COVID Procedures, as of March 14, 2022

Academics

  • If a student has a positive COVID diagnosis or is sent home by us for 5 days to quarantine because they are a close contact with symptoms:
    • Lower School students will be provided asynchronous instruction and can be remote on day 3 in certain subjects determined by teacher and supervisor.
    • Middle School students can be remote on day 2 in certain subjects determined by teacher and supervisor.
  • If a parent chooses to withhold a student from school for any reason, only asynchronous work will be provided.

Contact Tracing

  • We will continue to contact trace when a positive case is reported until the CDC updates their guidance related to it.  Contact tracing happens by default in schools as it is unavoidable to have a case and not know who they were next to during the school day.
    • Following CDC guidelines for schools:
      • All students and adults who are deemed close contacts, regardless of mask use or vaccination status, may remain in the building if asymptomatic and monitor for symptoms.
      • Unvaccinated students who are deemed close contacts will be tested each morning for 5 days after exposure on a test-to-stay, and sent home to quarantine only if a positive result is returned or symptoms develop.
      • Vaccinated students who are deemed close contacts will be tested on day 5 after exposure and only sent home if a positive result is returned or symptoms develop.
      • Unvaccinated staff, regardless of mask use, will be sent home to quarantine for 5 days. 
      • Per CDC guidelines, all close contacts, including vaccinated individuals, will need to mask for 10 days in the building following date of last exposure. 

Our policies will be updated to coincide with any changes in CDC guidance this spring.

Continued Masking

  • For families that will continue to encourage their child to wear a mask, you may email Eleanor Gensemer (for MS) or Sally Laird (for LS). We will share the lists with teachers so they can attempt to cue a child to wear their mask if necessary, but teachers will not be responsible for making sure individual children wear masks.
  • Known cases of COVID will be announced in an email to parents by division.  Parents in the classroom with the positive case will be notified in a separate email that all students in the class need to wear masks for 10 days.

COVID-Related Sick Policy

  • Any time the student or staff member has a cough, or 2 or more of any of the other COVID symptoms that are not typical for the student or staff member (lack of taste or smell, shortness of breath, cough, fever greater than 100°F, sore throat, chills, muscle pain, fatigue, headache, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea), they are to remain home or will be sent home after a rapid antigen test until:
    • They have quarantined for 5 days OR
    • They have a negative PCR test OR
    • They are cleared by a doctor to return
  • If the child or staff member has one symptom (i.e., runny nose) they will be required to wear a mask.
  • Per CDC guidelines, close contacts, whether vaccinated or unvaccinated, will be required to wear a mask for 10 days after last date of exposure.
  • After a positive diagnosis, the child may return to school on Day 6 if asymptomatic and should remain masked until 10 days total from the day of infection.