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
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 following protocols will be in place:
- The positive child must remain home for 10 days
- Students that are close contacts and unvaccinated, must stay home for 5 days. They can return to school if they test negative on day 5 or later and they have no symptoms. The child must receive a negative test on day 5 with a PCR, lab rapid or home test, before returning to school. If using home tests, they must take two tests at least 24 hours apart on days 4 and 5 or later.
- For staff and students that are vaccinated, they may continue to attend school as long as they are not exhibiting any symptoms of COVID-19. This also applies to any child that has a confirmed case of COVID-19 within the last 90 days.
- Positive staff members may return after 5 days if they are symptom free and test negative on a rapid or at home test. They will be required to wear a well-fitting mask upon their return for up to 10 days.
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
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
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 for Students, Families, and Visitors
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 for international travel. We will be following the CDC recommendations which are as follows:
- For unvaccinated international travelers*: Stay home for a full 5 days and get tested with a PCR test 3-5 days after travel. Self-monitor for symptoms and re-test if symptoms occur after the first test.
- If your test is positive, isolate yourself to protect others from getting infected. Quarantine for 10 days.
- For vaccinated international travelers: get tested with a PCR test 3-5 days after travel. Self-monitor for symptoms and re-test if symptoms occur after the first test.
*If you have had a documented COVID-19 infection within the past 90 days (regardless of vaccination status) you do not need to quarantine or get tested on days 3-5.
Positive Case Quarantine
If a student tests positive for Covid, they need to quarantine until:
- at least 10 days have passed since their symptoms started or positive test date
- they have been fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medicine
- AND overall symptoms are improving.
Excluding Children Who Were Close Contacts to Someone With COVID-19
Quarantine for Unvaccinated Individuals: Unvaccinated children ages 2 to 5 who are close contacts may return to the child care program when all of the following are met:
- It is after Day 5 (where Day 1 is the day after their last close contact).
- They have no COVID-19 symptoms.
- They test negative for COVID-19 on Day 5 or later.
- 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. 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 are optional for all children over 2.
We are following recommendations by the CDC, NYS and NYC DOH in recommending that all visitors wear masks while in the building.
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.