We are excited to welcome our students back to campus in the fall for the 2021-2022 school year! Over the summer months, the leadership team has been working on revising our existing COVID-19 policies. Our goal is to strike a balance between our obligation to ensure a safe learning environment with keeping St. Anne School a welcoming and engaging place for all members of the school community. We continue our communication and collaboration with other local independent Preschool-Grade 8 schools as we work to ensure the safety of our students and staff.
It is important to know that St. Anne School is subject to the jurisdiction of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), Orange County Health Care Agency (OCHCA), and the California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board, and the Department of Social Services Community Care Licensing (for the ECDC). The California Department of Public Health, along with Community Care Licensing, recently provided guidance for Preschool-Grade 12 schools reflecting updates from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC). County health officials have said that all school districts (including independent schools) must follow the guidance for schools included in the State Public Health Officer Order of June 11, 2021, which derives its authority from Health and Safety Codes 120125, 120140, 120175, 120195, and 131080 and other applicable laws.
As mandated by the CDPH, OCHCA, and Community Care Licensing, and as part of a multi-layered mitigation strategy, all students ages two years through Grade 8 are required to wear a mask indoors.
The state has not given school districts or private schools the discretion to make face coverings optional or to create their own standard for enforcement.
Masks will be required indoors for all St. Anne School staff and visitors.
In limited situations, where a face covering cannot be used for pedagogical or developmental reasons (i.e., communicating with or assisting young children or those with special needs), teachers in younger grades will remove their masks briefly to communicate with their student(s).
Masks will be optional outdoors for everyone.
Contact tracing: In the event of a COVID-19 case, we will continue our contact tracing efforts per the OCHCA guidelines, with the goal to minimize any disruption to in-person instruction and student absences.
In the event of a COVID-19 case requiring the quarantine of students and employees, the affected families will be contacted and afforded remote instruction, ensuring continuous learning.
Morning temperature checks will no longer be administered.
St. Anne faculty and staff will continue to be tested for COVID-19 each week.
Schoolwide sanitation and disinfection protocols by our maintenance staff will continue.
All air filtration systems were upgraded in each building in 2020.
We rely on and appreciate the cooperation from our parents with regard to student illness. If your child is ill, please keep them home as you would during any school year. COVID symptoms for children include stuffy or runny nose, headache, fatigue. A fever is not always present. If you or a family member believe that you may have been exposed to or showing symptoms of COVID-19, please contact the St. Anne Nurses’ Office at (949) 276-6741 as soon as possible.
Travel quarantine: We will no longer require students to quarantine after domestic travel; however, we highly recommend you follow the travel guidelines from the CDC. For international trade, we will be following the CDC recommendations below.
For Early Child Development Program (ECDC) parents, please see the ECDC COVID-19 Addendum for more information on the additional health and safety measures for our preschool and pre-k students.
To maintain a healthy school environment, we need the help of our entire school community. Please read the following important document, Keep COVID Out to learn about how we all can contribute to keeping COVID-19 out of our school.
The health and safety of our students and employees continue to be our number one priority. Since guidance from the state and local health orders can change at any time, we will make every effort to communicate with our school community in a timely fashion regarding any updates to the above.
Over the past year and a half, we faced many challenges together as a school community. We are so grateful and honored by how we united, adapted, and grew in light of them. There is no doubt that we will navigate this school year together as a community with a common purpose and focus on the spiritual, personal, and intellectual development of all of our children.
We look forward to welcoming all of our Knights back to campus in the fall and to reconnecting with our St. Anne families!