(Current as of July 20, 2022)
- Wearing masks indoors will be optional for all students, faculty, staff, and visitors except in certain situations (see below). We will notify the community if/when we strongly recommend wearing masks indoors on campus and buses, including when in times of high case numbers.
- In addition, masks must be worn through Day 10 if a student, faculty, or staff member has been identified as “highly exposed” with a positive tester. Determination of being “highly exposed” 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.
COVID VACCINATION REQUIREMENT:
ALL students, 12 years of age and older, as well as all faculty and staff, must be vaccinated for COVID. When a student turns 12 years old, they must receive their first COVID vaccine within one week of their 12th birthday.
For students ages 3-11, vaccination is strongly recommended.
When eligible, booster(s) are also strongly recommended.
Exemptions will be allowed for those with documented medical exemptions or documented religious beliefs and practices.*
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.
* 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 Pat Boig at email@example.com.
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.
D-E RUVNA: DAILY HEALTH SELF-CHECK
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.
TESTING & RULING-OUT COVID
Please note that at-home rapid, rapid, and/or PCR test results are accepted. However, if symptoms persist and repeat at-home tests are contrarily negative, a COVID test from a testing facility may be requested by the Division Nurse(s).
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.
- 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.
NEXT STEPS IF POSITIVE FOR COVID-19:
- Quarantine is required through Day 5 for all positive testers, regardless of vaccination status or symptoms.
- After Day 6 if there are no symptoms, the student, faculty or staff member can return with a doctor’s clearance. Please see specific directions below. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org and Anthony Bufi at email@example.com. (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. On the day you receive a positive test, you may email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a telehealth appointment based on availability. Please note New York residents medical insurance may not cover New Jersey-based telehealth services.
EXPOSURE TO COVID:
- If you are asymptomatic and fully vaccinated, you may continue to come to campus masked through Day 10. If a fully-vaccinated student, faculty or staff member is considered “highly exposed”*, (see Note below) with an individual who tests positive for COVID, we will require that fully-vaccinated student, faculty or staff member to monitor themselves for symptoms AND provide a negative test on Day 5 after the latest exposure. At their discretion, the nurse(s) may require a PCR test. Masks will be required through Day 10. See “Masks” section for more information.
- Please note: You will not be required to COVID test for 90 days following a positive test result unless you develop new symptoms after quarantine.
- The COVID-positive person in the household must maintain CDC isolation protocol.
DIRECTIONS FOR HOUSEHOLD EXPOSURE OF UNVACCINATED STUDENTS :
- The exposed, not fully-vaccinated student must quarantine through Day 5. The student may return to school on Day 6 with a negative COVID test if they are asymptomatic. Masks must be worn through Day 10. See “Masks” section for information.
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 have a signed Return to School & Athletics Form. A mask must be worn from Days 6 – 10 after testing positive when returning to campus. Please see “Positive Test Results & Next Steps” section above. A mask must be worn from Days 6 – 10 after testing positive when returning to campus. Please see “Positive Test Results & Next Steps” section above.
- 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.
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.
- Please seek the guidance of your Division Nurse before sending your healthy child(ren) to school.
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.
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 email@example.com.
Post-COVID (Required): Return to School & Athletics Form
This form is required to be signed by a physician after a positive COVID diagnosis and before returning to school and sports. Please see the “COVID Positive – Next Steps” section below for details.