Health and Safety
Dear Chaminade Family,
 
We are writing to provide an update on the latest vaccination news, as well as Chaminade’s current COVID-19 protocols.
 
Last Friday, October 1, Governor Newsom issued a state mandate requiring all eligible students to be vaccinated once the COVID-19 vaccine receives full FDA approval for children ages 12-15. According to the California Department of Public Health:
“Regulations will take effect at the start of the following term, meaning either January 1st or July 1st, whichever comes first. This will also give both parents and schools sufficient time to prepare and implement. Based on current projections for full approval for ages 12+, we anticipate the requirement would apply to grades 7-12 starting on July 1, 2022.”
 
Though the mandate’s full details are not yet available, we have begun research to more fully understand the legal requirements as they apply to Chaminade. We will provide an additional update on this topic once more information has been discerned. In the meantime, click here to read more about the governor’s announcement.
 
Here is an update on the fully vaccinated status of our school community, as of Wednesday, October 6:
  • Faculty and staff – 96% (across both campuses)
  • Chatsworth students – 67% (of students age 12 and older)
  • West Hills students – 68%
A reminder that fully vaccinated students who are asymptomatic do NOT have to quarantine if they are identified as a close contact of an infected person. If your student has recently been fully vaccinated and we have not yet received a copy of their vaccination card, please click here to upload it in the “Enrollment Checklist.” If you need help obtaining a copy of your student’s vaccination card, or to see what forms of vaccination proof are acceptable, click here.
 
Chaminade’s goal is to provide our students, faculty, and staff with a safe in-person educational and work environment, but we cannot do this alone. Keeping our community safe is a group effort. You will recall that at the beginning of this academic year, we implemented an outdoor masking policy and weekly COVID-19 testing program, both of which have helped mitigate the on-campus risk of virus transmission. Since implementation of our weekly testing program, it has not identified any positive test results; rather, parents and employees have reported any diagnoses of COVID-19. 
 
Furthermore, it has been determined that all reported cases resulted from exposure in non-Chaminade settings. Among Chaminade students identified as close contacts, none eventually tested positive for COVID-19. We believe these outcomes, combined with our multiple mitigation strategies, strongly indicate that our collective efforts are keeping the Chaminade community safe. Since these efforts are limiting the risk of an outbreak, which could result in a campus closure, we will continue to implement our mitigation strategies and provide another update at the end of October.
 
Due to the very low percentage of close contacts at schools testing positive across Los Angeles County, local public health authorities released a modified quarantine (MQ) option for unvaccinated students who are exposed to a positive COVID-19 case while at school. Chaminade has elected to offer the MQ option so eligible unvaccinated students may continue to attend class in-person. Full details can be found here.
 
Finally, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LACDPH) has put together COVID-19 resources for parents and guardians (found here) to promote the health and safety of school communities.
 
Ultimately, our off-campus behavior impacts on-campus life. As such, we greatly appreciate your continued support and partnership as together we continue navigating this rapidly changing environment.
 
God bless,
 
Robert S. Webb, P’18, P’20
President
 
Mike Valentine
Middle School Principal
 
Luis R. Guerra
High School Principal

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