Curriculum and Resources

COVID-19

 

2022-23 Operating Framework

As we enter our third academic year after the onset of COVID, we continue the transition towards living with COVID.  Testing, vaccinations, natural immunity and the evolution of the virus afford schools the ability to assume a more normalized approach and remove many of the precautions required over the last two years.  This approach allows school professionals to focus nearly 100% of their time on the academic, emotional and spiritual growth of our students.

While protocols such as contact tracing have been lifted for the 2022-23 school year, the most effective precaution remains – any individual with symptoms of COVID-19 must stay home and positive individuals must isolate for a minimum of five days. Continuing to be diligent in ensuring known sick individuals stay home provides the protection to remove other administratively burdensome protocols.

The following bullets provide a summary of the COVID protocols for the 2022-2023 school year, with additional detail in the sections below:

  • Individuals with symptoms of COVID-19 or any illness should stay home while sick.
  • Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 must isolate from all school activities for five days and report the positive case to their school. Upon their return to school, no masks are required if they test negative on/after day 5.
  • Absent a negative test, recently positive students must mask for days 6-10 and social distance at lunch.
  • PCR tests, professionally administered antigen/rapid tests, and home tests are allowed in any situation requiring a test. Note that PCR tests are not recommended when returning to school post isolation, as their sensitivity will likely result in positive readings post infectious period.
  • Based on data collected since removal of the mask mandate earlier this year, contact tracing is no longer required. Close contacts will no longer be identified, and thus no longer be required to mask, quarantine or social distance at lunchtime.
  • Schools should inform families of all in-classroom, positive COVID-19 cases. Families are encouraged to take any precautions they consider appropriate.
  • When there are three cases in a classroom within a 10-day period, all students in that classroom must mask for 10 days.
  • While vaccinations are recommended to help prevent serious symptoms, there is no vaccination requirement for either students or staff.

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