The following was prepared with the assistance of the COVID-19 Task Force of Oakland Catholic High School, the Diocese of Pittsburgh, and input from members of the medical community in our region. It also includes any orders, directives, and/or clarifications from the CDC, Pennsylvania Departments of Health and Education, the Governor’s Office, the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association, and the Allegheny County Health Department. It is understood that this is a fluid site that will be edited as necessary as circumstances and/or government or diocesan directives change.
*last updated August 24, 2021
- Our Continued Mission
- Universal Mask Policy
- Safety Protocols
- Health Monitoring & Communication
- Quarantine Procedures
- Athletics Plan
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Since the onset of the current pandemic, Oakland Catholic has responded quickly and in innovative ways as we continued to fulfill our responsibilities to students, faculty, staff, the Diocese of Pittsburgh, and the broader community. In March 2020, we successfully responded to the nation-wide shut-down and had the entire school up and running virtually in a matter of 24 hours. In 2020-2021, the faculty, staff, and administration, with the expert and full support of the OCHS Board of Directors, conducted school under multiple models that ranged from hybrid to fully reopen, with a virtual option available throughout the year. The Class of 2021 graduated with a record number of acceptances to elite universities and over $30 million in college scholarships.
This year, we intend to hold in-person instruction for all students, five days a week. In full support of Bishop David Zubik and in alignment with the Diocese of Pittsburgh, Oakland Catholic High School maintains a universal indoor mask policy, meaning that all individuals, both vaccinated and unvaccinated, will wear a mask inside our buildings. This policy will be revisited on a monthly basis as the Diocese consults with infectious disease experts in our region, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, the Allegheny County Health Department, the PA Departments of Health and Education, and the CDC guidelines on Covid protocol for the coming school year.
All members of the Oakland Catholic High School community should be mindful that as long as there are cases of COVID-19 and subsequent variants in the community, there are no strategies that can completely eliminate transmission risk within a school population. The goal is to keep transmission as low as possible in order to safely continue in-person instruction and school activities. With the safety measures and policies outlined in this plan, Oakland Catholic strives to minimize exposure and transmission to the maximum extent possible. It is incumbent on all students, faculty, staff, coaches, and parents to abide by the school and diocesan policies to which they agreed, as indicated by their signatures on the Parent/Student Handbook agreement sheet, the teacher/employee agreements, the Memorandum of Understanding, Acceptable Use Policy, and other permission slips, MOUs, and waivers.
We take very seriously our obligation as Catholics, as Christians, as faith-filled individuals, as educators, and as human beings to act in a manner that does not just serve us and our personal needs and desires. Instead, we are called to protect those who are vulnerable, to watch over our brothers and sisters, and to love one another as Christ loves us. Wearing a mask, remaining informed, and understanding that an inconvenience on our part to protect the health of another are small sacrifices that we willingly accept in this time.
The ongoing support of our extensive community has been a constant and noteworthy element of the OC educational experience. As we embark on another impactful year, we are grateful for this support and cooperation. Your collaboration with the policies & protocols outlined here will ensure that we can maintain our responsibilities as committed educators, enthusiastic learners, and ethical global citizens.
Oakland Catholic High School is committed to delivering an outstanding educational experience to our students. Grounded in Spirituality, Scholarship, and Service, our mission to educate globally-focused, confident, faith-filled female leaders, lies at the core of every OC program at all times - whether curricular or extracurricular, in-person or remote. We live that mission through commitment, community, and collaboration.
Since the onset of the pandemic, Oakland Catholic has been successfully committed to delivering an uninterrupted academic program that is grounded in consistency, familiarity, and pedagogical excellence.
As members of a Catholic school community, we recognize our obligation to those who are unable to be vaccinated and respond to Pope Francis’ call to do our part and protect all of God’s children through increased vaccination efforts, masks, and respecting and honoring one another in how we think, speak, and act.
Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. -1 John 4:11
In August of 2021, the Diocese of Pittsburgh, under the direction of Bishop David Zubik, issued a universal mask mandate for all who enter a Catholic school building at the start of academic year 2021-2022. This mandate will be reviewed on a monthly basis; new or continuing directives regarding mask-wearing will be conveyed each month by the Director of Catholic Schools Michelle Peduto. As a diocesan high school, Oakland Catholic High School both supports and adheres to this diocesan policy. The current mask mandate was developed after significant research on the ongoing developing data on the virus, its mutations, the vaccination rates of our schools, the vaccine effectiveness, and current infection/transmission rates in the region. Both Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania Policy Lab and infectious disease experts from the region informed the Bishop and Director of Catholic Schools on the valuable protection that masks offer against this virus. The mandate also reflects both the Allegheny County Health Department and the CDC guidelines that strongly recommend indoor mask wearing as a safety protocol for schools. Finally, the mission and identity of our Catholic schools, which exhort us to act selflessly for the sake of others, contributed to the decision to institute universal mask-wearing for both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals in our schools. As noted previously, the same extensive network, data, resources, values, and beliefs will be consulted monthly in order to determine the continuation of, or changes to, this policy and all other safety protocols established to maintain in-person instruction and to keep our schools safe.
All students, faculty, staff, and other individuals will be required to wear a well-fitting mask whenever indoors on the campus of Oakland Catholic High School with the start of the 2021-2022 academic year. *The policy will be reviewed and adjusted according to new data on a monthly basis.
Face masks requirements will be determined in accordance with the county transmission metrics and the guidance from various sources, which may include, but not limited to the CDC, PA DOH, PDE, and Allegheny County DOH. This policy is subject to change at any time and will be communicated when adjustments are made.
- The levels of transmission for a county are listed as Low, Moderate, Substantial and High and found at https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#county-view.
- When counties are in moderate, substantial or higher, all individuals, regardless of vaccination status, wear masks indoors.
- When a county is in a low community transmission rate for at least 2 weeks, masking may return to optional. Anyone that is not vaccinated at that time, will be encouraged to continue to mask indoors.
- When masks are required, mask breaks will occur while implementing six foot social distancing during the day and will not have to be worn when eating or drinking.
- At this time, masks are optional outdoors. Masks should be worn in crowded outdoor settings when there is sustained close contact.
Mask breaks can occur under the following scenarios:
- When a student, teacher, or staff member is six feet or farther from all other individuals and engaged in independent activity, s/he may take a mask break for under 15 minutes. (Five to ten minutes is maximum recommended time.)
- When a student, teacher, or staff member is eating lunch, it is understood that a mask will not be worn. As soon as the individual has finished eating/drinking, s/he must resume wearing a mask. *Please note special arrangements and dining circumstances below.
- Whenever a student, teacher, or staff member is outside, provided that it is not in a large crowd situation, masks are NOT required at the time of this document’s creation.
- When a teacher or staff member is alone in a closed, but ventilated office space, s/he may take a mask break.
- A teacher may pull down his/her mask to speak, if six feet or farther from students, for a brief period of time, in order to clarify something pertinent to the lesson being conducted.
- During active play (including indoors).This includes gym class and indoor sports practices and games.
Medical exemptions that excuse an individual from wearing a mask must be documented and signed by a practicing physician who is currently treating the individual. A PCP, pediatrician, or relevant specialist (e.g. a pulmonary specialist who treats lung and respiratory disorders would be considered a relevant specialist; an orthopedist or optometrist would not be considered a relevant specialist), providing a medical exemption, must explain the reason for the exemption in accordance with the guidelines of the medical community and government for exempting an individual from a public health measure.
Shields are not a substitute for masks, unless an individual provides clear and valid documentation for a medical exemption. In this situation, the medically exempted individual must wear a shield in place of a mask in all instances where a mask is required. *This is the only situation where a shield may be substituted for a mask.
For maximum effectiveness, masks should be washed daily and never shared. As more information on the virus has become available, it is now known that transmission of the virus occurs through respiratory droplets and close human-to-human contact. The careful practices of hygiene, frequent hand washing, wearing masks, and minimizing touching of the face significantly reduce the risk of transmission and will be regularly reinforced throughout the school day.
- Virtual Learning
- Cleaning, Sanitizing, Disinfection, and Ventilation
- Social Distancing
- Activities & Sports
- Student Transportation
- Visitors & Volunteers
While we realize that in-person instruction is the most conducive environment for student learning and well-being, the need for virtual learning may become necessary due to school required COVID-19 quarantine. These are the only instances whereby virtual learning will be utilized. Virtual learning experiences will be initiated and coordinated by the Administration and Faculty of Oakland Catholic and will consist of a combination of asynchronous and synchronous learning, recorded video instruction, online resources, and Zoom opportunities.
The school buildings are always cleaned in the summer in preparation for the return to school. All hard- surface floors have been stripped, cleaned, and waxed. All carpeting has been professionally cleaned. All hard surfaces, including furniture, countertops, window sills, windows, doors, stairwells, hallways, and restrooms have been thoroughly cleaned and sanitized. All fabric furniture has been professionally cleaned. Cleaning in the summer and throughout the school year is always done with soap and water, followed by the application of an EPA-approved disinfectant (see www.epa.gov). Disinfectants differentiate themselves from other cleaning products by killing germs with chemicals rather than removing them. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), disinfectants should be used on surfaces that have already been cleaned of dirt and grime—especially high-touch surfaces—to prevent the spread of diseases.
If it is discovered that an individual in the school has symptoms of Covid or has learned that they have tested positive for Covid, the area(s) where the individual has been will be specially treated with a disinfectant mister once the individual has departed.
With renovations and newer construction conducted over recent years, Oakland Catholic meets or exceeds ventilation standards for a school. In addition, teachers and office staff have been instructed to increase the flow of outdoor air to classroom and office space by opening windows daily and keeping doors to closed spaces open whenever possible.
Classrooms/Learning Spaces Organized to Mitigate Spread
Student desks will be separated by three feet or more, to the maximum extent possible. When students are in collaborative situations, teachers will be mindful of maintaining physical distance as much as possible, and/or limiting the amount of time students are closer than three feet to under fifteen minutes. Whenever students are indoors and six feet or less apart, masks will be worn, whether a student/teacher is vaccinated or unvaccinated, in accordance with the diocesan universal mask policy.
Adequate spacing that aligns with CDC guidelines for schools will also be accommodated to the maximum extent possible in all community spaces throughout the school. The following parameters have been set for K-12 schools, and is noted on the flowchart at the end of this document with regard to close contact tracing:
In the K–12 indoor classroom setting, the close contact definition excludes students who were within 3 to 6 feet of an infected student (laboratory- confirmed or a clinically compatible illness) if both the infected student and the exposed student(s) correctly and consistently wore well-fitting masks the entire time.
As noted under the mask policy statement, “mask breaks” are permitted indoors for approximately five to ten minutes, provided that six feet or more of physical distancing is in place. Also as noted previously, masks are not required in outdoor settings unless students, teachers, and/or staff are gathered in a large crowd and cannot maintain physical distance.
Hand sanitation centers will once again be easily accessible in hallways, classrooms, and throughout the school buildings.
When weather permits, classes can be held outdoors on our campus, at the prerogative of the teacher.
Breakfast and lunch in the cafeteria will be provided as usual, with all food options available to students, faculty, and staff. The dining hall windows will be opened daily to enhance the air exchange by increasing the influx of outdoor air. The patio and grassy courtyard will be open to all students at lunchtime to encourage dining al fresco. A wide range of seating options will be made available to students so that they can spread out during lunch and minimize the number of individuals in close contact with each other while eating and without masks.
- Provided that students maintain physical distance and wear masks when indoors, after school activities may continue.
- If in compliance with the state guidelines for events and gatherings, in-person gatherings may occur.
- High School sports may continue following the local PIAA regulations and Diocesan protocols. Currently, CDC guidelines do not require masks to be worn while actively playing sports if the individual is fully vaccinated.
Outside visitors or volunteers, including parents, will be permitted on campus with prior approval, provided that they comply with standard school policies regarding guest arrival procedures, the universal mask policy, and all other school policies concerning safety protocols for outside visitors to campus. *All visitors must be masked at all times indoors. As stated in our handbook, all visitors, whether scheduled or impromptu, must come to the main entrance on Craig Street, enter via the Welcome Center, sign in, and wear an identification nametag while on campus. Once their appointment or business is completed, the visitor must return to the Welcome Center to sign out and exit the building. The only exception to this procedure is for contracted building maintenance workers who are permitted to meet the school’s maintenance director by the maintenance area and enter the building there.
If you are traveling, please inform your school principal. The guidance regarding travel changes frequently, and depending on the travel destination, there may be a need for quarantine. Current CDC guidelines are available at:
Domestic Travel: Domestic Travel During COVID-19 | CDC
International Travel: International Travel During COVID-19 | CDC
The Diocese of Pittsburgh and Oakland Catholic High School will follow CDC international and domestic travel guidelines with regard to students and staff who participate in travel either abroad or out of state during the coming school year. A quick summary is provided below, but detailed descriptions can be found on the CDC website via the links above.
- International travel: In addition to masking during airline travel and crowded situations, vaccinated students and staff members who return from travel abroad are asked to self-monitor for symptoms and get tested 3-5 days after travel. If symptoms develop or the test result is positive, student/staff should follow the appropriate quarantine protocol. Unvaccinated individuals who travel abroad should adhere to all masking expectations, and get tested 3-5 days after return and self-quarantine for a full 7 days upon return, OR, self-quarantine for a full ten days after return. If symptoms develop or the test result is positive, student/staff should follow the appropriate quarantine protocol.
- Domestic travel: There will be no domestic travel restrictions or quarantines for either vaccinated or unvaccinated individuals for the current school year unless circumstances change and new directives are issued. Students should continue to adhere to all masking expectations during airline travel and in crowded situations.
Monitoring students, staff, and others on campus to ensure that they are healthy and not exhibiting signs of illness:
All faculty, staff, students, outside consultants, and visitors/volunteers will be asked to self-screen prior to leaving home and checking for possible symptoms. If any symptom of illness is present, or the individual has even a slight fever, the teacher, staff member, student, consultant, or visitor/volunteer is asked to remain home until symptom-free and fever-free for at least 24 hours. If symptoms persist, it is recommended that the individual obtain a PCR or rapid test at least 3-5 days after symptoms appeared to determine if it might be Covid. If the test result is positive for Covid, the school should be notified and the individual should follow the quarantine procedures as outlined later in this document.
Symptoms of Covid originally included coughing, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, or 2 or more of the following: lack of smell or taste (without congestion), sore throat, chills, muscle pain, headache, congestion/runny nose, nausea/vomiting, diarrhea. With the Delta variant being the predominant strain at the time of this document’s origination, it should be noted that symptoms are very similar to the common cold and may not mimic the same symptoms as the earlier strains of Covid, except for a lack of taste and/or smell. Testing is the best way to determine if symptoms are Covid-related.
If it is determined that an individual is exhibiting symptoms that might potentially indicate a Covid infection, or if an individual discovers, while on campus, that s/he is positive for Covid or has been exposed to someone who is positive for Covid, the following protocol will be followed:
- The individual will be isolated in the main office or other area easily accessible by administration and/or the school nurse, but removed from others at the school.
- If a student, parent(s)/guardian(s) will immediately be notified.
- Arrangements will be made for the individual to be picked up for transportation home.
- Contact tracing will be conducted by the school principal.
The Director of Catholic Schools will be notified of a positive or potential Covid case on campus.
Notification of confirmed staff or student illness, or exposure, and resulting changes to the local Health and Safety Plan:
All individuals (and parents/guardians if a minor) who are deemed to be close contacts will be notified in person, via phone, and by email. They will be instructed to follow up with their doctor, get tested, and follow the quarantine procedures as outlined in the flow chart under 'Quarantine Procedures.'
School families will be notified through the parent alert system (School Messenger) on the same day that the school is alerted of a positive COVID-19 case. Notifications will be sent via email or text.
Parents should opt into the School Messenger text alerts as instructed by Administration in order to receive the most recent communications. School Messenger works in conjunction with PowerSchool and will send text alerts to the cell phone number recorded in PowerSchool. Please contact the Principal/Assistant Principal with questions.
When communicating with families and staff about Covid cases, no names or identifying attributes of the individual with a confirmed case will not be shared at any time.
Timely, ongoing, and effective family and caregiver communication about health and safety protocols and schedules will be critical. Additionally, Oakland Catholic has established and will maintain ongoing communication with local and state authorities to determine current mitigation levels in our community,
Established communication channels (weekly electronic newsletter, email, School Messenger, Schoology notifications, and Constant Contact emails) will serve as the means of communication with parents, student.
Procedures and Protocols When an Individual is Sick, Exposed to Covid, or Positive for Covid
The individual who is ill or who informs a member of administration or a member of the school office that they have been exposed to an individual with a confirmed case of COVID-19 will be sent to/retained in the office and sent home immediately. If the individual is exhibiting shortness of breath, a high fever, or other distressing symptoms, 911 will be alerted so that the individual can be transported to a healthcare facility.
The area occupied by a sick individual will be closed off so that respiratory droplets can settle, and then thoroughly cleaned and disinfected. All areas that the sick person may have used, such as offices, bathrooms, and common areas, will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected.
Close contact tracing and quarantine procedures will be followed according to the flowchart noted on both the CDC and ACHD websites. The graphic design to the right/below clarifies the steps that will be followed, depending on whether an individual is vaccinated/unvaccinated, how close and how long an individual was in contact with an infected person, and whether an individual is experiencing symptoms or tests positive for Covid in the days following exposure.
The Principal and/or other Administrator will be responsible for making decisions regarding quarantine or isolation requirements of faculty, school staff, or students. The President or Vice President will be responsible for making decisions regarding quarantine or isolation requirements of Advancement and Business Office personnel.
Conditions to be met prior to the return to school for a staff or student with a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19 are outlined on the flowchart.
COVID-19 Quarantine Guidance Flowchart (K-12)
Participating in interscholastic athletics is a privilege at Oakland Catholic High School and it is of the utmost importance that everyone involved - athletes, parents, coaches, and administrators - work together to adhere to the guidelines outlined in this document. It is the responsibility of the participating interscholastic student athletes, parents, coaches, and administrators to follow these guidelines in season, out of season, and while conditioning. Failure to follow these safety measures will increase exposure, transmission, and the number of close contacts that are required to quarantine.
*These guidelines will be reviewed and updated as needed throughout the 2021-2022 academic year.
- Physical distancing should be practiced during practices, competitions, and daily interactions. For a K-12 setting, three feet or more between students for extended periods of time of 15 minutes or more, is considered an acceptable distance. For students in a K-12 setting, this distance eliminates close contact status, provided individuals wear well-fitting masks, or are outdoors with adequate space between each other.
- Team meals will return, but outdoors with adequate physical distance between individuals, or indoors with six feet or more physical distance between individuals, to the maximum extent possible.
- Student-athletes are to be 3-6 feet apart when not actively participating in a drill or physical activity and masked, or 6 feet or more apart if outdoors without a mask.
- Activities that increase the risk of exposure to saliva droplets are not allowed, including but not limited to, chewing gum, spitting, licking fingers, and eating sunflower seeds.
- If multiple games are held in the same facility, adequate time will be scheduled between contests to allow for facilities to be cleaned and disinfected, and to minimize interactions between athletes.
- Booster-run concession stands and other food provided for athletes must adhere to the Guidance for Businesses in the Restaurant Industry and pre-packaged items.
- If a student-athlete does not feel well, exhibits symptoms of illness, or suspects she has been exposed to Covid, she is to inform her coaches, the Athletic Department, and/or school. If ill or exhibiting symptoms, she should stay home to improve her personal health. If exposed to Covid but symptom-free, individuals must consult and adhere to the quarantine/testing protocol flowchart on page 10 of the overall Covid Safety Protocols plan to determine next steps.
- Attendance will be taken for each practice and competition for contact tracing purposes.
If a student-athlete tests positive for COVID-19, or is determined to be a close contact of someone with Covid-19, they should follow all guidelines outlined in the COVID Safety Protocols plan.
- ALL personal athletic equipment should be cleaned daily. All student-athletes are required to take their equipment home daily for cleaning.
- Only one student-athlete at a time is permitted to report to the Athletic Training room for evaluation or treatments. The athlete must be fully masked and make an appointment ahead of time.
- Each athlete MUST have her OWN personally-identified hydration container (i.e. water bottle) that is never shared.
- Hand sanitizers and wipes will be provided throughout the facilities and areas.
- Student-athletes, coaches, and staff, whether vaccinated or unvaccinated, are required to wear masks when in all indoor spaces. This includes the Athletic Training room, gyms, and school buildings. Masks can be removed when in active play and when 6ft of distance between individuals can be achieved for a mask break. *As noted in the overall plan, mask breaks should be limited to 5-10 minutes.
- During any “down time” situations, coaches and athletes must wear masks. Masks should be well-fitting, properly worn (not under the nose or under the chin), and washed regularly. Frequent handwashing and avoiding touching one’s face are recommended to decrease the spread of the virus.
Oakland Catholic High School requires that its student-athletes assist in following these guidelines to help maintain a safe and healthy environment for all. Failure to adhere to these guidelines could result in the inability to participate in OCHS athletic programs.
- Student-Athletes are responsible for their own supplies and equipment for each practice/competition.
- Physical distancing is in effect at all times except during competitions. During competitions, athletes must always have their masks/face coverings readily available.
- The weight and athletic training rooms are open, but physical distancing guidelines must be followed.
- Lockers are available for student-athletes.
- Clothing is not to be left in any athletic facility overnight. Items left will be discarded.
- Athletes are not permitted to share towels, razors, clothes or personal hygiene items.
- Hands should be washed frequently and hand sanitizer used often, when available.
- Athletes are responsible for bringing a personal water bottle with their name on it to all practices and events. There will be no shareable water bottles available.
- In accordance with the Diocesan Health and Safety Plan, during active play indoors, vaccinated student-athletes are permitted to play mask-free, but their mask needs to be readily accessible; unvaccinated student-athletes are required to keep their masks on at all times. Masks are optional for all athletes during active play outdoors.
- Coaches will clearly communicate all guidelines to the student-athletes and parents.
- Coaches will model the behavior they expect of student-athletes by wearing masks at all times indoors and outdoors when not physically distanced from others and by maintaining physical distance to the maximum extent possible.
- Coaches who submit a medical exemption from the mask, according to the guidelines outlined earlier in this document, must always wear a shield in lieu of a mask. Only those with a medical exemption are permitted to substitute a shield for a mask.
- Coaches will be responsible for monitoring the number of student-athletes in the gymnasium during the season in order to promote social distancing guidelines. This may include limiting access to the building before or after events.
- Maintain safety guidelines for yourself and others within your family unit. Adhere to all school policies.
- Monitor your daughter’s health prior to any sporting activities. If your daughter is sick, she should stay home. Even if there is doubt, she is to stay home.
- Communicate with the coaching staff if your daughter is at higher risk for severe illness, has a preexisting health condition, or is immunocompromised.
- Provide the necessary supplies for your daughter and label them with her name.
- Disinfect your daughter’s equipment after practice/competition. Be sure that she washes her clothes and mask daily.
- Bring appropriate masks/face coverings to practices/competitions for yourself, daughter, and family members for competitions. Maintain six feet of distance between you/your guests and other spectators who are not part of your family/guest unit. If you attend an event without the appropriate PPE (personal protective equipment), you will not be permitted into our facilities and will run the risk of being turned away from other schools or competition facilities.
ATHLETIC TRAINERS’ ACTIONS:
Follow guidance from UPMC as it pertains to COVID-19. This includes, but is not limited, to the following:
- Limit athlete and coach occupancy to the athletic training room to promote physical distancing.
- Wear a mask at all times. If an athletic trainer has a pre-existing medical condition and cannot wear a mask, they will need to document their medical exemption according to the guidelines outlined earlier in this document. Trainers must maintain physical distance to the maximum extent possible and restrict their close interactions to under 15 minutes.
- Do not permit unsupervised admittance to the athletic training room.
COMPETITION AND TRAVEL CONSIDERATIONS:
Competition and travel need to be considered and planned prior to the onset of the season.
The Athletic Director will be in contact with each opponent’s administration prior to traveling to their facilities. Guidelines and policies of the host school must be strictly followed.
Domestic and international travel guidelines are noted on the CDC website and referenced earlier in this document. These guidelines pertain to individual members of the school community (coaches, students, teachers, staff) who travel for personal reasons, as well as to team travel.
Physical distancing to the maximum extent possible and masking should be maintained at all times during team travel. Preparations should be made in advance in order to limit stops (pre-packaged meals). Emergency medical supplies should be carried to each competition/practice.
ATHLETIC EVENT ATTENDANCE:
Following the current guidelines from the CDC, Pennsylvania Department of Health, Allegheny County, and the Diocese of Pittsburgh, spectators will be permitted to attend both indoor and outdoor events. Some capacity limits may apply for indoor events to accommodate physical distancing between visitors/visiting groups, but those will be updated as more information becomes available.
Indoor spectators are expected to wear a mask at all times and to physically distance themselves from other guest/family groups. Spectators at outdoor events should always be prepared to wear a mask if physical distance between themselves and other guests/family groups cannot be maintained.
*For reference, the CDC allows for three feet of distance between students in a K-12 school environment. For all other individuals (faculty, staff, parents, visitors) in the K-12 school environment, and all individuals in non-school environments, the physical distance recommendation is six feet to the maximum extent possible. Adequate physical distance eliminates the possibility of being deemed a close contact of someone later confirmed to test positive for Covid.