As you know, we have developed extensive safety protocols and plans to keep our campus safe and create a culture of health. These guidelines and plans have been in place throughout the summer and the new school year. They are designed to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 to our students, faculty and staff.
Every individual at our facility is required to wear masks, complete our Safety Health Screening and pass through thermal cameras at the entrance of our building. In addition, our desks and lunch tables are more than 6 feet apart, all surfaces are thoroughly cleaned in between uses and we undergo a deep cleaning of the entire facility on Wednesdays and on weekends.
Despite these diligent efforts, with a community of over 750 people, it is possible for individuals to have exposure to COVID-19 outside our school facility. In the event that someone reports a positive COVID-19 test result, we will remain committed to the individual's privacy and respect all privacy laws. We will also be transparent with our community so that all members may be aware and attentive to our health protocols.
As you know, contact tracing must be done by a healthcare professional who is trained in the proper procedures. Our MC Nurse has received training from John Hopkins University to be a skilled COVID-19 contact tracer and has extensive education in this meticulous process. In the event that an individual within our community has a positive test result, we will immediately begin contact tracing and notify anyone deemed to be a close contact. If you do not hear from the MC Nurse, your student has not been determined to be a close contact.
It is our hope is that we will be able to remain at Malden Catholic throughout the fall and we ask that you help by diligently following all guidelines set by the Department of Public Health. Please make sure that students follow all social distancing guidelines and do not gather in groups when they are off campus.
Thank you for your support,
John K. Thornburg