Dear Nativity Families,

We want to thank everyone who shared their thoughts with us on the Travel Policy we issued yesterday.

From the start of the pandemic, Nativity has closely followed CDC guidelines and has at times taken a more proactive approach to help protect the safety of our faculty, staff, and students. After careful consideration and discussion, the COVID team based our guidelines on the most current information from the CDC published on Feb. 2, 2021. 

Travel During COVID-19
Updated Feb. 2, 2021

COVID-19 Alert: Cases are Extremely High. Avoid Travel

Travel increases your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19. CDC recommends that you do not travel at this time. Delay travel and stay home to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.

COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths are extremely high across the United States. Wear a mask, stay at least 6 feet/2 meters apart, avoid crowds, and wash your hands often. The more steps you take, the more you and others around you are protected against COVID-19. View cases in the U.S. and cases by state on CDC’s COVID Data Tracker.

You and your travel companions (including children) may feel well and not have any symptoms, but you can still spread COVID-19 to family, friends, and the community during and after travel. Check your state, territorial, or local health department for information about local quarantine requirements.

Do NOT travel if you were exposed to COVID-19, you are sick, or you have tested positive for COVID-19. Learn when it is safe for you to travel. Don’t travel with someone who is sick.

You can read the full CDC guidelines at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/travel-during-covid19.html

In an effort to address your concerns while still remaining true to the intent to keep our students, staff, families, and the greater community at large safe, we have made the following modifications to our travel protocols.

The Ohio Department of Health advises that those entering Ohio after travel to states reporting positive testing rates of 15% or higher for COVID-19 are advised to self-quarantine for 14 days. Using the CDC Options to Reduce quarantine we are suggesting a 10-day self-quarantine after return from travel while monitoring for symptoms for 14 days. Students who quarantine after such travel would attend their classes remotely during this time.

There are many “normal” routines that we take for granted that actually create more risk in regards to Covid. Here is a list of many such activities https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/personal-social-activities.html

If you do anything high risk, including local activities,  we recommend you quarantine 10 days after and watch for symptoms for 14 days.

We are still asking families to complete the following form if you are traveling or if you decide to quarantine after a break (https://forms.gle/kT79UkBGPHF8Fdwv7) this will help us better understand who will be in quarantine when they will be returning and allow the teachers to better plan for the remote learner. 

We have communicated this information to all faculty and staff and are holding them to the same standards as our families in regards to travel and keeping everyone safe and healthy. 

Our efforts to remain in-person have been very successful.  Thank you for your help in making this possible!  We are hoping to keep this status as we move forward, and are anticipating the challenges to maintain this in light of the upcoming holiday travel season.  Therefore, we feel that these guidelines will help us to ensure that we can continue to remain fully in person for the rest of the school year.  Your cooperation and understanding are greatly appreciated.  Together, and with God’s grace, we can make this possible! 

We appreciate your continued support and cooperation with the guidelines and COVID protocols and look forward to finishing the year out with in-person education.  

Sincerely, 

The Nativity School COVID Team

Dave Arbogast – Principal
Rudy Gruenke IV – Director of Systems & Special Projects
Sarah Crane – School Nurse
Claudia Kimura – School Secretary
Barb Meirose – Office Support Staff