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.
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Latest Email - January 22, 2021
Dear Bellarmine Parents:
As previously announced in the beginning of January, we will begin re-opening next week for some in-person academics.
Here is an outline of the next few days:
Tuesday, January 26 PSAT (Juniors) Wednesday, January 27 Pre-ACT (Sophomores) Thursday, January 28 Hyflex Begins (Loyola) - Freshmen & Seniors Friday, January 29 Hyflex (Loyola) - Freshmen & Seniors
Ignatius Freshmen & Seniors will continue with Hyflex on February 1st and 2nd. Beginning on February 3rd, all four grade levels in the Loyola group will be welcomed to campus following the pattern of two days on campus, then two days of remote instruction.
We have in place many layers of mitigation strategies to help reduce the likelihood of transmission here on campus. These include regular testing of students and staff, excellent filtration approaches in classrooms, social distancing requirements, frequent sanitizing by our staff, emphasis on handwashing, and of course a mask requirement. However, we also recognize and want to communicate with you clearly that now is not the time to let our guard down! Quite the contrary, we have to remain particularly vigilant to do all that we can to keep the virus at bay.
A few very important notes for you:
- Later today, you will be receiving an email from email@example.com asking you to confirm your son's plans to either join us in the hyflex program or continue working remotely. California's Public Health Department now asks schools to report the number of students on campus each week, so it is important that we have consistent participation, to the extent practical. (Families will be able to opt in again after February break)
- All students who participate in on-campus activities (whether classes, athletics, or any other co-curricular activity) will be required to complete regular COVID-19 testing. This will continue to be offered on campus every two weeks. Students must have completed a test within the last two weeks in order to come to campus next week.
- All parents whose sons are coming to campus will be required to complete a pledge that affirms that their son will follow our prescribed rules and procedures on campus and that you are following County health directives off campus. For example, if your son travels more than 150 miles, he must quarantine for 10 days prior to returning to campus. He needs to wear a mask outside of the home and practice social distancing. In short, he needs to be vigilant about doing all that he can to keep himself healthy.
- These and other expectations will be delineated in a video that will be sent out by Monday morning. Students must watch the video and complete the quiz at the end in order to be able to return to campus.
- A number of our instructors will continue to teach remotely. For these courses, a regular substitute will be in the room with your sons while the instructor teaches remotely via Teams. The substitutes are either other staff members serving in that capacity or people we have hired for that purpose. The substitute for a particular class will remain consistent, and will work with the teacher to normalize the in-person experience for the student.
Our partnership with families is always important, but perhaps never more than now. If your family chooses not to follow County and State guidelines and requirements to protect against the Coronavirus, then your son is welcome to attend classes online, but not in person. The teachers and other families who are coming to campus are relying on all of us to follow the rules that are in place. While we hope it would not come to this with any students, should a student willfully disregard the rules that have been put in place, that student will forfeit his right to be on campus for the remainder of this school year.
It is generally not our desire to lead with rules and lists of do’s and don’ts. But we are doing so in this case because a clear understanding of expectations is essential in order to enable the very positive experience that we believe will be the case for your son – whether he returns to campus in person for classes, or whether he continues to learn remotely.
Thank you for your trust and your partnership. We look forward to our ongoing work with you and especially with your sons.
Correo Electrónico más Reciente - Octubre 2020
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.
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
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
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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.