Back To School FAQ
What is COVID-19?
What are the symptoms?
Is there a vaccine?
Who is Siena using for guidance on COVID-19?
What are the quarantine times?
- A 5-day quarantine period will be in place for Siena students, faculty, staff, and employees who test positive for COVID. People may return on Day 6 if their symptoms have resolved and are fever-free for 24 hours without medication.
- Those who test positive and return on Day 6 must wear a mask until Day 10.
Will you be screening for temperatures upon entry to school?
What happens if my child gets sick at school?
When should I keep my child at home?
What if my child is diagnosed with COVID-19?
What if my child or an immediate family member is exposed?
If your child HAS NOT BEEN VACCINATED, was not masked, was exposed to someone who tested positive, was exposed to someone who is awaiting testing results, and was within 6 feet of that person for 15 minutes or more, your child will be excluded from school (including sports/activities) and would be quarantined by the health department until at least 10 days have passed since symptoms began and at least 24 hours symptom-free including fever free without the use of medication. If your child is exposed, please let your principal know so that we can investigate direct contact, continue instruction at home, disinfect appropriately, communicate clearly, and help your family in any way.
What if my child's teacher or other school staff are diagnosed or are presenting with COVID symptoms?
Will everyone in the class need to quarantine if someone tests positive?
What would cause a school(s) to close?
What kind of tests do you accept?
What is considered "fully vaccinated"?
I already had COVID. Do I still need to quarantine?
What is LFS?
What precautions are being taken?
- SCREENING: Schools will use single-point entry for students, where a designated staff member(s) will screen students. Isolation rooms will be set up for students who register a temperature of 100.4 or higher.
- MASKS: Any person over the age of five must wear a mask.
- SOCIAL DISTANCING: Signage will be posted throughout each building, encouraging proper social distancing and handwashing, as well as general COVID-19 information. Floor decals will be placed in hallways to indicate traffic flow and social distance. In classrooms, communal tables will be replaced with individual desks and desks will be spaced as far apart as physically possible. Sneeze guards will be available for any remaining communal tables.
- CLEANING: Increased cleaning protocols will be followed: custodial staff will have increased cleaning duties in high-traffic areas and frequently touched surfaces (i.e., bathrooms, handrails, doors, etc.).each classroom will have hand sanitizer and be equipped with disinfectant that teachers will use to spray down surfaces when students leave room; hand sanitizer stations will be located in every room; equipment will be used daily by custodial staff to spray down every room, restroom, and all other areas to disinfectant; if there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 the room(s) will be cleaned with an electrostatic machine; documentation will be required in restrooms for frequent sanitizing and checks.
Will students have to wear masks?
Do faculty/staff have to wear masks?
How will classrooms look; will there be changes to classroom layouts?
How will school supplies be handled?
How will specials (art, music, Spanish, physical education) be handled?
Will junior high students move from classroom to classroom?
Where will students enter the building?
How will social distancing work in small classrooms?
Will all students be socially distanced in the classrooms?
What about school supplies, specifically sharing supplies?
Hand washing is important. How will this be encouraged?
Will bubblers/water fountains be available for use?
What will school visitor policies be?
What about school Masses?
What will school cleaning/sanitizing procedures look like?
How will buildings be disinfected in the event that a student tests positive for COVID-19?
How will traffic flow be controlled?
How will air flow/ventilation be optimized in classrooms?
Where will students eat lunch?
What kind of food service will/will not be available?
What about bussing?
Will students still be able to participate in athletics?
Will students still participate in field trips?
How will grade schools handle recess?
How will the high school handle study hall?
What about birthday treats, shared food, holiday parties, etc.?
Will my school give my child a mask?
Are younger students exempt from wearing masks?
What kind of masks are acceptable?
How will you enforce wearing masks?
Will masks be required all day?
What if someone comes to school without a mask?
If parents choose to withdraw their student(s), will their child(ren) be guaranteed enrollment in 2022-23?
If parents choose to withdraw their student(s), do they lose their Choice eligibility?
How will we be communicated with?
Siena Catholic Schools of Racine ignites a spirit of excellence in faith, knowledge, and service, inspiring students to be who God created them to be.
- Service: We serve God’s children through Catholic education.
- Education: We educate the whole child in mind, body, and spirit.
- Tradition: We honor our Dominican roots through prayer, study, service, and community.
- Collaboration: We work with families, parishes, and partners to build and strengthen communities.
- Innovation: We develop innovative thinkers and problem solvers.
- Excellence: We strive for excellence in all we do.