Health Policy

Mask Policy
All students (with the exception of EC2), staff, teachers and visitors, will be required to wear masks covering their nose and mouth while indoors, regardless of vaccination status.

Teachers who are fully vaccinated may remove their mask only when they are teaching at the front of the classroom. They will remain masked at all other times when indoors.

No masks will be required outdoors.

The universal masking policy will allow KHDS to avoid quarantines if a COVID positive case is identified within the school. There will be no class closures or classroom close contacts identified and quarantined, with the exception of the unmasked EC2 class, unless there is evidence of school based spread of COVID. If students or staff are maskless indoors and are in close contact with a COVID positive individual, such individuals will be required to quarantine as per the policy below. 

Quarantine Policy
If a student, staff member, or teacher is exposed to COVID, the case will be presented to nurse Robin who will then provide guidance as to the appropriate protocol to follow. 

Any unvaccinated person who is exposed to COVID will be required to quarantine for 10 days and may return to school on day 11 following the exposure as long as they remain asymptomatic. There is an option to shorten the quarantine period to 7 days by testing negative by PCR on day 5 following exposure. This will allow the unvaccinated person to return to school on day 8 following the exposure as long as the exposed person remains asymptomatic. If the unvaccinated person becomes symptomatic at any time following an exposure, the unvaccinated person will either be required to test by PCR for COVID, or isolate for an additional 10 days following the onset of symptoms. Testing any earlier than day 5 following exposure will not shorten the quarantine period. Additionally, no unvaccinated person will be permitted to return to school any earlier than following a 7 day quarantine, even with a negative PCR result. Siblings/children of the unvaccinated exposed individual will be requested to separate from the individual in quarantine. The details of such may vary depending on the makeup of one’s family. Please speak with nurse Robin regarding such details.

A vaccinated person or a person who has had documented COVID infection within the last 90 days who is exposed to COVID and is asymptomatic, will not be required to quarantine following the exposure. They will be required to remain masked at all times, remove the mask only for eating while outdoors, and the vaccinated individual will need to obtain a PCR test on day 3-5 following the exposure. This will allow the vaccinated person or the person with recent COVID infection who is exposed to COVID to remain in school and monitor for symptoms. If symptoms develop at any time during the 14 days following an exposure, the vaccinated person or those with recent COVID will need to test by PCR and remain home until results are known. If positive, the vaccinated person or the person with recent COVID infection will isolate for 10 days from symptom onset. If negative, the individual may return to school 24 hrs after symptoms resolve.  Siblings/children of the exposed individual will be requested to separate if they are unvaccinated. The details of such may vary depending on the make up of one’s family. Please speak with nurse Robin regarding such details.

Test & Stay Policy

The goal of the test and stay policy is to allow unvaccinated asymptomatic individuals to remain in school and avoid prolonged quarantines at home. 

How does the process work?
If an unvaccinated student or staff member is exposed to a COVID positive individual they are requested to contact Nurse Robin immediately at rnoble@hilleldayschool.org. If the exposed individuals meet the criteria for this policy, directions will be given to register for testing with BeeperMD. The exposed individual will be required to undergo daily rapid antigen testing for 7 days following the exposure. If the individual remains asymptomatic and tests negative, the individual will be permitted to continue attending school rather than quarantining at home. If the individual tests positive, the individual will then begin a period of isolation as per the policy for COVID positive individuals. If the individual becomes symptomatic at any time, the individual will be required to obtain PCR testing and remain home until symptoms resolve and PCR results are known.

Who is eligible?
Asymptomatic unvaccinated students or staff who have had a one time exposure to a COVID positive individual. Individual cases where a family member is COVID positive will be reviewed with the medical task force to determine eligibility in cases where the COVID positive family member is adequately isolated. 

Who is not eligible?
-Students or staff who are living with a COVID positive individual where there is continued exposure or have had a prolonged exposure to a COVID positive individual
-EC2 students, as they are unmasked at school
-Symptomatic students or staff as they will be required to obtain PCR testing

When & where is the testing done?
The testing will take place on the KHDS campus at 8am on school days. Nurse Robin will provide instructions with the exact location of the testing.

How is the testing performed?
A designated COVID tester from BeeperMD will be performing the testing. A consent form is required to be filled out by a parent prior to the testing. The testing requires a quick, shallow swab of both nostrils for the rapid testing. The PCR testing can be performed on either a shallow nasal swab or an oral swab. Further specifics about this company can be found on the company website beepermd.com 

How much does it cost?
There is no cost for this testing, regardless of your medical insurance. You will however be asked to provide insurance information prior to the testing. If your child does not have medical insurance, the testing will still be done free of charge.

When will results be available?
The rapid antigen testing will result within 15 minutes. A parent will be required to remain with the student while awaiting results. PCR testing will also be available to those who are symptomatic, or to vaccinated exposed individuals. The PCR testing will be sent to a lab and results will be sent to the email address provided by the student’s family. Results can be expected within 24-48 hrs. Symptomatic individuals will be required to await PCR results before returning to school. Asymptomatic vaccinated exposed individuals will be permitted in school when results are pending. 

Isolation Policy
If a student, staff member, or teacher tests positive for COVID, regardless of vaccination status, whether symptomatic or asymptomatic,  they will be required to isolate for 10 days. The person may return to school on day 11 if fever free for 24 hrs and symptoms are improving. Siblings/children of the individual who has tested positive for COVID will be required to quarantine away from the COVID positive individual. If this is not possible, and the exposure continues, the children/siblings of the COVID positive individual may have a quarantine period that extends longer than 10 days and may extend up to 20 days. The details of such may vary depending on the make up of one’s family. Please speak to nurse Robin regarding such details at the start of the isolation period.

Testing Policy
Symptomatic students, teachers or staff members, as defined by the sick policy below, will be requested to test for COVID. PCR is the gold standard test and is the test of choice for KHDS. Rapid antigen tests will be accepted if positive, but negative results will need to be confirmed by PCR. Rapid PCR/NAAT tests will be accepted. Symptomatic individuals will remain home pending PCR results, even if they are vaccinated, and may return to school if the PCR is negative and they are symptom free for 24 hours. 

If the symptomatic individual chooses not to undergo testing, the individual will be considered COVID positive and will be required to isolate for 10 days. Siblings/children of the symptomatic individual will also be required to quarantine in such a case.

If a student, teacher, or staff member is exposed to an individual who is COVID positive, they will be required to quarantine for 10 days and return on day 11 following the exposure. There is an option to shorten the quarantine if the individual remains asymptomatic, by testing by PCR on day 5 following exposure, completing a 7 day quarantine, and returning to school on day 8 following exposure. Those who are fully vaccinated and exposed to a COVID positive individual will be exempt from the quarantine and will be permitted in school, with strict masking at all times when indoors, will be required to eat outdoors, and will need to test via PCR 3-5 days following the exposure. They may remain in school while the results are pending if the individual is compliant with strict masking. Those who have had a documented COVID infection within the preceding 90 days will be exempt from this testing/quarantine requirement. Please note, a negative PCR test does not exempt an individual from quarantine. Either a 7 day or 10 day quarantine period is required following an exposure, even if there is a negative test during the quarantine period. 

Sick Policy
Click here to view the Sick Policy.

Communication
KHDS will send emails to the affected class and staff when a COVID case is identified. If there is ever a scenario where an individual is unmasked indoors and is determined to be a close contact of a COVID positive case, the individual will be contacted by nurse Robin and given instructions for quarantine. 

Remote Learning
The hybrid Zoom model, where students joined a live class from home was not a successful experience for our children. We found that this model had a negative impact on children in the classroom and the ones at home. It also did not allow the classroom teacher to perform to the best of his/her capability. It was nearly impossible for the teachers to split their attention between the students in the classroom and those learning from home. In addition, the many technological challenges with conducting a hybrid model made this arrangement even more difficult. We did find, however, that middle school children had a bit of an easier time navigating these challenges. Therefore, we are open to providing Zoom for Middle School students beginning after the Sukkot break with the following conditions:
  • Zoom will only be provided for children who are out of school for extended COVID related reasons.
  • The classroom teacher will be teaching to the students in the classroom. The child joining from home will be watching the lesson with no interaction with the teacher or classmates.
  • At this time, there is no option being offered to Zoom for the entirety of the school year.

We highly encourage all members of our community who are eligible for vaccination to become vaccinated. Your cooperation will ensure that our children are able to experience in person education this year without interruptions.

Travel Policy
KHDS will no longer require testing or quarantine following travel, for both domestic and international travel, given the universal mask requirements for air travel, and international testing requirements to re-enter the US.

We respect your opinions and concerns. If you have any questions, please reach out to khdstaskforce@hilleldayschool.org.