January 21, 2022, COVID Updates:  MASKS REQUIRED through Jan. 29. This week BA had five scholars with positive COVID cases and 10 students in quarantine. Since the start of the school year we have had 55 COVID positive student cases and 9 staff test positive. Find COVID testing sites HERE; one free at-home testing box available for each BA student. Stop in the front office to pick one up. 

Quarantine update with approval from Mn Dept of Education & the Archdiocese:
  • COVID Positive - Isolate for 5 days, return with a negative test on the 6th day. Must wear a mask for 5 additional days (school may be requiring masks regardless.) Without test may return after 7 days on the 8th day.
  • COVID in household - Quarantine for 5 days, return with a negative test on the 6th day. Must wear a mask for 5 additional days (school may be requiring masks regardless.) *Typically in the same household we have found most of the family does get COVID so it is best to quarantine the family.
  • The Minnesota State High School League still requires 10 days before participating in athletics.

ADDITIONAL MASK DONATIONS NEEDED! Please bring to the front office if you are able to help.

BD Veritor At-Home COVID-19 Tests: Each Bethlehem Academy student is eligible to receive a FREE box of 2 at-home BD Veritor At-Home tests. Contact our Front Office (507-334-3948) to arrange pick up. See below for a summary of information regarding the tests; click HERE for a full description of this testing program sponsored by the MN Department of Health.

The BD Veritor At-Home test is particularly convenient if a staff member or child is experiencing symptoms and needs to quickly determine whether or not they have COVID-19. However, even with a negative test result, someone who is experiencing symptoms should stay home until symptoms are better and until at least 24 hours have passed with no fever, without the use of fever-reducing medication. Because lower sensitivity tests are sometimes falsely negative (show a negative result when you are infected), consider taking another COVID-19 test especially if you have symptoms or have had close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 during the time that they could spread the disease.

People who are not symptomatic can still take the BD Veritor test. Each box includes two tests so a student or staff member can take a second test between 24 and 48 hours after the first test.

Families need to download the Scanwell Health app on their iPhone, Samsung Galaxy or Google Pixel smartphone to take the test. Once they create an account and are signed-in the app will provide step-by-step video instructions in English. Families should ensure they have 20 minutes to complete the test.

The BD Veritor OTC At-Home test is currently only for personal use and does not provide a record of test or result. Results are displayed on the Scanwell Health app 15 minutes after the test is performed. Families are encouraged to report positive cases to schools.

If you or your scholar tests positive using the take-home tests, please email attendance@bacards.org with a copy to Principal Reeder. For any questions about using the BD Veritor At-Home COVID-19 test call 1-844-438-7486.


COVID-19 Vaccination Information
Free COVID-19 vaccinations & boosters are offered at Rice County Public Health. Find the schedule and more information HERE.




























ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:

Parent & Student COVID Addendum, Updated 8-2-21
MN Dept of Health: Best Practice Recommendations for COVID-19 Prevention in Schools for 2021-22
Parent Fact Sheet-COVID Symptoms and Testing (English)
Parent Fact Sheet-COVID Symptoms and Testing (Spanish)
MN Dept of Health Chart: COVID-19 Testing Recommendations
Rice County COVID-19 Situation Page


 


Our Mission
Bethlehem Academy, a Catholic school in the Sinsinawa Dominican tradition, strives to empower its students and staff to achieve personal, spiritual and academic excellence. We challenge ourselves to love as Jesus Christ loved, to lead, to serve, to inspire and to seek the truth: Veritas.
Address
105 3rd Ave. SW
Faribault, MN  55021
Phone:  507-334-3948
Fax:  507-334-3949