MOQ COVID-19 Update

Wednesday, January 5, 2022

Happy New Year!

Wishing you a Healthy 2022!

Thank you for your patience, flexibility, and communication about COVID exposures throughout the first semester.

As we begin the second semester, we are committed to ensuring that our students and staff remain in school safely. As previously communicated, the MOQ School Board and administration meet monthly to review and update our COVID-19 protocols. The purpose of this communication is to share the results from the MOQ School Board meeting held on January 4, 2022. Additionally, we are sharing links and resources for you as we navigate through the current CDC quarantine changes, vaccination accessibility and testing availability in our local area.

In reviewing the most current statistics and data, which include Douglas County Health Department (DCHD), Archdiocese of Omaha schools and Westside Community Schools, we have decided to continue our current COVID-19 masking protocol for the month of January. All students and staff will wear face coverings at school. The School Board will reassess our COVID-19 protocols and the opportunity to move to mask-optional at their February 1 meeting.

On January 3, 2022, the DCHD communicated their new isolation and quarantine guidelines. MOQ School will follow these revised guidelines which are outlined below.

Currently, the Douglas County Transmission rate remains high. We are hopeful that, with the opportunity to expand vaccination among 5-11 year olds, the positive COVID-19 numbers in our community will decrease, and we will be able to move to a mask-optional policy for our school in the near future.

Across the board, parents, educators, and Douglas County public health officials agree that in-person learning is the best education model for students. Wearing masks, coupled with following proper isolation and quarantine protocols, are key components to stopping the spread of the virus which gives students a greater chance of staying in school.

If interested in sharing the vaccination status of your MOQ students, please complete the form below. Sharing vaccination information is optional; however, having this information allows for quicker contact tracing and determining the quarantine protocol for students and families. This information will also help form the decision as we look to move to mask-optional protocols.

Thank you to the families who have already provided copies of vaccinations when requested. It would be helpful to provide this information again through the form below. Thank you for taking the time to help keep our records accurate.

We appreciate your cooperation and partnership as we navigate through COVID-19. Thank you for your support as we continue to provide a healthy and productive school semester for our students, staff and families.

God Bless,

Fr. Marc Lim, Pastor

Maureen Hoy, Principal

Bob Soukup, MOQ School Board President

COVID-19 Vaccination Card Upload - Optional

Student Vaccination Card Upload

  • If exposed to a COVID positive individual, students may self-monitor for 5 days, rather than quarantine, IF they are fully vaccinated.
  • Upload student vaccination cards HERE.

Volunteer Vaccination Card Upload

  • To assist in contact tracing, volunteers may upload their vaccination cards HERE.

Revised COVID Protocols

MOQ School will follow the revised DCHD quarantine/isolation guidelines. The updated Douglas County Quarantine guidelines (1/3/2022) are:

Exposed to COVID-19 (Close Contact):

  • For people who are unvaccinated or are more than six months out from their second mRNA dose (or more than 2 months after the J&J vaccine) and not yet boosted, CDC now recommends quarantine for 5 days followed by strict mask use for an additional 5 days.

  • If identified as a close contact, quarantine will not be recommended for those who:

    • Have received their booster dose of vaccine OR

    • Are within 6 months from their final dose of an mRNA vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) OR

    • Are within 2 months from the first dose of the J&J vaccine.

    • Mask for 10 days following the last exposure.

    • Testing 5 days from exposure is recommended but not required

    • If symptoms occur, individuals should immediately quarantine until a negative test confirms symptoms are not attributable to COVID-19.

COVID-19 Positive or Symptomtic:

  • Stay home for 5 days.

  • After a 5-day quarantine and you have no symptoms or your symptoms are resolving after 5 days, you can leave the house.

  • Continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days.

  • Start counting on the date of your positive test result, OR on the first day of symptoms.

  • If you start asymptomatic but get symptoms, your isolation count begins again.

For a list of testing locations, please visit:

Click On the Graphic Below For More Information About the DCHD COVID-19 Transmission Risk

COVID-19 Numbers for MOQ School

Weekly COVID Update for MOQ School on Tuesday, January 4, 2022

  • We have 6 positive cases in the MOQ School community.

  • There is 8 students in quarantine due to close contact.

  • There are currently 6 individuals identified as close contacts who are monitoring for symptoms and are able to remain in school due to masking.

YEAR TO DATE COVID data for students and staff:

Students tested positive: 41

Staff tested positive: 7

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Key Reminders

  1. If a student or family member has a COVID (PCR) test pending, and your children are unvaccinated, the children must stay home until the test results are received.
  2. If a family member has a COVID positive test, and children are unvaccinated, the children must quarantine according to school policy.
  3. If your child is COVID positive or if you have any questions about when to return to school after a COVID exposure, please contact the school office at 402-333-8663.

Please help keep our MOQ community healthy:

If your child develops symptoms consistent with COVID-19, your child must isolate at home until:

  • 24 hours with no fever (without fever-reducing medication) AND
  • Respiratory symptoms (e.g. cough, shortness of breath) have improved AND
  • 5 days have passed since the symptoms first appeared.
  • If your child develops symptoms, and you have a COVID-19 test pending, then the child should not attend school while you are waiting for test results.
  • Please monitor for ALL COVID-19 symptoms: some children do not develop a fever, however, have other symptoms when positive.

Symptoms to watch for include:

  • Any of the following: sudden onset of cough, sudden onset of shortness of breath, or sudden loss of taste or smell, OR
  • Two or more of the following symptoms: a fever of 100.4 or above, runny nose, congestion, chills, muscle aches, headache, sore throat, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, or fatigue.
  • If your child develops any of the symptoms above, they should isolate at home immediately and contact their health care provider to be tested. Isolation shall continue until:
  • At least 5 days have passed since onset of symptoms AND
  • Symptoms have improved AND
  • The isolated individual has been fever-free for at least 24 hours without the use of fever- reducing medication.

COVID-19 Vaccines Available

The CDC recommends everyone ages 5 and older get a COVID-19 vaccine to help protect against COVID-19.

Find a COVID-19 Vaccine for Children 5 Years and Older

  • The federal government is providing the COVID-19 vaccine free of charge to all people living in the United States, regardless of immigration or health insurance status.
  • Check with your child’s healthcare provider about whether they offer COVID-19 vaccination.
  • Check your local pharmacy’s website to see if vaccination walk-ins or appointments are available for children. (CVS, Walgreens, Hy-Vee)
  • Contact the Douglas County Health Department for more information.
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