January 3, 2021
U of D Jesuit Parents,
Happy New Year. I hope you and your family had an enjoyable holiday season. I truly look forward to getting back to school and seeing your son(s).
Our ability to successfully hold in-person instruction during the first semester was due to the collaborative efforts of everyone involved with the University of Detroit Jesuit community. With the intention of second semester being as successful, if not more, I would like to review several important topics.
1. The Daily Health Screening Questionnaire has been updated to reflect changes recommended by the county health department. The questions are different, therefore, please review the form with your son(s) prior to his/their first day returning to the building.
2. U of D Jesuit will accept the updated local health department guidelines regarding when quarantine may end for an individual deemed a close contact. The following link provides additional context: The Detroit Health Department Announces Options to Reduce the Length of Quarantine After a Known Exposure | City of Detroit (detroitmi.gov)
a. A student may return to school the 11th day after exposure if he has been asymptomatic during the ten days of quarantine. Symptom monitoring must continue for 14 days (as should already be done daily) in addition to social distancing and mask wearing.
b. As in the past, I will remain in communication with these families while working through the situation.
3. For those families who traveled during the holiday break and/or interacted with relatives/ friends outside of their immediate household bubble, it is strongly recommended that your son:
a. Get a viral test 3-5 days after travel and avoid non-essential activity up to 7 days after your return (even if test results are negative)
b. If testing is not performed, avoid non-essential activity up to 10 days after your return.
c. Below are links to the CDC guidelines concerning travel both domestically and abroad
4. It is important to notify me if your son is diagnosed with COVID-19 or enters quarantine due to exposure, even during breaks and holidays. With in-person learning scheduled to resume January 11, cases moving forward will have an impact on the school community.
It was only through the concerted efforts and conscientiousness of students, families, and faculty/staff that we were successful in our efforts to provide in-person teaching during the first semester. While the arrival of a vaccination gives us hope, we cannot become complacent. Students staying home if ill, honesty in communication, and willingness to work together must continue.
I am deeply appreciative and thankful for the efforts and understanding of our students and families. Please reach out to me with any questions as we prepare for the start of what we hope to be a successful and worthwhile second semester.
Deb Wolfe, M.D.