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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

In response to evolving news related to COVID-19 (coronavirus), Bellarmine has created this webpage devoted to keeping our constituents informed. We hope you will find this useful and we encourage you to check the site frequently for any updates related to COVID-19 and its impact on our school community. Bellarmine has established a task force and will maintain diligent monitoring of the situation. We are also providing links on this page to additional resources that offer health and safety guidelines as collectively our wider community faces the many challenges resulting from COVID-19. We continue to pray for all those impacted.

Since the start of the second semester, Bellarmine has been conducting regular, asymptomatic testing once every two weeks of all employees and students who are coming to campus. Additionally, some staff and students who are not coming to campus report the result of testing to the school. The data below represent all reported test results since 1-1-21. The key indicates negative and positive test results, as well as whether those who have tested positive have been on campus or off. (Note that “on campus” refers to whether the student/staff has been coming to campus, regardless of where the test was conducted. “Off campus” indicates the person has not been coming to campus.) When someone who has been on campus tests positive, in working with Santa Clara County Health (SCCH), we provide contact tracing and notification to any close contacts. “Quarantine” indicates a close contact of an infected person who must quarantine per SCCH guidelines. Those who tested positive, indicated as isolated below, must isolate per CDC and County health requirements. All others who were not close contacts are notified when an on-campus case has occurred. Due to the different subsets of the population being tested, our positivity rate at Bellarmine may not be directly comparable to the county’s or anywhere else.

COVID-19 Testing Dashboard

Emails

  • Latest Email - July 6, 2021

    Dear Bellarmine Parents:

    We hope that the last month has brought you and your family an opportunity to unplug and head outdoors. It has been encouraging to see that 82% of Santa Clara County residents have received at least one dose of the vaccine, with 61% of County 12-18 year-olds fully vaccinated.

    We are so excited to have all students return to campus for the Mass of the Holy Spirit and the first day of classes on Monday, August 16th. While masks are no longer required outdoors on campus, we are awaiting guidance from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) for indoor mask requirements for the upcoming school year.

    We strongly encourage all students to be vaccinated:

    • If your son has been vaccinated, please upload his vaccination record into Magnus (in POWERSCHOOL). Because Magnus is an automated system, it will continue to send out reminders until August 1st.
    • If your son has a medical exemption from the vaccine, please upload your physician's note to MAGNUS.
    • If you don't plan to have your son vaccinated even after the vaccine receives full FDA authorization, but would still like for him to be able to participate in athletics or other higher risk activities, please complete THIS FORM to appeal. We will review each appeal, and then we will meet with each family seeking an appeal to determine if he will be able to participate, and if so, under what conditions. (This appeals process will begin once the FDA fully authorizes the vaccine.)

    We have partnered with the Public Health Department to host another vaccination clinic on July 15th from 11-7PM in Liccardo Center. 60+ people were vaccinated at our prior clinic, and all reported that the experience was smooth and easy. This event is open to all community members, and no appointments are needed.

    Until the Pfizer vaccine is fully authorized by the FDA (it is currently the only vaccine approved for 12-18 year olds), it is not required for participation in athletics. You can learn more about the Pfizer vaccine at the CDC WEBSITE.

    Because we want to proceed cautiously with our first overnight retreat since March 2020, our August Kairos will be open to vaccinated students only.

    We know that if we continue to work together, we can keep our community safe and healthy.

    Sincerely,

    Kristina Luscher
    Principal

  • Correo Electrónico más Reciente - Julio 2021

    Estimados padres de Bellarmine:

    Hoy la Oficina de Educación de Santa Clara compartió la noticia de que todas las escuelas locales permanecerán cerradas. Si bien esta noticia nos entristece a todos, entendemos la necesidad de frenar la propagación de COVID-19. En los próximos días, trabajaremos para abordar cómo afectará esto a nuestros programas co-curriculares, programa de deportes y otros eventos en el campus. Compartiremos una actualización con usted el viernes por la tarde.

    Gracias por todo lo que está haciendo para cuidar a sus familias durante estos días difíciles, y háganos saber si hay algo más que podamos hacer para apoyar a su hijo.

    Sinceramente,

    Kristina Luscher

  • Athletics Update - August 17, 2020

    Dear Bellarmine Families:

    Hope this Update finds all of you healthy and safe.

    The Athletic Department is pleased to announce the return to small group, in-person, outdoor conditioning on the Bellarmine campus. The recent updates to both state and local governmental health guidelines and directives allowing schools to return to conditioning has made the entire athletic staff extremely excited and joyful. Bellarmine’s coaches, strength and conditioning group, and trainers love working with our student-athletes; and thus, the delight in this news.

    To be clear, there are still many restrictions that need to be followed, and a tremendous amount of logistics to be worked out in the weeks to come. Bellarmine Athletics intends to begin small group conditioning that can take place outside on Monday August 31st. This will be a phased in approach to allow for the greatest success in keeping our student-athletes, staff, and the community at minimal risk. This small group conditioning will follow state and local guidelines, which will be highlighted in virtual meetings with families that choose to participate in this offering.

    As mentioned, there are a significant amount of logistics to be worked through and we ask that families continue to check Blue for updates on team sign-up meetings. Sign-ups will be crucial in our planning as guidelines still put restrictions on size of cohorts. Please note that all conditioning offerings are voluntary and do not have any bearing on a student trying out for a team when that time is here.

    Currently, the following are the programs and projected start dates:

    Cross Country – Week of August 31, 2020 – time trials
    Football – Tuesday, September 8, 2020
    Water Polo – Tuesday, September 8, 2020
    Basketball – Monday, September 14, 2020
    Lacrosse – Monday, September 14, 2020
    Wrestling – Monday, September 21, 2020

    Go Bells,

    Bellarmine Athletic Department

  • AQI - Athletics Conditioning Update - September 14, 2020

    Dear Bellarmine Athletic Community,

    Due to the current air quality and trends, the Athletic Department is canceling all conditioning and practices on campus for the week of September 14, 2020. The health and safety of the student athlete is at the forefront of the athletic administrations mind when making this decision.

    The current Air Quality Index is at an unsafe level at Bellarmine and we do not believe that beginning training for athletes in our current state would be in the best interest of our student-athletes. Our hope is that the air quality will continue to improve throughout the week, and we will be able to begin our conditioning on Monday September 21st with significantly better air.

    We will provide an update regarding next week on Friday, September 18th by 5 pm.

    Bellarmine Athletic Department,

    Louie Agelson, Director of Athletics
    Mark Moreno, Director of Sports Medicine
    Colin Mello, Associate Athletic Director

  • Previous Emails

Bellarmine College Prep

COVID-19

  • Academic
    All instruction will be online through the first quarter.
  • Athletics
    All athletic events are pending. To read more about the Athletics update, click HERE.
  • Faith & Service
     
  • Student Life
    More information coming soon.

 

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Healthy Habits

Stop the Spread

Thank you for doing your part to stop the spread of COVID-19. Please continue to wear a mask, stay 6 feet apart and thoroughly wash your hands throughout the day.

Take some time to find a mask that fits well and covers your nose and chin. If it regularly falls below your nose, it is too loose.

  • Stay home when sick and away from others in your household.
  • Practice excellent personal hygiene habits, including washing your hands with soap and water frequently, coughing into a tissue or your elbow, and avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth unless you’ve just washed your hands.
  • Get plenty of rest, drink plenty of fluids, eat healthy foods, and manage your stress to keep your immunity strong.
  • The SCCPHD and CDC is recommending that residents cover their nose and mouth when leaving home for essential activities. The face coverings should not be N95 masks and do not have to surgical masks. Recommended coverings include bandanas and home-sewn fabric coverings. Face coverings are not a substitute for shelter in place, frequent handwashing, social distancing, but to provide an additional layer of prevention when engaging in essential activities.
  • All employees and visitors are to avoid entering Bellarmines campus if they have a cough or fever, maintain a minimum six-foot distance.

External Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

World Health Organization

World Health Organization

Santa Clara County Public Health

Santa Clara County Public Health