COVID-19 Protocols and Resources

Published June 25, 2020. Updated October 27, 2021.

Protocols outlined on this page are subject to change based on most current guidelines and mandates issued by the Governor and public health officials.

We ask all members of the St. Francis Community to consider vaccination. For more information about getting vaccinated, please click here.

As vaccination and infection rates continue to fluctuate in Jefferson County, Oldham County, and surrounding areas, SFS is closely monitoring guidance issued by the CDC, our Governor, the Kentucky Department of Education, and the Louisville Metro Public Health and Wellness Department. Our priority in making decisions about protocols related to protection against transmission of COVID-19 is the safety of our students, and the SFS community as a whole.

Our masking protocols, effective Monday, August 2, 2021, are as follows:
  • Everyone, regardless of vaccination status, will be required to wear a mask while indoors on both SFS Campuses. Governor Beshear’s Executive Order on Tuesday, August 10 stated that all children in all Kentucky public and private schools, preschools, and daycare centers age 24 months and up must be masked for the next 30 days.
  • Masks will not be required for outdoor activities, including recess, outdoor classes, etc.
  • Masks may be removed while eating and drinking
  • Lunch: Please see below for lunch protocols as of Tuesday, August 10.
  • P.E./Fitness classes and athletic teams:
    • For outdoor P.E./Fitness classes and athletic teams (e.g., field hockey, soccer, cross country), masks do not need to be worn, though as always, anyone may choose to remain masked at all times, as well
    • For indoor P.E./Fitness classes, all students will wear masks
    • For indoor athletic practices/competitions (e.g., volleyball, or if field hockey or soccer were to have an indoor practice), all students will wear masks when not actively playing; when playing, vaccinated students may choose to remove masks, while unvaccinated students will remain masked; as always, anyone may choose to remain masked at all times, as well 

Per Kentucky public health guidelines for students who are wearing masks, the definition of exposure is closer than three (3) feet for more than 15 minutes to someone who has tested positive, within 48 hours of the onset of that person’s symptoms or positive test. In non-school situations, exposure is defined by the CDC as being within six (6) feet for more than 15 minutes, without regard to masking. 

COVID-19 cases that have been reported to St. Francis School during the 2021–22 school year are listed below.


# of Positive Cases # of Active Cases # of Recovered
18 1 17


# of Positive Cases # of Active Cases # of Recovered
3 1 2

The guidance recently issued by the CDC on schools opening this fall recommends “layering” of multiple safety protocols as best practice to keep a community safe. As mentioned in our previous communication, and updated now, our layers include:

  • Masks worn by everyone indoors regardless of vaccination status
  • Continued use of the bi-polar ionization system installed last summer
  • Daily after-school cleaning/disinfecting
  • High rates of vaccination in the SFS community for those eligible
  • Anyone with case-determinant COVID-19 symptoms (listed in the blue box on our COVID-19 Decision Tree) must stay home and consult the decision tree and follow protocols based on your and/or your child(ren)’s vaccination status, particularly with regard to respiratory symptoms
  • Continued contact tracing when indicated
  • Continued monitoring of community spread and continued use of current CDC/KDE/Governor’s guidance in decision-making

One other note is that we will not be offering a concurrent remote learning option this year. Should the entire school be forced into a remote learning situation by an executive order, or should an entire grade level or class be required to quarantine due to exposure, we would make arrangements for that larger group of students to engage in remote learning. However, sick students or students with symptoms who need to miss school should simply take a sick day or be absent, as has always been the case in the past.

Please visit this page frequently for updates on changes and additions to our protocols to keep students, as well as faculty and staff, safe. Additionally, we will continue to share resources from experts that help inform and shape the guidance and recommendations for protection against exposure to the COVID-19 virus.

Lunch Protocols

As with all COVID-19 guidelines, these represent plans we have in place at this moment. We will continue to monitor current guidance issued by the CDC/Governor/Kentucky Department of Education, as well as the local status of COVID-19, and adjust protocols accordingly.

  • Students will maintain 3’ distance while waiting in the lunch line
  • Outdoor spaces near the lunchroom will be utilized for dining as much as possible
  • Students may unmask during the full lunch period if dining outdoors; if indoors, they will remain masked unless actively eating or drinking
  • Indoors, lunch tables will be spaced 3’ apart and students will maintain 3’ distance while seated at the lunch tables, sitting in every other seat at the tables
  • Students will not be allowed to serve themselves — fully vaccinated adults will be volunteering to serve lunch, and will be masked at all times (please note that all adult volunteers in the School, in any role, must be fully vaccinated)
  • Students will only sit with students in their same grade to reduce exposure
  • All indoor spaces in the School have bipolar ionizers attached to the HVAC system and have HEPA filters, which are changed frequently
  • The High School student body is over 90% fully vaccinated and faculty/staff are 100% vaccinated, which makes our community extremely safe.
  • Students will keep 3’ distance from one another when eating indoors. We will discuss this with them on the first day of school and frequently thereafter, and teachers will circulate during the lunch period to give distancing reminders as needed.
  • Students will be permitted to sign out or to eat at school.
  • If eating at school, students can eat in the Courtyard, the Space for Thought, the Commons Room, the Atrium Commons, or hallways. If indoors, students will wear masks until seated and will re-mask before getting up, so that they remain masked unless actively eating or drinking.
  • Regarding signing out, the School will not mandate whether students eat out or bring lunch back to eat — families should make that decision with their students. If parents do not feel they can trust students’ judgment, parents may restrict their students’ sign-out privileges and can email Laura Devlin and Trent Apple regarding this.
  • All indoor spaces in the School have bipolar ionizers attached to the HVAC system and have HEPA filters, which are changed frequently.
Decision Tree If Unvaccinated
Decision Tree If Vaccinated/Had COVID-19
Bluewater COVID-19 Testing
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SFS Vaccination Statistics