Return to School 20-21 [COVID-19 Updates]

Current Status
A special one year reflection on
Mater Dei through COVID.
This Reopening Plan has been updated to reflect the State of California’s COVID-19 Reopening In-Person Instruction Framework and Public Health Guidance for K-12 Schools in California, 2020-2021 School Year issued on January 14, 2021.

As required, the school has posted a COVID-19 Safety Plan (CSP) on the homepage of the school’s website. The CSP includes the school’s Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Prevention Program (CPP) and the COVID-19 School Guidance Checklist. The detailed plans describing how our school meets the requirements outlined in the CSP elements are found in this Reopening Plan.


Face Coverings:

Students in all grade levels K-12 are required to wear face coverings at all times, while at school, unless exempted.

 All staff must use face coverings in accordance with CDPH guidelines


  • CPDH recommends disposable 3-ply surgical masks, which are more effective than cloth face coverings
  • For staff, bandanas, gaiters and similar face coverings are no longer acceptable.
  • In limited situations where a face covering cannot be used for pedagogical or developmental reasons, a face shield with a drape can be used as long as the wearer maintains physical distance from others


Classroom Spaces

  • Distance teacher and other staff desks 6 feet away from student and other staff desks
  • Distance student chairs at least 6 feet away from one another, except where 6 feet of distance is not possible after a good-faith effort has been made
  • If 6 feet of distance is not possible, optimize ventilation, use desk partitions, or arrange desks to minimize face-to-face contact


Positive COVID-19 Case

In the event of a positive case, the school will:

  1. Schools must adhere to required reporting requirements and notify, as describe below, the LHD of any newly reported case of COVID-19 in a student or staff member if the LHD has not yet contacted them about the case,
  2. If the case is present at school at the time the school is notified, the case must go home and be excluded from school for at least 10 days from symptom onset date or, if asymptomatic, 10 days from the date the specimen was collected for the positive test.
  3. Assist LHD in identifying close contacts of the case. Send a notice, developed in collaboration with the LHD, to parents and staff to inform them that a case of COVID-19 in a student or staff member has been reported and that the school will work with the LHD to notify exposed people.
  4. Arrange for cleaning and disinfection of the classroom and primary spaces where case spent significant time. This does not need to be done until students and staff in the area have left for the day.
  5. Implement online/distance learning for student cases if they are well enough to participate.


Required COVID-19 Reporting

  • The school will notify the local health officer of any known case of COVID-19 among any student or employee who was present on a school campus.
  • The school will utilize the Orange County Health Care Agency’s Investigation and Contact Tracing Processes and Guidance for OC Schools” (December 2020) to report all positive cases and close contacts.
  • This information shall be reported to the local health officer by telephone within twenty-four hours from the time an individual within the local educational agency or private school is first made aware of a new case.
  • The school liaison to the LHD is: [include name]


Cluster or Outbreak at School

When either a school or LHD is aware that an outbreak may be underway, the LHD should investigate, in collaboration with the school, to determine whether these cases had a common exposure at school (e.g., a common class or staff member, bus ride, or other common exposures outside of school). CDPH defines a school outbreak as 3 or more confirmed or probable cases of staff or students occurring within a 14-day period who are epidemiologically linked in the school, are from different households and are not contacts of each other in any other investigation cases (e.g., transmission likely occurred in the school setting).


During the investigation, the school will:

  1. Notify parents/guardians and school staff of a cluster/outbreak investigation related to the school and encourage them to follow public health recommendations.
  2. Identify, as part of the CSP, one or more school staff member who can liaise with the LHD regarding the cluster/outbreak investigation by confirming which classes and stable groups included confirmed cases or symptomatic students and staff members, and if recent events or gatherings involved any cases or symptomatic persons.
  3. Identify absenteeism among those in affected classes or stable groups, and coordinate with the LHD to contact these absentees to screen for symptoms of COVID-19 if they were exposed to a case during the cases infectious period.
  4. Coordinate with the LHD to share a line list of cases and contacts with dates present at or absent from school.
  5. Arrange for cleaning and disinfection of classrooms or other areas where cases or symptomatic students or staff members spend significant time.
  6. Coordinate with the LHD on notifications to the school community, including specific notifications of stable groups or classrooms regarding their exclusion status and instructions.
  7. Coordinate with the LHD on whether and when the school should be closed and reopened.
  8. Notify the school community if the school is to be closed for 14 days due to widespread and/or ongoing transmission of SARS-CoV2 at the school or in the general community, and repeat recommendations for prevention and control measures (see sample notification #3 in Appendix 2).
  9. Implement online/distance teaching and learning during school closure.
  10. Arrange for cleaning and disinfection of entire school before reopening in the case of closure.


School Closure Determinations

Individual school closure, in which all students and staff are not on campus, is recommended based on the number of cases and stable groups impacted, which suggest that active in-school transmission is occurring. Closure should be done in consultation with the LHO. Situations that may indicate the need for school closure:

  • Within a 14-day period, an outbreak has occurred in 25% or more stable groups in the school.
  • Within a 14-day period, at least three outbreaks have occurred in the school AND more than 5% of the school population is infected.
  • The LHO may also determine school closure is warranted for other reasons, including results from public health investigation or other local epidemiological data.


Length of closure: 14 days, or according to a decision made in consultation with

the LHO.



When a student or staff exhibits COVID-19 symptoms, the student or staff member will be sent home and testing will be recommended. School employees and students who need testing should either go to their health care provider or a state-operated or other community testing site. Testing information and test centers in Orange County may be found here: The Department of Managed Health Care has filed an emergency regulation to require health plans to pay for COVID-19 testing for all essential workers, including school staff. In addition, tests are available at community testing sites throughout the state.


Travel Requirements

The State of California has updated its travel policy with the following provisions:

  • Non-essential travel (for recreational purposes) should be limited to 120 miles from the person’s home.
  • Californians who travel outside the state or the country must quarantine for 10 days upon their return to California.
  • Visitors to California from other states and countries must also quarantine for 10 days upon their entry into California.


With this in mind, please limit recreational travel to no more than 120 miles from your home. If you must travel outside of California or outside of the United States, you will need to quarantine for 10 days upon your return to California.

The MD Dashboard serves to be a transparent communication tool to our Mater Dei community.
At MDHS the Health & Safety protocols have several mitigation strategies to limit exposure risk to students and staff They are as follows:
  • Face coverings are required by all parties on campus at all times
  • Physical distancing is required in classrooms and throughout campus movement
  • Hand hygiene is reinforced in classrooms and across the campus
  • Active screening occurs for any visitors entering campus during school time
  • When a student who has tested positive for COVID-19 is identified, the MD Exposure Management Protocol is initiated
  • Contract tracing is completed so all potentially exposed parties are immediately notified
  • Students are instructed to remain home for 14 days from exposure
MDHS continues to follow guidelines from California Department of Health and Orange County Public Health Agency. The dashboard serves to be transparent communication tool to our Mater Dei community.
Please see page 6 of the RETURN TO CAMPUS PLAN for more info.
Health Resources
For the latest information, please visit the OC Health Care Agency’s COVID website. If you are awaiting test results or test positive for COVID-19 and have been associated with the Mater Dei High School campus, students or employees, you will be asked to provide this information to the OC Health Care Agency. In addition, please contact our school nurse, Shannon Brown
COVID-19 Symptoms:
  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting