COVID Protocols (as of 08.19.21)
Updated: Aug 26, 2021
We highly recommend anyone who is eligible to receive the vaccine, to do so.
If and when you receive the vaccine, please submit your vaccination card to Kiley Callahan.
We will conduct weekly testing on campus for students and employees, regardless of vaccination status.
Please fill out the testing consent form by Wednesday, September 1, 2021.
Testing will begin the first week of classes and will continue until further notice.
As an extra safeguard, we recommend that everyone tests before the first day of school. Find a testing location>>
Outside of testing, we ask that every member of our community monitors for symptoms every day.
If you have one of the BOLD symptoms or combination of symptoms below, please stay home, contact your physician and obtain a PCR test. Once you have submitted negative results and improving symptoms, you may return to campus.
Fever (100.0° Fahrenheit or higher), chills, or shaking chills
Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
New loss of taste or smell
Muscle aches or body aches
Cough (not due to other known cause, such as chronic cough)
Sore throat, when in combination with other symptoms
Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea when in combination with other symptoms
Headache when in combination with other symptoms
Fatigue, when in combination with other symptoms
Nasal congestion or runny nose (not due to other known causes, such as allergies) when in combination with other symptoms
If you have an individual symptom, outside of the BOLD symptoms, come to school and continue to monitor for additional symptoms.
Masks - Everyone on campus—faculty, staff, and students—will be expected to bring and wear a face covering or mask that effectively covers the nose and mouth while inside the school building. Masks have been shown to be a deterrent to slow the spread of the Virus. Masks can be removed during snack, lunch and while outside. Bandanas and neck gators cannot be used as a substitute for a mask. We encourage you to send an extra mask with your child each day and to label all masks with your child’s name.
Visitor Policy - Parents are invited to attend outdoor events, including outdoor School Meeting. For pre-scheduled appointments, parents should wait in the lobby for an employee to accompany them to the meeting location. Masks are required for all visitors.
Once a confirmed case of COVID-19 has been identified within our community, we will immediately begin contact tracing with assistance from the Department of Public Health and notify others who may have been in close proximity to a confirmed case. Those who have been in close proximity and have a possibility of exposure to COVID-19 are called a close contact.
Everyone will follow close contact protocols, regardless of vaccination status, due to the Delta variant.
Duration: Self-isolation for COVID-19 positive cases is a minimum of 10 days after symptom onset or after positive PCR or antigen test, if asymptomatic.
Return to school: After 10 days and once they have:
Been without fever for 24 hours (and without taking fever-reducing medications);
Experienced improvement in other symptoms; and
Individuals who do not meet these criteria after 10 days may receive clearance from either public health authority contact tracers (the local board of health or Community Tracing Collaborative) or school health professional before returning to school.
Note: Return to school should be based on time and symptom resolution. Repeat testing prior to return is not recommended.
Close contacts in school: within 3 ft or less of a positive individual for 15 minutes or more indoors (masked)
Close contact outside of school: within 6ft or less of a positive individual for 15 min or more over 24 hr period indoors (masked or not)
For Asymptomatic Close Contacts
Asymptomatic close contacts can remain in school and do not have to quarantine, as long as they:
Take a rapid antigen test on each school day and receive a negative result. When the 7 days from date of exposure includes weekends or holidays, individuals should quarantine on weekends, and if they remain asymptomatic, upon return to school be tested immediately. If the individual remains negative, they can stay in school.
Conduct active monitoring for symptoms through day 14, and self-isolate at home if symptoms develop.
*Anyone who is identified as a close contact in school and participating in test and stay, will not eat in the commons during the 7 days testing period. Students will remain with students in their own grade level, eat outdoors or in an alternative location with adequate outside ventilation.
Any individual who is deemed a close contact outside of school is not eligible for the test and stay program. Please follow procedure below.
Note: If an individual has symptoms at the time they are designated as a close contact or develops symptoms during the Test and Stay period or the 14 days following initial exposure, they should quarantine and receive a PCR test immediately.
For Symptomatic Close Contacts
Symptomatic close contacts need to quarantine for 7 days, return on day 8 if:
Negative PCR test on day 5 after last exposure
And have significant improvement of symptoms