Letter to Salpointe Families from Kay Sullivan - September 25

Dear Lancer Families,

We are delighted to have students back on campus and feel confident that this first week of hybrid learning has gone well overall. We will keep working to make synchronous educational content delivery as strong and vibrant as possible! Thank you once again for your commitment to Salpointe Catholic as we move forward together to serve our Lancers. 

This reopening is a fragile adventure! Lancers, please do not get together in groups outside of school. Parents, please do not allow student gatherings at your homes. It will only take a few careless individuals attending a party or simply hanging out to spread COVID and shut down the school, end our sports programs and dash plans for holistic education and extracurricular activities. Partner with us to protect the health and safety of our community … and to safeguard the success of our reopening plan. 

We are aware that one of the Pima County benchmarks as published by the Arizona Department of Health Services is not going in the right direction. However, ADHS still lists Pima County in the moderate transmission zone and the Pima County Department of Health Disease Data chart still lists the county in the moderate zone, as we have been for a couple of weeks. As far as we know, no student or employee has tested positive for COVID since we started this school year. We are investigating the opportunity to offer COVID PCR and serology tests here on campus at no charge for employees and student groups in the next few weeks. Stay tuned! Salpointe leadership will continue to monitor the data and re-evaluate the viability of our hybrid model as we make decisions affecting the health and safety of our faculty, staff and community. 

We want to share the specifics of our protocols regarding positive COVID tests by students.
  1. Parents should inform the nurse Ms.Kara Kohnke, RN, (kkohnke@salpointe.org) and attendance clerk Ms. Cecelia Parsons (520-327-1990 or attendance@salpointe.org) that the student tested positive.
  2. Nurse will record the information.
  3. Nurse will inform parents of the required isolation time of 10 days.
  4. Nurse will ask the student if he/she was in close contact (within six feet for longer than 15 minutes) with anyone on the Salpointe campus for the past several days. If so, those persons will be notified that they may have been exposed, possibly sending them into quarantine.
  5. Nurse will stay in touch with the family over the next two weeks.
  6. Nurse will inform the student's counselor of COVID positive test.
  7. Student’s counselor will inform the student's teachers (and others who may need to know such as coach, STUCO, etc.) of the positive COVID test. Student confidentiality and privacy will be respected as much as possible.
  8. Communications Manager will send an email to faculty/staff and Salpointe parents informing them that a student (no name) has tested positive.
  9. Nurse will contact the Pima County Health Department, which is responsible for contact tracing.
If you have questions, please contact Ms. Kara Kohnke in the Health Office.
Thank you once again for your patience and support.
Take care. Stay safe. Pray!

Kay Sullivan

Salpointe Catholic High School

1545 E. Copper St.,
Tucson, AZ 85719
(520) 327-6581
Attendance: (520) 327-1990
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