When to Stay Home
- Students who test positive for COVID cannot attend school or school events until the return date they receive from their school nurse or principal
- Students who have the symptoms of COVID (fever, cough, loss of taste, etc.) cannot attend school
- Students identified as close contacts must follow the guidance listed below
Students who are wearing a mask and are exposed to another student who is also wearing a mask are not required to quarantine if they do not have symptoms.
Students who are wearing a mask can be quarantined in limited circumstances:
- If they had their mask off for fifteen minutes or more within a 24 hours period AND were within six feet of a COVID positive student in the last 48 hours
- If they were within six feet of a COVID positive student who was not wearing a mask (during lunch, for example)
- If they were within six feet of an adult who was COVID positive
- If they have COVID symptoms (fever, loss of taste and smell, cough, etc.)
Vaccinated students will not be required to quarantine unless they have COVID symptoms.
If you have further questions please contact your principal.
Close Contact Guidance
If your child has been identified as close contact they will be required to quarantine for 14 days.
Under certain circumstances the length of the exclusion from school can be reduced for students who are asymptomatic as listed below:
- 10 days for students who do not develop symptoms during quarantine
- 7 days for students who test negative for COVID on or after day 5
- 0 days for students who have been fully vaccinated (meaning two weeks have passed since the final vaccine dose) or who have had a lab-confirmed positive in the last 90 days
On the 10th day of quarantine parents can complete the form on page 2 of this document and submit it to their school nurse to allow the student to return the next day.
Students who have received a negative COVID test on or after day five can submit a copy of the test to the school nurse and can complete the form on page 2 of this document .
Please note at-home COVID tests are not an acceptable option for early return to school.
Parents of vaccinated students are invited to submit a copy of their vaccination card to their school nurse to eliminate quarantining. Parents can also submit a copy of a verifiable medical diagnosis of COVID within the last 90 days to their school nurse to eliminate quarantining.
Helping Children Cope with Changes in Routines
We recognize that this is an uncertain and challenging time for students and families. Anxiety is a natural response to change for children and adults, especially when our sense of control is low. In addition, new experiences and new routines can also create a sense of apprehension for parents and children as we return to school.
It is important to remember that children are resilient. They will naturally look to adults for guidance on how to react to stressful situations. It is imperative that parents encounter children and acknowledge their concerns without fostering a sense of panic in them.
Teaching children adaptive skills will give them some sense of control and may help reduce their anxiety (as well as other strong unwanted emotional responses). Families and school staff can model compassion, flexibility and the ability to solve problems.
Here are some things you can do to help increase your child’s sense of psychological safety (informed by this article from the National Association of School Psychologists):
Stay Calm, Listen, and Offer Reassurance
Caring adults have a tremendous influence on children. It is important that we address their concerns with an awareness of our own emotional responses.
Be a Role Model
Children will react to and follow our reactions. Remember that they are observing and learning from the example we set.
Maintain a Healthy Routine
Keeping a regular schedule provides children with a sense of control, predictability, and calm.
Monitor Viewing of Media and Social Media
Continuously watching news reports on television related to COVID-19 can increase fear and anxiety. In addition, social media has become a source of rumor and misinformation that requires parent attention and correction.
Explain Simple Safety Tips
Stay up-to-date on facts related to the virus and ensure your children remain aware of the things they can do to decrease the risk of infection and transmission. The CDC offers information at this site: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
Take Time to Talk
Let your children’s questions guide your conversation. Answer their questions truthfully in an age appropriate fashion without unnecessary details.
We strongly encourage families to stay connected with your school counselors, nurses, psychologists and social workers if you have concerns about your child's well-being during challenging transitions.