A message to parents regarding state covid protocols
(This message was sent to the school community on June 9, 2022)
As we turn the calendar on this school year, we are updating our COVID protocols to reflect current recommendations and directives from public health officials. The important changes are:
The State is sunsetting the test and stay protocols and will no longer fund testing for schools in the fall.
For now, symptomatic children will still be tested on site. We have enough test kits on hand to continue testing through the summer.
We will continue to notify parents and staff when there is a positive case in a classroom.
Quarantine for asymptomatic exposed children is no longer required. The state recommends a home test on day 2 and 5, with masking through day 10. If you have an unvaccinated child who is unable to isolate from a positive family member at home, please discuss with Chris Wilson.
Positive students and staff must quarantine through day 5 and mask through day 10. If a child is unable to mask, they must have a negative test on day 5 or later to return to school prior to day 11.
Children under two are now allowed to use rapid testing at home. It is expected that vaccines will be available for this age group this summer.
Exposed staff should test daily for five days not just day 2 and 5.
We expect there will be additional changes to public health guidelines, and we will adjust accordingly. The health and safety of our school community is paramount. As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please reach out.
Healthy Students, Healthy Classrooms
Our ability to maintain healthy classrooms, (especially the Infant-Toddler and Children's Houses) begins at home. We rely upon parents/guardians to look for symptoms. Early indicators may include:
change in sleep patterns: restless sleep, lethargy when awake, or
needing more sleep than usual
change in appetite: refusing food or beverages, difficulty swallowing or digesting
mood changes: irritable, clingy, or difficult to soothe
These characteristics are often associated with an onset of illness when not associated with a disruption in routine (such as changing from crib to bed, recent tooth eruption, overnight guests at home, etc.)
Children exhibiting these symptoms often have difficulty making it through a full school day. If possible, giving a child a day to rest can prevent the onset of illness during the school day, which is disruptive to everyone, including the parent who has to arrange pick up.
Daily Health Attestation
SYMPTOMS OBSERVED IN ABOVE NAMED OR HOUSEHOLD MEMBER IN THE PAST 24 HOURS:
Fever of 100.0 or higher
Rapid breathing or difficulty breathing (not physical activity induced)