COVID-19 INFORMATION

Revised 7.11.22

McGuffey’s protocols are based on the judgment and assessment of the Head of School and staff in the classrooms. The CDC recommendations, for example, are based on national statistical trends, not on the current concerns or issues within Oxford or within McGuffey. Please note the revision date above. Parents will be informed by email when there are substantive edits to the page. 

We have been undeniably successful in preventing the spread of Covid at school. This was aided by timely communication from parents in the event of potential or known exposures, symptoms, and positive test results. Thank you for continuing to communicate with us as soon as you are aware of any of these in your household. 

The CDC guidelines rate each county using a color-coded level. We highly recommend reading through the guidelines linked above. McGuffey will follow the CDC Community Levels map, changing preventative measures as the level of Butler County changes. The school as a whole and/or individual classrooms may return to masking if there is a local outbreak. 

On an individual basis, staff and students will wear a mask if feeling unwell or are symptomatic. Please keep a mask in your child’s bag for unexpected use. We will continue to normalize masking for anyone who wants/needs to mask. We encourage families to talk with their children if they choose to have them continue to wear a mask. Anyone is welcome to wear a mask at school with our full understanding and support. We strongly encourage families to choose KN95 masks

Classrooms will continue to run air purifiers in every room. Windows will remain cracked open as needed for extra ventilation.

We will communicate with you should there be any cases or exposure. Our procedures for exposure, symptoms, and testing for Covid-19 positive are below.

Close Contact Exposure

If a student or staff member has had close contact exposure in or out of school, we will refer to CDC guidelines

No Known Exposure: Symptomatic

If a student or staff member is symptomatic and there is no known exposure, they will test before school at onset and then every 48 hours until symptoms abate. During times high transmission, students and staff may be required to mask until symptoms abate. 

If a student develops symptoms at school, they may be sent home or asked to wear a mask. Please keep a mask in your child’s bag for unexpected use.

Students and Staff Members Positive for Covid-19

  • If asymptomatic, the student or staff member will quarantine 
    • 5 days after the positive test and 
    • produce a negative antigen test on day 5.
    • The student or staff member will mask at school for days 6-10.  
    • If the day 5 test is positive, the student will quarantine for 5 more days regardless of the results of further antigen tests.  
    • If symptoms appear, the day of onset is the new day zero and guidelines for a symptomatic student or staff member will be followed. See below. 
  • If symptomatic and symptoms are mild, the student will quarantine
    • 5 days after symptoms first appeared and
    • 24 hours with no fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and
    • all other symptoms of Covid-19 are improving other than loss of taste and smell and
    • produces a negative antigen test on day 5 and
    • the student is able to manage lingering symptoms independently. 
    • The student or staff member will mask at school for days 6-10.  
    • If the day 5 test is positive, the student or staff member will quarantine for 5 more days regardless of the results of further antigen tests.  
  • If symptomatic and symptoms are moderate, the student or staff member will quarantine
    • 10 days after symptoms first appeared and
    • 24 hours with no fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and
    • all other symptoms of Covid-19 are improving other than loss of taste and smell and 
    • the student is able to manage lingering symptoms independently.

Vaccination Terminology

The CDC uses two phrases when explaining Covid vaccinations: “fully vaccinated” and “up to date.” Fully vaccinated means a person has received their primary series of Covid vaccines. Up to date means that a person has received all recommended Covid vaccines including any booster(s) when eligible. 

A student or staff member will not be considered up to date until they have received recommended boosters. Families may update their child’s status by uploading their current vaccination card through TADS or emailing a scan to the school office. 

Symptoms

Covid-19 symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with one or more of these symptoms in any combination may have Covid-19.

  • fever or chills
  • cough
  • runny nose
  • shortness of breath
  • muscle pain or body ache
  • headache
  • loss of taste of smell
  • sore throat
  • diarrhea
  • fatigue
  • nausea or vomiting
  • less common: sneezing

For students who tend to have allergies, we encourage parents to get a letter from their physician stating their child’s typical allergy symptoms. 

Proof of vaccination may be requested

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