Health Guidance and Return Requirements
Given the availability of COVID-19 vaccines and other encouraging news, we are confident we can resume and sustain more normalcy this year. Based on recommendations from Health and Human Services (HHS)/Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and local health officials, we are pleased to announce we intend to operate with full in-person learning and will only revert to virtual learning at the recommendation of local health authorities.
We recognize there are varying perspectives about the COVID-19 vaccine and want families to do what is in their best interest. We have consulted with local health authorities about the vaccine. STA has a decades-old position of supporting the vaccine recommendations of the HHS/CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). These entities recommend the vaccine. In addition, most public and private school systems in Missouri and the nation are recommending it; however, we are not requiring that your student be vaccinated to attend STA. Children's Mercy Hospital, one of the foremost authorities on pediatric infectious diseases, has been monitoring the national vaccine strategy very closely. The vaccine has the support of many pediatric healthcare providers, including those at Children's Mercy Hospital. The AAP information in the following link may be helpful:
We will discontinue requiring daily health check-ins on the app/online. In order to have a full return without masks, we highly encourage that all students, faculty and staff members be vaccinated. STA students and employees may still choose to wear masks, if desired. Note that plans and protocols are subject to change throughout the school year in accordance with CDC recommendations and mandates.
Please share proof of your daughter’s vaccination* by August 5, 2021, by scanning/emailing, faxing or mailing a copy to:
Confidential medical FAX: 816-817-9231
Postal mail: St. Teresa’s Academy, Attn: Susan Duff, 5600 Main St., Kansas City, MO 64113
If your student has not received the vaccine, and/or if you do not have plans for her to receive the vaccine, please review, complete and submit the STA COVID-19 Waiver Vaccination Form by August 5, 2021.*
We will continue to monitor our community in case of exposure and will quarantine as necessary. Per CDC guidelines, COVID-19-exposed students will be required to quarantine 10 days, as opposed to 14 days, returning to campus as long as they are symptom-free following the isolation period. Exposed students who are symptom free may return to campus on day seven after receiving a negative test result (test must occur on day five or later). Our school nurse, Angela Sweeny, will coordinate the contact tracing process.
- If exposure occurs in a classroom, only those unvaccinated students who were less than six feet of the infected student for more than 15 minutes will be required to quarantine.
- Vaccinated students will not have to quarantine, but they will need to monitor themselves to ensure they are symptom-free.
Should you need to discuss specific health needs further, please contact Angela Sweeny, STA school nurse, and/or Dr. Liz Baker, principal of Student Affairs.
St. Teresa’s Academy reserves the right in its discretion to deny entry to classes and STA-sponsored activities to any student/parent who has not provided proof of vaccination or returned the waiver form to school.
*St. Teresa’s Academy takes student privacy very seriously. Any information you provide regarding your student’s vaccination status will not be shared or disclosed with a third party unless it is deemed an emergency, and knowledge of that information is necessary to protect the health or safety of a student or other individuals.