Bishop Hendricken & 2021-2022 COVID Response
Bishop Hendricken will be updating this page regularly with the latest news and information regarding its 2021-2022 COVID response. All updates will be regularly communicated with our school community via email, this page, and social media.
Where Are We Now?
as of August 20, 2021
- Full operation for 2021-2022 Academic Year.
- Masks required indoors on campus for all individuals regardless of vaccination status.
Per Governor McKee and the Rhode Island Department of Health’s (RIDOH) latest guidance, all individuals must wear a face mask when indoors on campus regardless of vaccination status. This includes students, faculty, staff, parents, visitors, and guests. We understand that, as a Hendricken community, we have a responsibility to do our part, even when it may not be fun or popular to do so. We must come together to protect our brothers, faculty, and staff in the hallways, classrooms, offices, and common spaces.
As this is a policy that is being continually reviewed and discussed at the state level and beyond, we want to stress to all community members that this could very well change at some point.
We strongly encourage all students, faculty, staff, parents, and community members to get vaccinated against COVID-19. While vaccination is not required for school, we know that it critically decreases an individual’s chances of severe illness, hospitalization, and death.
Practically, vaccination will also drastically lessen an individual’s chances of being quarantined due to a COVID-19 exposure. This means students spend more time in the classroom, on the field, on the stage, in their clubs, and with their peers.
If you have no yet been vaccinated, and would like to be, schedule an appointment here.
Self-Reporting & Return-to-School Attestation
If a student, faculty, or staff member is out for any COVID-related reason, you must complete the Self-Reporting Form to keep us updated of status. Key scenarios to report are…
- Stayed Home with Symptoms
- I am a Positive Case
- I am a Close Contact
- I Live with a Positive Case
- I Traveled to a Restricted State (IF UNVACCINATED)
- I’m Quarantining While Someone I Live with Awaits a Test Result (IF UNVACCINATED)
If a student, faculty, or staff member is returning to school from any COVID-related reason, you must complete a Return-to-School Attestation Form. Key return scenarios are…
- I Stayed Home with Symptoms
- I was a Positive Case
- I was a Close Contact
- I Lived with a Positive Case
- I Traveled to a Restricted State (IF UNVACCINATED)
- Someone I Live with Tested Negative (IF UNVACCINATED)
Fully Vaccinated & Vaccination Cards
Students, faculty, and staff are considered fully vaccinated when they are 14+ days following the final dose of their vaccine series (2nd dose for Pfizer & Moderna vaccines or 1st does for Johnson & Johnson). All fully vaccinated individuals must still wear a mask on campus and stay home if they have any 1 symptom.
Fully vaccinated students, faculty, and staff with an exposure to someone with suspected OR confirmed COVID-19 are not required to quarantine if they meet BOTH of the following 2 criteria.
- They are 14+ days after last dose (fully vaccinated)
- They are completely asymptomatic following the COVID-19 exposure
Fully vaccinated individuals are exempt from the following quarantines…
- Close contact quarantine – BUT MUST TEST NEGATIVE 3-5 DAYS FOLLOWING EXPSOURE!
- Travel quarantine (domestic & international)
- Household contact quarantine (BE VIGILANT OF SYMPTOMS)
- Quarantine while a symptomatic household member awaits a test (BE VIGILANT OF SYMPTOMS)
All fully vaccinated members of the Bishop Hendricken community MUST submit a copy of their COVID-19 vaccination card to the School Nurse’s Office for record keeping. NOTE: This form must be completed from a Hendricken email address.
Unvaccinated individuals who travel anywhere outside of New England must receive a negative PCR lab test before returning to school. Individuals should report their travel using the Self-Reporting Form, here. Once they receive a negative PCR lab result, they must send it to the School Nurse’s Office at firstname.lastname@example.org and complete the Return-to-School Attestation Form, here.
Sick Policy & Testing
If your son has any 1 symptom, he must stay home and get a PCR lab test before returning to school regardless of vaccination status. You should also report your scenario via the Self-Reporting form, here. The only exception to this policy is if the symptom can be explained otherwise by a physician or healthcare provider, AND a doctor’s note is provided.
If your son develops any symptoms or he’s feeling ill in school, he will be sent home by the School Nurse’s Office and expected to get a PCR lab test regardless of his vaccination status. The school nurse will not dispense any fever-reducing medication.
Individuals who are home sick, or were sent home with symptoms, must be symptom-free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medications before returning to school. These individuals must also complete the Return-to-School Attestation Form, here.
Given that season allergies and other allergies have similar symptoms to COVID-19, we must first and foremost definitively rule out COVID before addressing students, faculty, or staff with allergies using the steps below.
1.) Get a COVID-19 Test
Students, faculty, and staff presenting symptoms that they think may be attributed to allergies will be required to get a COVID-19 test at a K-12 Testing Site. When scheduling a test, the individual should also complete a Self-Reporting Form, here. If the result is negative, they must provide documentation of the result to the School Nurse via email. If you opt not to get a COVID-19 test, AND YOU HAVE ONLY 1 SYMPTOM, you must stay home until you’re completely symptom-free and fever-free for 24 hours without medication.
2.) After Negative Result, Call Your Doctor
Once you’ve received a negative result, call your primary care physician or medical provider for a detailed note documenting your specific allergies and treatment plan. Per the Rhode Island Department of Health, we will no longer accept a general allergies note.
Absence/Quarantine & Missed Work
While our hope is to reduce the amount of time students are out of school due to illness or quarantine, we understand that this will continue to be a reality this year. However, we will not be providing any live, synchronous instruction via Zoom. Rather, students will be given assignments and missed work by their teachers to complete while at home.
Faculty will also be accommodating in scheduling Zoom meetings as needed to work with students who are out for extended periods of time on quarantine or in isolation.
As of now, all testing should be scheduled through the K-12 testing service. All Bishop Hendricken students, faculty, and staff are eligible for quick and easy testing.
K-12 Testing Hotline: 844-857-1814
Hotline open 9am-5pm weekdays, 9am-1pm weekends
School Nurse’s Office & Deans of Students
The School Nurse’s Office will continue to spearhead all COVID-related issues. This year, however, contact tracing and case investigation will be led by each grade’s Dean of Students. If your son is identified as a close contact and required to quarantine, you will be notified directly by the school nurse or respective dean.
Frequently Asked Questions
Communications & Updates
We will continue to be open, transparent, and forthcoming with updates and communications related to our COVID-19 response. All students, parents, faculty, and staff will receive notification of positive cases via email using our COVID-19 Notifications from Bishop Hendricken address. All notifications will maintain patient confidentiality.