Welcome to the 2020-2021
Saint Mary's Community
COVID-19 Updates and Resource page.
We hope you will find this a useful resource as together we navigate the 2020-2021 school year and the changing circumstances created by the COVID-19 pandemic.
This page will be updated regularly to reflect the most current information regarding health and safety protocols, schedule changes, etc.
During December and January virtual learning periods, the COVID-19 Dashboard will be suspended. We will resume these updates beginning on January 15.
Quarantine is used to keep someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 away from others and helps prevent spread of disease that can occur before a person knows they are sick or if they are infected with the virus without feeling symptoms. (Quarantine at CDC.gov) At Saint Mary’s, quarantine includes people who are awaiting COVID-19 test results and those who have a red flag on Ascend that is NOT due to a positive COVID-19 test. Click here Saint Mary’s FAQs regarding quarantine.
Isolation is used to separate people infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, from people who are not infected. In the home, anyone sick or infected should be separated from others, staying in a specific “sick room” or area and using a separate bathroom, if available. (Isolation at CDC.gov) At Saint Mary’s, employees and/or day students who are in isolation should stay home until it is safe for them to be around others. Boarding students who are unable to return home will be isolated in a designated area of campus and remain under the care of Binder Health Center staff in partnership with Oberlin Road Pediatrics. Click here Saint Mary’s FAQs regarding isolation.
REMINDER: Daily health screening using Ascend app due by 7:45 a.m. Monday through Friday; and by 11 a.m. weekends and holiday.
Ascend App | December 2020
- Students staying on campus during December must complete the Ascend screening daily by 7:45 a.m. on school days and 11 a.m. on weekends.
- Athletes participating in on-campus workouts during December must complete the Ascend screening until the Christmas Break: 7:45 a.m. on school days and 11 a.m. on weekends. After break, athletes should follow the Ascend and testing schedule communicated by their coach.
- Students not on campus during December do not need to complete Ascend screening until Monday, Jan. 4, 2021.
About the Ascend App
]The Ascend algorithm is a truly sophisticated tool designed to track and manage community health. Drawing on significant resources and expertise in COVID-19, the programming is based on a proprietary model using many years of experience in the healthcare industry, along with the expertise of a Chief Medical Officer, programming skill set, and design from the continuously updated COVID-19 research. Not only does the Ascend app use the CDC symptoms and exposures summary, it delves deeply into the nuances of the research to screen at a more sophisticated level. The following are advantages of using this over paper screening forms, temperature taking, etc.
- Students and Staff enter known symptoms and exposures in 15 seconds.
- Combines over 100 risk factors for a far more precise school risk evaluation.
- Blends CDC, county, district, and other authorities, such as the Mayo Clinic, in one seamless experience.
- Takes advantage of 60 years of healthcare data experience.
Leslie Owen, Dean of Teaching and Learning
Dean of Students
Director of Residential Life
Binder Health Center (BHC)
Sharon Holmes, R.N.
Director of BHC