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Active Case Tracker - as of Friday, May 27

Updated February 18, 2022

Dear St. Bartholomew Catholic School Families.
After consultation with St. Bart's Parish Logistics Committee, the timeline of changes to current COVID-19 protocols will take effect according to the timeline shown below.  As always, adjustments in protocols may be made at any time.
God bless.  Happy Presidents Day.
Mr. Fox


St. Bartholomew Catholic School  COVID-19 Protocols Update
Friday, February 18, 2022


1.  Beginning week of February 21:

  • Adjustment:  Covid case notification procedures will include the following:

    • Classroom notice sent when active case occurs in classroom.

    • After-school activity/Clubhouse notice sent when active case in room/area.

    • Community notices will no longer be sent. Active cases during the week will be reported on Fridays via email and on the COVID web page:  COVID | stbarts-school (

  • End requirement for masks during after-school activities and Clubhouse.

  • Mask requirement optional for staff.

2. Wednesday, February 23:

3.  Monday, February 28:

  • Open building to volunteers; lunchroom, recess supervision, Mystery Readers, etc.  

  • Staff will communicate opportunities available to families.

4. Monday, February 28:

  • Reduce social distancing protocols in classrooms and at Mass.

    • Students will sit closer together while attending Mass

    • Individual student desks will remain in classrooms.  Teachers may arrange desks in pods or groups.

    • Music and Band:  protocols will remain unchanged at this time.

5. Monday, March 7:

  • Grade level classrooms may be united for group work or activities.

    • E.g., Kindergarten classrooms join together for common activity.

6. Wednesday, March 9:

  • Reinstate 5th & 6th students paired with K “Buddies” for Mass attendance and periodic activities.

  • Parishioners invited to attend Children’s Mass.

7. Friday, March 18:

  • “RE-OPENING” DAY at St. Bart’s  8:15am - 9:00am

  • Replicate 'First Day of School’ tradition.  Parents escort child/ren to classrooms

  • Parent gathering (coffee / treats) in gym or outdoors.

8. March 18 and beyond:

  • Families able to attend regular/annual events during school days:

    • STEM Fair, Preschool Circus, Presidential Wax Museum (3rd), States Fair 4th), Geography Bee, Talent Show, Field Day, etc.

Updated January 12, 2021

Updated January 5, 2021

Updated December 22, 2021

Dear St. Bart’s Catholic School Families,

Please note the following timeline of adjustments to St. Bart’s Covid 19 protocols:

Preschool Families:
A separate communication with details about preschool protocols will be sent to families of preschool students.

K-6 Families:
Monday, January 3 through Friday, January 14:

Masks required for K-6 students and staff. Quarantine for close contacts will not be required due to universal masking. Quarantines will still be required for students or staff who test positive for Covid, or when a positive case is present in a household. Close contact notices will be sent when active positive cases are identified.

Beginning Tuesday, January 18:  (no school Monday, January 17)
St. Bart’s will recommend, not require, K-6 students and staff to wear masks.

Close contact notices will continue to be sent to our school community when active positive cases are identified. Quarantines will no longer be required for those identified as close contacts. Quarantines for close contacts will be optional. Parents may choose to quarantine their child if their child is identified as a close contact.

Quarantines will still be required for students or staff who test positive for Covid, or when a positive case is present in a household.

The adjustments are in light of:

  • Active case data at St. Bart’s during the three weeks prior to Christmas break.

  • January 18 adjustment allows two weeks after Christmas break when students and staff spent time with family or friends, traveling, etc. to monitor active cases within the St. Bart’s School Community.

  • January 18 allows additional time for the vaccination process for families choosing to vaccinate themselves and/or their children.

  • St. Bart’s continued goal to keep healthy kids in school.

  • Respect for parent choice regarding their children’s health.

  • The majority of St. Bart’s COVID cases have been reported as a mild illness, or without symptoms, which is consistent among children in this age group.

Beginning January 3:  Basketball players will not be required to wear masks when active during practice or games. Coaches will continue to wear masks when within 6 feet of players. Notices of close contacts during practices or games will be sent to families.

After school activity protocols, including AM & PM Clubhouse, will remain the same; masks required except when outside or during snack breaks.

Active case and community spread monitoring will continue. Future adjustments to St. Bart’s covid protocols remain subject to change. 

Updated December 2, 2021

Updated November 27, 2021

Dear St. Bart's Families.

As a result of the number of positive cases of Covid-19 within the St. Bart’s School Community, masks will be required for all students and staff, with the exception of preschool students, beginning Monday, November 29 through Friday, December 17.  Masks will be worn throughout the school day with the exception of;

  • Lunch time while eating

  • During outdoor recess or outdoor Phy Ed classes

  • While outdoors for a class activity

FOR QUARANTINED STUDENTS:  On Monday, November 29, teachers will work to prepare distance learning activities/lessons for those students out on quarantine.

Thank you for communicating Covid test results to the school health office.  We have 13 Active Cases reported as of Saturday, morning, November 27.  Cases reported to date are the result of exposure from both inside and outside of school.

Please note the following:

  • Christmas Show recording will be adjusted - normal uniform attire on Monday.

  • The Advent Festival will continue as planned.

  • Limited parent and visitor presence inside school will continue.

  • Clubhouse will continue with existing protocols; all students and staff required to wear masks.

  • After school activities will continue with existing protocols.

  • Athletics (basketball games and practices) will continue - masks will be required for all.

  • This 3 week mask requirement protocol will be reviewed prior to the start of school on January 3.

Updated September 2, 2021

At this point in time, St. Bart’s plan remains as previously communicated. The situation remains fluid. St. Bart’s will continue to monitor information from the CDC and MDH along with recommendations from the Archdiocese. The Parish Logistics Committee meets weekly; more frequently, if needed. ST. BART’S MITIGATION STRATEGIES MAY CHANGE AT ANY TIME, INCLUDING MAKING FACIAL COVERINGS/MASKS REQUIRED. We appreciate the emotions this situation has elicited. Varied perspectives exist in our community regarding the virus, risks, and mitigation strategies needed to ensure a safe return to school for St. Bart’s Students. In Christian tradition, we will appreciate and respect others’ perspectives. School mitigation strategies will be consistent. It is essential that families also consistently follow mitigation strategies and appreciate that your actions will be significant in our ability to provide in-person learning.


What can parents and families do to keep everyone safe and in school?


Stay home when sick. Parents must keep students home when sick. Please refer to the MDH decision tree for guidance regarding symptoms:  Recommended COVID-19 Decision Tree for People in Schools, Youth Programs, and Child Care Programs (


If symptoms develop while in school, staff will alert the health office and parents will be contacted. The student will remain in the health office until appropriate follow-up is determined.



  • Facial Coverings: Recommended

  • Teachers will contact families to confirm parent expectations for their child or children regarding masks. Teachers will monitor students accordingly for adherence to parent expectations.

  • All staff will wear masks when working within 6 feet of students.

  • CLUBHOUSE UPDATE: Masks will be mandatory for all Clubhouse students and staff during morning and afternoon sessions while indoors. Clubhouse enrollment does not allow for social distancing while indoors.

  • Visitors

    • Visitors and parents will not be allowed inside the school building at this time.

      • Morning drop-off procedures remain the same - parents may drop off from vehicles in morning car line.

      • Preschool parents may walk their child to the school entrance.

      • MASKED preschool parents arriving between 7:00am - 8:00am and between 4:30pm - 5:30pm may enter the building with their child and escort their child to the preschool classroom.

  • Handwashing and Respiratory Etiquette

    • Modeling appropriate hand washing techniques, covering coughs, etc. Frequent hand washing and sanitizing throughout the school day will continue.

  • Water bottle fillers will be used. Drinking fountains will be turned off.

  • Social Distancing and Learning Groups

    • Students will be in desks spaced 3 feet apart in classrooms.

    • Recess and lunch periods will be staggered by grade levels.

  • Cleaning/Disinfecting

    • Midday cleaning of bathrooms and handrails.

    • Classroom sanitizing at the end of the school day.

    • Classroom cleaning as necessary throughout the school day.

  • Ventilation

    • HVAC audit during summer 2020 reviewed school ventilation system.

    • Classrooms include fresh air intakes/outtakes and functioning windows.

  • Contract Tracing

    • Staff will continue to work with MDH when there is a positive case in the school.

    • Seating charts will be used to identify and notify close contacts

  • Quarantine

    • Per MDH guidelines, persons who test positive for COVID-19 should stay home (isolation) until all three of the following are true:

      • They feel better.

      • Their cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms are better;

      • and, it has been at least 10 days since they first felt sick or tested positive:

      • and, They have had no fever for at least 24 hours, without using medicine that lowers fever.

    • If there is a positive case in your household, you are required to quarantine per MDH guidelines.

    • A 14-day quarantine is the safest recommendation for people who have been exposed to COVID-19. If the exposure is in your home, a 14 day quarantine will be required.

    • St. Bart’s will allow a 7 day quarantine with a negative PCR and no symptoms. This test must be taken between day 5 - 7 of exposure. OR may return after 10 days without symptoms.

    • Exceptions for quarantine of close contacts:

      • Fully vaccinated people and those who have had COVID-19 within the past 90-days are not recommended to quarantine in most situations.

      • The close contact definition excludes students who were within 3 to 6 feet of an infected student (laboratory-confirmed or a clinically compatible illness) where both the infected student and close contact were wearing masks Distance Learning

    • Unlike last year, the option for students who are absent from school to participate in on-line or ‘distance learning’ will be provided on a case-by-case basis.

      • Students absent while on a family vacation are not eligible.

      • Students absent as a result of a short-term illness are not eligible.

      • Quarantined will be eligible for distance learning. The classroom teacher will coordinate the distance learning schedule and content with the family.


Thank you very much for your vigilant attention to these mitigation strategies

Updated August 24, 2021

Message from Mr. Fox

St. Bart’s Catholic School’s priority is to keep students, staff, and our school community safe while providing an excellent educational experience to meet the intellectual, social, emotional and faith needs of each child.


Upon review of guidance and recommendations from the CDC, MDH and the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, St. Bart's Catholic School established the following protocols for the 2021-2022 school year.


The plan applies to all St. Bart's Catholic School School events and activities, including but not limited to: athletics, extra-curricular and extended day childcare (Clubhouse).


Any aspect of this plan is subject to change in light of updated or revised guidance, mandates, and/or executive orders. Changes in protocols will be communicated to families in a timely manner.

  • When to Stay Home
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  • Hand Hygiene and Respiratory Etiquette
    Hand Hygiene Hand washing frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds is an effective prevention method to reduce transmission of COVID-19. When soap and water is not available, students will use hand sanitizer. BEGIN NOW: Students and staff get in the habit of frequent hand washing at home: before and after meals, before touching face, after using the bathroom, and after coughing, sneezing, or blowing nose. Teachers will incorporate hand washing practices throughout the school day. Click here to learn proper hand hygiene practices! Respiratory Etiquette Practicing Proper Respiratory Etiquette: 1. cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue 2. throw used tissues in the trash AND 3. wash hands using hand washing protocols or hand sanitizer after coughing or sneezing. Tissue not available? Cough or sneeze into your elbow!
  • Face Coverings
    August 27, 2020 Face Covering Protocols Cloth face masks are required for all grades K-6. For K-2 students, classroom teachers will determine when all students are appropriately seated at desks and able to remove masks for various periods of classroom instruction. For students demonstrating difficulty wearing face covering in the areas or situations shown below, we will assist the child and communicate with the family. See this link with information to share with your child/ren about wearing masks: Face Covering Protocols: K-6: At Mass - in Church Masks On K-6: Transition time - Masks On K-6: Hallways (restroom break, lockers, passing time) - Masks On K-6: Lunchroom - Once seated at tables, masks removed while eating K-6: PE - During activities while safely distanced - masks optional K-6: Recess - Outdoors - masks optional K-6: Class Outside - When students safely distanced - masks optional K-2: In Classroom - Students at desks 6 feet apart; masks optional. Students within 6 feet; masks on. 3-6: In Classroom - Masks on while in classroom. Teachers will offer periodic safe and appropriate 'mask breaks' as needed. K-6: Arrival time - Masks On K-6: Carline Dismissal - Masks on until inside vehicle ________________________________________________________________________ On July 22, 2020, the Walz Administration, through Executive Order 20-81, required that all K-12 students, including Catholic school students, wear face coverings inside the school building. In our desire to work collaboratively with public officials and in the spirit of public health and the common good, St. Bart’s will develop protocols that meet the requirements of the Executive Order with a reasonable and thoughtful approach to wearing face coverings in school. The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis is working with the Walz Administration to give schools greater flexibility to ensure educational quality and the health and wellbeing of their students and community. It is also our expectation that our Catholic school students will be able to share equitably in the services and funding the Governor has made available to all Minnesota students, which includes access to both cloth and re-usable face coverings. This is a difficult issue and not the way a number of schools planned to start the school year. We are grateful for your continued patience and flexibility as we work to keep our students, teachers, and community healthy and safe as we prepare for in-person learning. What this Order means for your child (based on what we know today): • All K-12 students are required to wear a face covering that covers the nose and mouth. Coverings must be free of writing or distracting designs. • A face shield (clear plastic shield worn in front of the face) may be used for students who cannot wear a face mask. • Teachers will be instructed in proper techniques for wearing facemasks and will use positive behavioral strategies to encourage the safe wearing of facemasks in school. • Students will not be required to wear face coverings during recess, physical education class or lunch. St Bart's Families should anticipate that our face covering protocols must allow for modifications and flexibility according to the ages and developmental needs of our students. We ask you to work with your children and make a good-faith effort to help your child wear a facemask. Parents may opt to send their child to school with a face shield if wearing a face mask is not possible. We will work to make reasonable accommodations for students unable to wear a face covering for reasons associated with a medical condition, mental health condition or disability which make it unreasonable for the child to wear a face covering. In the weeks ahead, we will communicate with families to provide additional and updated information.
  • Signs and Messaging
    St. Bart's School signage and messaging will remind students and staff about the importance of: Hand Hygiene Respiratory Etiquette How to properly wear face coverings Social Distancing Cleaning
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