Health Update- Please Read

Dear Academy Community, 

As the calendar turns to November, we have been very happy overall being able to offer in-person instruction over the past two months. However, in the last week alone there has been an uptick in possible cases throughout neighborhood schools, and diocesan schools in Brooklyn and Queens. Some of these possible cases have had direct contact with some of our students and due to that, some classes are remote today 10/30.  Please note as of 10/30 we have not been made aware of any student or staff member in our academy that has contracted the virus. Any class going remote is a decision out of an abundance of caution.

As a school, we are focused on the health and safety of all members of our community.  During the school day we follow Public Health Tenets:

1.    Stay Home if Sick- Only leave for essential medical care and testing or other essential errands. Please remember that if staying home sick you will need clearance from a doctor to return to school. This is both a NY State Department of Health and Diocese of Brooklyn Guideline. 

2.    Keep Physical Distance-Stay at least 6 feet away from other people.

3.    Keep Hands Clean-Wash your hands often with soap and water.  Use sanitizer if soap and water are not available

4.    Wear a Face Covering-You can be contagious without symptoms.  Protect those around you by wearing a face covering.

The ability for St. Francis to continue to offer in-person instruction is a team effort of our school administration, faculty and staff, and the families of the academy. We want all community members to be safe especially with Halloween and a 3 day weekend please remember that your actions have an impact on us all. Thank you for your attention to these matters and for helping our school stay open. 

Daily Health Screening: Every student who comes into school each day has to have a health screening completed each and every day. There can be no exceptions to this. Please note that future failure to fill out this daily health screen for your child could mean that your child will have to be sent home. We should have all 455 students health screening each day for students in Nursery-Grade 8. Thanks in advance for your cooperation. 

Please click here for instructions on how to fill out the daily health screen for your child(ren) Any issues please reach out to Mrs. Endall at hendall@stfrancisschoolbh.net 

Traveling Outside of the State: As stated before back on June 24th Governor Cuomo issued Executive Order 205, requiring all travelers coming from states with significant rates of transmission of COVID-19 to quarantine for a 14-day period from the time of their last contact. This includes school-age children, The states that are on this list are fluid and can be found by clicking here. 

Please note that any child who travels to these states will need to miss coming into the school building for 2 weeks. Please note this is not a DOH Guideline, this is an executive order from the Governor that must be followed. It is the school recommendation that children do not travel to these states at this time. This is something that the school has had to enforce recently.

It is also highly recommended that large groups of families do not travel at this time together.  As any positive case can have a greater effect on the school community.

Child Not Feeling Well: Any individual who is sent home ill and Nurse Peggy requires to submit medical clearance signed by a licensed NYS Medical Professional clearly stating the individual can return to school, and either indicate a diagnosis or that the illness was not COVID-related must do so to return to school. There are no exceptions to this requirement. 

The medical clearance must be emailed to Mrs. Endall at hendall@stfrancisschoolbh.net. If a COVID test is administered according to the doctor’s recommendation, students must remain home while awaiting results, and a copy of the negative COVID test result should accompany the medical clearance letter.

Also, any individual who calls out ill is required to submit medical clearance signed by a licensed NYS Medical Professional clearly stating the individual can return to school, and either indicate a diagnosis or that the illness was not COVID-related. There are no exceptions to this requirement. 

The medical clearance must be emailed to Mrs. Endall at hendall@stfrancisschoolbh.net. If a COVID test is administered according to the doctor’s recommendation, students must remain home while awaiting results, and a copy of the negative COVID test result should accompany the medical clearance letter.

COVID-19 Report Card: We would also like to draw your attention to “The COVID-19 Report Card”, an online dashboard that tracks real-time COVID-19 infections and testing operations of every New York school and school district. 

To access Saint Francis de Sales’ report card please click below.  

Daily COVID-19 Report Card Saint Francis De Sales Catholic Academy

The COVID-19 Report Card will provide parents, teachers, students, and all New Yorkers with comprehensive data updated on a daily basis, including:

·       Positive infections by date of students & staff by school & school district

·       Whether school/district (& student and staff) are remote, in-person, or hybrid

·       Number of students and staff on-site

·       Percentage of on-site students & staff who test positive

·       Number of tests administered by the school, test type, lab used and lag time

·       Date of last submission/update

As always any questions please be in touch with the main office.