COVID Response

Where Are We Now?

as of August 20, 2021

  • Full operation for 2021-2022 Academic Year.
  • Masks required indoors on campus regardless of vaccination status.
Masks

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.

Vaccination

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 not yet been vaccinated and would like to be, schedule an appointment here.

Self-Reporting Form

If a student, faculty, or staff member is out for any illness, you must complete the Self-Reporting Form to keep us updated of status. Key scenarios to report are…

  1. Stayed Home with Symptoms
  2. I am a Positive Case
  3. I am a Close Contact
  4. I Live with a Positive Case
  5. I Traveled to a Restricted State (IF UNVACCINATED)
  6. I’m Quarantining While Someone I Live with Awaits a Test Result (IF UNVACCINATED)
Return-to-School Attestation

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…

  1. I Stayed Home with Symptoms
  2. I was a Positive Case
  3. I was a Close Contact
  4. I Lived with a Positive Case
  5. I Traveled to a Restricted State (IF UNVACCINATED)
  6. 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.

  1. They are 14+ days after last dose (fully vaccinated)
  2. 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 5-7 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.

Travel

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 jmonti@hendricken.com and complete the Return-to-School Attestation Form, here.

Allergies

Given that seasonal 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, hereIf 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 number 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.

Testing

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 close contact and required to quarantine, you will be notified directly by the school nurse or respective dean.

Questions & Contacts
Resources
COVID-19 Task Force

Mr. Mark DeCiccio ’03
Principal
Task Force Chair

Mrs. Jennifer Monti, RN
School Nurse
Task Force Medical Lead

Mr. James Pierce
Dean of Students, Grades 11-12
Case Research & Contact Tracing

Mr. Michael Monahan ’98
Dean of Students, Grades 9-10
Case Research & Contact Tracing

Mr. Christopher Sheehan ’09
Dean of Students, Grade 8
Case Research & Contact Tracing

Phone: 401.736.5985
Email: jmonti@hendricken.com

Frequently Asked Questions

I'm fully vaccinated. Do I need to quarantine?

This depends. If you are fully vaccinated (14+ days following the last dose in your vaccine series) AND you are completely asymptomatic following a COVID-19 exposure, you are exempt from the following quarantines…

  • Close contact quarantine
  • Travel quarantines (domestic & international)
  • Household contact quarantines (BUT YOU MUST MONITOR YOURSELF FOR SYMPTOMS)
  • Quarantine while a symptomatic household member awaits results (BUT YOU MUST MONITOR YOURSELF FOR SYMPTOMS)

How long does quarantine last?

Based on updated guidance, quarantine lasts a minimum of 7 days and a maximum of 10 days.

If you opt not to test, your quarantine is 10 days beginning the day after your last exposure to the positive case. You can shorten your quarantine to 7 days by producing a negative PCR test result by testing on the 5th day of your quarantine.

Can I come to school with test results pending?

This depends. If you have no symptoms whatsoever and aren’t currently on quarantine as a close contact or household contact, you do not need to quarantine while awaiting your test result.

If you have any 1 symptom whatsoever, or are currently on quarantine due to exposure to a positive case, you must quarantine while awaiting your test result.

If your result is negative, it must be reviewed by the School Nurse via email before you can return.

My son is a close contact. Can he produce a negative test and shorten his quarantine?

Yes, he can if he has no symptoms whatsoever. Based on updated guidance, if your son has no symptoms, he can shorten his 10-day quarantine to 7 days by producing a negative result by testing on the 5th day of his quarantine. As a reminder, your negative result must be emailed to Mrs. Monti at jmonti@hendricken.com for confirmation before you can return to school. No exceptions.

My son is a close contact. When should I get him tested?

Your son should immediately receive a PCR lab test once you find out that he’s a close contact. This is NOT to release him early from quarantine, but rather, to attempt to detect viral load early on. 

If your son doesn’t develop any symptoms, he can be tested again on day 5 of his quarantine to be released after day 7. 

If your son develops symptoms at any point during his quarantine, he should be tested as soon as possible. Call 844-857-1814, or visit portal.ri.gov to schedule a test. If your son develops symptoms that then go away, he must complete a 10-day quarantine.

My son receives routine surveillance testing for a sport. Can he come to school while awaiting his results?

Yes. If your son receives routine asymptomatic surveillance testing, he can come to school while his test result is being processed, BUT only if he has no symptoms whatsoever.

My son doesn't feel well. What do I do?

Stay home and self-report! Even if it’s just 1 symptom and you don’t think it has anything to do with COVID, you must complete a Self-Reporting Form, here. That form will help you determine your next steps.

One of my sons is a close contact. Does my other son need to stay home?

No! Contacts of contacts do not need to stay home or quarantine. In this case, brothers only need to stay home if their sibling is being tested (either as a precaution on day 5 of quarantine or because he develops symptoms) or if their sibling becomes positive.

I'm positive. When does my isolation begin and end?

If you have symptoms, day 1 of your isolation begins the very day your symptoms began. If you developed a cough on Monday, but didn’t get tested until Friday, your isolation began on Monday.

If you don’t have symptoms, day 1 of your isolation begins the very day you got your test. If you got your test on Monday, but didn’t develop symptoms until Friday or don’t develop them at all, your isolation began on Monday.

How will I know about positive cases?

Any and all confirmed, positive COVID-19 cases will be communicated to parents, students, and faculty/staff via email. Any time there is a positive case associated with a student, faculty, or staff member, you will receive a notification from us. This system is the only official source for positive case notifications.

I've been out of school. What do I need to return?

For anyone who is out of school for any symptom, illness, quarantine, travel, or any other COVID-related issue, he/she must complete a Return-to-School Attestation form, here, certifying that they’ve completed the appropriate steps for their situation and are ready to return.

If you received a negative test result, be sure you have the right one. If you were tested for any asymptomatic reason (close contact, household contact, travel, surveillance), a rapid (antigen) result is acceptable. If you had any 1 symptom or were a Probable Case, you must have a PCR lab rest. You must email the appropriate negative result to Mrs. Monti at jmonti@hendricken.com after completing your Return-to-School Attestation. She’ll confirm your test type and result, and let you know you’re ready to come back.

Stay Informed!

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.