COVID-19 INFORMATION

Revised 11.22.22

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. We strongly encourage families to purchase 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, following CDC guidance from August 11, 2022.

Masking During Cold and Flu Season

December through March, staff and students should wear a KN95 mask for five days if they have traveled by air unmasked or have attended large gatherings unmasked. Masking will help keep down the spread of the flu, RSV and Covid. Not only will this reduce the need to ask entire classrooms to mask, it will give us a better chance of keeping classrooms open. 

Masking after air travel and large gatherings will depend on the honor system, knowing that McGuffey families do what is best for our community. 

Close Contact Exposure

If a student or staff member has had close contact exposure in or out of school, after an initial negative test, they will mask at school with a KN95 mask when indoors for 10 days. Day 0 is the day of last exposure. Monitor closely for symptoms. If the exposed person becomes symptomatic, they will remain at home until symptoms subside or there are three negative tests, each 48 hours apart.

In addition to wearing a mask, the student/staff member will test on day 6, even if asymptomatic. If negative, the test will be repeated 48 hours later on day 8 per FDA recommendations.

Close contact exposure is defined as 6 feet from someone who has Covid-19 for at least 15 minutes during a 24 hour period up to and including two days before the person had symptoms or tested positive.

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 for a total of three tests or until symptoms abate. During times of high transmission, students and staff may be required to mask until symptoms abate. If a student is feeling sick, even if it is not COVID, it’s still a good idea to stay home and not infect others. 

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 isolate 
    • 5 days after the positive test.
    • Day 0 is the day of the positive test.
    • The student/staff member will mask at school when indoors with a KN95 mask for days 6-10 if a negative test is produced on day 6. 
    • If symptoms appear, the day of onset is the new day zero and guidelines for a symptomatic student or staff member will be followed. 
  • If symptomatic and symptoms are mild, the student will isolate
    • 5 days after symptoms first appeared.
    • Day 0 is the day symptoms began.
    • The student/staff member will mask at school when indoors with a KN95 mask for days 6-10 if a negative test is produced on day 6 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. 
    • If two tests, 48 hours apart, are negative, the student/staff member may stop wearing a mask before day 10.
    • If a fever is still present after day 10, the student will continue to isolate at home until the fever is gone for 24 hours without fever reducing medication, a negative test is produced, and other symptoms are getting better. 
  • 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.
    • Day 0 is the day symptoms began.

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. 

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