Health & Safety Protocols

Social/Physical Distancing

Social/physical distancing is an effective way to prevent the spread of infectious diseases, including COVID-19. All school faculty and staff, students, parents and visitors should adhere to the recommendations provided by public health officials specifically during Healthy School Levels 1-3.

  • As much as possible, maintain 6-feet distance between individuals in classrooms, hallways, bathrooms, cafeteria/lunchroom and playground.
  • One-way traffic flow may be designated for hallways to help maintain social/physical distancing requirements.
  • Signage throughout the school building, along with markings on the floor will help with social/physical distancing and can be used as needed.
  • There should be no physical contact (e.g., handshakes, hugs or “high-fives”) between students, faculty and staff excluding members of the same family.
  • Group gatherings of any size in hallways, classrooms, bathrooms, cafeteria/lunchroom and playground are to be avoided.
  • Group gatherings per official orders may range from 10-500 people, depending upon location and orders in place at the time.
  • Adhere to all local and state guidelines and involve the local county health department in any plans being made for group gatherings of any size.

Source Control Measures: Cloth Face Coverings

To help stop the spread of infectious diseases, source control measures may be put into place to protect students, faculty and staff from those who may be carrying or infected with an infectious disease. These control measures include the wearing of cloth face coverings. Cloth face coverings provide very little protection against inhaling contaminated aerosolized diseases, but possibly offer some protection to others when the wearer sneezes, coughs, talks, laughs or sings by catching some of the particles in the cloth. For this reason, cloth face coverings must be cleaned daily with hot water/detergent and heated in a dryer to kill any pathogens released.

  • It may be required that visitors, students, faculty and staff wear cloth face coverings while on the school campus, especially during specific conditions and guidance from health officials.
  • Parents should provide a well-fitted, comfortable cloth face covering for students ages 3 and older.
    • Bandanas, disposable surgical masks, and any pre-made purchased or hand-made mask is acceptable as long as the mask does not contain any inappropriate symbols, language, or graphics.
  • In addition, an extra cloth face covering may be requested by the school for the teacher to keep in a well labeled, individual zip-loc bag in the event the student comes to school without a face covering.
  • Guidance for wearing masks can be found at:

Proper Health and Hygiene Practices

  • Everyone on the school campus needs to remember to wash their hands properly as it is the number-one defense against any virus and infectious disease, including COVID-19.
  • All faculty, staff, visitors and students are to wash their hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • If soap and water are not available, individuals should use hand sanitizer with greater than 60% ethanol or 70% isopropanol.
  • Everyone should avoid touching their eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Everyone should use the inside of their elbow when they cough or sneeze or cover their mouth and nose with a tissue when they cough or sneeze and promptly throw the tissue in the trash and then wash their hands or use hand sanitizer.
  • Everyone should get in the practice of washing their hands after they cough, sneeze or after using the restroom to help prevent the spread of germs.
  • Handwashing guidance, resources and videos to share with faculty, staff, students and families can be found at:

Visitor Restrictions

  • Depending upon the level of community spread, normal visitation to school campuses may be limited until the announced reopening date.
  • Only local-level or archdiocesan scheduled workers are allowed on school campus during preparation for reopening.
  • Once school is back in session on campus, visitation will still be limited while COVID-19 risk persists as determined federal, state, city and county health guidelines. The safety of our faculty, staff and students is our primary concern.
  • Visitors on campus must be approved by school leadership and will be conditional on the visitor passing the same screening process as school employees.

Volunteers (Classroom, School Office, Cafeteria, Library, etc.)

  • Volunteers in the school or classroom may be allowed depending upon level of community spread and tasks to be performed by the volunteer.
  • Volunteers on campus must be approved by school leadership and will be conditional on the volunteer passing the same screening process as school employees.
  • Consider implementing a schedule for volunteers so that school leadership knows (a) who is in the building (b) duration they are in the building (c) where they are assigned/working in the building.
  • All volunteers must continue to sign-in and sign-out following the local-level procedures.

Trips

Effective July 3, 2020 the Office of Catholic Schools (OCS) is asking all schools to put on-hold, suspend, cancel or reschedule any field trips or field trip plans until further notice. School led, overnight trips for students, including out-of-state or out-of-country trips, will not be approved by the Office of Catholic Schools until further notice. Consideration may be given to other plans, but we ask that schools consult with OCS before moving forward.

  • Field trips may be allowed depending upon level of community spread and location of field trip; refer to guidance in Appendix A: Health School Levels and the additional points outlined below.
    • Field trip is within walking distance to the school and takes place outdoors (i.e., local parks, if permitted by city or county ordinances).
    • Field trip is within the local school’s county, can take place outdoors, and bus transportation (with adequate level of distancing) is provided.
  • It is preferred that transportation to/from field trip location be done by parents transporting their own child/children.
  • Adhere to all local and state guidelines and involve the local county health department in any plans being made for group gatherings (i.e., student group/cohort field trips) of any size.
  • School leadership needs to check with state and local health departments when planning any group gathering either inside or outside the school campus.
  • While on a field trip, faculty, students, and chaperones should observe all social/physical distancing guidelines at all times.

Celebration of Mass

  • Follow all guidance as issued by the Archdiocese of Denver Liturgy Office through the Chaplain or Pastor.
  • In-person whole school Mass may be allowed depending upon level of community spread and the guidance from the Parish (if a parish school).
  • A Mass celebration schedule can be implemented following all social/physical distancing guidelines, recommended number of individuals in the space based upon city and county health orders, and source control measures (cloth face masks) may also be required.
  • Mass celebration alternatives that involve the entire school community are encouraged.

Extracurricular Activities (Athletics, Speech, Band, Choir, Theater)

  • Extracurricular activities may be allowed depending upon level of community spread and the type of extracurricular activity.
  • Individuals responsible for planning extracurricular activities are to consult their respective sponsoring organization’s guidance for health protocols, i.e., instrument cleaning guidelines, sport equipment usage and cleaning, etc.
  • Transportation to/from extracurricular activities should be done by parents transporting their own child/children.
  • Adhere to all local and state guidelines and involve the local county health department in any plans being made for group gatherings (i.e., practice, drills, competitions, etc.) of any size.
  • School leadership needs to check with state and local health departments when planning any group gathering either inside or outside the school campus.
  • While participating in any extracurricular activity, all faculty, students, and parents should observe all social/physical distancing guidelines at all times.
  • Use signage and markings to establish and reinforce all safety measures established for the extracurricular activity.

Facilities Cleaning

The safety of our school community – students, parents, faculty and staff – is our first priority and of utmost importance to reopening schools and keeping everyone as safe as possible from the spread of infectious diseases, including COVID-19. Upon reopening, our school has been completely cleaned and disinfected, and we will continue to adhere to all necessary health safety precautions, guidelines, and protocols determined by federal, state, city and county orders. In addition to the deep cleaning of the school campus before members of the school community return, the steps outlined below will routinely serve to protect everyone and reduce the risk of spreading infectious diseases.

School leaders have additionally been provided with guidelines regarding the following:

  • Delivering Sanitation, Health and Hygiene Instruction
  • Group Gatherings
  • Student Cohorts/Groups during Healthy School Levels 2-4
  • Shared Spaces: Classrooms
  • Shared Spaces: Library
  • Shared Spaces: Drinking Fountains and Water Bottle Filling Stations
  • Shared Spaces: Restrooms
  • Shared Spaces: Elevators
  • Shared Spaces: Hallway Lockers
  • Shared Spaces: Cafeteria/Lunchroom/Food Service Areas
  • Shared Spaces: Gymnasium
  • Shared Spaces: Playgrounds, Open Spaces, Athletic Fields
  • Morning Drop-Off, After School Pick Up and Late Drop-Off
  • Extended Care
  • Interface with Parish RE Programs
  • COVID-19 Outbreak in school or community
  • Confirmed Case of COVID-19 in School, Regardless of Transmission