COVID-19 Information

School Covid-19 Dashboard (updated as needed)

Safety Guidelines  

Revised 10.12.21, effective immediately.

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 this page.

We have been undeniably successful in preventing 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.

Starting the 2021-22 School Year
Out of an abundance of caution for our unvaccinated students and the Delta variant—showing up even in those who have been vaccinated—we plan to continue to wear masks this fall whenever we are indoors. Students and staff will be able to take their masks off outdoors as long as they are not on top of one another. 
 
  • We will continue to wash hands throughout the day including upon arrival, before and after eating, between handling works and when moving between classrooms or buildings.
  • Students will continue to social distance. The latest research says that three feet is as effective as six.
  • Spaces will continue to be well ventilated with fresh air, fans facing outdoors and air purifiers. We do not plan to keep as many doors and windows open as last year.
  • We will no longer take temperatures in car line as students arrive.
  • We will no longer stagger arrivals. See our daily schedule for specifics.
We look forward to restoring many of our traditions such as Sing-a-Long, Partners, trips and field trips, combined recess for Grades 1-8, and birthday celebrations. These activities benefit students in multiple ways socially, cognitively and academically—and we have dearly missed them.
 

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 Covid-19 positive are below, changed October 2021. 

Exposure: Asymptomatic

  • Student is unvaccinated and did consistently wear a mask or was distanced outdoors, the student will wear a mask at school indoors and outdoors for either 14 days OR 7 days if they receive a negative antigen (proctored only) or PCR test performed at least 5 days after exposure. *
  • Student is unvaccinated and did not consistently wear a mask, the student will quarantine for 7 days if a negative antigen (proctored only) or PCR test was performed at least 5 days after exposure. *
  • Student is fully vaccinated and did consistently wore a mask or was distanced outdoors, the student may remain at school. The student will present a negative antigen (proctored only) or PCR test performed 3- 5 days after exposure. *
  • Student is fully vaccinated and did not consistently wear a mask or distanced outdoors, the student may remain at school masked both indoors and outdoors for either 14 days OR until they receive a negative antigen (proctored only) or PCR test performed 3-5 days after exposure. *

*The day of exposure is day zero.

No known Exposure: Symptomatic
Student is symptomatic and there is no known exposure, the student and siblings stay home until the symptoms have abated for at least 24 hours without medication before returning to school. If a student develops symptoms at school and is sent home, sibling(s) will also return home.

If parents choose to submit a negative PCR test for the ill student, siblings may return to school.

Positive for Covid-19

  • If asymptomatic, the student will quarantine 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.

Symptoms

Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with one or many of these symptoms in any combinations may have COVID-19:

  • fever or chills
  • dry coughs
  • runny nose
  • shortness of breath
  • Muscle pain or body ache
  • headache
  • los of taste or smell
  • sore throat
  • diarrhea
  • fatigue
  • nausea or vomiting
  • less common: sneezing

Typically, vaccinated people are either asymptomatic or have very mild symptoms if they contract the Delta variant. Their symptoms are more like those of a common cold, such as cough, fever or headache, with the addition of significant loss of smell.

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

Travel
There are no restrictions on travel. Please let us know if your child or someone in your household travels out of the country.

Visitors
There are no restrictions on visitors to your household. Please let us know if someone visits your household who has traveled out of the country in the last two weeks.

Proof of vaccination may be requested.

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