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COVID-19 Updates (August 25, 2022)

Over the past few years, COVID-19 has elevated awareness of the importance of infection prevention and control in schools. As we enter the 2022-23 school year, Regis Catholic Schools remains focused on providing our students and staff with a safe learning environment.

Regis Catholic Schools is moving forward following guidance from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction and the Eau Claire City-County Health Department. We will continue to monitor COVID-19 community spread and adjust our policies, if necessary.

Parents and guardians should monitor their children for signs of infectious illness every day. As a reminder, a sick child must stay home from school, regardless of the type of illness. If your child has a temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, diarrhea, or vomiting, he or she must remain at home until symptom-free without the use of medication for 24 hours.

Regardless of vaccination status, if a student or staff member is exposed to COVID-19, he or she will no longer be required to quarantine if asymptomatic. Students or staff who self-identify as close contacts may continue to attend school/work if they remain symptom-free. Exposed individuals are encouraged to wear a mask for 10 days following the exposure and monitor for symptoms. If possible, the Eau Claire City-County Health Department encourages exposed individuals to get a test on Day 6 (with Day 0 being the day of exposure).

Regis Catholic Schools will again offer onsite COVID-19 testing as a convenience for families who wish to get tested. Our testing site will be open on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Rambler Room (basement) on the Regis campus. Those wishing to be tested should park in the front visitors lot and arrive at door #2 to be allowed into the building.

If a student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19, he or she is required to follow current CDC guidance, isolating themselves at home for at least 5 days. If they are asymptomatic or symptoms are resolving and the individual has been fever-free for 24 hours, he or she may return to school/work after Day 5 (on Day 6 with Day 0 being the day of testing or onset of symptoms). The CDC stipulates this return may occur on Day 6 provided:

  • The individual is able to mask and does so through Day 10.
  • If the individual is unable to mask, it is recommended he or she have a negative test on Day 5 or later to return to school/work prior to Day 11.

If your student tests positive for COVID-19, please call his or her school office to report the positive test result. Contract tracing is no longer required for schools, however, awareness of COVID-19 cases will help Regis Catholic Schools respond appropriately and when necessary.

Virtual learning will not be offered during the 2022-23 school year. If a student is absent from school, the family will need to work with the school/teacher to make-up for missed work.

Moving into the 2022-23 school year, Regis Catholic Schools will continue to:

  • Clean and disinfect our classrooms, materials, and surfaces
  • Provide good ventilation and air flow
  • Encourage hand washing and the use of hand sanitizer

Masks are not required at this time, but remain optional for any student or staff member who wishes to wear one. Our schools will support you in that choice. COVID-19 vaccinations are encouraged, but not required. All school age children are eligible to be vaccinated at this time.

If you have any questions, please contact your school’s administrator. Thank you for your continued support and prayers.

Paul Pedersen ‘89
Regis Catholic Schools

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.

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.