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Update: August 19, 2021

While it was our hope and anticipation that the COVID era was behind us, recently Dane County issued a “Face Covering Emergency Order.” This “Emergency Order” takes place, currently, from August 19, 2021 to September 16, 2021. For your convenience, you can view that health order here.

During the time specified above, all faculty, staff, students, and parents are expected to wear face coverings while inside our facilities.

Anyone who has an exemption, as promulgated by the Public Health Department of Madison and Dane County, will have to supply written documentation by the proper authorities.

We recognize that some families may not be in support with such a directive, however, it is important that we are able to keep our school open and therefore, we will be following the guidelines set herein:

  • Under the recent PHDMC order, masks are required indoors for students and staff. We will provide time for socially distanced “mask breaks” throughout the day. Masks are not required when engaged in distanced (3+ feet) outdoor activities (i.e. recess).
  • Per federal requirements, anyone riding a school bus or public transportation will need to wear a mask at all times.
  • All students and staff are expected to self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19. If they are experiencing symptoms of the virus, they should stay home, notify the school office and consider consulting a healthcare professional.
  • We will continue to follow isolation protocols for students and staff that exhibit new symptoms during the school day.
  • We will continue to stress the importance of proper handwashing.
  • Hand sanitizer units will be available throughout our building.
  • We will space out desks in classrooms to keep students separated.
  • Custodians will continue to thoroughly clean our building after each school day.
  • Family and community members will not have building access during the school day. This protocol will be reviewed near the end of the first quarter.
  • This link outlines 2021-2022 updates to our Health and Safety Strategies document, detailing our school's mitigation protocols, of which families have been waiting so patiently to view: 2021-2022 COVID Health & Safety Strategies for FAMILIES

We will not require staff nor students to be vaccinated to attend school. Parents decide if/when their eligible child(ren) gets vaccinated.

Students and staff who are identified as a “close contact” to a COVID-19 case will need to quarantine. When it comes to the length of necessary quarantines, we will follow the latest guidance from the Office of Catholic Schools, based upon the CDC and PHMDC.

Further updates on our school’s reopening plan have been shared with staff for their feedback.

If your student has a disability or you have questions regarding how this will affect the services and support your student receives, you can reach out to a building principal at 608-271-7551.


Update: August 13, 2021

Saint Maria Goretti Catholic School will begin the 2021-22 school year with a full in-person learning model. Students will attend school in person, five days per week. 

We have made this decision based on local COVID-19 data and the guidance we have received from the CDC, Public Health Madison Dane County, and the Office of Catholic Schools of the Diocese of Madison. We will not be offering an extension learning option for students whose families request it. 

We are writing to share that Saint Maria Goretti Catholic School is committed to a safe and successful 2021-22 school year with full in-person learning. With this model, students will attend school in person, five days per week. 

We have made this decision based on local COVID-19 data and the guidance we have received from the CDC, Public Health Madison Dane County, and the Office of Catholic Schools of the Diocese of Madison. We will not be offering an extension learning option for students whose families request it. 

Please know that the health, safety, and well-being of our school community remains our top priority. Go here for the most up-to-date information from the Office of Catholic Schools of the Diocese of Madison. 

  • It is recommended, not required, that students and staff wear masks. 
  • Students and staff should also engage in 3+ feet distancing. 
  • We will continue to encourage frequent hand-washing and thoroughly clean and disinfect all high-touch surfaces and common areas on a regular basis. 
  • We have also worked to improve air ventilation and air quality in our buildings. 

If your child begins to experience symptoms of COVID-19, please keep your student home, notify the school office, and consider consulting with your healthcare provider. Please also monitor symptoms of close family members. 

The first day of school is August 26. We look forward to returning to full in-person teaching and learning as we begin the school year. Stay tuned early next week for further updates from our front office team in regards to our school’s reopening plan.

Once again, thank you for your patience, understanding, and flexibility throughout this challenging time in our school and parish community. 

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