2021-2022 School Year

as of January 4, 2022

The health and safety of our students, faculty and staff remains our top priority. Due to the remaining threat and impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Grace School plans to continue implementing the following protocols for the 2021-2022 school year.

We realize that these are unprecedented times and that information changes almost daily. Our ability to offer an in-person educational experience hinges on the willingness of our community to come together in support of our collective adherence.

Each of us has a responsibility to know and act on these procedures in a way that maximizes a safe and healthy environment in which we can all teach, work, and learn.

Please know that we have a built-in level of flexibility in this plan, wherever possible, to allow us to adjust based on advisement from governing agencies.

If you have any questions, please contact the Grace School Health Center at nurse@graceschool.org.

Face Coverings

Face masks are strongly recommended but optional for all students, faculty, staff, parents and visitors.

Visitors

To minimize the possibility of community transmission, we are planning to limit the number of parents and visitors inside the school building during the school day; therefore, parents and visitors will need to schedule an appointment.

Cleaning Protocols

The custodial staff will continue to clean classrooms, hallways, office, and workspaces according to CDC guidelines, and “high touch” areas like doorknobs and bathrooms will be cleaned frequently.

Athletics

We will continue our athletic program offerings and will look to our conference leadership regarding best practices for the safety and security of our athletes. We will inform you of any new details as we receive them.

Grace After-school Program (GAP)

We will restore GAP programming to full enrollment and almost all the standard offerings. Students will follow the same COVID-19 protocols during GAP as they do during the school day. Enrichment classes will not be offered this year.

Monitoring Students

Teachers should monitor their students for signs and symptoms of illness. Any student who doesn’t feel well should be referred to the nurse. The school nurse will contact the parent if the child needs to go home.

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Anyone can have mild to severe symptoms. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • 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

COVID Reporting

Students and staff must notify the school nurse immediately if the student or staff tests positive for COVID-19, or if one of their household members or non-household close contacts test positive for COVID-19.

In the event someone in your household is getting a COVID-19 test due to showing possible symptoms or known exposure, please keep your child(ren) home until the test results are determined.

Close Contact Exposure - Quarantine

If you were exposed to someone with COVID-19

If you:

Have been boosted
OR
Completed the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine within the last 6 months
OR
Completed the primary series of J&J vaccine within the last 2 months

  • Wear a mask around others for 10 days.
  • Test on day 5, if possible.

If you develop symptoms, get a test and stay home.

If you:

Completed the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine over 6 months ago and are not boosted
OR
Completed the primary series of J&J over 2 months ago and are not boosted
OR
Are unvaccinated

  • Stay home for 5 days. After that continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days.
  • If you can’t quarantine you must wear a mask for 10 days.
  • Test on day 5.

If you develop symptoms, get a test and stay home.

For Primary School students and faculty ONLY:

  • If exposed, stay home for 5 days and test on day 5.
  • If no symptoms develop and with a negative test, the student can return to school after day 5.

 

Test Positive for COVID-19

The current guidelines from the CDC are that a person with a positive COVID-19 test (rapid or PCR) should isolate for 5 days, regardless of their vaccination status. If they are asymptomatic or their symptoms are resolving (without fever for 24 hours), follow that by 5 days of required mask wearing when around others to minimize the risk of infecting individuals. If your child continues to show symptoms after the recommended 5 days, please isolate until symptoms are resolved. A negative test is not required to end isolation.

Regardless of vaccination status (Lower School, Middle School, all Faculty and Staff)

  • Stay home for 5 days.
  • If you have no symptoms or your symptoms are resolving after 5 days, you can return to school.
  • Continue to wear a well-fitting mask around others for 5 additional days.

Primary School Students ONLY

If a Primary School student tests positive for COVID-19, the following protocols should be followed:

  • Stay home for the full 10 days.
  • If the child continues to have a fever or symptoms, remain at home until the fever/symptoms resolve.

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