Healthy LREI

This page outlines our most up-to-date policies and practices:

May 18, 2022

Dear LREI Families, 

I want to begin this Covid-19 update by thanking you all for your caring participation in the community over the past few weeks, following our lead on testing and mask wearing.  Much appreciated.  

Yesterday New York City health officials raised the Covid-19 risk assessment to “high,” recommending that everyone wear masks indoors. They do not specifically list schools in the information they have released.  That said, the City is strongly recommending that all individuals wear medical-grade masks in offices, grocery stores and other public indoor settings citywide.  

While we are not going to mandate mask wearing in all grades, I share the following:
  • A reminder that mask wearing is optional and students should wear a mask wherever and whenever they choose or whenever their family asks them to do so. 
  • We will ask students to wear masks in larger groups and whenever grades mix in classroom sized groups.  
  • We may ask students to wear masks if we are concerned about a higher than average number of infections in their grade/class. 
  • We will continue to ask adult visitors to LREI to wear masks during their visit. 
  • Students should wear a mask if coming to school with any symptoms of unknown origin.
  • Students must wear a mask on days 6 -10 after a positive test if returning to school in person after isolation. 
  • Students must wear a mask until day 10 following a close contact. 
  • Home exposure? Students who have a home exposure will need to be quarantined separated from the individual in their household who is positive for 5 days.  They may return on day 6 if they have  a negative test and should wear a mask through day 10.
  • Students should wear a mask if they think they might have been exposed to an individual outside of school who is now Covid positive.
  • Students should consider wearing a mask if they are immunocompromised or if they live with someone who is. 
  • About to travel? Wear a mask.
  • Big day coming up? (Commencement anyone?) Wear a mask for a few days ahead of time.
  • Visiting an older relative? Wear a mask for a few days ahead of time.

In short, in addition to following required NYC requirements, we are also asking you to use common sense in safeguarding your child’s health and the health of others in the school community.  We agree that mask wearing has a significant impact on the students.  That said, so does being excluded from school for some number of days or having so many teachers out of school that we have to return to remote learning.  Think about your health and that of others as you decide, each day, whether or not to wear a mask. 

Finally, we remind you that as the current Covid-19 situation develops in NYC, we might decide to change our plans again. Please stay tuned. 

We are grateful for your thoughtful participation in the LREI community, 
 

Note:

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

We are required to report our school statistics of testing and positive cases to the NYS Department of Health daily. This information is available to the public and can be viewed here

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

List of 12 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 K-12th grade. 
      • Masks will continue to be required if returning from isolation on days 6-10 and in the 10 days following a COVID exposure.
    • Masks continue to be required in the 4s until at least 4/4. 
    • Masks are optional for all outdoors unless exposed/returning from positive isolation.
    • Masks are required in the health offices by the NYC Department of Health.
    • We may require masks during gatherings of students from more than one grade. Families are expected to send their students to school with 2 masks daily.
    • The school will support students in the lower school whose families request that they remain masked.
  • COVID Vaccines

  • 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. 
  • Travel Protocol

    Note that COVID is still a threat and the CDC does not recommend unnecessary travel at this time. Please review the COVID rates and prevalence of your destination when choosing to travel and again immediately prior to your trip and upon your return home. We strongly discourage any travel to destinations with greater than a COVID prevalence of more than 35 cases per 100,000 residents. (See here for current prevalence.)
    • Vaccinated
      • Domestic - no current limitations or testing requirements
      • International - no quarantine required, must take a PCR on day 3-5 after return to  the US. 
    • Unvaccinated - 
      • Domestic- quarantine and PCR on day 3-5 after arrival per CDC guidelines. 
      • International - quarantine and PCR testing on day 3-5 after arrival required per CDC guidelines. 
  • 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. 
  • COVID-Testing Sites 

    Please note that COVID test processing times change frequently. Please confirm insurance/test processing time information with any site you visit prior to testing. The NYC DOH requires molecular COVID testing to return to school. Be sure to request a PCR if obtaining a rapid antigen.

    Note: City MD consistently has the longest processing time for testing (3-7 days). We do not recommend City MD at this time. 

    Recommended:

    • Free if no insurance
    • Processing time 12-36 hours
    • Takes insurance
    • Processing time 24 hours
    • Takes insurance
    • Processing time 24-48 hours
    NYU Pediatricians/Lab
    • Takes insurance if your pediatrician is affiliated
    • Processing time 12-24 hours
    • Takes insurance
    • Processing time 24 hours
    • Takes insurance
    • Processing time 24 hours
    • Takes insurance
    • Processing time 24-48 hours
    • Also offers Rapid PCR (not covered by insurance) 
    • Does not take insurance
    • Offers Rapid PCR only 
  • Which COVID Tests are Acceptable?

    • Lab-based PCR -  a nasal PCR test that is taken by a medical provider and sent to a lab for processing. Results take 12-72 hours.  Accepted for all circumstances. 

      Saliva-based testing (Vault/Phosphorus) - a PCR that is sampled through saliva and sent to a lab for processing. Results take 48-72 hours. Accepted for all circumstances. 

      Rapid PCR/Molecular Testing - a nasal swab that is processed and run on a point-of-care machine in a doctor’s office. This test is more sensitive/accurate than a rapid test, but not as accurate as a lab-based PCR. Accepted for all circumstances. 

      Rapid Antigen Testing - a less sensitive nasal test that is run in an office in 15 minutes. If positive, allows us to notify contacts quickly.TO BE ACCEPTED FOR SYMPTOM OR QUARANTINE CLEARANCE MUST HAVE 2 TESTS 24 HRS APART.