Health and Safety Measures
2021-2022 School Year
 
 
Diocesan Updates
As of January 3, 2022

Masses
  • Eucharistic Ministers will sanitize their hands prior to communion.  
  • Bishop Lynch will continue to institute a mask-optional policy on our campus. We strongly encourage the use of high quality, well-fitting masks (N95/KN95) for all individuals, especially those who are at high risk for complications from COVID-19 and those who remain unvaccinated against the virus. 
  • Updated protocol will be communicated prior to the first all-school Mass.


Academics
 
  • All classes will occur on campus according to the school’s pre-COVID schedule.
  • There will not be a virtual or hybrid (synchronous) option.
  • When an individual student is required to isolate or quarantine, the school’s attendance policy will be applied. A student who is required to quarantine will be marked absent for the number of school days that he/she is not on campus. The student will be able to remain current with his/her schoolwork and homework through Blackboard, just as was the case before the pandemic.


Health Screenings/Campus Procedures Related to COVID-19
 
  • Students, faculty, staff, and visitors should monitor their health conditions daily.
  • Bishop Lynch will continue to institute a mask-optional policy on our campus. We strongly encourage the use of high quality, well-fitting masks (N95/KN95) for all individuals, especially those who are at high risk for complications from COVID-19 and those who remain unvaccinated against the virus. 
  • Visitors will be allowed on campus according to standard visitor rules.
  • Social distancing (where feasible) and proper handwashing will be encouraged throughout the day.
  • Parents/Guardians are required to notify BL clinic staff if their student receives a positive test result for COVID-19 and/or if their student has a known exposure to COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status.
  • Any individual experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or individuals testing positive for COVID-19 should remain at home and contact BL clinic staff at 214-324-3607 ext. 4141, or email clinic@bishoplynch.org.
  • Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 or who are identified as close contacts to a positive COVID-19 case will receive specific isolation and quarantine instructions from the BL clinic staff.
  • Protocols for vaccinated vs unvaccinated individuals may differ in the event of a known exposure to COVID-19.
  • Request to Submit Student Vaccination/Infection Data - Parents/guardians are asked to submit their student’s vaccine status and information to BL clinic staff via the following link: https://forms.office.com/r/miNtsHYsJ2. Please use this link to report vaccine status even if you have previously emailed this information to BL clinic staff.


Campus Facilities
 
At the start of the 2020-2021 school year, Bishop Lynch invested in multiple facility upgrades to improve the health and safety of our campus communityThe following mitigation efforts will continue this academic year:
  • Increased fresh air flow to buildings with significant HVAC upgrades.
  • Hand sanitizing stations located in every classroom and throughout the building.
  • Touchless water bottle filling stations. The touch bars on all water fountains remain disabled.
  • Automatic doors in high-traffic interior areas of campus.
  • Increased cleaning of restrooms and other high-touch areas of campus by environmental services staff.
  • Facilities will continue to monitor the latest best practices regarding site management.


Food Service
 
SAGE Dining will continue to implement best practices to keep our community safe during breakfast and lunch.
  • Hand sanitizer stations are located at entrances to the BL Bistro.
  • SAGE employees will wear masks while preparing and serving food.
  • Serving utensils will be frequently replaced and cleaned.
  • Additional indoor and outdoor seating will be provided to allow for increased spacing while eating.


 
Bus Transportation 
  • The Bishop Lynch bus transportation system will run on its pre-COVID schedule.
  • Regular cleaning of the buses will remain a priority.
  • Bishop Lynch will continue to institute a mask-optional policy on our campus. We strongly encourage the use of high quality, well-fitting masks (N95/KN95) for all individuals, especially those who are at high risk for complications from COVID-19 and those who remain unvaccinated against the virus. 
  • Hand sanitizing stations are available on each bus.
  • Bus windows will be partially open (when possible) to provide for additional ventilation.


Athletic Event Attendance
 
  • The entire Bishop Lynch community is invited to athletic events on campus for the 2021-2022 seasons. There will be no capacity restrictions this year. Tickets must be pre-purchased at www.bishoplynch.org/tickets.
  • Bishop Lynch will continue to institute a mask-optional policy on our campus. We strongly encourage the use of high quality, well-fitting masks (N95/KN95) for all individuals, especially those who are at high risk for complications from COVID-19 and those who remain unvaccinated against the virus. 
  • No mask requirements for outdoor athletics.




Campus conditions will be monitored closely. Changes to the mitigation strategies listed above will be adjusted according to campus conditions and promptly communicated to the school community.
 
Faithful to Catholic Tradition and to our Dominican heritage of scholarship and service, Bishop Lynch High School promotes the development of the total person by bringing together a diverse community in a rigorous, college preparatory environment where students are taught to strive for excellence, seek truth, and work for justice in the world. - Founded in 1963