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2021-22 School Year Information (COVID-19)

CLICK HERE to see our current COVID-19 statistics for the Regis Catholic Schools PreK-12 system.

(Week of October 24-30, 2021)


The situation surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic continues to change quickly. All policies, procedures, and information are subject to change based on the advice of our local health department and/or the Diocese of La Crosse. Any and all changes are and will be effective immediately. It is important to keep in contact with your school and read all communications.

2021-22 School Year Updates

Important Update (September 20, 2021)

As of last week, the Wisconsin Department of Health has approved the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's guideline for reducing COVID-19 quarantine time within our schools.

Your child's quarantine may be shortened to seven (7) days, returning to school on day eight (8), or the next school day thereafter, if the following statements are true:

- They have not experienced any COVID-19 symptoms AND
- They have had a negative COVID-19 test (collected on or after day 6), with the results being shared with the school prior to the student’s return AND
- They maintain physical distancing at school as much as possible AND
- They wear a well-fitted mask for the entirety of the school day for the full 14 days AND
- Symptoms are monitored for the full 14 days.

There are two options available to meet the negative testing requirements: an antigen test or a PCR test. Antigen testing may be obtained at UW-Eau Claire. PCR tests are available at several locations throughout Eau Claire County (More information about testing sites can be found online at https://coronavirus-and-covid-19-information-hub-eccounty.hub.arcgis.com/pages/symptoms-and-testing). **Home-based testing kit results are not accepted.

Utilizing this 7-day quarantine option will require your child to follow all additional COVID-19 precautions for 14 days. This includes consistent mask use, physical distancing, and avoiding gatherings. If your child is unable or unwilling to follow these requirements, they will need to remain home for the duration of the 14 day quarantine.

We appreciate that the decision of whether or not to test your child is a parental decision. If you choose not to have your child tested, we will continue to support their virtual education for the remainder of their 14 day quarantine.

Important Mask Policy Update (September 10, 2021)

Our Regis Catholic Schools leadership team met this week to discuss our COVID-19 policies and strategies as we continue through the 2021-22 school year.

Please read the letter linked below for more information on the parameters we will use to guide our masking policy as we move forward.

COVID-19 Mask Policy Update Letter (September 10, 2021)

At this time, mask wearing is a parental decision and remains optional for students and staff at our schools. The letter linked above explains when and if that policy could change for a short time at any of our school buildings.

We continue to thank you for your support and prayers.

2021-22 PreK-12 COVID-19 Information & Policies (August 23, 2021)

Final preparations are underway for the start of the 2021-22 school year, including the release of our 2021-22 PreK-12 COVID-19 Information & Policies guide. (Linked under "Helpful Resources".) We also invite you to read an important letter from President Kelly K. Mechelke.

President Kelly K. Mechelke Letter (August 2021)

We look forward to welcoming our students back into the classroom and thank you for your support and prayers.


COVID-19 Vaccinations Encouraged (August 2, 2021)

With the beginning of the 2021-22 school year just weeks away, we encourage all individuals who are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. We are working to get back to a "normal" school year and the best way to accomplish this is to increase vaccination rates.

The Eau Claire City-County Health Department indicates the transmission of COVID-19 is increasing in our area. COVID-19 vaccines are safe and readily available. Getting one will help keep you and those around you as safe as possible during this pandemic.

We invite you to CLICK HERE to learn more about COVID-19 vaccine availability in our area or follow the link below for more information on getting your child(ren) vaccinated.

NEWS RELEASE | Health Department & Healthcare Prioritizing Vaccinations for 12- to 24-Year Olds


2021-22 RCS Mask Policy + Information (July 26, 2021)

With the start of the 2021-22 school year quickly approaching, our school administrators are working diligently to put plans in place as we again offer in-person learning five days a week for our students. We were grateful to be able to offer this same level of education during the past school year and find it so very important to have our students in the classroom.

We will be sharing more building-specific information in our back-to-school mailings (early August) and all system-level COVID-19 policies in our Student + Parent Handbook (late August). Please watch your mail and email closely and read all communications thoroughly.

At this time, we can pass along that mask wearing will be optional at all of our schools (for students and staff) during the 2021-22 school year.

We strongly encourage those individuals who choose not to be vaccinated or cannot be vaccinated to wear a mask. Anyone is welcome to wear a mask at any time.

It is important to note that Regis Catholic Schools reserves the right to change this mask policy at any time during the 2021-22 school year. Local, state, or federal mandates could warrant a change, as could a significant increase in positive COVID-19 rates in specific schools and/or grade levels.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) requires face coverings while using all public transportation, which applies to school buses. This means that at this time, students must wear a face covering for all situations when they are using a school bus.

Rest assured our custodians will continue to thoroughly clean our schools after each day and will conduct specialized cleaning if COVID-19 outbreaks occur. We will continue to offer and encourage the use of hand sanitizer and will also promote good hand hygiene.

Regis Catholic Schools will not offer COVID-19 testing on-site at our schools during the coming school year and we encourage you to get tested at an off-site location if/when requested. We appreciate your partnership in keeping our schools safe by getting tested and sharing the results with us when symptoms warrant. As always, we encourage COVID-19 testing when symptoms are present.

Our Regis Catholic Schools athletics and activities will return to their regular schedules and seasons, beginning with the fall athletic season. Please be sure to get your student tested anytime he or she is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.

As mentioned above, more information will be shared with you in the coming weeks as we prepare for the start of the new school year. If you have any questions, please contact your school’s administrator. We look forward to welcoming our students back into the classroom and thank you for your support and prayers.


Thank you for your support during the 2020-21 school year!

Testimonials

Holden Caporusso, Class of 2025
"I really love that my Catholic school emphasizes the importance of faith, education, and core values that will guide me to success. The emphasis on religion makes me a better, more aware person of what I must do to accomplish God's will."
- Holden Caporusso, Class of 2025
Kendall Alexander, Class of 2022
"Catholic Schools is a huge part of my life. I have been at Regis Catholic Schools since preschool, and I couldn't imagine receiving my education anywhere else. Teachers are able to incorporate the moral truths of the church into their everyday curriculum, whether it's a religion class or not. We are able to pray at school before every class and with teams before sporting events. I am so appreciative for the opportunity and for my parents' decision to send me to a place where school is more than an education."
- Kendall Alexander, Class of 2022
Estrella Juarez-DePaz, Elementary Student
"I like my school because I learn a lot about God and I like to go to Mass with my classmates. Going to Catholic school makes me a better student because I have to study for tests and when I do well on them I feel proud."
- Estrella Juarez-DePaz, Elementary Student
Colleen Callaghan, Class of 2024
"Regis Catholic Schools has made an impact on my life by teaching me how to be a well-rounded and hardworking person. What I love most about Regis is the community. I love hanging out with my friends and playing sports with them!"
- Colleen Callaghan, Class of 2024
Chase Kostka, Class of 2024

"Attending Regis has helped me in a lot of ways! I love that our school is small, giving me the ability to get involved in playing sports. I also enjoy being able to get to know everybody, even all of the teachers. My school is full of good kids and supportive people!"

- Chase Kostka, Class of 2024
Shaughnessy Murphy, Class of 2002
"The Regis motto, "Learning Today, Leading Tomorrow", couldn't be more true. The foundation for my successes today were first forged in the classroom and athletic programs at Regis."
- Shaughnessy Murphy, Class of 2002
Anna Allen, Class of 2021
"Going to a Catholic school has made me a better Catholic by enabling me to learn and grow my faith in an accepting and caring atmosphere. Through Regis, I have learned so many values and morals that I use everyday. The motto “Learning Today, Leading Tomorrow” describes Regis perfectly. They teach us how to be a leader in the community and classroom."
- Anna Allen, Class of 2021
Marianne Callaghan, Regis Parent
"It is so well worth it for us to sacrifice financially for our kids to come here because honestly, we don't feel like it is a sacrifice. We feel like it is an investment in their future."
- Marianne Callaghan, Regis Parent
Erika Galewski, Teacher
"Teaching is my vocation and I feel God calling me to teach. Having the strong faith-based education that we provide is something I think is very important for students to have at all age levels and all grade levels."
- Erika Galewski, Teacher
Grace Kristo, Class of 2020
"I feel like the focus on service and helping others helped me grow as an individual and the class sizes gave me an opportunity to learn more than I could at a public school."
- Grace Kristo, Class of 2020
John Mulligan, Class of 1983
"The values I learned at Regis carry over for your entire life; values like treating people respectfully and working hard to achieve your goals. These are values that lead to success in life."
- John Mulligan, Class of 1983
Griffin Johnson, Class of 2020
"With a small school like we have, it really gave me more of an opportunity to participate in a variety of co-curricular activities and sports, which really enhanced my experience at Regis."
- Griffin Johnson, Class of 2020
Mike Andrews, Regis Parent
"We just feel at home and so do our kids. Regis is a great place to be and it's where our family wants to be."
- Mike Andrews, Regis Parent

Learning Today, Leading Tomorrow

Regis Catholic Schools is dedicated to educating students of all faiths in a Catholic, Christ-centered environment. We are united by Our Core Values of Living Faith, Accepting Responsibility, Promoting Teamwork, Achieving Excellence, and Inspiring Leadership.