COVID HEALTH and SAFETY GUIDELINES 2021-2022

Please note that these Guidelines are subject to change at any time depending on any updates from public health resources at the national, regional, state, and/or local level, when/as needed. We encourage you to “follow” this Page to receive Notifications of any updates. Questions regarding these COVID Guidelines may be directed to the relevant Division Nurses for the School

ON-CAMPUS GUIDELINES
(Current as of May 18, 2022)

Please note with these updates to our COVID protocols that we must always be prepared to put back in place on-campus COVID mitigation measures if COVID numbers in our region or on our campus increase. We will continue to monitor COVID numbers for each of the counties from which we commute, regional and national trends, as well as all daily RUVNA online medical self-check results, testing data, and community health information that may come to me from our school nurses. Please review the information below carefully. 

Questions regarding the guidelines below may be directed to your Division Nurse(s):

MASKS:

Masks have proven a successful mitigation step throughout the pandemic. The State of New Jersey lifted the mask mandate on March 7.

Please note our current timeline and guidelines:

  • Beginning Monday, April 4, wearing masks indoors will be optional for all students, faculty, staff, and visitor. However, due to rising case numbers in the area, we are STRONGLY RECOMMENDING that students and faculty wear masks indoors on campus and our buses. This is of particular concern due to all the year-end events coming up. Depending on the case numbers, we reserve the right to mandate that masks be worn.
  • In addition, masks must be worn through Day 10 if a student, faculty, or staff member has been identified as someone in Close Contact with a positive tester. Determination of Close Contact is done on case-by-case basis. See below*.
  • In the case of the flu or other contagious illnesses, we will ask individuals to wear a mask until symptoms resolve.

    *Note: Determination of Exposure to or “Close Contact” with a ‘positive tester’ is determined by the Division Nurse(s) and Principal(s) following our contact tracing protocols. We will notify students, faculty and staff of any close contact with a positive tester on campus regardless of their vaccination status. Close Contact on-campus is less than three (3) feet for a cumulative of 15 minutes in 24 hours. Examples of Close Contact would include: lunch mates, desk arrangements, in-person meetings, etc. Close Contact off-campus is less than six (6) feet for a cumulative of 15 minutes in 24 hours. 

    COVID VACCINATION REQUIREMENT: 

    ALL students, 12 years of age and older, as well as all faculty and staff, must be vaccinated for COVID.

    Exemptions will be allowed for those with documented medical exemptions or documented and sincerely held religious beliefs and practices.*

    It is vital that we provide a safe and healthy on-campus program for our students, faculty and staff;  COVID vaccination is now known to be the primary precautionary measure that we can all take to protect ourselves as well as the communities in which we live and work.

    Parents/guardians are reminded once again, to please upload both their child’s and their own vaccination information to the D-E Magnus Health Portal (“Magnus”) as soon as possible. *Note that details regarding access to Magnus are provided below. 

    • When a student turns 12 years old, they must receive their first COVID vaccine within one week of their 12th birthday.
    • Unvaccinated family members or guardians will not be allowed on campus. 

    * Parents of a student with a documented medical exemption should reach out to your relevant Division School Nurse(s) so that proper documentation can be obtained from your child’s healthcare provider.

    * Parents of a student with a documented religious exemption should reach out to D-E Assistant Head of School for Advancement Pat Boig at boigp@d-e.org.

    For all D-E Faculty and Staff, please note that D-E Director of Human Resources Lynda Soriano is gathering all vaccination information as well as documented exemptions. 

    DAILY MORNING HEALTH SELF-CHECK: D-E RUVNA :

    All students, faculty and staff will be required to complete the D-E RUVNA daily health/medical self-check prior to coming to campus. Please note you will receive an Email and text message prompt from RUVNA automatically each day for each of your children enrolled at the School. Before sending or bringing your child(ren) to school or coming to the D-E campus yourself, we ask that faculty, staff, and/or parents contact your relevant Division School Nurse(s) if the results from completing RUVNA indicate that they stay home. Using RUVNA to track any symptoms, including those that may be related to a common cold, allergies, infections, etc., will be helpful to our being fully apprised of the overall general health of our community. *Please read the RUVNA prompts carefully because they are subject to change.

    QUARANTINE PROTOCOLS

    Current as of May 18, 2022

    Any student, faculty, or staff member who tests positive for COVID will be asked to quarantine through Day 5 and only allowed to return to campus if symptom free and provide a doctor’s clearance note. Please see COVID TESTING/POSITIVE TEST RESULTS & NEXT STEPS section below.  A mask must be worn from Days 6 – 10 after testing positive when returning to campus.

    • Please remember that the day of the positive test or the first day that you develop symptoms, is Day 0 (zero). 
    • If you have symptoms and test positive with any COVID test OR have a known exposure and test positive with any COVID test, there is no need to verify the results with a follow-up PCR test.

    TESTING & RULING-OUT COVID

    With the different COVID variants and the health and safety of all Dwight-Englewood students and faculty/staff in mind, we must be extra cautious and ask ALL students to be COVID tested if they are exhibiting ANY COVID-like symptoms, before returning to school.

    • Please ensure RUVNA is completed (see above) before your child(ren) goes to school every morning and even while they are home sick. If your child is denied on RUVNA, that will be an indication for a COVID test. 
    • Many students have seasonal allergies, but it is vital to rule out COVID. 
    • When any student exhibits cold symptoms or any COVID-like symptoms, including gastrointestinal illnesses, we ask you to please have your child tested at a testing facility. 
    • Once COVID is ruled out, your child may need to be re-tested if their symptoms worsen, they develop new symptoms, or their symptoms resolve, and they become ill again at a later date. 
    • If your child is home sick over the weekend, please do not send your child(ren) to school without COVID testing them and sending their results to their relevant Division Nurse(s). Symptoms vary and may be mild for those fully vaccinated.

    Important: A negative COVID test does not mean that your child is well enough to be at school. Often a doctor’s appointment is necessary to diagnose other illnesses. 

    Please remember that your child(ren) must be well enough to fully participate in class. When in doubt, call your child’s pediatrician and keep your Division Nurse(s) informed.

    COVID TESTING/POSITIVE TEST RESULT & NEXT STEPS:

    The School will discontinue on-campus testing with Riverside Medical Group beginning on April 8, 2022.

    For off-campus testing:

    Negative home test results are not accepted. However, a positive home test is presumed positive. We require to obtain a test at a pharmacy or testing site. Due to the fact that false negatives are highly probable, we do not accept at-home negative test results.

    • Quarantine is required through Day 5 for all positive testers, regardless of vaccination status or symptoms.
    • If and only if symptoms have resolved, the student, faculty or staff member can return with a doctor’s clearance. Please see specific directions below. Our nurses will ask you to make a doctor’s appointment for your child or the faculty/ staff member for clearance to return on Day 6. Masks must be worn from Day 6-10 while on-campus. If your child cannot wear a well-fitted mask for the Days 6-10, parents must keep the child at home for the full ten days (ie through Day 10). 
      • For athletes, student-athletes must submit a completed D-E Return to School & Athletics Form, to both their division nurse and athletic trainers Kim Conover at conovk@d-e.org and Anthony Bufi at bufia@d-e.org. (Return dates for school and sports may be different, depending on your provider’s assessment.) Telehealth appointments are not acceptable for student-athletes: The Return to School & Athletics Form requires a cardiac assessment that must be done in a doctor’s office.   
      • Non-athletes and faculty/staff may utilize Riverside Medical Group telehealth services for their return to campus/work clearance. Email Daiglesias@riversidemedgroup.com on the day you receive a positive test. Please note New York residents medical insurance may not cover New Jersey-based telehealth services.

    EXPOSURE TO COVID THROUGH CLOSE-CONTACT:

    • If a student, faculty or staff member is exposed to COVID-19 through “Close Contact”* (see Note below) with an individual who tests positive for COVID and is identified through our contact tracing protocols, we will require that student, faculty or staff member to monitor themselves for symptoms and COVID PCR test on Day 5 after the latest exposure. Masks will be required through Day 10 after the last exposure.

    *Note: Determination of Exposure to or “Close Contact” with a ‘positive tester’ is determined by the Division Nurse(s) and Principal(s) following our contact tracing protocols. We will notify students, faculty and staff of any close contact with a positive tester on campus regardless of their vaccination status. Close Contact on-campus is less than three (3) feet for a cumulative of 15 minutes in 24 hours. Examples of Close Contact would include: lunch mates, desk arrangements, in-person meetings, etc. Close Contact off-campus is less than six (6) feet for a cumulative of 15 minutes in 24 hours. 

    HOUSEHOLD/OFF-CAMPUS EXPOSURE TO A POSITIVE TESTER

      • Always contact your Division Nurse before sending a student to school or coming to campus when household/off-campus exposure has been confirmed.
      DIRECTIONS:
      • The COVID positive person in the household must maintain CDC isolation protocol.
      • The D-E students, faculty, or staff must take a PCR test immediately and may return if their test is negative. Monitor symptoms and if new symptoms arise, the student, faculty, and staff must stay at home and get tested at a testing facility. Masks will be required through Day 10 after the latest exposure.
      • The exposed student, faculty or staff must take a PCR test on Day 5. The student, faculty, or staff can continue to attend school if they test negative on Day 5 and are asymptomatic.

      Questions regarding the above guidelines may be directed to your Division Nurse(s):

      If a student feels ill and has siblings at school

      If a student is ill, their (healthy) sibling(s), if unvaccinated, must remain home until the sick student has a negative COVID test.

      • If the ill child is negative, the healthy sibling may return to school.
      • The ill child must either visit their doctor to get a COVID test or visit an urgent center/facility for professional testing. 
      • Please seek the guidance of your Division Nurse before sending your healthy child(ren) to school.

      TRAVEL GUIDELINES & POST-TRAVEL QUARANTINING:

      If you are traveling domestically or internationally and have a child who is not vaccinated, your child is required to PCR test on Day 5 after their return. Additionally, regardless of vaccination status, a Day 5 PCR is required for anyone traveling internationally after their return.

      Questions about the above may be directed to your Division Nurse(s).

      Questions regarding the above guidelines may be directed to your Division Nurse(s):

      LUNCH | THE COOP: 

      Lunch remains one of the more important social moments in campus life. We will continue to follow protocols and procedures to ensure that lunch is safe and healthy for all throughout the year.

      • The Leggett Field Tent will be set up for lunches and various gatherings as of Monday, March 28.
      • The Lower School will continue to expand their lunch into the Drapkin Hall Gym as well as the Drapkin Hall Dining Room.
      • In the Upper School, we will further stagger the time when students go to lunch as a way of lessening the number of students who are not eating at any one time.
      • Plated hot meals, as well as sandwiches and salads, will be packaged and served for ‘grab-and-go’ for Middle and Upper School students and faculty/staff. 
      • Lower School (LS) parents/guardians will continue to use the Nutrislice lunch ordering online website and/or app, to order food for their LS child(ren): click here to access. For help or additional information, please contact D-E Dining Services by Emailing Joan Millien, at: millij@d-e.org

      THE COOP

      • We will reopen the Coop on Monday, April 4.

      AIR FILTRATION and VENTILATION:

      As we did last year, we will maintain the highest quality filtration and air flow in all indoor spaces.

      CLEANING and DISINFECTING:

      As we did last year, all rooms, surfaces, handles, and touch surfaces will be cleaned and disinfected daily.  Restrooms will be cleaned throughout the day.

      VISITORS TO CAMPUS:

      We will welcome vaccinated parents to return to campus as volunteers and for various parent meetings and gatherings starting Monday, March 28.

      MAGNUS HEALTH PORTAL (“MAGNUS”):

      The School’s Magnus Health Portal (“Magnus”) issues periodic email updates to remind families that they need to complete their child’s medical/health forms, and Magnus can be accessed from these emails. Parents/guardians can also access Magnus from the MyD-E Parent Resource Board. Please note that LogIn to MyD-E is required to access Magnus. For MyD-E LogIn help and/or help with accessing Magnus, please email help@d-e.org.

      SPORTS (Athletics & Teams) | SPECTATORS POLICIES

      Beginning April 4, 2022, we will be accepting vaccinated spectators and visitors to campus. 

      These guidelines are subject to change. 
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