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2022–23 COVID-Related Policies, Procedures & Mitigation Strategies

2022–23 COVID-Related Policies, Procedures & Mitigation Strategies

updated August 2022
 

These COVID-19 related policies may change based on local, state, and federal guidelines as well as the disease prevalence and overall health of the school community, the surrounding Farmington Valley, and throughout the state/country. It is the student’s and his parents/guardians’ responsibility to understand and follow these guidelines.

Emergency Contacts

All students are required to have an emergency contact within five hours driving distance from the school who can pick them up within eight hours of notification.  Emergency contacts are an important part of the school’s COVID-19 and communicable disease management and mitigation strategies.  

Masks

  • Avon Old Farms School continues to institute a mask-optional policy. Masks will not be required for anyone (indoors or outdoors) except where noted in other sections of this document.

  • Students must adhere to the masking policies of any school, business, or other location they visit. If a student does not adhere to masking policies, they may be subject to discipline. 

  • The School will support anyone who chooses to continue wearing a mask even when school policies do not require their use.

  • The School’s masking policy may be superseded by the Department of Education and/or the Department of Public Health at any time.

  • The School reserves the right to return to universal masking at any time.

  • Students visiting the Health Center who are sick/symptomatic will be required to wear a mask while in the Health Center and in other circumstances if instructed by the Health Center staff.

  • Masks are available in the Health Center for anyone who wants one.

COVID-19 Vaccines

Staying up to date with COVID-19 vaccination protects people against severe illness, hospitalization, and death. Vaccinations are the first and most important line of defense in preventing disease. The CDC and CT DPH recommend that everyone stay Up to Date with their COVID-19 vaccines. They also recommend booster doses for everyone ages five years and older, if eligible.  

Currently, completion of a primary series of a COVID-19 vaccine is required for admission and attendance at Avon Old Farms School. AOF recommends booster doses for all students and employees who are eligible, but it is not a required vaccination at this time.

The only exceptions to this requirement are students who have a valid medical or religious exemption according to CT State law on file with the Health Center. 

Testing

Testing requirements will be determined by the school and may change depending on the health of the school community, local disease prevalence, or a change in federal, state, or local guidance. 

The Health Center currently has an ample supply of rapid COVID-19 tests. However, it is recommended that families have their own supply of rapid tests at home for various circumstances outlined in this document. The Health Center will not supply students with tests for at-home use.

  • Surveillance Testing: 
    Screening testing of asymptomatic people without known exposures is no longer recommended. The School will not be doing any surveillance testing at this time.

  • Symptomatic Testing: 
    Students who present at the Health Center with symptoms consistent with the COVID-19 and/or influenza viruses will be tested for COVID-19 as well as influenza. Students will be tested using a rapid antigen test and may be asked to return for additional testing based on symptoms and circumstance. Symptomatic students may also be encouraged to wear a mask until symptoms resolve. Students who are at home and develop any COVID-like symptoms must test at home prior to coming to school or visit the Health Center and test according to Health Center policy before returning to their dorm or any other school activity.  

  • Close Contact Testing:
    See Close Contact section below.

  • Antibody (serology) Tests:
    At this time, antibody testing will not play a role in any of the School’s COVID-19 policy. In addition, we cannot accept antibody titers in lieu of proof of vaccination.

Close Contacts

A close contact as defined by the School, and based on recommendations from FVHD and CT DPH, is anyone who is considered to be a “household exposure.” This includes a roommate or anyone who spends an extended amount of time in close proximity to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the past two weeks. Routine contact tracing is no longer recommended by CDC and CT DPH.  

Day 0 = Day of last exposure

Day 1 = First full day after last exposure

  • Asymptomatic close contacts can remain on campus and can participate in all school activities, but must wear a well-fitting mask for 10 days after exposure and must test (antigen test) on day six after exposure or as soon as any COVID-19 symptoms arise (even mild symptoms). Once a close contact becomes symptomatic within 10 days of exposure, the student will be required to quarantine off campus.

  • Symptomatic close contacts (even those who are mildly symptomatic) must quarantine off campus even with a negative COVID test. Symptoms must be completely resolved before returning to in-person activities. Symptomatic close contacts should test every day they have symptoms including one final test on the day symptoms are no longer present. Clearance from the Health Center is required before the student can return to in-person activities.

If a student was exposed to a positive COVID-19 case at any point while off campus, whether home for the day, weekend, or vacation, the Health Center should be notified so appropriate steps can be taken to ensure the student is tested (if necessary) per policy.

Isolation (Tested Positive for COVID-19)

Students who test positive for COVID-19 must isolate at home or off campus for at least five days from symptom onset or positive test date and must follow the return to campus protocols listed below.

Day 0 = Day of symptom onset or positive test

      * If the Health Center does not have documentation of a student’s symptoms prior to the positive test, day 0 will be the day of the positive test result.

Day 6 = Return to campus if all of the following have been satisfied:

  • Clearance from the Health Center.

  • Fever-free for 24 hours without the use of medication and symptoms have significantly improved or if the student never had symptoms.

  • Student must wear a well-fitting mask through day 10, even during sports.  

  • The post-COVID medical clearance form must be submitted to the Health Center for approval prior to starting the RTP protocol or participating in sports/working out.

Travel

Before and after travel, please refer to the CDC’s recommendations on both international and domestic travel. We ask that students and their families who visit campus or who are returning to campus follow these guidelines whenever possible.

Illness

Students who are at home should not come to campus if they are feeling unwell and should not return to school until they have been fever-free for 24-hours and symptoms are resolving. Contact the Health Center to see if a COVID test is required prior to return to campus.

Visitor Policy

Visitors are not required to wear masks anywhere on campus but are more than welcome to do so if they so choose. We do ask that anyone who is feeling ill should not visit campus. Anyone who has a known or suspected exposure to COVID-19 in the last 14 days should also not visit campus.


 

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