Dear Notre Dame Parents and Students,
Welcome to 2022! Hopefully, you had an enjoyable and happy Christmas season. Notre Dame High School looks to deliver a wonderful semester for our students and stakeholders.
As NDHS prepares to return for the second semester, with awareness of the growing number of COVID infections in the greater Los Angeles County area, NDHS reassures you that for the safety of the students and staff, school personnel remains in contact with our liaison personnel at the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LACDPH) to comply with county COVID guidelines.
Please read this letter carefully as it contains important information about the latest planned protocols being enacted based on the guidelines and recommendations of the LACDPH and our plan for the start of the second semester.
RETURN TO SCHOOL: Classes will begin online on Tuesday, January 11, and remain online through Friday, January 14.
- Students will return to in-person learning on campus on Tuesday, January 18, following the Martin Luther King, Jr. national holiday on Monday, January 17. With the recent increase in COVID infections, taking these first four days online will enable every student and staff member to be tested for COVID and if positive, have time for a minimum five-day isolation per updated protocols before physically returning to campus for on-campus instruction on January 18.
- Students and staff will continue with the temperature check stations upon arrival to campus and will be required to serve an isolation period if necessary.
FIRST PHASE COVID TESTING: In accordance with the recommendations of the LACDPH, every student, faculty, and staff member MUST get a lab/pharmacy-based COVID test showing the student’s name, test date, and test results between Thursday, January 6 through Monday, January 10 (Home-based tests are not acceptable).
CONFIRMING YOUR TEST RESULTS: Parents must upload their students’ test results in Magnus by 3 pm on Tuesday, January 11. The test results must show the student’s name, test date, and test result.
- If the test result is negative no further action is required.
- If the test result is positive then the student should:
- Alert the COVID-19 coordinator, Linda Bradley at email@example.com.
- A student who tests positive must remain home and isolated for a minimum of five days but will be able to zoom into classes throughout the week of January 11. Full isolation instructions can be found at the following link: http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/acd/ncorona2019/covidisolation/
- Per the LACDPH ordinance, to return to class on campus, students must present a negative test result on or after the fifth day from the first positive test and be symptom-free.
- Therefore, a student must retest on either Sunday, January 16, or Monday, January 17
- Upload a negative test by 9 pm on Monday, January 17 in order to return to campus on Tuesday, January 18.
- The return to campus requires students to be symptom-free and have a negative COVID Antigen test on file.
- Please reach out to myNDHS@ndhs.org if you are having issues logging in to your myNDHS/Magnus account. Unfortunately, we are not accepting test results via email to remain in compliance with HIPAA regulations. We are, therefore, requiring all parents to upload the proof of vaccination through our HIPAA compliant student health system, Magnus Health.
- How do you log in to the Magnus Health portal?
- Open one of the preferred Internet browsers, such as Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, or Google Chrome.
- Click “MY NDHS" from the Logins section on the school website https://www.ndhs.org/logins.
- Once the myNDHS login screen appears, enter your username and password.
- On the Parent Dashboard, click on the Magnus Health icon to be taken to Magnus.
- We have also created a video tutorial for your convenience.
- Once logged in, please complete the Lab/Pharmacy-based COVID-19 test Requirement.
- If you need assistance in uploading the test results for your student, you may call Magnus Parent Support at (877) 461-6831 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CO-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: Students involved in athletic and other co-curricular activities will receive additional instructions from the athletic office/coach or their moderator regarding games, practices, and meetings during the week of January 11th.
- Further information will be sent to students at their NDHS email for specific programs like Kairos, Athletics, Arts, and Co-curricular activities. Make-up exams will continue as planned.
MASK WEARING ON CAMPUS: Effective immediately, until further notice, per LACDPH recommendation, all faculty and staff will be required to wear a “medical-grade” surgical mask. Please note that this need not be an N-95/Respirator mask, although those do satisfy the “medical-grade” requirement. Students are strongly encouraged to wear a medical-grade surgical mask.
- NDHS has purchased medical-grade surgical masks to have on hand for students and faculty as needed.
- Families are encouraged to purchase surgical masks with nose wires before returning to campus.
- Standard practice suggests these masks are worn once and then discarded—please plan and purchase accordingly.
- Cloth masks may be worn over the surgical mask as a secondary layer of protection per LACDPH.
MASKS CONTINUED: Per LACDPH, until further notice, masks will now need to be worn outdoors on campus unless a student is eating. This is a change in protocol and is in keeping with the most recently updated guidelines by the LACDPH and the CDC.
BOOSTER SHOTS: The CDC and LACDPH encourage booster shots in addition to encouraging all persons to have COVID vaccinations. To assist those families who want their students to receive a booster vaccine, we are hosting a clinic on:
- Friday, January 7, 2022, from 1-5 pm in the NDHS Cafeteria
- A second clinic will be added at a later date.
Your time and attention to these protocols, to keep our community health and safety vibrant, is truly appreciated. We are enacting our practiced plans for remote learning for a few days to avoid a COVID uptick our society is experiencing. Our plan in accordance with LACDPH recommendations will allow everyone time to test and comply with negative test results within five days to ensure that the ND community is as healthy as possible before returning to campus.
Families are asked to follow state and county guidelines at home, as well, so as to minimize the risk to staff and students on campus.
For more information, please contact our COVID-19 Coordinator, Linda Bradley, at COVID19@ndhs.org.
***DATES TO REMEMBER***
January 7: COVID Booster Clinic
January 8: Drive-thru COVID testing on Notre Dame campus
January 10: COVID Testing Deadline
January 11: Upload COVID test results into Magnus
January 11-14: Online Class / Remote Learning
- Co-Curricular/Athletics: Additional Instructions provided
- Make-up Final Exams: Additional instructions provided, if needed
- January 16-17: COVID retest deadline
- January 17: Upload COVID retest results into Magnus
January 17: Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday - SCHOOL CLOSED
January 18: Students return to in-person learning provided the negative COVID test is on file.
COVID Testing Today (Company providing drive-thru COVID testing)
Here is how their process works:
Book online using our school's unique link:
This will prompt you to fill out your insurance information for the lab.
The COVID Testing Today staff will be available to help on-site if you have any questions.
Once you've checked in with our host, our nurse will collect the sample. We use a shallow nasal swab, it is painless and non-invasive! Really.
Results are processed in 24 hours or less. You'll receive a text message from the lab to view your results.
COVID Testing Today has customer support available to assist Monday to Friday from 9 am - 7 pm. Contact them at (323) 212-5225 or on their website: https://www.covid-testing-today.com/