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Temple Ohabei Shalom COVID Positive and Exposure Protocols as of 4/1/22

Below are our Temple Ohabei Shalom COVID Positive & Exposure Protocols which have been developed based on guidance from the CDC, Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care, and Massachusetts Department of Public Health. We understand that these policies are a bit conservative but as much of our school population remains unvaccinated, we feel that it is important to er on the side of caution. We also realize that every situation is unique, and we fully expect that sometimes things will arise that don’t fit neatly into the categories below. We are always happy to discuss your individual concerns with the understanding that our staff, in consultation with our Health and Safety experts as needed, will make any final decisions. 

Please contact us if you, a member of your household or child’s classroom tests positive for COVID.  Information we need from you in any of these situations:

  • Date of symptom onset or positive test (whichever is earlier)
  • Date of last contact with positive individual (for exposure)
  • If household exposure, consistent updates about status of all household members, so we can properly determine quarantine dates               

Positive for Covid 

If you are Vaccinated

Days 0-5: Stay home/isolate
Day 6 -10: Can return to TOS with:

  • Negative antigen test on first day back                                                                    
  • High quality mask (N95, KN95, KF94, or well-fitting surgical mask)
  • Fever free for 24 hours and other symptoms improving
  • Feeling energetic enough for an active day

Day 11: Can return to TOS with no testing necessary as long as no symptoms or 24 hours fever free and other symptoms subsiding and feeling energetic enough for an active day

If you are Unvaccinated

Days 0-10: Stay home/isolate
Day 11: Can return to TOS with no testing necessary as long as:

  • No symptoms or 24 hours fever free and other symptoms subsiding
  • Feeling energetic enough for an active day

 

COVID Exposure (both vaccinated and unvaccinated)

An exposure is unmasked contact of at least fifteen (15) minutes over a 24 hours period at distance of six (6) feet or less.  In all our education programs, we will consider a positive member of your child’s classroom community to be a non-household exposure (close contact) of your child. 

Household Exposure

If your child is exposed by a positive household member or the equivalent.  If multiple household members get COVID, day 0 is the date of symptom onset or positive test for the latest household member (ex.  Parent 1 tests positive on Monday, sibling tests positive on Wednesday, day 0 is moved to Wednesday).

Day 0: Date of last exposure

Day 1-5: Full quarantine

Day 5: PCR Test

Day 6-10: Return to school with all of the following:

  • Negative antigen test each day (usually administered upon arrival)
  • No symptoms
  • High quality mask (N95, KN95, KF94 or well-fitting surgical mask)
  • Carefully monitor for symptoms and test if symptoms develop

Day 11: Resume normal activities

As at home antigen tests are not approved for children under the age of 2:   full quarantine is through day 7 with a PCR test on day 5 or later. Return to school on day 8 with negative PCR test result.

Non-Household Exposure – age 2 and older

If your child is exposed outside of your household

Days 0-10: Modified Quarantine

Can return to school with all of the following:

  • Negative antigen test each day through day 7 (usually administered upon arrival)
  • No symptoms
  • High quality mask (N95, KN95, KF94 or well fitting surgical mask)
  • Carefully monitor for symptoms and test if symptoms develop

As at home antigen tests are not approved for children under the age of 2: full quarantine through day 7 with a PCR test on day 5. Return to school on day 8 with negative PCR test result.

 

Exemptions for Children Recently Recovered 

Children who have recovered from covid in the past 90 days are exempt from quarantine, as long as no symptoms arise.

Temple Ohabei Shalom Current COVID-19 Protocols as of 3/15/22

HEALTH AWARENESS: It is critical that you monitor how you and your children are feeling before coming to the TOS campus. If you, or anyone in your immediate household, are experiencing any symptoms of ill health, you must not come to the building. Health for you and our community comes first. 

VACCINATION: We expect that every eligible member of our community be fully vaccinated. The definition of fully vaccinated at Temple Ohabei Shalom is now three doses of mRNA vaccines, or one dose of Johnson & Johnsons vaccine boosted with an mRNA vaccine. We are requiring all of our teachers and staff to get a booster shot.  At this moment, we are not requiring proof of vaccination but understand that in the coming weeks there may be a local ordinance requiring us to check vaccination cards. 

MASKING: All people over the age of 2, while inside the building, must wear a mask covering their mouth and nose, regardless of vaccination status. We are strongly encouraging everyone to wear an N95, KN95 or KF94 mask (resources below). If it is not possible to wear those types of masks, a well-fitting surgical mask is the next best option. There will be ample surgical masks available for both adults and children. Cloth masks will not be permitted, except in our classrooms. 

Additional Mitigation Strategies

  • Reservations are required for all in-person events. We will limit attendance/group size as needed.
  • Appropriate distancing (6 feet) is expected at all times.
  • Frequent hand washing/sanitizing  - please no handshakes or hugs.
  • Food will not be served indoors. 

Additionally:

  • All of our adult TOS programming (Shabbat services, Adult Education classes and committee meetings) will be hybrid (in-person and virtual). Please check our website and weekly emails to learn how each service or class will be offered.
  • Last year we updated our HVAC filters to MERV 10 or 13 (as each system will allow). When we are in larger groups in-person, we will make sure there is both adequate ventilation and fresh air coming into the building – in the winter months you may need your coat indoors. 
  • We will be performing rapid antigen tests on all staff and TCEE children each week and will be continuing our regular pool testing. 

Our COVID-19 pool testing and exclusion policies can be found here

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