if your child or teen is eligible for a booster to stay up to date with the COVID-19 vaccine.

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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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.