COVID-19 Information

The below information is current for the 2021/2022 school year.

As new information becomes available, it will be shared with enrolled families via email from the principal and updated here as appropriate. Prospective families with questions should contact our school office at (402) 896-0754 or school@stephen.org.

Principal Update (Jan. 2, 2022)

At this time we will begin the new year continuing with our current COVID policy. We will continue masking when distancing is not feasible or reasonable and when we experience exposure in a classroom. Also If a student or staff member tests positive, cohort/classroom/school masking at all times will be required for the amount of time determined by DCHD. Staff members have been instructed to be attentive and vigilant about sanitizing, distancing, and masking. We plan to re-evaluate the policy at the end of the month once we have a better idea of what is happening in our school community. The first semester went well, and we did not have any cases that were linked to school transmission.

When we have confirmed positive students and staff, we file a report with the Douglas County Health Department, and they follow-up with guidance. We also closely monitor attendance in Covid positive cohorts. We appreciate that families are keeping children home when they have symptoms and also when another family member is planning to test or awaiting results. If you and/or your children have had exposure over break and will be in quarantine, please let the office know. See "DCHD COVID-19 Isolation and Quarantine Guidance" information below.

Also, students who have medical exemptions from masking will need to quarantine at home if they are not vaccinated and they have had close contact with a COVID-positive individual. If there is classroom exposure and the DCHD requires all students to wear a mask for a period of time in school, students with masking exemptions can be in school if they can physically and feasibly mask for the determined days and/or they are vaccinated. In order to continue in-person instruction, your cooperation and adherence to the school policy are necessary. Please make sure your children have masks when they return to school.

DCHD COVID-19 Isolation and Quarantine Guidance (Update Jan. 5th)
August 11: Covid-19 Plans for School Opening 2021-2022

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School Updates (Sep. 22, 2021)

COVID updates will be sent to parents every two weeks in the Martyr Messenger and updated on this webpage as necessary.

We are following the DCHD guidelines pertaining to steps that need to be taken before a report is filed and communication is sent to families. Parents will be contacted directly if there is a positive case in their child's classroom or if there was known direct exposure, as recommended by DCHD.

Keeping our students healthy is a partnership. Please review the below reminders:

  • Please continue to keep your children home when showing any symptoms.
  • Please keep siblings home if someone in the household is testing.
  • Students must bring masks to school.
  • If you know of any exposure or close contacts from family members/teammates/friends, it is extremely important that you follow the guidelines and keep your children home for the required time recommended by the health department. We realize you do not want your children missing school, but trying to rush them back to the classroom before the recommended time puts other children and staff at risk.
    • Again, if your child or anyone in the family is showing symptoms keep them home and all other siblings if you plan to test or suspect COVID according to the symptoms.
    • If your child is participating in an extracurricular activity or sport and there is a positive case, please forward all information from the club director or the coach. These outside activities present a risk to our school community so we must be informed.