Healthy LREI

Return to School Testing and Vaccination Guidelines.


Dear LREI Families, 

I hope that you all have had a restful summer and are looking forward to a great school year.  

A reminder that all students will need to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 in order to return for the 2022-2023 school year.  
  • Students under five will have to have completed the full series of vaccinations or have started the series and have appointments that allow for the series to be complete by the Monday after Thanksgiving, November 28.  
  • Students five and older will have to have at least two doses.
  • In regards to all students five or older receiving a booster/third dose, a number of you have asked about waiting for the “new” booster that is likely to be available in the fall. 
  • There is some indication that the new booster might be available to children early in the fall.  If you would like to have your child wait for the newer booster, you may.  
  • There is conflicting information as to whether having the current booster now means you have to wait longer to receive the newer booster.
  • We will be in touch about deadlines but are hoping with a new booster available in October, that all will either have a booster now or one in the mid-fall. 
  • If the timetable for the availability of the booster is extended, I will be in touch once school begins to outline the requirements for your child to receive the booster.  
  • It is important to remember that, if you choose, your child may return to school with only two doses of Covid-19 vaccine though there will be a requirement by mid- / late- fall that all eligible students receive a third dose of vaccine.
Are you unsure what to do?  Please consult your healthcare provider.

Receiving the third dose as currently formulated does not necessarily preclude one from getting the newly formulated booster once it is released. We do not know who will be eligible and what the timing will be for eligibility.  

Finally, if there is a spike in infections in the fall, we do not know at this point what variant will be the cause nor which booster will best protect us from the possibility of contracting a new variant. If you have specific questions regarding whether or not your child should get the booster now or should wait, please contact your healthcare professional.  

Questions?  Please be in touch. Again, I am sorry for the additional email and apologize in advance if there are further changes due the ever-changing Covid-19 landscape. 

Be well, 




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Other Reminders
 
  • For all - Return to School Testing - we are asking that all students take two at-home rapid tests before returning to school.  
    • The first day of school is Wednesday, September 7. 
    • The tests should be taken 24 hours apart. 
      • First test -  on Monday, 9/5 in the evening or Tuesday, 9/6 in the morning.
      • Second test - on Tuesday, 9/6 in the evening or Wednesday, 9/7 before school.
  • High School students who are participating in pre-season athletics or leadership training, both of which begin on Monday, August 22:
      • First test - Saturday, 8/20 in the evening or Sunday, 8/21 in the morning
      • Second test - Sunday 8/21 in the evening or Monday, 8/22 in the morning 
  • A positive test means stay home and alert us by sending a message to nurses@lrei.org.
A reminder that ALL students have to be up to date on required childhood immunizations.  New York State requirements allow for a 14-day grace period after the first day of school. After that students who are undervaccinated will not be able to attend school. Though all students were up-to-date last fall, please check on Magnus or with your healthcare provider to make sure that your child/children are not due for additional vaccinations. 

Note:

Our policies are regularly reviewed and updated, please email nurses@lrei.org for current guidance if you have questions.

COVID Q&A - Symptoms/School Exclusion/Isolation/Quarantine/Contact

List of 8 items.

  • Student and Staff Symptoms/Illness Policy

    • All students and staff must stay home and immediately take a  COVID test if they exhibit any of the following symptoms:
      • Fever (100 F)
      • New cough or congestion
      • Sore throat
      • Loss of taste or smell
      • Vomiting or Diarrhea
    • Students and staff must stay home and monitor for the following symptoms. If the symptoms do not resolve within 24 hours, take  COVID test:
      • Headache
      • Fatigue
      • Muscle aches
      • Abdominal pain
    • As of 3/23/22: Students/staff may take a home rapid test if experiencing the symptoms above. If that test is negative, either a PCR test OR a 2nd home rapid test taken 24 hours after the first is required to return to school when asymptomatic. If the home rapid test is positive, no further testing is necessary.
    • Students and staff with negative test(s) as above may return to school when they have been fever free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication, 24 hours after any episode of vomiting or diarrhea, when feeling better and able to tolerate masking. All results must be sent to nurses@lrei.org for clearance. All results must have the student's name and date/time taken.
    • Positive results must be reported to nurses@lrei.org immediately with a photo of the test.
  • Parent/Household Member Illness Policy

    • If a parent or household member (including caregivers/nannies) has any of the symptoms above, we request that you keep any unvaccinated students home and be tested for COVID (PCR, Rapid PCR, Rapid Molecular for unvaccinated, minimum of rapid antigen for vaccinated). If the adult at home is  positive, please report this to the nurses (nurses@lrei.org)
    • If this household member has been present in the LREI buildings in the 48 hours prior to symptom onset or a positive test, you must report this to the nurses immediately (nurses@lrei.org).
  • Mask Policy

    • Masks continue to be optional in 4s-12th grade. 
  • COVID Exposure Policy

    • All students and staff are required to report any known COVID exposure immediately to nurses@lrei.org
    • If you are unsure if a circumstance warrants exposure, please err on the side of caution and contact the nurses (nurses@lrei.org).
    • Families and staff will be notified by the School of any in-school exposures, and will be directed as to the proper quarantine and testing measures. 
  • What happens if my child gets sick at school? 

    If your child develops any symptoms of COVID-19 at school, as defined by the CDC and NYS Department of Health above, they will be evaluated by a nurse, placed in an isolation room, and a parent/guardian will be called to pick them up. We expect that you will be available to answer a call from the school at all times during the day, and will pick up your child within 1 hour of contact. Young children and children requiring ongoing nursing care will be accompanied into isolation by a nurse. Older children will be visually monitored by a nurse while in isolation. 
     
    Any child sent home with COVID-like-symptoms must have the following to return to school:
    • A negative COVID test (as above)
    • At least 24 hours fever-free without fever-reducing medication
    • Symptom improvement and the ability to self-manage any lingering symptoms in school
    If a child is not tested for COVID-19, they must stay home and isolate (as if they were positive) for 10 days after the onset of symptoms. We will be required to quarantine all of their contacts from the preceding 2 days. 
     
    Siblings/other household members who are not vaccinated must stay home while a student has a pending COVID-19 test due to symptoms. If the ill student tests negative on a rapid test (including rapid antigen) siblings/other household members will be permitted to attend school. 
  • I have more than one child in the school. What happens to a sibling if the other gets sick? 

    If you have more than one child in the school and are called to pick up one sick child, you will be asked to take any other unvaccinated children home as a precaution until the primary contact has a negative COVID-19 test. Well siblings will be permitted to return if the primary student has a negative rapid test.
  • What if my child has seasonal allergies and is coughing or congested? 

    Cough and congestion are both symptoms on the list of COVID-19 symptoms. For any new onset or new worsening of symptoms, we are required by the NYS Department of Health to isolate and refer the student for testing. 

    To avoid this situation, we strongly recommend that you talk to your pediatrician regarding starting your child on daily allergy medications to prevent these symptoms before they start.
  • What if my child already had COVID-19?

    It is possible to contract COVID-19 more than once. As a result, you will be required to follow the isolation, testing and return to school procedures outlined above, even if your child was diagnosed with COVID-19 in the past or has a positive antibody report UNLESS the COVID infection was within the last 90 days and the person has not traveled or had known COVID exposure. 

    If your child has had COVID-19 in the last 90 days, but their class is closed due to quarantine, they will be required to join their class in LREI Remote. 

    Students/Staff having tested positive for COVID-19 will not be required to participate in any PCR testing for the 90 day period following their positive test result if the school receives documentation. Antigen testing may be required for surveillance or symptom management in this 90 day time period.