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EASTERN COVID-19 Protocols - September 1, 2022

Eastern Covid-19 Protocols - September 1, 2022

Dear EASTERN Families,

We look forward to seeing our new and returning students next week.  Our first day for students will be held on Wednesday, September 7th.  You should have already received communications from us with general information on parking, schedules, uniform requirements, etc.  The purpose of this email is to make you aware of protocols that are still in place for COVID-19.  These protocols are based on the guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control.  We are looking forward to a year that looks more normal, with no social distancing or masking requirements (unless exposed or returning from isolation) and more opportunities for students to interact with each other.  We will continue to disinfect our classrooms at the end of each day and continue to track and share the number of cases reported to us on a weekly basis on our dashboard on our website.  The following link will take you to all related information on our website, including our dashboard and health and safety plan.  https://www.eastech.org/site/default.aspx?PageType=3&DomainID=4&ModuleInstanceID=11&ViewID=6446EE88-D30C-497E-9316-3F8874B3E108&RenderLoc=0&FlexDataID=8&PageID=1

Reporting absences: 

General absences should be reported to attendance@eastech.org

Positive COVID-19 cases and exposures with symptoms should be reported to covid@eastech.org.    

We will follow the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control.  General guidelines based on the CDC are identified below:

When to stay home and get tested:  Students who are experiencing symptoms of respiratory or gastrointestinal infections such as a cough, fever, sore throat, vomiting, or diarrhea should stay home and get tested for COVID-19.   

Exposures and contact tracing:  In alignment with the recommendations of the CDC, we will no longer be contact tracing.  There is no longer any requirement for a student to quarantine when the student who was exposed is asymptomatic, regardless of vaccination status.  Students who were exposed and develop symptoms should stay home for five days.  The CDC recommends testing on day 6, with the date of last exposure being day 0.  See this website for more information: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/if-you-were-exposed.html

Isolation:  Students who test positive for COVID-19 should isolate for 5 days.  If there were no symptoms day 0 would be the date of the test.  If the student had symptoms, day 0 would be the date of symptom onset.  Isolation should take place for days 0-5.  On day 6, students can return to school if they had no symptoms or are fever-free for 24 hours and symptoms are improving.  Students who return to school on day 6 must wear a mask through the end of day ten. See this website for more information:   https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/isolation.html

Thank you in advance for helping us maintain a healthy school community,

 

Cathleen Plesnarski, Ed.D.

Executive Director