COVID-19 Updates

"Act as if everything depended on you; trust as if everything depended on God."
― Saint Ignatius of Loyola
Summer 2021 COVID-19 Procedures
Participants in Strake Jesuit summer school, summer camps, and other summer programming may see our practices and policies below.

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  • Daily Screening Required to Enter Campus

    Before entering campus, all students, visitors, faculty, and staff must self-screen. Parents and students are together responsible for conducting this self-screening each day. Parents must ensure they do not send a child to campus if their child has COVID-19 symptoms, has been diagnosed with COVID-19, or has been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19.
  • Masking and Social Distancing

    Per CDC guidelines, individuals who are fully vaccinated may forego wearing a mask and social distancing. Individuals who have not been fully vaccinated are encouraged to wear a mask and maintain a minimum of three feet of separation from others not in your household.
  • Individuals Confirmed to Have COVID-19

    Individuals who are confirmed to have COVID-19 will be required to isolate away from campus according to the standards set by local health officials. If an individual participating in a summer program is confirmed to have COVID-19, the individual or his family should contact the school nurse, Mrs. Carol Directo, as soon as possible. Mrs. Directo will guide the individual or the individual’s parents through the required isolation protocols. Mrs. Directo’s email is cdirecto@strakejesuit.org, and her phone number is (713) 490-8202.

    The school will notify the local health department of COVID-19 cases on campus, in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations.

    The school will close off areas that were used by the individual with COVID-19. The spaces used will be disinfected before being used again. Summer school or program activities will be relocated as needed.

    Consistent with school notification requirements for other communicable diseases, and consistent with confidentiality requirements, faculty, staff, and families of students in summer school or a summer program will be notified of confirmed COVID-19 cases in that program.

    Any individuals who are confirmed to have COVID-19 must stay at home throughout the infectious period, and cannot return to campus until the conditions for campus re-entry have been met:
    1. at least three days have passed without fever, without the use of fever-reducing medications;
    2. the individual has improvement in respiratory symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath); and
    3. at least ten days have passed since symptoms first appeared.
    At present, following the guidance of the Houston Health Department, Strake Jesuit does not accept negative COVID-19 test results as sufficient to return to campus.

    Prior to returning to campus, parents must contact the school nurse to confirm that all criteria for re-entry have been met. Returning to campus is only permitted with the express permission of the school nurse. Mrs. Directo’s email is cdirecto@strakejesuit.org, and her phone number is (713) 490-8202.

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  • Individuals Exposed to COVID-19

    Individuals who are “close contacts” of someone with COVID-19 will be required to quarantine away from campus according to the standards set by local health officials. If an individual participating in a summer program has had close contact with COVID-19, the individual or the individual’s parents should contact the school nurse, Mrs. Carol Directo, as soon as possible. Mrs. Directo will guide the individual or their families through the required quarantine protocols. Mrs. Directo’s email is cdirecto@strakejesuit.org, and her phone number is (713) 490-8202.

    People who were potentially exposed to COVID-19 are called “close contacts.” When a case of COVID-19 is identified in the school community, school staff will use contact tracing to identify and follow up with close contacts. By tracing the contacts of COVID-19 cases, and helping them to quarantine, we can slow the potential spread of COVID-19 in our community.

    Who is a close contact is determined by conversation with and direction from an appropriate public health agency. In general, “close contact” is defined as (a) being directly exposed to infectious secretions (e.g., being coughed on); or (b) being within 6 feet for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period. However, additional factors like mask-wearing, ventilation, presence of dividers, and case symptomology may affect this determination. Either (a) or (b) defines close contact if it occurred during the infectious period of the case, defined as two days prior to symptom onset to 10 days after symptom onset, or for asymptomatic cases, two days prior to the confirming lab test and continuing for 10 days following the confirming lab test.

    Ordinarily, “close contacts” must quarantine away from campus for fourteen days. Prior to returning to campus, parents must contact the school nurse to confirm that all criteria for re-entry have been met. Returning to campus is only permitted with the express permission of the school nurse. Mrs. Directo’s email is cdirecto@strakejesuit.org, and her phone number is (713) 490-8202.
  • Individuals with COVID-19 Symptoms

    Individuals who have COVID-19 symptoms will be required to isolate away from campus according to the standards set by local health officials. If an individual participating in a summer program has COVID-19 symptoms, the individual or the individual’s family should contact the school nurse, Mrs. Carol Directo, as soon as possible. Mrs. Directo will guide the individual or the individual’s family through the required isolation and quarantine protocols. Mrs. Directo’s email is cdirecto@strakejesuit.org, and her phone number is (713) 490-8202.

    Anyone showing COVID-19 symptoms while on campus will be immediately isolated from others. Classrooms and other areas used by an individual who shows COVID-19 symptoms while at school will be cleaned and disinfected as soon as possible. Camp and program personnel will relocate activities as appropriate.

    Any individuals who experience the symptoms of COVID-19 must stay at home throughout the infectious period, and cannot return to campus until the conditions for campus re-entry below have been met:
    1. In the individual has symptoms that could be COVID-19, and is not evaluated by a medical professional or tested for COVID-19, that individual is assumed to have COVID-19, and may not return to the campus until completing the following conditions for campus re-entry:
      1. at least three days have passed without fever, without the use of fever-reducing medications;
      2. the individual has improvement in respiratory symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath); and
      3. at least ten days have passed since symptoms first appeared.
    1. If the individual has symptoms that could be COVID-19, and desires to return to school before completing the above isolation period, the individual must obtain a medical professional’s note clearing them for return based on an alternative diagnosis. 
    At present, following the guidance of the Houston Health Department, Strake Jesuit does not accept negative COVID-19 test results as sufficient to return to campus.

    Prior to returning to campus, parents must contact the school nurse to confirm that all criteria for re-entry have been met. Returning to campus is only permitted with the express permission of the school nurse. Mrs. Directo’s email is cdirecto@strakejesuit.org, and her phone number is (713) 490-8202.

We welcome your feedback!

Strake Jesuit families are invited to submit questions or comments for the COVID-19 Committee below. As we are continually working on these plans and details, we ask for your patience as we respond to these messages. We will work to keep parents informed frequently and clearly.