COVID-19

Current COVID-19 Policies

The St. Joseph Board of Education voted 6-1 at its December meeting to make masking optional when students returned to the classroom on January 4, 2022.

Students and Staff that are COVID-19 positive, should remain home for at least 5 days. To return on the 6th day, the positive individual must be fever free for a minimum of at least 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication such as Tylenol, Motrin, or Advil and must have improvement in symptoms. The individual will need to wear a mask upon the return to school through the 10th day.

Parents will be contacted by their child’s school if they have been exposed to a positive COVID case. The student exposed can continue to attend school if they show no sign of symptoms. Parents should monitor their children closely during this time. If a student is sick, they should stay at home. Masks are highly recommended for exposed students for 10 days. 

Masks are still required on school buses, as mandated by the CDC and the Department of Transportation.

Testing and Vaccination Sites

COVID-19 Symptoms
In evaluating whether an individual has symptoms consistent with COVID-19, consider the following question:
Have they recently begun experiencing any of the following in a way that is not normal for them?

Ask your child if they are experiencing any of the following symptoms before they leave for school each morning:

  • Feeling feverish or a measured temperature greater than or equal to 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Cough
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Chills
  • Sore Throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Shaking or exaggerated shivering
  • Significant muscle pain or ache
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea or vomiting

To assist us in mitigating cases, please remember the 3 W’s:

  1. Wash your hands
  2. Wear your mask
  3. Watch your distance

COVID-19 Information Page

The St. Joseph School District is committed to transparency as we communicate to our school community and the public during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, it does take time to ascertain facts and details of a reported case when we learn about it. We ask your patience as we work to first take care of the individuals who test positive and anyone in which they may have come into close contact.

We have developed a chart that will list the number of confirmed cases by student and staff  and those who have are quarantined. The charts will be updated every Friday.

The SJSD reports positive cases to the St. Joseph Health Department and relies on their guidance and recommendations regarding self-isolation and quarantine requirements.

Although the district discloses case information to the St. Joseph Health Department, we must maintain confidentiality for the individual who tests positive.

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