COVID Protocols

COVID Protocols -- 2021-2022 School Year

Updated 8.31.21

The health and safety of the community remains a high priority at Marquette University HIgh School. The following health and safety updates are meant to advise students, parents and staff on the MUHS protocols for the start of the school year. Additional updates will be forthcoming as the situation evolves.

Beginning Wednesday, Sept. 1, we will be lifting some of our restrictions regarding required masking. The lifting of these restrictions will not all happen at once. Students will still need to have a mask with them at all times while on campus, even though they will not be required to wear them at all times.

We expect that many members of our community will still choose to wear a mask. MUHS is committed to a positive culture where personal health decisions, including the decision to wear or not wear a face covering, will be embraced and welcomed. All members of the MUHS community are expected to respect the health decisions of others.

When can masks be removed?

  • Once seated in classrooms
  • Once seated in study hall or free period location (Library, Atriums, B&G, Commons)
  • Once seated in the designated lunch rooms (Commons, B&G, Gym)
    • Until further notice, the designated spacing in lunchrooms and all common spaces remains. Students may not move furniture or sit in unapproved spaces.

When will masks be required?

  • During transition times (until further notice):
    • Entering & exiting school
    • The time between classes
  • Lunch lines and when out of seats at lunch
  • If a student is deemed a close contact (see school policy for more details).
  • Assemblies or gatherings that do not allow for proper distancing
    • Examples include, but are not limited to:
      • Class or All School Assemblies
      • All School Masses or Weekly Liturgies
  • On school buses or school vans per federal order

Masks may be required at other times:

  • Some indoor contact sports, dances, chorus, etc. Participants would be notified.
  • If a school activity or space requires students to work closely together or be in close proximity
    • Science Labs, small group work, etc.
    • In locker rooms when the space does not allow for proper social distancing.

MUHS may declare that masks must be worn by all students and staff, including both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals, for a period of time when an increase in positive COVID-19 cases occur within the school community.

MUHS will declare a short-term mask requirement if the number of current COVID-19 positive cases reaches a substantial level, 2.5% of our total student and staff population. The short-term mask requirement would end when the confirmed positive COVID-19 cases drop below 1% of the MUHS student and staff population.

MUHS community members will be notified in advance if and when MUHS would begin or end a short-term mask requirement period. MUHS reserves the right to modify the criteria used to declare a mask requirement period over the course of the year to best protect the health and safety of the community.

Health Screenings and Illness Policy

Daily health check-ins will not be required of students prior to arriving at school. MUHS encourages students, parents and employees to monitor their health. Those who are experiencing COVID symptoms should stay home and return to school once symptom-free for 24 hours, regardless of vaccination status. Symptoms which do not necessitate absence from school include those commonly experienced by the individual, such as seasonal allergies or other regular health symptoms. In any case that a student tests positive for COVID-19, he or his parent must inform the School Nurse as soon as possible to be directed regarding the necessary period of quarantine. In most cases, this will be 10 days after symptoms appeared or a positive test and no fever without fever reducing medication for at least 24 hours and improvement in any other symptoms.

Quarantines

MUHS will follow the Milwaukee Health Department expectations regarding COVID-19 quarantine requirements. Students with a positive COVID diagnosis should inform the school nurse immediately at nurse@muhs.edu and will be required to quarantine for 10 days from the onset of symptoms or 7 days with a negative COVID test. Students who have been in “close contact” exposure to COVID-positive individuals are required to be quarantined for 10 days or 7 days with a negative COVID test, unless they have been fully vaccinated. (Exceptions may be granted for unvaccinated students who tested positive for COVID in the last 90 days.) Students who are fully vaccinated do NOT need to quarantine after contact with someone who had COVID-19 unless they have symptoms. Fully vaccinated “close contacts” will be required to mask for 10 days, or until they receive a negative test. These individuals are directed to obtain a COVID-19 test 3-5 days after their known exposure, even if they do not develop symptoms. MUHS will provide free COVID tests to any students with parental permission. If a student comes in close contact with a COVID-19 positive individual, his parent should inform the School Nurse. Quarantined students will view classes remotely after a 24-hour notice to teachers. A completed vaccination is the best strategy for students to avoid missing class time or co-curricular activities as fully vaccinated students will not be required to quarantine following a close contact exposure.

Close Contacts

The school nurses and COVID Coordinator will also carry out contact tracing procedures when there is a positive COVID-19 case. The school will continue to cooperate with local health officials as they carry out their own procedures.

Anyone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic individuals, 2 days prior to test specimen collection) until the time the positive person is isolated is considered a close contact.

Physical Distancing

MUHS will maintain physical distancing of three feet for individuals in all classrooms and most common gathering areas. Distancing may not be maintained during all-school assemblies and transitions between classes. All hallways and stairways will return to multi-directional. MUHS may provide an option of three feet distancing during school assemblies and six feet distancing in lunch spaces for interested individuals.

Cleaning, Sanitizing and Air

MUHS will provide hand sanitizing stations in all classrooms and general areas of the building. Daily cleaning practices and disinfection of hard surfaces throughout the building will remain in place. Science lab equipment materials will also be cleaned at the end of the school day. MUHS will provide increased building air flow and filtration using hospital grade, Merv-13 filters.

Hilltoppers@Home Program

MUHS will not maintain a full-time virtual learning program option. In-person classroom instruction will be the sole learning platform for 2021-2022. MUHS’s learning management system, Moodle, will be maintained as a primary academic resource during in-person instruction and communication to students outside of class. Remote learning will only be provided to students who are required to quarantine due to close contacts or to COVID-19 positive individuals on a case-by-case basis after a 24- hour notice is given to teachers. If medically necessary, accommodations may be made for students with serious health concerns or disabilities.

Visitor Policy

Parents and visitors are welcome at all school events. Visitors will check in to the Security Station to report any COVID symptoms. MUHS encourages all parents and visitors to avoid participating in school events if they have experienced COVID-19 symptoms within the previous 24 hours, regardless of vaccination status. In the event that 3’ social distancing cannot be maintained, MUHS may ask visitors to be masked.

MUHS reserves the right to adjust, expand or remove any of these policies before or during the 2021-2022 school year.