Our return to campus incorporates Bayside’s guiding principles and several operating modes, which are informed by state and national health and safety guidelines. We will keep our community updated here.
What is a confirmed positive case? Teacher or student has a positive COVD-19 PCR result or rapid antigen test.
What is close contact? Anyone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes, regardless of face coverings, starting from 48 hours before the person began feeling sick until the time the person was isolated.
What is contact tracing? We will trace close contacts of any infected student or staff member. Any individual who was within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days prior to positive specimen collection) until the time the person is isolated will be contacted.
What is quarantine? According to the CDC, "Quarantine is used to keep someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 away from others. Quarantine helps prevent spread of disease that can occur before a person knows they are sick or if they are infected with the virus without feeling symptoms. People in quarantine should stay home, separate themselves from others, monitor their health, and follow directions from their state or local health department."
For COVID-19, the recommended quarantine period is 14 days from the time of last exposure to the infected person. However, updated CDC guidelines allow for a shortened 10-day quarantine period. For those who live in the same house as someone who has COVID-19, they should continue to quarantine for at least 10 days after the date the person with COVID-19 is told he/she no longer needs to practice isolation.
What is isolation? According to the CDC, "Isolation is used to separate people infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, from people who are not infected. People who are in isolation should stay home until it’s safe for them to be around others. In the home, anyone sick or infected should separate themselves from others by staying in a specific 'sick room' or area and using a separate bathroom (if available)."
It is likely that COVID-19 will continue to impact our community for the foreseeable future.
We acknowledge that constant hand washing, mask wearing, and social distancing is challenging. However, we implore you to remain vigilant, if not for yourself, then for all members of the Bayside community.
While the school will do its part to mitigate exposure during the school day, it is important our families understand their obligations in ensuring the same when the school day ends. We all have the same goal: to maintain an in-person experience on campus. We thank you in advance for your assistance in helping our community remain on campus.
Anyone who presents with symptoms of COVID-19 during the school day will immediately be moved to our designated isolation room where they will be evaluated and monitored by the school nurse. Students will be required to wait until a parent/guardian arrives to take them home. For the safety of the community, we ask that parents/guardians promptly return any messages left by the school nurse. The student may be asked to remain home for 10 days or longer, depending on symptoms.
All students and staff who are considered close contacts of the teacher will be required to quarantine for at least 10 days from the date of last exposure. If students, faculty, and staff remain more than 6 feet apart and are wearing face coverings, they may not be considered close contacts.
Please notify the appropriate division head(s) immediately. The student(s) of the parent are required to immediately quarantine. If the parent is able to completely isolate from the student(s) and other household members, the student will quarantine for at least 10 days after the date of last exposure. If the student(s) have daily close contact with the parent, the student(s) will have to quarantine for an additional 10 days after the parent has been cleared from isolation.
Communications will balance transparency with the need to protect the privacy and wellness of individuals who test positive. All students and parents of close contacts will be notified via phone call or email immediately.
A weekly COVID update is sent every Friday evening that includes the number of students, faculty, and staff who have tested positive for COVID-19 and the total number of absences resulting from isolation and quarantine.
If anyone in your family tests positive for COVID-19, you should immediately notify the appropriate division head(s):