This page outlines our most up-to-date policies and practices:
Dear LREI Families,
I hope that this note finds you well and enjoying the summer. If you are anything like me, you are balancing summer fun and summer treats (More watermelon, anyone?), with excitement about our return to school in a few weeks.
I write with a Covid-19 policies/procedures update. Please be sure to read all of this long email. The Covid-19 landscape is changing rapidly and we may well adjust these plans in the coming weeks as we have leading up to this letter, as you will see below. As we have seen, NYC has revised its procedures and policies nearly every day for the past few weeks.
We will base our plans on the range of recommendations/requirements from the CDC and the NYC Department of Health and our various advisors. Clearly, the health of the students and adults in school is at the heart of our decision making as is providing your children the best progressive program possible. We will, of course, keep you updated throughout the year.
First, and most importantly, it is our plan to begin school for all, in person, as scheduled, on September 9, 2021. We want to be back in school, together, learning, full time. Next to the health of each member of the community, this is the most important thing.
In order to achieve these dual goals, being in school and keeping everyone healthy, LREI has decided to require that all students who are eligible be vaccinated against Covid-19. Given the timing of this announcement, we are asking that all students who are eligible receive their first dose no later than September 22 and the second by October 27. All who turn 12 during the school year must be fully vaccinated within five weeks of the child’s 12th birthday. Please submit proof of vaccination via the Magnus portal. At the end of this message I have included instructions for uploading vaccination records to your child’s Magnus account.
Families whose children have documented medical/health reasons or other grounds to claim an exemption should email me (firstname.lastname@example.org), CCing Ava Dawson (email@example.com), the school’s health director, with this request.
We want to thank those families, the majority of families, who have already had their eligible children vaccinated.
Return to School Testing - We ask that all students, vaccinated or not, have a negative PCR test prior to returning to school on September 9. This test should be taken no earlier than Sunday, September 5, 2021. Please upload the result sheet to your child’s Magnus account by 5:00p.m. on Wednesday September 8. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
if you have difficulty. Rapid antigen tests will not be accepted.
We are creating a rotating schedule for all those who are unvaccinated to participate in a periodic testing program. We will be in touch about the specifics of which tests, how often, etc.
Masks - Given the current guidance by the CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics, we will ask that all students in all grades be masked when in the school buildings during the school day. We will allow students to remove their masks when they are outside during the school day and when eating in classrooms/cafeterias. We will allow students to remove masks in the building during the school day as soon as the health authorities tell us this is safe.
Physical Distancing - The required distance between students will be reduced from what it was last year, with the goal of creating classrooms that are active and collegial spaces, while protecting the health of each student.
Athletics, Vocal / Instrumental Music, Drama Productions, Etc. - We are working hard to find ways to conduct all extracurricular activities and will continue to update you on these efforts. We hope to hear from the athletic leagues shortly and we are making decisions on how to conduct indoor extracurricular sports safely. We are also working to create safe opportunities for music, in all forms, to return to LREI. We so missed hearing the students’ beautiful music.
Daily Health Surveys (Magnus) - We plan to begin the year without a daily health screening, though this may ultimately be required and we will reinstate the surveys as needed/required. We can forestall reinstating the survey by paying attention to a few common sense precautions - wash our hands, stay home when symptomatic, take common-sense precautions.
It is essential that families keep their children home when they have any symptoms of Covid-19 or any other communicable disease, for that matter.
Vomiting or diarrhea? Stay home for 24 hours.
Fever of over 100℉? Stay home for 24 hours after your child’s temperature returns to normal without medication.
A negative PCR will still be required to return to school after experiencing any symptoms, even if vaccinated. We will continue to ask that parents who experience any symptoms of Covid-19 be tested themselves, even if vaccinated.
Travel - The following requirements reflect current travel guidance, these could change.
If you are unvaccinated and are traveling domestically - no quarantine before testing/return is needed. If unvaccinated and traveling internationally - the CDC continues to recommend a 7-day quarantine with a test on day three - five. We ask that you follow these recommendations.
Quarantining - We will continue to require unvaccinated students to quarantine for 10 days if they are exposed to a positive case of Covid-19 in accordance with NYS Department of Health Regulations. NYS does not allow testing out of quarantine for exposure. As per CDC guidance, vaccinated students who are exposed to COVID will be required to take a PCR test between 3-5 days after exposure, even if asymptomatic. At this time, they will not be required to quarantine pending results. Note that this guidance may change without notice.
Contact Ava Dawson (email@example.com
) immediately if you are informed of exposure outside of school or receive a positive test result.
The divisional principals will communicate division-specific information, as needed.
Family Visits to the Buildings - We will enter the school year with most parent events happening remotely. As we can do so safely, we will invite families into the buildings for in-person events and hope to do so for all families a few times in the first part of the year. We will likely ask for proof of vaccination or a recent negative Covid-19 test. Even if vaccinated, we will require masks of all visitors, and ask you not to enter the building if you are having any symptoms of illness.
For Lower School Families - Families of fours, kindergarteners, and first graders will be able to have one vaccinated adult per day walk their child into the school. Faith Hunter, Lower School Principal, will be in touch with details. Second, third, and fourth grade families will be able to accompany their children to their classrooms for the first two days of the school year. Again, Faith will be in touch with details.
Clearly, all of this will depend on the trajectory of the virus. Thank you for your attention to these important matters. Please remember to submit all required health information ASAP via Magnus.
For those who have questions, please be in touch via email, though know that over the summer our replies might be a little slower than usual. We also invite you to join a conversation on Tuesday, August 31, at 6:30p.m., when I will be available, along with several colleagues, to discuss this information and any additional updates. I will post the Zoom information on the LREI Connect Community Events Calendar
The good news for the summer is that the more time we spend outside, the safer we are. Enjoy!