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/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.

 

   Testing

Illness Testing: We require that any student who is absent due to symptoms of Covid-19 must stay home and either (a) provide a negative Covid test result, or (b) remain home for a minimum of 10 calendar days from symptom onset, prior to returning to school. These symptoms include:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

In order to minimize missed time, in the case of testing due to symptomatic illness, we will accept either a negative PCR or rapid test, or TWO at-home tests at least 24 hours apart.

 

   Travel Quarantine

   Travel for Students, Families, and Visitors

  • Unvaccinated
    • International Travel
      • Mandatory 5 day quarantine
      • Must provide a negative PCR test taken between day 3-5 of arriving back in New York prior to returning to school.
    • Domestic Travel
      • No testing or quarantine required (if symptom free).
  • Vaccinated
    • Domestic + International Travel
      • No quarantine (if symptom free)
      • Must provide a negative PCR test taken between day 3-5 of arriving back in New York. Can attend school while awaiting results and prior to testing.
  • Positive Covid test in last 90 days
    • Domestic + International Travel
      • No quarantine (if symptom free)
      • Must provide a negative rapid test taken between day 3-5 of arriving back in New York. Can attend school while awaiting results and prior to testing.

 

   Exposure Quarantine

If a student tests positive for Covid, they need to quarantine until:

  1. at least 10 days have passed since their symptoms started or positive test date
  2. they have been fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medicine
  3. AND overall symptoms are improving.

 

   Excluding Children Who Were Close Contacts to Someone With COVID-19

Children ages 2 to 5 who are close contacts may return to the child care program when all of the following are met:

  1. It is after Day 5 (where Day 1 is the day after their last close contact).
  2. They have no COVID-19 symptoms.
  3. They test negative for COVID-19 on Day 5 or later.
  4. They are able to consistently wear a well-fitting mask.

Children ages 2 to 5 who do not meet these criteria may return to the program after Day 10 after their last close contact.

 

Children who are fully vaccinated—which means it has been two weeks since they received the second dose of their COVID-19 vaccine—or who had and recovered from COVID-19 in the last 90 days (as confirmed by a positive viral test), do not need to be excluded from child care programs even if they were in close contact to someone with COVID-19. They must continue to wear a well-fitting mask while onsite at the child care program.  Our classes will remain open for any child who is vaccinated, was not exposed, or had a documented case of Covid in the last 90 days.

Quarantine for Vaccinated Individuals: Fully vaccinated individuals – adult and child – who are not experiencing any symptoms associated with Covid are not required to quarantine following close contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19. We ask that you:

  • Take a rapid test as soon as possible, although you are still permitted to come to class.
    • If your rapid test comes back negative, you may continue to attend.
    • If your rapid test comes back positive, quarantine for 10 days.
  • Also, take a PCR test 3-5 days following your close contact.
    • If your PCR results come back negative, continue to attend.
    • If your PCR results come back positive, quarantine for 10 days.

If you develop symptoms at any point, please:

  • Stay home.
  • Get a rapid Covid test as soon as possible. If your test comes back negative, please take a PCR test within 24 hours. If the PCR is positive, quarantine for 10 days from onset of symptoms, or results of Covid test, whichever comes first.
  • If both rapid and PCR tests come back negative, stay home for the duration of your non-Covid illness.

 

   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.