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 5 days beginning the day the student/employee’s symptoms began or the day they were tested (not the day the results were received). Day 0 is the first day of symptoms or the day the test specimen was collected; Day 1 is the first full day after symptoms develop or the first full day after the test specimen was collected. The employee or student also must be symptom-free for 24 hours prior to their return.

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 the family who are without symptoms may remain in school and on campus, provided they continue to diligently monitor themselves for COVID-19 symptoms.

Are students required to get tested for COVID-19 if they are ill?

No, if a student becomes ill they are not required to get tested for COVID-19. As always, anyone with a fever, diarrhea, or vomiting may not return to school until they have been symptom free for 24 hours. If a student does test positive for COVID-19 they must follow our COVID-19 quarantine policy.

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.

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.

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.