COVID-19 Protocols



Over the summer, we have been in constant contact with IDPH, CDPH, local independent and public school leaders, and our CWS Medical Advisory Group. Best practice medical protocols are updated regularly and we are confident in the following policies to open the school year.

Masking

  • All people in the building will be masked. Students will remain masked outside during recess.

Instruction

  • All students will be in the building for in-person instruction. We know this is the healthiest foundation for learning and that maintaining the social experience is especially important now for our students. It also allows for the most dynamic teaching and learning.
  • Virtual, remote learning will only be available if an entire class is quarantined.

Limited Building Access to Parents and Visitors

  • Out of precaution, the school building will not be open to parents and visitors during the school day unless pre-approved by administration.

Cohorts

Similar to last year, the student body will be grouped in multi-grade cohorts to allow for class scheduling and common recess. Cohorts are:

  • Early Childhood classes
  • 1st and 2nd grades
  • 3rd, 4th , and 5 grades
  • 6th – 8th grades
  • 9th – 12th grades

Travel

  • We are continuing to follow city and state guidelines regarding travel. If you have been traveling domestically or internationally, please submit your travel information, quarantine plan and negative test (if applicable) to Laura Grenholm.

Community Health Commitment

School Illness Protocol

What is an exposure?

Being within 6' of someone who is confirmed COVID positive for a cumulative total of 15 minutes indoors, regardless of masking.

1. Individual COVID exposure (outside of school)

If a student is exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID:

VACCINATED

Asymptomatic

  • Remain in school
  • Watch for symptoms
  • Highly recommend PCR/antigen testing 3-5 days after exposure

Symptomatic

  • Quarantine for 7 days
  • Provide negative PCR/antigen test result taken 5 full days after exposure
  • If PCR/antigen test is positive, quarantine for 10 full days from time of exposure

UNVACCINATED

  • Quarantine for 7 days
  • Provide negative PCR/antigen test result taken 5 full days after exposure
  • If PCR/antigen test is positive, quarantine for 10 full days from time of exposure

2. Cohort COVID exposure

If a student in a cohort tests positive for COVID:

  • To ensure the highest quality of education, protect effectively against transmission, and in order to support the needs of our faculty, the entire cohort (regardless of vaccination status) will move to remote learning for 7 days
  • Everyone in the cohort must take a PCR/antigen test on day 5 after exposure
  • Everyone in the cohort must provide a negative test result and be fever free for 24 hours prior to returning to school

3. Siblings of students who have tested positive for COVID

  • Vaccinated and asymptomatic siblings can remain in school
  • Unvaccinated siblings must quarantine for 10 days and have a negative PCR or Antigen test in order to return to school

4. Sent home sick/absent with illness

If your child is sent home sick from school or is absent with illness and is displaying any COVID symptoms, they can return to school the following circumstances:

VACCINATED or UNVACCINATED

  • They are fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication
    AND
  • Have improved symptoms
    AND
  • Provide a negative PCR/antigen test, OR an alternate diagnosis from their physician

Will asymptomatic siblings be sent home?

  • VACCINATED, asymptomatic siblings of a student who is sent home sick/absent with illness will remain in school
  • UNVACCINATED, asymptomatic siblings of a student who is sent home sick/absent with illness will be sent home and can return with their sibling's negative test result