Updated August 4, 2021
We are excited for a more traditional Chaminade experience for our students for the 2021-22 school year. Please review the information below for details for the opening the school year.
This page will be updated as we receive updates from our medical advisors and the St. Louis County Department of Health.
- Contact Tracing
- Social Distancing
- Quarantine Procedures
- Health Screening
- Anticipated Mitigation
- 6th Grade
Regardless of the vaccination numbers or community transmission rates, we are required by the St. Louis County Department of Health to contact trace any positive case at school.
This means knowing who a student has been around for more than 15 minutes and closer than 3 feet even when masked.
Students will need to participate in the process of generating potential contacts should they develop COVID-19.
Vaccinated individuals who are contacts do not need to be quarantined unless they develop symptoms. They will be notified of their contact status during the contact tracing procedure.
Unvaccinated school contacts who were masked during exposure (both case and contact) will have a modified 10-day quarantine where they can attend school if asymptomatic but are still restricted from all other activities, including extracurriculars.
Students will eat in the cafeteria during a divisional lunch shift. A limited number of students will sit at each table and participate in recording which table they were at for contact tracing purposes.
6th Grade students will eat in the atrium. They will have assigned seats and will participate in recording which table they were at for contact tracing purposes.
All students should stay home (and a parent call them in absent) should they exhibit symptoms of illness.
The daily screening app does not need to be completed.
Self-evaluation should include the consideration of the following symptoms as identified by the CDC:
- Cough (high risk symptom)
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing (high risk symptom)
- New loss of taste or smell (high risk symptom)
- Fever or chills
- Muscle or body aches
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
Individual students who are fully vaccinated will not be required to quarantine for 10 days if considered a close contact. When the CDC initially released guidance for quarantine after vaccination, they only gave a reprieve for 3 months. Now, there is no time limit. So, as it stands now, you do not need to quarantine after vaccination regardless of how long it has been (as long as it has been at least 2 weeks from the final dose). This will prevent students from missing classes, sporting events, and other school activities.
At this time, all children ages 12 and older qualify for the vaccine in the state of Missouri.
Visit ReviveSTL.com for a list of vaccination sites if you or someone you know is still in need of vaccination.
Once a student is fully vaccinated, a picture of his card should be submitted to school nurse, Sue Rozier, to have on file for contact tracing purposes.
CLICK HERE to submit your son's vaccination card.
Chaminade’s approach to COVID-19 has been to implement various mitigation strategies to prevent the spread of the virus in our school community.
Our approach will continue to look at cases and contacts in our school community as a measure of our need for various mitigations. With an increase in vaccinated students there will be less need for contacts to quarantine, and fewer cases requiring contact tracing. The same holds if we experience low community transmission rates. If the community transmission rate continues to increase at points during the school year, additional mitigations may need to be implemented.
Additional Safety Measures for 6th Grade Students
- All 6th Grade students will eat lunch in the atrium. We will have the students sit 4 students at a table in assigned seats that we will change every 3-4 weeks. The assigned seats provide a couple benefits. First, it will allow for easy contact tracing if necessary during the lunch period. Secondly, the rotating assigned seats allow our 6th grade students to sit with a variety of students throughout the first few months of the school to get to know a large number of their classmates in a short amount of time.
- Once 6th grade students are finished with their lunch in the atrium, they will be invited to go outside for recess should they wish. If they are outside and not hanging out in large crowds, they will be able to take their mask off for that time.
- We will stagger the times that 6th, 7th and 8th graders come down to the cafeteria to give each grade level ample time to get through the lunch line without overcrowding it.
- We hope to gather as a school community for Mass, assemblies, and House System events. When we gather as a school community, we will add in additional safety measures for the 6th grade class to keep them safe during these assemblies.
- School Day Schedule
- Academic Lab (AcLab)
- Daily Attendance
- Instruction During Quarantine
- Full-Time Virtual Learning
We will have a staggered arrival schedule:
- Students with last name beginning M-Z will arrive 7:30-7:50.
- Students with last name beginning A-L will arrive 7:45-8AM.
Middle School Students will enter via the South Cemetery Lane Stairwell or the North Atrium Entrance.
High School Students will enter via the Front Entrance to Chaminade Hall or the South Atrium Entrance. (Seniors with North Lot Passes may enter via the North Atrium.)
Students will report directly to their 1st block class for the day.
Students that require arriving on campus prior to 7:35am will report to the McKim Tech Room (near the library) for supervised study no earlier than 6:30am.
Chaminade will continue an 8-block schedule for 2021-22. Seventh and Eighth Graders will take their Fine Arts classes and their STEM course in the same block over the course of the year, similar to this past year.
Classes will be 80 minutes in length on a regular class day and 70 minutes on any of the special schedule days (Liturgies, House Meetings, Assemblies, Late Starts).
The school day will begin at 8AM and conclude at 2:55PM with Mentor Group taking place after the first block of the day. A 30-minute Academic Lab period has been attached to the lunch block for all students (Juniors and Seniors taking less than 8.0 credits will have an Academic Lab as part of their schedule).
We will continue to alternate between Red Days (Blocks 1-4) and White Days (Blocks 5-8) and rotate the periods throughout the day.
The return of Academic Lab was one of the major requests of students and families after the necessary 9 to 8 block schedule adjustments were made this past year. While we will remain in the 8 block schedule, we have been able to build Academic Lab in for all grade levels.
All students will have a 30 minute Academic Lab everyday. During the third block of each day, students will have their scheduled class, lunch, and Academic Lab. Academic Lab will take place in the classroom and with the teacher for that scheduled block.
Academic Lab time will be coordinated by grade level and used for quiet study, meetings with teachers/counselors/learning consultants, making up assessments, etc. Occasionally, this time will be used for grade level meetings or could be shortened/eliminated to accommodate special schedules.
In the event of an unanticipated absence (illness, family emergency, death in the family), a student’s parent must inform either the middle school office (grades 6-8) or high school office (grades 9-12).
In all circumstances, students will be marked either present or absent from school. Virtual learning opportunities are reserved for students that are subject to quarantine.
In the event that a student is required to quarantine for 10 days, the student is expected to be present (participate in required classroom activities remotely, submit homework and classwork at the time it is due, attend each class via Zoom) unless the student is too ill to attend and the appropriate office is notified by a parent.
A student's absence is considered unexcused if the appropriate school office is not notified by a parent and a student is absent, either from school or from classroom activities, if quarantined.
Students who test positive for COVID and unvaccinated students who are considered close contacts will be required to quarantine for 10 days. During that time students will be required to attend all classes via Zoom and complete course work through Canvas. Assessments may be completed online or upon return to school at the discretion of the teacher.
Quarantined students will log on to Zoom at the start of each block.Students who are quarantined and not present via zoom will be marked absent. Quarantined students are expected to participate in class discussion/activities and complete required assignments throughout the class period. Teachers will determine if tests/quizzes should be taken from home or held until a student’s return based on the assessment format.
Upon return from quarantine, students can schedule time during AcLab to meet with teachers to make up assessments and review any other important content to feel caught up.
If a quarantined student is ill and unable to participate in classes via Zoom and/or complete required coursework, parents must call the office at the start of each school day to report the absence.
Chaminade will operate with in person learning for the 2021-2022 school year. In line with our mission, we believe that we can create the most quality school experience through the community we build here on campus. With vaccine developments and a solid understanding for effective mitigation strategies, we are confident in our ability to create a safe learning environment for all students.
If your family has an extenuating medical situation that you would like to discuss, please contact the administration.
- House System
- Experiential Education Trips
- Campus Ministry Activities
- Visitor Guidelines School Events/Athletics
Our goal for the 2021-2022 school year is to resume our House System activities as normal.
The goal of our House System is to build community and foster positive relationships among our students and faculty. It is obviously much easier to do this when our students can gather with each other in large groups with fewer restrictions.
The planning of our House System events will be in line with the mitigation strategies currently in place at our school at the time of these events. As we saw during the 2020-2021 school year, even with restrictions in place, our House System can still be successful. As such, we will be prepared to adapt and change any House System events when necessary.
We are excited to be able to plan for a fairly normal year of our Experiential Education Trips.
Our 6th grade class has plans to attend their trip to the Tetons from April 23-April 30.
Our 7th grade class has plans to attend their trip to Chicago from April 26-29.
Our 8th grade class has plans to finally be able to take their trip to the Tetons from April 30-May 7. We are exploring options for an optional trip to Washington DC for our 8th grade class. We are also looking at ways to safely be able to continue with our England Exchange Program for our 8th graders.
Our 9th grade trip to Dayton, OH is being planned for November 9-12.
Our 10th grade Road to Freedom trip is also being planned for November 9-12.
More specific information regarding all of these trips will be communicated directly to the families as the trips get closer.
Chaminade’s Campus Ministry will return to its traditional liturgical, service, and retreat programming for 21-22.
Off-site retreats and service experiences will implement mitigation strategies as required by the facilities we are using.
On-campus events will be modified, if necessary, in accordance with any mitigation factors in place for the school as a whole.