In order to reduce the risk of transmission, all staff is fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

PROTOCOLS FOR A CONFIRMED OR SUSPECTED CASE OF COVID-19

 

  • Directors will notify the NYC and NYS DOH immediately upon being advised that a student and/or staff member has tested positive for COVID-19 and will follow their guidance.

  • Students who are being sent home because of a positive screen (e.g. onset of COVID-19 symptoms) will be immediately separated from other children in a designated quarantine space and supervised until the parent or emergency contact can retrieve them from school. We expect the child to be picked up as soon as possible, and within 1 hour.

  • If a child/staff member in a class tests positive for COVID-19, we will notify the class as soon as possible. The classroom will be shut down and all students and staff will be mandated to quarantine for 10 days.

  •  If a child/parent/household member is displaying symptoms of COVID -19 and being tested, the student must remain home while waiting for the test results. If the results are negative, the child can return to school.

  • If a parent/household member tests positive and the child has been in school in the past 48 hours, the class will be notified, shut down and mandated to quarantine. The child will be required to take a PCR test and if negative the rest of the children may return to the classroom. The student would still be required to quarantine for 10 days. If the child had not been in school in the previous 48 hours, the class will be notified as a precautionary measure.

  • If a parent/caregiver – who is a member of the same household as the child – is exhibiting signs of COVID-19 or has been tested and is positive for the virus, an alternate parent/caregiver or emergency contact authorized by the parent will come pick up the child. As a “close contact” the child must not return to school for the duration of the quarantine.

  • Families in each entity (York Avenue Preschool, The Eastside Day School and Gymtime) will be notified of any positive case within the facility.

  • The entire facility would be shut down only if we were mandated by the DOH, or governing bodies of NYC or NYS.

 

   Travel Protocols

   Even though NYS has eliminated travel restrictions, as a school we feel it is in the best interest of our community to have policies in place.       Since our students are not eligible for vaccinations at this time our protocols are as follows:

  • For unvaccinated domestic travelers who were in another state (non-contiguous NJ, CT, MA. VT, PA): Quarantine for 3 days and get a PCR test on day 4. If the test is negative the traveler may exit quarantine

  • For unvaccinated international travelers: Get tested with a PCR test 3-5 days after travel AND stay home and self-quarantine for a full 7 days after travel.

    • Even if you test negative, stay home and self-quarantine for the full 7 days.

    • If your test is positive, isolate yourself to protect others from getting infected.

  • If you don’t get tested, stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days after travel.

   Masks/Health Screenings

  • We are following recommendations by the CDC, NYS and NYC DOH in requiring that all adults wear masks while in the building. Entry will be denied to any adult who does not comply.

  • All children over 2 are required to wear a mask in school and should arrive with a mask on.

  • A health screening will be sent electronically each day prior to school. It must be completed before your child arrives. If an adult is accompanying the child into the facility, a screening must be completed for them also. Questions asked on the health form will include if the child, accompanying adult or anyone in the household has had any COVID-19 symptoms in the last 10 days (fever, cough, shortness of breath), has had a positive COVID-19 test in the past 10 days or has had close or proximate contact with a confirmed or suspected COVID-19 case in the past 10 days.

  • Temperature checks will be done as the children arrive to school each morning. A temperature over 100 degrees will prevent the child from entering the facility and they will be sent home.

   Cohorts

  • Children will remain with their group throughout the day. They will not interact or share any classrooms or common spaces with another group of children. This limits exposure to minimize the risk of transmission. It also allows the school to react quickly and contain any case of COVID-19 that may be confirmed. We will be working closely with the Health Department on contact tracing if this does occur.

   Cleaning and Disinfecting

  • The existing HVAC units have a separate intake fan/HEPA filter system. This system provides pre-filtered air before it enters our HVAC units. Further, we have additional HEPA-filter portable units throughout our facility. The combination of the pre-existing and portable units enhances the air quality significantly.

  • The facility, including classrooms, are cleaned and disinfected daily using cleaning products recommended by the C.D.C. Throughout the day, high-touch areas will be cleaned frequently. Inside the classrooms, teachers will clean their tables and toys as needed during class time. After school, a deep cleaning will be done on all surfaces and toys will be cleaned and disinfected.

  • Hand washing will be done in the classrooms upon arrival, after activities, before and after eating and specialty classes and after bathroom use. Teachers will consistently model and enforce good hygiene such as frequent hand washing, sneezing and coughing into your elbow, using a tissue to blow/wipe your nose and hand washing after.

 

   These protocols are subject to change and we will update as needed.