Return-to-School Plan 2021-2022
- All students will be in classrooms without the hindrance of remote learning, overflow rooms, or the like.
- Co-curricular activities, campus ministry, athletics, performing arts, and leadership organizations will operate fully.
- The synchronous remote learning option offered last year is no longer available. In cases when students are not in school, teachers will provide work electronically and offer check-in opportunities.
- Indoor masking is required for all students and staff members, whether vaccinated or unvaccinated, until October 1. This decision was made in keeping with CDC, DESE/DPH, and Diocese of Fall River Catholic Schools Office policy.
- Masks are not required while outside.
- Mask breaks will be taken when needed.
- Masks are required on all bus transportation, per federal mandate.
- Masking for athletics will follow MIAA protocols. Coaches, student-athletes, and spectators must be masked while indoors.
- Classrooms will be structured to achieve three feet of distance to avoid close contact concerns.
- Currently, there are no gathering limitations for events.
- We will continue to utilize virtual meetings and gatherings as appropriate.
Health and Safety Protocols
- Protocols for individual COVID scenarios are addressed here: DESE/DPH Guidelines.
- All students and staff are required to monitor their symptoms daily.
- All COVID-vaccinated students and staff are requested to submit a copy of their vaccination record to the Health Office. Additional information here.
- Please send a copy of the vaccination record to Mrs. Linnell (llinnell@JPIIHyannis.org for Preparatory Division students) or Mrs. Bresnahan (mbresnahan@JPIIHyannis.org for High School Division students).
- You are not required to provide proof of vaccination. Those who do not have a vaccination record on file in the Health Office will be categorized as unvaccinated.
Note that “close contacts” are defined differently in the new 2021-22 guidance.
“The following close contacts are exempt from testing and quarantine response protocols:
Asymptomatic, fully vaccinated close contacts: Individuals who are asymptomatic and fully vaccinated are exempt from testing and quarantine response protocols.
Classroom close contacts: An individual who is exposed to a COVID-19 positive individual in the classroom while both individuals were masked, so long as the individuals were spaced at least 3 feet apart, is exempt from testing and quarantine response protocols.
Bus close contacts: Individuals on buses must be masked according to federal requirements. As such, individuals who are masked on buses when windows are open are exempt from testing and quarantine response protocols.
Close contacts who have had COVID-19 within the past 90 days: An individual who has been previously diagnosed with COVID-19 and then becomes a close contact of someone with COVID-19 is exempt from testing and quarantine response protocols if:
The exposure occurred within 90 days of the onset of their own illness AND
The exposed individual is recovered and remains without COVID-19 symptoms.”
- JPII will participate in the state’s COVID-19 testing program in order to avoid lengthy quarantines for students and staff who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or are determined to be close contacts.
- Symptomatic rapid testing will be available for symptomatic students and staff to remain in school in person every day. Additional details here.
- “Test and Stay” will be provided for close contacts to allow our students and staff to be in school in-person every day.
- Parents must provide consent to utilize the testing program. Provide your consent online here.
- Please review the COVID-19 Testing Program Letter and provide your consent by completing the consent form.
- Physical distancing is not required for mealtimes, even with masks removed. The school will distance students as feasible during lunch.
- There will not be plexiglass barriers at lunchtime.
- Students must remain masked at all times in the cafeteria except when eating.
- The school made additional improvements in its ventilation systems this summer.
- Hand sanitizer will continue to be available throughout the building.