COVID-19 INFORMATION

School Covid-19 Dashboard (updated as needed)

Safety Guidelines

Revised 3.28.22

McGuffey’s protocols are based on the judgment and assessment of the head of school and staff in the classrooms who are with our students every day. 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 has released new preventative guidelines for Covid-19. The new policy aims to limit severe disease instead of limiting transmission (except in healthcare facilities). The guidelines use data to rate each county using a color-coded level. We plan to follow these new guidelines. We highly recommend reading through the guidelines linked above. We have linked this map on our Covid dashboard under the title.

McGuffey will follow the CDC Community Levels map, changing preventative measures as the level of Butler County changes. We will not mask at school as long as Butler County Covid-19 Community Levels remain at Low or Medium. However, the school as a whole and/or individual classrooms may return to masking if there is a local outbreak.

Staff will wear a mask if feeling unwell and individual students may be asked to wear a mask at school if feeling unwell. 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.

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

We will continue to communicate with you should there be any cases or exposure–usually within a few hours of receiving this information. We maintain a dashboard (above).

Our procedures for exposure, symptoms, and testing for Covid-19 positive are below.

Close Contact Exposure

If your child has had close contact exposure out of the school setting or when the classroom is unmasked, we will refer to CDC guidelines.

School Setting Exposure: Symptomatic

The student will stay home until PCR or antigen testing on day 3 or later is negative (day of exposure is day 0) and has been free of symptoms for 24 hours without the use of medication.

School Setting Exposure When Classroom is Masked: Asymptomatic

  • The student is unvaccinated and did consistently wear a mask, the student will wear a mask at school for 10 days AND receive a negative antigen or PCR test performed at least 5 days after exposure.*
  • The student is unvaccinated and did not consistently wear a mask, the student will quarantine for 7 days if a negative antigen or PCR test was performed at least 5 days after exposure. *
  • The student is vaccinated and up to date and did consistently wear a mask, the student may remain at school. The student will present a negative antigen or PCR test performed 5 days after exposure.*
  • The student is vaccinated and up to date and did not consistently wear a mask, the student may remain at school masked for 10 days AND they receive a negative antigen or PCR test performed 5 or more days after exposure.*

*The day of exposure is day zero.

No Known Exposure: Symptomatic

The student is symptomatic and there is no known exposure, the student stays home until the symptoms have abated for at least 24 hours without medication before returning to school. Vaccination status and any recent covid infections will be taken into consideration when deciding if sibling(s) may be in school.

If a student develops symptoms at school and is sent home, vaccination status and any recent covid infections will be taken into consideration when deciding if sibling(s) may remain at school. If sibling/s are sent home, parents may choose to submit a negative PCR test for the ill student and the sibling/s may return to school.

Positive for Covid-19*

  • If asymptomatic, the student will quarantine for 10 days after the positive test.
  • If symptomatic, the student 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.

*McGuffey will not be following the shorter CDC quarantining guidelines announced in December 2021.

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 12+ 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
  • dry 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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