Healthy Campus Plan 2021-22
RETURN TO LEARN
As we prepare to welcome students back to campus this Fall during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the health of our students, faculty and staff remains our top priority. We will implement measures as follows, all of which are subject to change based on federal, state, and local directives, as well as any changing local conditions.
COVID-19 Safety Protocols
There are many mitigation strategies we are continuing to implement to reduce the possible spread of COVID-19 in our school. COVID-19 policies are intended to mitigate, not eliminate, risk. No single action or set of actions will completely eliminate the risk of contracting COVID-19. Strategies and protocols may be changed at any time as deemed appropriate by the school, in accordance with emerging information, new variants, local/state/federal directives, and/or CDC guidelines. Our strategies currently in place include:
Requiring students, faculty, and staff to self-screen daily for COVID-19 symptoms before coming onto campus each day (a list of daily self-screening questions is provided at the end of this document)
Routine use of outdoor learning spaces when feasible and appropriate
Opening windows and/or outside doors as frequently as possible, to allow outside air to come into buildings and classrooms
Use of “sneeze guards” in PreK-2nd grade classrooms
Frequent hand hygiene
Routine cleaning and/or disinfecting by students and staff
Masks are recommended but not required for students, faculty, and staff. In accordance with current CDC guidelines, we recommend that persons who are not fully vaccinated wear a mask when indoors.
Protocol for Confirmed COVID-19 Case
In the case of an individual (student or staff) who was symptomatic and diagnosed with a confirmed case of COVID-19 by test, the individual must stay home and may not return to campus until all of the following criteria are met, in accordance with CDC guidelines:
At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared AND
At least 24 hours with no fever (without the use of fever-reducing medications) AND
Other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving* AND
Doctor’s note confirming the individual may return to campus
*Loss of taste and smell may persist for weeks or months after recovery and need not delay the end of isolation
In case of a confirmed (with test) but asymptomatic case of COVID-19, the individual may not return to campus until after 10 days have passed since their positive test, as long as no symptoms have developed in those 10 days. If symptoms develop in that period (including mild symptoms), the school will refer to current health guidelines to determine when the person may return.
Consistent with school notification requirements for other communicable diseases, and consistent with legal confidentiality requirements, we will notify all teachers, staff, and families of all students if a lab-confirmed COVID-19 case is identified among students, teachers or staff.
Protocol for Close Contact with Confirmed COVID-19 Case
In the case of a student or faculty member who has been in close contact (defined as 15 minutes or more, within 6 feet) with a confirmed COVID-19 case, the individual must quarantine at home, in accordance with current guidelines. CDC guidelines recommend staying home for 14 days to watch for COVID-19 symptoms.
If there are no symptoms developing, the individual may return to campus after a shortened quarantine of either 7 or 10 days, if all of the following conditions are met, respectively, in accordance with current CDC guidelines:
To return after 7 days:
Negative COVID-19 test, taken within days 5-7 after close contact with known COVID-19 case, AND
No COVID-19 symptoms of any kind, even mild, have developed, AND
At least 7 days have passed since the close contact occurred
To return after 10 days, even without COVID-19 test:
At least 10 days have passed since the close contact occurred, AND
No COVID-19 symptoms of any kind, even mild, have developed
A doctor's note may also be requested by the school, to confirm eligibility to return, in either case of shortened quarantines.
Protocol for COVID-Like Symptoms, Without COVID-19 Test
In the case of a student or faculty member who has COVID-like symptoms (sore throat, congestion, fever, etc.) but has not received a COVID-19 test, the individual must either:
(a) present a note from a physician clearing the individual to return to school based on an alternative diagnosis; OR
(b) adhere to the 10-day isolation guidelines: 10 days since symptoms first appeared, fever-free without medication for at least 24 hours, and symptoms improving (with possible exception of loss of taste/smell)
Protocol for COVID-Like Symptoms Onset During School Day
Any students or staff member with fever and/or other symptoms will be isolated and cared for by school personnel until the parent/guardian can be reached to pick up. Parents/Guardians are asked to pick up their child as soon as possible. Employees will be sent home immediately.
Any areas used by the individual who shows COVID-19 symptoms while at school will be cleaned and disinfected as soon as is feasible.
Visitors will be limited to close family, essential services, and case-by-case requests to be approved by the Director. We respectfully recommend unvaccinated visitors wear a mask indoors, to contribute to protecting our school community.
Daily Home Screening Questions
Each day, students, parents, and staff should evaluate the following before coming to campus. If any of the following are present, you should not come to school that day, and you should confirm with the Director when you may return:
Temperature 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher when taken by mouth
Loss of smell or taste
New, uncontrolled cough that causes difficulty breathing (OR, for those with chronic allergic/asthmatic cough, a change in their cough from baseline)
Diarrhea, vomiting, or abdominal pain
New onset of severe headache, especially with a fever
Close contact (within 6 feet of an infected person for 15 minutes or more) with a person with confirmed COVID-19 in the last two weeks