as of August 9, 2021
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.
Face masks are strongly recommended but optional for all students, parents, visitors, faculty, and staff members.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
- 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
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, lab-confirmed 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.
Students or teachers exhibiting symptoms of viruses and/or infectious diseases will be referred to the nurse for a clinical assessment and for isolation. The nurse will contact the parent if the child needs to go home. Individuals with a confirmed, lab-confirmed positive COVID-19 test will isolate at home for 10 calendar days from either the date of the positive test or the onset of symptoms, and must also be fever free for 24 hours, without the use of fever reducing medication, before returning to school or work.
According to the most recent guidance from CDC, fully vaccinated individuals exposed to COVID-19 will not need to quarantine or be tested for COVID-19 unless they are exhibiting symptoms. Individuals with symptoms are advised to follow the CDC guidelines for those who have had possible close contact (within 3 to 6 feet for more than 15 minutes) and to reach out to their healthcare provider if they have questions.
If a fully vaccinated individual tests positive for COVID-19, he or she will isolate at home for 10 calendar days from either the date of the positive test or the onset of symptoms, and must also be fever free for 24 hours, without the use of fever reducing medication, before returning to school or work.
Individuals with a known exposure to COVID-19; having direct exposure to respiratory secretions (e.g., being coughed or sneezed on, sharing a drinking glass or utensils, kissing), caring for a person who has COVID-19, or living with a person who has tested positive, lab-confirmed for COVID-19, are strongly encouraged to follow CDC guidelines for someone who has been exposed to COVID-19, quarantine for 5-7 calendar days, provide a negative, lab-confirmed COVID-19 test (recommendation is to test on day 5 post exposure), or clearance from a healthcare provider before returning to school or work.
Individuals with a possible exposure to COVID-19; within 3 to 6 feet for more than 15 minutes with someone who has tested positive, lab-confirmed for COVID-19, but has not had known exposure as described above, should self-monitor for two weeks. These individuals will be advised to monitor their health for two weeks, follow the CDC guidelines for those who have had possible close contact and to reach out to their healthcare provider if they have questions.