Health and Safety Measures
2021-2022 School Year
 
 
Diocesan Updates
As of August 9, 2021

Masses
  • Eucharistic Ministers will sanitize their hands prior to communion.  
  • Masks are required to be worn indoors regardless of vaccination status.
  • 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.
  • Masks are required to be worn indoors regardless of vaccination status.
  • Visitors will be allowed on campus according to standard visitor rules.
  • Social distancing (where feasible) and proper handwashing will be encouraged throughout the day.
  • Any individual experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 should remain at home and contact the school nurse at 214-324-3607 ext. 4141, or email clinic@bishoplynch.org.
  • In the event of a COVID-19 positive case, BL’s certified contact tracers will conduct contact tracing in accordance with CDC guidelines.
  • COVID-19 positive individuals and identified close contacts will receive specific quarantine and return-to-school instructions from BL’s school nurse.
  • Protocols for vaccinated vs unvaccinated individuals will differ in the event of a known exposure to COVID-19.
  • Parents/Guardians are required to notify the school nurse 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.
  • Fully vaccinated individuals who have a known exposure to COVID-19 must be reported to the school nurse. Fully vaccinated individuals will not be required to quarantine but must be monitored closely for symptoms.
  • Unvaccinated individuals who have a known exposure to COVID-19 must be reported to the school nurse and will be required to quarantine for 10 days from the date of exposureUnvaccinated individuals may return to campus and school activities after 10 days if they are tested for COVID-19 by a PCR or Antigen test on day 7 or later and receive a negative result.
  • Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 must be reported to the school nurse. COVID-19 positive individuals will be required to isolate at home for 10 days following symptom onset, or if asymptomatic, the date they are tested for COVID-19.
  • Request to Submit Student Vaccination/Infection Data - Parents/guardians are asked to submit their student’s vaccine status and information to Nurse Barton 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 Nurse Barton.


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.
  • Masks are required to be worn indoors regardless of vaccination status.
  • 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.
  • Masks required indoors while not actively engaging in physical activity.
  • Coaches/players on bench or in a huddle indoors will be masked.
  • Fans are required to wear masks to indoors on the BL campus.
  • Coaches will be masked indoors.
  • No capacity restrictions indoors or outdoors at athletic events, social distancing encouraged.
  • 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