COVID-19 Campus Safety » Return to Campus Plan

Return to Campus Plan

Bishop Alemany High School Returns to Campus beginning on March 25th
Bishop Alemany High School is pleased to begin the process of welcoming students back to campus. This webpage contains important information and protocols that will help to ensure a smooth and safe transition to our Hybrid Learning Model. The health and well-being of every student and employee is the school's top priority. It is incumbent on all members of the Bishop Alemany community to work together to follow all policies and procedures to maximize the safety of the entire Warrior family. Thank you for your cooperation and diligence in this process!

Protocols for returning to campus.
Students Coming to Campus Must:
  • never arrive on campus sick even if symptoms are mild.
  • have had their daily health screenings completed using the Visitu app.
  • wear face coverings at all times (eating and drinking breaks are the exception).
  • maintain physical distance from other people at all times.
  • wash or sanitize hands frequently.
  • follow foot traffic signage to minimize congestion on campus.
Students Must Stay Home If:
  • they feel sick, and should contact their primary care physician.
  • they do not pass their daily at-home screening using the Visitu app.
  • they have had close contact with a person diagnosed with COVID-19.
  • they test positive for COVID-19.
Parents Must:
  • ensure their student's daily screening has been completed before coming to campus.
  • notify the Front Office if their student or a household member develops any COVID-19 symptoms or tests positive for COVID-19.
  • retrieve their student promptly from Classroom E9 (Isolation Room) if they become ill while on campus.
  • remain in the vehicle when dropping off or picking up students.

COVID-19 has a wide range of symptoms including: fever, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, chills, headache, recent loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea. All families, faculty and staff will be required to complete a daily screening at home on our new Visitu app. This assessment is designed to identify potential illness. If an individual answers “yes” to any question, they must stay home and contact their primary care physician. Screening includes whether anyone in home is exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms or have been in close contact with a person diagnosed with COVID-19. If screening has not been completed, an employee or student may not enter campus. Contact-less, infrared thermometers will be used, when temperatures are taken at school; while wearing the appropriate PPE: face mask, face shield, and disposable gloves. Students or employees with any identified COVID-19 symptoms and/or a temperature of at least 100.4°F or higher will be isolated and sent home immediately until testing and/or medical evaluation has been conducted. Families and visitors will be required to have an appointment prior to coming on campus and will have a temperature check upon entry.

Face coverings are a critical safety measure to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Students, faculty, and staff are required to wear a face covering while on campus except when eating, drinking, or excessive exertion with exercise outside, provided able to maintain 6 feet away from others. Exemptions will be based on medical documentation from the student’s primary medical provider. Face coverings will be required for anyone entering the campus, including, but not limited to families, visitors, and vendors. Every classroom will have a supply of extra face coverings. Additionally, the front office, the guard gate, and the temperature check area will have extra face coverings for anyone who comes to campus without them. Face shields may be worn during instructional time, as needed. Students, faculty, and staff are instructed to wash face coverings daily.
Wear your face covering correctly:
  • Wash hands before putting on face covering.
  • Cover nose and mouth and secure it under chin. It should fit snuggly against side of face.
  • Make sure one can breathe easily.
  • Masks may not be removed in the classroom setting for any reason. Any student needing to remove their mask for any reason must first exit the classroom.
COVID-19 is an infectious disease that can be spread through the air. It may be transmitted when a person touches a contaminated object and then touches their eyes, nose, or mouth. An infectious person may have no symptoms. Thus, all students and employees will be expected to keep six feet of distance between them whenever possible. Particles containing the virus can travel more than six feet, especially indoors, so physical distancing must be combined with both face coverings and hand hygiene. In classrooms desks are separated by a minimum of 4.5 feet and have three-panel transparent shields. Classrooms also have a protective shield at the teacher’s desk and a designated teaching zone that students may not enter. Classrooms and school offices are equipped with HVAC filtration systems and doors and windows will be propped open wherever possible.
The School’s cleaning crew will sanitize school spaces three times per day and a fourth time after school hours. The cleaning sweeps will begin at 6:30am, 9:00am, 12:30pm and after 4:00pm. These sweeps will include restrooms, break rooms, front office, counseling center, chapel and fieldhouse. Classrooms will be cleaned and disinfected every day after hours and disinfectant wipes will be available in every classroom to allow for the sanitizing of desks and other surfaces between each class. Students will be required to wipe down their desks with provided sanitized wipes at the beginning and end of each class. The school owns and utilizes a high-powered disinfectant mister / fogger that will be used every Wednesday throughout the school for a deeper cleaning and other times as necessitated by circumstances. Each classroom will be stocked with EPA-approved disinfectant wipes and the school will maintain an adequate supply of PPE, soap, hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, towels, tissues, etc.
  • There will be no on-campus gatherings or events where physical distancing cannot be maintained. For this reason, we are planning alternate or online versions of many of our calendar events. Club meetings will continue to be conducted via Zoom for the time being.

  • Conditioning and practice for the Fall sports has been underway.
    Dates for the Fall sports competitive seasons will be released and updated through the athletic section of the website. Head coaches will communicate to team members all updates and important announcements. We will continue to follow state and county protocols and regulations, which are subject to change.
During drop-off, all students and families will need to enter through the main entrance and continue driving to the gym area on the back side of campus to receive their temperature checks before exiting their cars.
DROP-OFF: Families will be required to complete a health screening on the Visitu app. before coming on campus. During drop-off, students will have their Visitu screening checked and their temperatures taken prior to getting out of the car. They will need to go directly to their classroom or designated / supervised waiting area. Students can be dropped off as early as 7:30 am. 

PICK-UP: Students who remain on campus after school ends will need to either attend their scheduled tutoring or be in designated / supervised waiting areas. All students must be picked up by 3:00 p.m. unless they have a supervised practice or activity that extends beyond this time.
Classroom E9 has been reconfigured for use as an infirmary / isolation room. The room is equipped with an HVAC filtration system. Any student who exhibits symptoms will be directed to E9 and will await pick up from parents. N95 masks are provided for any employees who assist students in the isolation room. There is a building exit immediately adjacent to E9 that students will utilize to avoid travel through the building upon their departure.
  • If students, faculty, or staff become sick during the school day, they must immediately go to the Main Office. Anyone displaying symptoms of COVID-19 will then be placed in the isolation room until they are picked up and must contact their primary care physician for guidance on how to proceed, and whether to have a COVID-19 test administered.

  • Students displaying one or more COVID-19 symptoms will be required to isolate at home and notify the Front Office of their primary care provider’s plan of treatment.

  • Students with a negative test result may return to school with a note from their primary care provider classifying their illness as being unrelated to COVID-19. Students must also be fever free for 24 hours without aid of fever-reducing medication.

  • Students with a positive COVID-19 test result may not return to campus until at least 10 days have passed since their symptoms first appeared, their symptoms have improved, and they have been fever free for 24 hours without the aid of fever-reducing medication.
  • Students and their parents will be notified of potential exposure to classmates or teachers who have tested positive, or are presumed positive, for COVID-19. The primary emergency contacts listed in Aeries will be notified via email and voice message.

  • Students, faculty, and staff who have been in close contact with someone who is presumed COVID positive must take a COVID-19 test, whether or not they have symptoms, and inform the school of test results. Students are required to self-quarantine for 10 days after their last contact with the person who has or is likely to have COVID-19. Students may end their quarantine after Day 10 if they did not develop any symptoms of COVID-19.
All students, faculty and staff must stay home if exhibiting any signs of illness. Any student, faculty or staff must stay home if they test positive with COVID-19 for minimum of 10 days. Any student, faculty or staff who lives with someone with COVID-19 must stay home and quarantine for 14 days. Any student, faculty or staff member who is in quarantine or isolation must remain at home and has the option to participate in distance learning if they are well enough. If symptoms arise during the school day, the individual will be sent to the Isolation room (Classroom E9) and sent home promptly. Students, faculty and staff may return to school following a fever or any COVID-19 symptoms if they are fever-free without fever reducing medications for 24 hours AND symptoms have improved AND 10 days since symptoms began.
Any person who is not employed by the school or enrolled in the school will be considered a visitor. All visitors must have an appointment to enter campus (with the exception of picking up and dropping off students when the visitor does not exit the car). Parents are encouraged to conduct any necessary meetings with teachers and/or administrators via zoom. In the event that it is necessary for a visitor to enter campus they must make an appointment with the person whom they intend to visit. The host will notify the main office where a visitor’s log will be kept. All visitors must check in at the main office and must wear appropriate face coverings and be temperature checked upon entry. The host will meet the visitor in the main office and escort them to an appropriate meeting space. Visitors must exit campus immediately following their scheduled meeting.
In the event that there are necessary changes to school schedule or cancellation of school due to a COVID outbreak or related occurrence, the community will be notified by phone and email via the Blackboard alert system. The information will also be posted as a pop-up alert on the homepage of Bishop Alemany’s website.
Any family that is more comfortable with remaining in the distance learning format will have the option to do so. Teachers will continue to stream their classes and tutoring sessions via Zoom each day to provide equal access to learning for in-person and remote students. Students and families who are high risk, sick or diagnosed with COVID-19 will be accommodated without discrimination, and students will not be penalized for missing class or work. We encourage families and students to reach out to our Counseling Office should they have specific needs or accommodations.
"Despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, the faculty, staff and students of Bishop Alemany have shown tremendous resilience and commitment. The mission of our school has never been more relevant as all members of our community continue to rise to the occasion. Go Warriors!"

Dr. Hambleton
Dr. William C. Hambleton, Ed.D.
"COVID-19, the ensuing pandemic, and the isolation that we’ve all endured for the past year have served to remind us of the truly important values that we at Alemany hold dear — faith, morality, service, and community. As we reopen school, we are committed to honoring God, each other, and ourselves through the practice of those core values while striving for the excellence that Bishop Alemany High School represents."
Alexis Signature
Alexis Arnold-Cox