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Travel Advisory

As the result of the evolving COVID Pandemic, the California Department of Public Health has implemented a Travel Advisory to supersede the previous order for all residents of California. In order to protect the school and students from the potential of exposure, the following protocol has been implemented:

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IMPORTANT – Announcement from the Dean’s Office

We are again asking for your assistance in reporting to the Dean if your daughter has been directly exposed (close contact) to or tested positive for COVID-19.  Given the high rate of positive numbers in the Sacramento area and the restrictions via the Sacramento County Department of Health, your reporting assists us in providing the safest educational setting possible. If your daughter has tested positive, and even if she is distance learning, please let Mrs.

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Important Information from the Principal – 1/14/21

Dear St. Francis Families,

I am writing to brief you on our continuing COVID screening on campus, and to provide additional clarification to the email I sent out earlier this week.  This information is being shared with you today and not yesterday due to some additional scheduling changes taking place at St. Francis, as we are now a testing center for some of our Diocesan feeder schools.

As we make the shift from RT-PCR to Rapid Antigen testing, there have been some questions raised by parents that I’d like to address.

  • Is the test still going to be on our campus?  Yes, the test is still on campus and the process of collecting the sample is the same. You will continue to drive through the Armory parking lot, and medical personnel will assist you as before. 
     
  • Is it the same type of swabbing procedure? Yes, the specimen collection is the same. The swab does not go beyond the anterior nares (no more than ¾ of an inch into both nostrils).
     
  • Do we need to make an appointment like before? No, you no longer need to make an appointment. You are able to drive through any time during your daughter’s designated Cohort day/time.
     
  • What are the new COVID testing days for the Red and Gold Cohorts? 
    • ​​The Red Cohort will be testing Sundays from 3:00 – 5:30 p.m. 
    • The Gold Cohort will be testing Wednesdays from 3:00 – 5:30 p.m.
  • Will there be any make-up days? No. Given the number of schools being supported by our Urgent Care Now medical providers, there is no possible way for them to take on an additional day of screening. If a student misses her designated testing window, she will have to return to distance learning until the next testing opportunity.
     
  • Can my St. Francis daughter get tested at another Diocesan feeder school testing site with their younger sibling? No. While Urgent Care now will be doing the swabbing at that site, they will not be able to process and direct lab results to multiple schools. This increases the possibility of inadvertent errors. 
     
  • If it’s my daughter’s first time getting screened, what do I need to bring? Bring the signed waiver and release of liability found on our COVID-19 webpage, along with proof of identification.
     
  • Will the test results still be uploaded to the Immunify app? Yes, the test results will still be uploaded to the Immunify app. Students will need to show their Immunify QR code with a green shield in order to remain on campus. 
     
  • Will we have to start paying for the Rapid Antigen test now? No, there is no direct cost for COVID screening now. In the future, there may be a cost associated with it, but I will let you know in advance what that fee might be. I am looking at other funding sources to cover the cost.

It goes without saying that we continue to pivot and adjust our plans due to the ever-changing conditions created by COVID. Nonetheless, we are committed to supporting your daughters and making sure that while they are on campus, they are in a safe and healthy learning environment. 

I appreciate your flexibility and continued support and understand these changes impact your households and create additional stress and anxiety. 

As always, I will strive to keep you informed in a timely manner and provide you with as much detail as I possibly can.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me directly. 

In the spirit of Pax et Bonum (peace and goodness),

Elias Mendoza
Principal

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Important Message from the Principal – 1/11/21

Dear St. Francis Families,

I want to provide you with an update on our current COVID screening program and some upcoming changes. Since late October, we have been working with two local area medical providers, Dr. Oshita and Dr. Williams, in providing on-site COVID testing for all students, faculty, and staff. 

Initially, the screening was being billed directly through insurance carriers and then reimbursed by federal CARES Act dollars. We benefited significantly from this federal allocation, and it enabled us to reopen our school safely for in-person instruction. 

I was notified late yesterday afternoon by our medical providers that CARES Act funding has been exhausted, and we will no longer be able to bill insurance carriers for reimbursement moving forward. What does this mean for St. Francis and our established weekly COVID screening? 

Our medical providers have been in contact with the Sacramento County Public Health Officer, Dr. Kasirye, and the county is willing to provide St. Francis with Bynax Now rapid antigen kits, similar to what our Catholic feeder schools have been using for the past two weeks, which cost $25 per person. 

Since we are unable to bill insurance carriers any longer, there will be an administrative fee associated with these rapid antigen tests moving forward. I have been in communication with our Superintendent and medical providers to determine the fee structure as we continue to plan ahead. Currently, there are some funds available to subsidize the cost of the rapid antigen tests through January 31st, but those discretionary funds will become exhausted at some point.  Our intent is to minimize the out of pocket cost for each student and their family.

Additionally, due to this change in COVID screening, we will also have to adjust our current testing days for both cohorts. For that reason, today’s scheduled COVID screening has been rescheduled to Wednesday, January 13th from 3:00-5:30 p.m. This will enable students in the Gold Cohort to still attend classes in-person on Thursday and Friday. In the future, our new testing days will most likely change to Sundays and Wednesdays. I am currently working with our medical providers to determine the schedule for those days and will share more details later this week so you can plan accordingly.

Please know that our goal is to continue to provide COVID screening and make in-person instruction as safe as possible for all students, faculty, and staff.  I appreciate your continued patience and flexibility. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me directly. 

In the spirit of Pax et Bonum (peace and goodness),

Elias Mendoza
Principal

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CSD Parent Letter to All School Families regarding Stay-At-Home Mandate

Dear St. Francis Families,

I’m sharing a parent letter from our Superintendent, Lincoln Snyder, regarding Governor Newsom’s Stay-at-Home Mandate. I encourage you to take a moment to read it. 

CSD Parent Letter to All School Families regarding Stay-At-Home Mandate

Under the plan announced today, St. Francis High School will not be impacted. But as COVID-19 cases continue to skyrocket, it is our continued obligation to help flatten the curve once again.