PARENT MEMO 20: January 19, 2022
Dear St. Patrick Catholic School Families,
Thank you to all the families that adjusted their schedules to accommodate the online learning
this week. We have had several additional positive COVID cases over the past few days with
both students and staff. Due to the high number of cases the school is considered a cluster and
is being monitored by the North Carolina Department of Public Health for the next 28 days.
As always, please contact the school if your child has COVID like symptoms or tests positive for
COVID so that we can take the appropriate measures to keep your child and those around them
We pray that those individuals that are symptomatic get rest this week. We look forward to
welcoming everyone back on Monday, January 24th.
Monday, Jan. 31st Celebrating the Community
• Jersey Day – Bring in a canned good or dry food and wear your favorite
Sports jersey/shirt with jeans. (Canned goods will go to the needy)
• Get Up & Move – Julie
Tuesday, Feb. 1st Celebrating Our Students
• Crazy Hat and/or Crazy Sock
• Movie & Popcorn in classrooms
Wednesday, Feb. 2nd (Celebrating the Nation)
▪ Patriotic Day – Wear red, white & blue with jeans,
▪ Spelling Bees (Live with Webcam) Conference *
▪ Grades 6-8 – 8:15am – 9:30am
▪ Grades 3-5 – 9:45am – 10:45am
▪ Grades 1 & 2 – 11:00am – 12:00pm
Thursday, Feb. 3rd (Celebrating the Vocations)
▪ Notes & cards made for the Priests and Deacons.
▪ Baskets for the Priests and Deacons.
Friday, Feb. 4th (Celebrating our Families & the Faculty) Rosary
▪ Treats sent home
▪ Rosary (11:00) Will be recorded.
▪ Early Dismissal (12:15)
UPDATED COVID GUIDELINES
NCDHHS has updated the StrongSchoolsNC Toolkit isolation and quarantine guidance to align
with updated guidance from Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, which outlines what
individuals should do if they contract or are exposed to COVID-19 to help slow the spread to
others. We would greatly appreciate your assistance in getting this out to the field.
The updated guidance changes how long and under what conditions staff and students need to
be excluded from school because they have tested for or been exposed to COVID-19 (isolation
1. Staff and students who have symptoms, regardless of vaccination status should – get tested
and isolate from others while waiting for a result. If testing is not possible, follow the guidance
below as if the person is positive.
2. Isolation: Staff and students who test positive, regardless of vaccination status, and
• Do not have symptoms – should isolate from others for 5 days, then wear a mask for 5
• Have symptoms – should isolate from others until fever-free and symptoms are improving.
Individuals should isolate for at least 5 days since symptoms began and then wear a mask
for 5 additional days.
3. Quarantine: Staff and students who are exposed to someone with COVID-19, and
• Not vaccinated – stay away from others for 5 days, get tested on day 5 after exposure, and
if they test negative, return to school while wearing a mask for 5 additional days.
• Vaccinated and eligible for a booster, but not yet been boosted – stay away from others
for 5 days, get tested on day 5 after exposure, and if they test negative, return to school
while wearing a mask for 5 additional days.
• Vaccinated, and have either received a booster or are not yet eligible for a booster –
individuals do not need to stay away from others, but should wear a mask for 10 days.
4. StrongSchoolsNC Toolkit guidance that remains unchanged includes:
• Individuals who are not fully vaccinated after a close contact in a classroom or other school
setting if masks were being worn appropriately and consistently by both the person with
COVID-19 and the potentially exposed person do NOT need to quarantine.
Schools are strongly encouraged to actively promote vaccination and boosters to staff and
families. Being up-to-date on vaccinations, including a booster, dramatically decreases the risk
of severe illness and hospitalization from the Omicron variant.
If you would like your child tested for covid at school, please click on the following link to
UNIFORM POLICY CHANGES
There are some uniform policy changes that will occur over the remainder of the school year.
Sneakers: Students should wear sneakers to school daily, but they do not have to be solid
black. Moving forward sneakers should be “mostly black”. That means the sole may be white
(or a color other than white) and the sides may have an additional color. For example, the
sneaker may have a white Nike Swoosh, New Balance N, Adidas stripes, etc.…on the sides of the
sneaker. Please see this link for examples of acceptable shoes.
Leggings: Girls may wear plain, solid black leggings under their school uniform jumper, skirt, or
skort in place of tights.
VOLUNTEERING AT ST. PATRICK CATHOLIC SCHOOL REQUIREMENTS
We will be allowing limited volunteers in the school this year. If you want to volunteer at the
school, you must complete the volunteer application which includes attending a Safe
Environment Training (SET)class. There are some online training courses each month. Please
Safe Environment Training Calendar
In addition to attending the SET training, all volunteers need to complete an application with
the Diocese of Raleigh. You can turn your completed application into the front office.
Volunteer Application in English
Volunteer Application in Spanish
January 24th – Return to in person learning
January 28th Spirit Day
January 31st – Feb. 4th – Catholic Schools Week
Feb. 4th – 12:15 Dismissal- NO EXTENDED CARE
February 8th – Scouts may wear scouting uniform to school
February 21st – No School, President’s Day
Our school directory is ready. You can find it on the school website or via this link:
The directory is password protected: 4SPfamilies2View