Date | Number of new cases reported | Location (High School/Academy/Faculty-Staff)
11/30/2021: 02 (1-High School, 1-Faculty/Staff)
11/29/2021: 04 (4-High School)
11/23/2021: 02 (1-Faculty/Staff, 1-High School)
11/22/2021: 03 (1-Faculty/Staff, 2-High School)
11/18/2021: 01 (Academy)
11/17/2021: 01 (High School)
11/16/2021: 02 (1-Faculty/Staff, 1-High School)
11/15/2021: 03 (1-Faculty/Staff, 2-High School)
11/11/2021: 01 (Faculty/Staff)
11/10/2021: 04 (4-High School)
11/08/2021: 09 (2-Faculty/Staff, 7-High School)
11/04/2021: 01 (Academy)
11/01/2021: 02 (1-Faculty/Staff, 1-High School)
November 11, 2021
Good morning Cub Community,
Yesterday, November 10, we had four positive Covid cases reported to the school requiring contact tracing. Two of the cases were in 11th grade and two were in 12th grade. You will be contacted individually if your son is a close contact to any of these cases. We are seeing an increase in Covid cases at school among students and faculty/staff as we are heading into the winter months. Therefore, we ask all families pay attention to the following details:
- Please keep your son home if he is sick - regardless of his vaccination status. If your son is experiencing symptoms, do not assume it is “allergies or a cold.” You should pursue testing to ensure he is Covid negative before sending him to school.
- If your son is currently home sick, it is strongly recommended he be tested to rule out Covid.
- We are required to conduct contact tracing for positive Covid cases by our local health department.
- This is a good opportunity to remind your son about the importance of proper masking, hand washing, and personal distancing while in school.
Thank you for your attention to these details.
November 8, 2021
Good evening Cub Community,
Over this past weekend we had nine positive Covid cases reported to the school requiring contact tracing through last week. You will be contacted individually if your son is a close contact to any of these cases. We are seeing an increase in Covid cases here at school among students and faculty/staff as we are heading into the winter months. Therefore, we ask all families pay attention to the following details:
Please keep your son home if he is sick - regardless of his vaccination status. Approximately half of the cases reported were in fully vaccinated individuals. If your son is experiencing symptoms, do not assume it is just “allergies or a cold.” You should pursue testing to ensure he is Covid negative before sending him to school.
If your son is currently home sick, it is strongly recommended he be tested to rule out Covid.
We are required to conduct contact tracing for positive Covid cases by our local health department.
We will need to make some changes to the daily routines as we head into the winter months. Over the next week we will be adjusting the room setups for lunch to allow for better distancing and contact tracing. Additionally, we are considering returning to using a daily screener for students and faculty/staff upon entering the building for school days.
We are asking teachers to have plans ready and/or Zoom cameras on for students in quarantine due to a positive Covid test result or designation as a close contact.
This is a good opportunity to remind your son about the importance of proper masking, hand washing, and personal distancing while in school.
Thank you for your attention to these details. I know everyone is fatigued by pandemic protocols, but the recent increase in cases among our students necessitates reasonable measures at school to prevent further spread in our community.
August 16, 2021
Dear Cub Community,
The school year is finally upon us and we are looking forward to our 145th year at The High. It is good that we can return to in-person learning so students can have full access to their formation in the Jesuit tradition at U of D. We recognize that the past 18-months have been difficult for everyone and we appreciate the way the entire U of D Jesuit community has come together to navigate this difficult time in our lives.
Unfortunately, the pandemic is still with us and is not disappearing any time soon. We are in a fourth wave of the virus. Combine that with the reality that safety recommendations change almost daily, and this makes for uncertainty. We understand the uncertainty is stressful for all. We want to assure you that the health and safety of everyone in our community is always paramount. We navigated well during the past months and we will continue to do so while staying in good communication with you.
Our strongest protection against COVID-19 is vaccinations. Vaccinations are also the best path out of the pandemic. Vaccinations are the core of our safety plan. Thank you to parents and students who are vaccinated already. Please remember students need to register their vaccination with the Student Affairs Office for contact tracing purposes.
If you are not vaccinated, we urge you to get the vaccine. Vaccinations are effective and they are the most important tool to protect members of our community and to prevent the spread of the virus that causes COVID. The available vaccines offer significant protection to individuals from becoming seriously ill, from being hospitalized, and from dying. Research suggests that fully vaccinated individuals are much less likely to become infected or spread the virus to others. We are exploring the possibility of holding a vaccine clinic in the near futures here at U of D Jesuit. We will share the information when available. In the meantime, you can click here to find a vaccination site near you.
Our safety plan communicated on August 6 noted that circumstances are fluid, which could require changes to the plan. Based on new information over the last seven days and input from various stakeholders in our community, we believe a modification of our plan is in order at this time. We will now require the following:
- All unvaccinated in our community and anyone under 12 years of age must wear masks indoors. This includes students, teachers, staff, and coaches.
- Unvaccinated visitors will be required to wear masks. Visitors will be asked to attest to their vaccination status upon entering the building.
- Anyone, regardless of vaccination status, is welcome and encouraged to wear a mask, voluntarily, for added protection and based on their personal health situation.
- Students and visitors will be on their honor to abide by this safety measure. Everyone in the community will respect those who are wearing masks.
- We encourage everyone to continue to follow all additional safety measures we know are effective such as regular hand washing or use of sanitizer when washing is not available,
- Do not come to school if you experience any symptoms or are not feeling well. We need to keep our community safe and everyone must do their part.
We know there are a wide range of opinions about effective safety measures. Again, our priority is to do everything we can to allow for in-person instruction and provide for the health and safety of our entire school community. We meet daily with the school leadership team to review current data and recommendations and we reserve the right to adjust our operating plan as required to help keep our community safe. We are grateful for the cooperation of the Cub community during these times. Let’s be CubStrong together as the year gets underway and let’s do everything we can to help each other during this challenging time in our world. Thank you.
With our prayers,
Theodore G. Munz, S.J., President
Christopher Smith, Principal
August 6, 2021
Dear Cub Community,
University of Detroit Jesuit High School and Academy will return to in-person, everyday instruction when the 2021-2022 school year begins. The plan is subject to change as health and safety circumstances dictate. We know this will continue to be a fluid situation and will make decisions accordingly should circumstances warrant a change in what is outlined here.
Infection rates have increased in the metro area over the past two weeks. On August 4 the Michigan Department of Health recommended universal indoor masking for all teachers, school staff, and students. We endorse this recommendation. It is not a mandate. This particularly applies to those who are unvaccinated. We do recommend every student get vaccinated.
It is important to remember how far we have come in the past year. We are looking forward to a full year of in-person learning, a full year of extracurricular events, and a return to many of the special traditions at U of D Jesuit. The protocols we outline below are intended to ensure we have those successes throughout this school year.
Please review the following protocols with your son prior to the beginning of school.
U of D JESUIT RETURN TO SCHOOL SAFELY PLAN
We encourage all students to get vaccinated. This is the safest and strongest protection for each individual and for the school community. Vaccination greatly reduces the chances of being quarantined during the school year.
Masks are recommended indoors, but not required for Faculty/Staff/Students regardless of vaccination status. Everyone in the community will respect all personal masking decisions.
We will not use the daily health screening app or form. If you are sick, stay home.
If a student is exposed, we will assess his quarantine/isolation options based on his vaccination status in the algorithm-chart below.
Unvaccinated people will be quarantined if exposed, unmasked, and within less than 6 feet of the exposure. The current quarantine period is ten days. Please see the attached algorithm-chart that provides details on quarantines.
Vaccinated people will not be quarantined if exposed and have no symptoms. For this reason, vaccinated students will register with our School Health Professional, Dr. Wolfe, for contact tracing purposes. If you are vaccinated, and do not register, you will risk being quarantined.
Visitors will be allowed in the building, provided Campus Safety and Operations is made aware, ahead of time, of the purpose, date/time of the visit. Campus Safety and Operations reserves the right to turn away visitors that have not been authorized. We will not require proof of vaccination to enter the building for visitors or students.
Shields have been removed from desks.
Desks in classrooms will be at 3 feet social distance.
All learning will be in person and in school. There will be a learning component in place for students who are quarantined.
A virtual component will not be available daily as an option for students.
The Cafeteria will be fully open for breakfast and lunch service.
The Cafeteria will operate on a cashless basis. Students must use their Student ID/Debit Card to make purchases in the Cafeteria. Funds can be added to your son's Student Debit card through myMealTime. Click here for more information.
Shields have been removed from cafeteria tables.
Every attempt will be made to limit seating to four students per table.
The Commons and possibly Curley Hall will be utilized for extra eating space.
Outdoor space may be utilized at lunchtime as well, weather permitting.
ATHLETICS / LOCKER ROOMS / TEAM BUSES
Gym classes and sports teams should have students spaced out with two rows of lockers between them to allow for social distance.
Only tall lockers should be used for changing. Smaller cube shaped lockers can be utilized to store sports team equipment during the season.
Students should not hang out or socialize in the locker rooms. Staff members and coaches will monitor locker rooms at all times when in use.
Student-Athletes being transported to an athletic event by a U of D Jesuit bus, must wear a mask while on the bus. This is a Federal mandate.
Hand Sanitizer/frequent hand washing is important. Cleaning supplies will be available in every classroom.
Desks will be cleaned daily.
There will be ongoing cleaning of all touch points in the building.
Fogging and sanitizing will continue.
- Masks must be worn on school buses. This is a Federal government mandate.
- While there are no capacity restrictions, riders should maintain three feet of social distance when possible.
Michigan Department of Health Quarantine Algorithm-Chart
We look forward to having all students together again in a healthy and safe environment.
With our prayers,
Theodore G. Munz, S.J., President
Christopher Smith, Ph.D., Principal
The information in the CDC links above are embedded into this site directly from the cdc.gov website. Information from the State of Michigan is embedded into this site directly from michigan.gov. The information is not created or edited by the University of Detroit Jesuit. U of D Jesuit is not responsible for any omissions or errors in the information displayed in the links.