SHCA Playground Closure

The playground equipment in the school backyard is closed until a new surface is installed.  The current flooring is in need of repair and replacement and does not provide a safe and stable cushioned surface for our children.  We are looking to provide a new cushioned flooring that will be safe and allow our children full access to the equipment.

Thank you for your patience.  We will update you of our progress.

Student Vaccine Information

NYC Run Vaccine Sites:

  • City-run vaccine sites will offer vaccines for children aged 5+ starting Thursday, November 4th.
  • Families can go to gov/vaccinefinder and search “Pfizer 5-11” under vaccine type for a site that administers to this age group.
  • Families can also call 877-VAX4-NYC to find sites across the city offering appointments or walk-up vaccines at no cost.
  • New York City is working to ensure that health care providers, including pediatricians and pharmacies, across the city have access to vaccine supply for children. These providers will likely start coming online over the course of this week, families can check with their doctor, local pharmacy or nyc.gov/vaccinefinder.  You can also go to NYC’s in-home vaccination program.

NYC DOE Vaccine Sites:

  • There will be over 1,000 pop up vaccination sites at DOE schools starting on Monday, November 8th, some of which will be inside the school building and some of which will be outside of the school building, for example, on a mobile bus.
  • Sites that are set up inside the school building will be limited to DOE students at that school, while sites that are outside of the school building may be able to accommodate children ages 5-11 who do not attend the school.
  • Families can call the school to verify.  A list of schools can be found on the DOE website

Revised International and Domestic Travel Advisory Guidelines

Revised International and Domestic Travel Advisory Guidelines:

Out of precaution at this time the Elementary schools within the Diocese of Brooklyn will follow the CDC Travel guidelines for vaccinated and non-vaccinated individuals for International Travel.

This will apply to ALL International Travel.

International Travel: Fully Vaccinated Individuals

Before you arrive in the United States:

All air passengers coming to the United States, including U.S. citizens and fully vaccinated people, are required to have a negative COVID-19 test result no more than 3 days before travel or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 in the past 3 months before they board a flight to the United States.

After travel:

  • Get tested with a viral test 3-5 days after travel.
  • Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms; isolate and get tested if you develop symptoms.
  • Follow all state and local recommendations or requirements

 

International Travel: Non-Vaccinated Individuals:

Before you arrive in the United States:

All air passengers coming to the United States, including U.S. citizens and fully vaccinated people, are required to have a negative COVID-19 viral test result no more than 3 days before travel or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 in the past 3 months before they board a flight to the United States.

After you travel:

  • Get tested with a viral test 3-5 days after travel AND stay home and self-quarantine for a full 7 days after travel.
  • Even if you test negative, stay home and self-quarantine for the full 7 days.
  • If your test is positive, isolate yourself to protect others from getting infected.
  • If you don’t get tested, stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days after travel.
  • Avoid being around people who are at increased risk for severe illness for 14 days, whether you get tested or not.
  • Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms; isolate and get tested if you develop symptoms.
  • Follow all state and local recommendations or requirements

 

Domestic Travel:

Quarantine is not required following Domestic Travel. All Domestic travelers should adhere to the following recommendations:

  • Monitor your child for COVID-19 symptoms; isolate and contact your Healthcare provider if your child develops symptoms.
  • Keep your child home if they are sick and experience any COVID-19 symptoms, including fever, chills, new cough, new loss of taste or smell, and new shortness of breath, even if the symptoms are mild.
  • Mild symptoms such as a runny nose or backache have been mistaken for other illnesses and have turned out to be COVID-19.
  • Call the school to report any illness or positive test results for COVID-19.

 

Please Note: These guidelines are subject to change as the pandemic continues to evolve and information is shared by city and state agencies.

COVID-19 Safety and Health Protocols

Office of the Superintendent ~ Catholic School Support Services

St. Helen Catholic Academy

Contact and Trace Protocols:

  • Confirm that the individual has tested positive for COVID-19 (molecular or antigen) and not a COVID Antibody Test.
    • Ask the parents and guardians or Faculty/Staff to send a copy of their test result through a secure method to the appropriate school administrator
  • COVID Report sent to Tom Chadzutko-Superintendent and Joan McMaster-Associate Superintendent
  • Confirm that the individual was in school during the infectious period.
    • The infectious period is two days before the onset of symptoms or two days before the positive test date if no symptoms. (Not the date of receiving the test results)

For Example: If an individual has symptoms and/or tests positive without symptoms on September 4, the infectious period begins on September 2.

  • Identify the people who had close contact with the person with COVID-19 during their infectious period. Both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals are to be included in the identification of close contacts.
    • In school settings, a close contact is someone who has been within 6 feet for 10 or more minutes over a 24-hour period of someone who has COVID-19 during their infectious period, regardless of face mask use or the presence of plexiglass or other barriers. Exception: Per CDC guidance, in the classroom setting, students sitting 3 to 6 feet from a student with COVID-19 do not need to quarantine if they and the student with COVID-19 wore masks correctly and consistently. This exception applies only to students and not to staff.

Please Note:

  • All students in a Nursery, Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten class will be considered close contacts and subject to quarantine protocols.
  • During Mask Breaks, if students are not 6 feet apart from a COVID positive individual they are considered a close contact and subject to quarantine protocols.
  • During Lunch or Snack Time, if students are not 6 feet apart from a COVID positive individual they are considered a close contact and subject to quarantine protocols.
  • During some sports, singing and the playing of wind instruments, if students are not 6 feet apart from a COVID positive individual they are considered a close contact and subject to quarantine protocols.

 

Notification of Close Contacts:

  • Close Contacts are only to be notified by the Office of the Superintendent-Catholic Schools Support Service communication letters.
    • No disclosure of the identity of the person who has COVID-19 or other identified close contacts
  • Close contacts who fall into one of the quarantine exception categories (fully vaccinated or having had COVID-19 in the last three months) do not need to quarantine and can come to school.
  • Close contacts who do not fall into one of the exception categories must quarantine for 10 days after the date they last had contact with the person who has COVID-19 or on Day 5 of their quarantine, the person may take a lab-based molecular COVID-19 test (PCR test), and with a negative result, return to attending school in person after Day 7.
  • Close contacts who are not vaccinated and reside in the same household as a positive individual if the positive individual cannot self-isolate are required to quarantine for 10 days from the last date of contact. Last date of contact for non-vaccinated individuals residing in the same household as a positive individual is defined by the NYC DOH as 10 days from the symptom onset or date f the positive test.

Example: Symptom onset or positive test date is September 1, add 10 days until September 11.

Quarantine for Students and Staff Identified as Close Contacts to Someone with COVID-19

  • In the event there is a positive case in a classroom, students or staff may be asked to quarantine due to exposure to COVID-19. Students or staff who are:
    • At least 12 years old, fully vaccinated* and not showing symptoms may continue to attend school in person. Out of an abundance of caution, these students are encouraged to take a COVID-19 test three to five days after exposure.
    • At least 12 years old, fully vaccinated* and showing symptoms will be directed to quarantine for 10 calendar days.
    • Unvaccinated will be directed to quarantine for 10 calendar days. On Day 5 of their quarantine, students or staff may take a lab-based molecular COVID-19 test (PCR test), and with a negative result, return to attending school in person after Day 7. Schools should verify negative test results. (Unless the entire class/cohort/pod is out for quarantine)
    • Fully recovered from laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 in the past three months and show no symptoms of COVID-19 since the current exposure may continue to attend school in person. Three months is measured from the date a person first had COVID-19 symptoms or, if they had no symptoms, the date of their first positive diagnostic test.
    • An individual is fully vaccinated two weeks after a single-dose vaccine or second dose of a two-dose vaccine, where the vaccine has received emergency approval from the FDA or World Health Organization.
    • All individuals identified as close contacts to someone with COVID-19 must continue daily symptom monitoring through Day 14. If symptoms occur, they should isolate themselves, contact their health care provider, get tested for COVID-19 and must not attend school.
    • It is recommended that schools require proof of vaccination or previous (recent) positive test from individuals who are exposed but exempt from quarantine. This information should be collected using the same standard protocols that are used to collect and secure other immunization or health status information from students

Submit Close Contact Information to the NYC DOHMH

  • Principals or School Designee are to Submit information on close contact information to the NYC Health Department and NYC Test & Trace Corps using the COVID-19 Facility

 

Return to School After Isolation, Quarantine or Calling Out Sick:

For Reference:

Isolation refers to individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 through a molecular or antigen COVID-19 test.

Quarantine refers to individuals who have been identified as close contacts.

 

  • A person who has completed quarantine does not need a doctor’s note to return to school as long as they show no symptoms of COVID-19 and did not test positive.
  • A person who has completed isolation does need a doctor’s note stating they can safely return to in person instruction. The NYC DOH does not recommend a negative COVID-19 test after isolation as an individual can continue to test positive for many weeks or months after infection even though they are no longer contagious
  • A person, faculty, staff, or student, who has called out sick with COVID-19 symptoms is required to submit proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test in addition to a doctor’s note indicating they can safely return to in person instruction.
  • A person, faculty, staff, or student, who has called out sick is required to submit a doctor’s note indicating they can safely return to in person instruction.
  • Contacts of someone in quarantine do not need to stay home unless the quarantined person develops symptoms of COVID-19 or tests positive for COVID-19 (becomes a case).
  • The decision to close a school is based on various factors including the number of cases over time and their distribution across grades and classrooms, the size of the school, the ability of the school to exclude people who need to be isolated and quarantined in a timely manner, adherence to NYC Health Department guidance, and cooperation with the NYC Health Department.

Travel: Out of precaution at this time the Elementary schools within the Diocese of Brooklyn will follow the NYC DOH and NYS DOH recommendation to follow the CDC Travel guidelines for vaccinated and non-vaccinated individuals.

All travelers, domestic and international, should follow all CDC travel requirements and recommendations.

International Travel: Fully Vaccinated Individuals

Before you arrive in the United States:

All air passengers coming to the United States, including U.S. citizens and fully vaccinated people, are required to have a negative COVID-19 test result no more than 3 days before travel or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 in the past 3 months before they board a flight to the United States.

After travel:

  • Get tested with a viral test3-5 days after travel.
  • Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms; isolate and get tested if you develop symptoms.
  • Follow all state and local recommendations or requirements

 

International Travel: Non-Vaccinated Individuals:

Before you arrive in the United States:

All air passengers coming to the United States, including U.S. citizens and fully vaccinated people, are required to have a negative COVID-19 viral test result no more than 3 days before travel or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 in the past 3 months before they board a flight to the United States.

After you travel:

  • Get tested with a viral test3-5 days after travel AND stay home and self-quarantine for a full 7 days after travel.
  • Even if you test negative, stay home and self-quarantine for the full 7 days.
  • If your test is positive, isolateyourself to protect others from getting infected.
  • If you don’t get tested, stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days after travel.
  • Avoid being around people who are at increased risk for severe illnessfor 14 days, whether you get tested or not.
  • Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms; isolate and get tested if you develop symptoms.
  • Follow all state and local recommendations or requirements

Domestic Travel: Fully Vaccinated Individuals

After Travel:

  • Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms; isolate and get tested if you develop symptoms.
  • You do NOT need to get tested or self-quarantine if you are fully vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19 in the past 3 months. You should still follow all other travel recommendations.
  • Follow all state and local recommendations or requirements

Domestic Travel: Non – Vaccinated Individuals

After you travel:

  • Get tested with a viral test3-5 days after travel AND stay home and self-quarantine for a full 7 days after travel.
  • Even if you test negative, stay home and self-quarantine for the full 7 days.
  • If your test is positive, isolate yourself to protect others from getting infected.
  • If you don’t get tested, stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days after travel.
  • Avoid being around people who are at increased risk for severe illness for 14 days, whether you get tested or not.
  • Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms; isolate and get tested if you develop symptoms.
  • Follow all state and local recommendations or requirements

Please Note: The Office of the Superintendent ~Catholic School Support Services reserves the right to implement more restrictive safety and health protocols than the mandatory NYC or NYS DOHMH protocols.

Please note: These guidelines are subject to change as the pandemic continues to evolve.

Summer Notice

For information or assistance:

Please call:  718-835-4155

OR email:  info@sthelencatholicacademy.org

(Please leave a detailed message or email.  Provide your phone number, a staff member will gladly contact you.)

June Father’s Day Raffle

Congratulations to Matthew M from grade 3, he was the winner of our June Father’s Day Raffle.  The prize was a Supreme BBQ Gift Set with many accessories.