COVID-19

OCS has revised COVID-19 precautions for the 2021-2022 school year. Information will be updated if precautions change. 

COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions

GENERAL

Where are you receiving guidance on COVID-19 precautions?

Throughout the COVID-19 crisis, OCS  has reviewed and considered guidance from a variety of sources to determine our specific COVID-19 precautions, taking into account guidance from local and national authorities, as well as local health care professionals. 

Will OCS offer blended (remote) learning for the 2021-2022 school year.

No. A blended learning option will not be offered for the upcoming school year.

QUARANTINE

What if a student/employee contracts COVID-19 or tests positive?

The student/employee will be required to quarantine for 10 days beginning the day the student/employee was tested, not the day the results were received. As always, anyone with a fever, diarrhea or vomiting may not return to school until they have been symptom free for 24 hours.

What happens if a member of an OCS household tests positive for COVID-19?

If a member of an OCS household tests positive for COVID-19, all members of that family may not return to the OCS campus for 10 days, beginning the day the infected person tested (not the day the results were received).
Students or employees who have been exposed through close contact in the home may end their quarantine after day 7, after receiving a negative COVID-19 test result. The test must occur on day 5 or later. At-home tests will not qualify for early release from quarantine.
The quarantine is waived for students or employees who have previously tested positive for COVID-19 and fully recovered within the previous 6 months, or who have been fully vaccinated (one is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the final shot), provided that they show no COVID-19 symptoms. OCS no longer accepts serology (antibody) tests for early release or exemption from quarantine.

What happens if a student becomes ill but it is not certain if it is COVID-19?

If a student becomes ill with a diagnosed chronic condition or illness that is clearly not COVID-19, the parent may keep the student at home for one day. However, if the illness requires more than one day of absence or if the student presents symptoms on the CDC symptom list (that are not chronic conditions), the student may not return to school without a note from a doctor (stating that they do not have COVID-19 and are cleared to return to school), or a negative COVID-19 test (at-home tests are not accepted).

Will an entire class be required to quarantine if a student tests positive for COVID-19?

Our current plan is to only quarantine the student who tests positive. We will alert the parents of students in the same class (Elementary) or students in the same division (Middle and High School) to the student who tested positive for COVID-19 (student names will not be released to protect confidentiality). 

Who keeps track of how long a student or employee has been quarantined?

The OCS nurse will keep track of how many days a student has been quarantined to ensure the entire quarantine has been completed.

If a household member is waiting for COVID-19 test results, can the students (not being tested) come to school?

Yes, students or employees may come to school while a member of their household is waiting for the results of a COVID-19 test. However, if the household member receives a positive COVID-19 test, the student or employee must quarantine immediately, unless the student or employee has already contracted and recovered from COVID-19 in the previous 6 months, or has been vaccinated.

If a student or employee is quarantined for 10 days because of household exposure and another household member gets sick with COVID-19, does the quarantined employee/student need to restart the quarantine?

Yes. Any time a new household member gets sick with COVID-19 and there was close contact, the quarantine will need to restart. However, the quarantine is waived for students or employees who have previously tested positive for COVID-19 and fully recovered within the previous 6 months, or who have been vaccinated, provided that they show no COVID-19 symptoms. 

PRECAUTIONS

Will students and employees be required to wear face coverings?

Students will not be required to wear face coverings during the 2021-2022 school year, unless conditions change that warrant a more aggressive face covering policy. Students that desire to wear a face covering are encouraged to do so. Students who do wear masks will be supported in their decision.

What group gatherings will be allowed?

Group gatherings will resume for the 2021-2022 school year.

Will parents be allowed in school buildings?

Parents will be allowed to visit the interior of school buildings. The school will closely monitor COVID-19 conditions in our community through the school year and may limit parental visits within the buildings if needed for certain periods of time. 

Will students use the water fountains?

Yes, however only touchless water bottle filling stations will be used. Last year we retrofit water fountains throughout campus with touchless filling stations. We recommend each student have a clean water bottle at school at all times. 

STUDENT ACTIVITIES AND EVENTS

Will OCS offer international mission trips?

Yes, as long as our travel agents and airlines are allowing travel of this nature. 

Will OCS schedule field trips?

Field trips will be scheduled as long as municipal COVID-19 ordinances and the policies of our field trip destinations permit. 

Will we have class parties in ES?

Yes, however parents will be able to attend, but we ask that siblings stay home. 

Can parents still send food for birthday treats?

All food brought to the school for parties must be store bought and individually wrapped.

How will high school community service be handled?

High school community service will be reduced to seven hours per semester. 

ATHLETICS

Will athletics continue?

At this time we are expecting to have athletics. OCS will follow the recommendations of the OSSAA as to schedules, practice, and game restrictions. 

Will students be penalized and not get playing time if they quarantine?

Students athletes will not be penalized or disciplined for quarantining, however coaches will play the players who are most prepared to play competitively.

What procedures will be in place for athletic and after school co-curricular events?

Face coverings will not be mandatory outdoors for fans, however face coverings may be mandatory for inside athletic events; we will pull out both sets of indoor bleachers for all indoor games. Hand sanitizer will be available at the gates. Fan attendance may be limited.

Will students wear masks on buses?

Students will not be required to wear masks on busses.

Will OCS inform opposing teams of positive cases of COVID-19 on an athletic team?

OCS will inform opposing teams when we become aware of positive cases before upcoming games (without using the name of the student athlete). We will decide along with the opposing school administration if a game should be played on a case by case basis.

Will fans be allowed to attend athletic events at OCS?

We are allowing fans for all athletic events. 

What options exist for broadcasting OCS athletic events?

We are broadcasting all middle school, junior varsity, and varsity athletic events in our gym and our football field with a subscription to the NFHS network. Click here to subscribe.

INSTRUCTIONAL

Will dress code change from what is in the Student Handbook?

We will continue to wear chapel dress, so students don’t get out of the habit and feel entitled to no longer wearing it. 

How will OCS handle student absences?

We will continue policies in the Student Handbook. Blended Learning students will be counted as present unless parents inform the office of extended illness or a worsening degree of symptoms.

Parents may send questions or concerns about OCS’ COVID-19 response to ocscovid@ocssaints.org. Each question will be reviewed and considered by the OCS COVID-19 team. Responses to COVID-19 questions will continue to be posted on our FAQs section of this page.