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Campus COVID Protocols and Mask Policy Fall 2021

Dear Xavier Community,

As we enter our third school year dealing with COVID, one thing Richard and I have learned is that COVID is unpredictable and ever-changing. While our primary responsibility is to educate your children, we have always done so with the health and well-being of the entire Xavier community in mind. COVID, like nothing before, has and continues to influence many decisions we make as a school, and in some instances, requires a mid-course change.

With additional information gathered over the past two days, including pleadings from the CEOs of the major medical facilities in the Texas Medical Center, we have decided to modify the mask policy on campus:

  • Masks will be required at all times while on campus, regardless of vaccination status
    • The only exception will be during the lunch break
      • During the one-hour lunch break, lunches will be eaten in capacity-limited classrooms to allow for distancing
      • Students will be asked to stagger their eating to minimize exposure
      • Mask removal will only be allowed while actively eating
      • The medical-grade HEPA air purifiers in each classroom will be run at full speed during the lunch hour
  • All students, staff, and visitors to campus when arriving will have their temperature taken and smell tested, like the protocols, we implemented last year
  • We are also asking that if your child is exhibiting any of the following symptoms to please stay at home and log into classes using the Teams video learning options
    • In a vaccinated person
      • Headache, runny nose, sneezing, sore throat, or loss of smell
    • In an unvaccinated person
      • Fever, persistent cough, shortness of breath, headache, runny nose, sneezing, sore throat, or loss of smell

During the pandemic, our school has been at the forefront to ensure that we are doing the best job possible to educate and allow our children and staff to work in the safest environment possible. From providing HEPA-grade air purifiers in every room, instituting smell checks, asking those with symptoms or exposure to learn or teach from home, offering online learning, to staging two vaccine clinics, we have made the hard and, in some cases, not necessarily, popular decisions to achieve these goals.

Together, by wearing our masks at school and following the guidelines we have set up, we can better protect our Xavier Community and focus on the education that you have come to rely upon at our school.

Regards,

David and Richard