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Temple Ohabei Shalom COVID Policies as of 8.15.22

Each stage of the COVID-19 pandemic has had unique challenges. We have many tools available to us including lifesaving vaccines for children age six (6) months and older, antiviral medications, and SO much more information about how this virus is transmitted and spread. Given the increased transmissibility of the newer COVID variants, we all need to be prepared to deal with COVID for the long term. We believe that transparency, communication, and collaboration have served us well.  As always, we do everything we can to keep our community safe and healthy. 

We have updated our COVID guidelines and protocols based on recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the MA Department of Early Education and Care (DEEC), and the Brookline Health Department and the advice of our TOS Health and Safety Committee.  Committee.  The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has developed a new tool to help communities decide what prevention steps to take based on the latest data – COVID-19 Community Level. Levels can be low, medium, or high and are determined by looking at hospital beds being used, hospital admissions, and the total number of new COVID-19 cases in an area. We will use this tool to help us make decisions about our mitigation processes and procedures.   Should the local spread of COVID increase, we will reassess and adjust our policies accordingly. 

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.  

MASK POLICY: Temple Ohabei Shalom will be a “mask-friendly”  environment and masking will be at one’s own discretion for all who are in the building. However, our ARS program brings together students from over 18 schools; therefore ARS is a “mask-preferred” program in order to protect the health of all of our students, staff, and teachers.

Masks are required: 

  • For gatherings of 20 or more people.  
  • When returning from COVID-19 isolation (days 6 - 10 after illness.)   
  • After COVID exposure (An exposure is contact of at least fifteen (15) minutes over a 24 hour period at distance of six (6) feet or less) along with regular testing, for days 0-7.  
  • For symptomatic individuals who have tested negative for COVID-19.   
  • If/when the CDC COVID-19 community level is high.    

VACCINATION: All individuals who enter our building must be fully vaccinated. Fully vaccinated means that you are up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines when you have received all doses in the primary series and all boosters recommended by the CDC.  Exceptions will be made for those younger than 5 years old and for those individuals who have a valid medical reason.  If you believe that you have a valid medical exemption, we ask that you email Shari Churwin, Executive Director of Education and Administration.    

COVID and its continual presence in our lives demands we have the ability to pivot when necessary. We are all in this together and we are grateful for the support, patience, and vigilance we continue to experience.  

Additional Important Information:

Exclusion, Quarantine and Isolation Policies    

Test positive for COVID-19

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

  • Negative antigen test on first day back (administered at school)   
    • Note: It most often takes longer than Day 6 to test negative. A positive antigen- even with a faint line- means the individual is contagious.                                                                      
  • High quality mask (N95, KN95, KF94, or well-fitting surgical mask). 
    • We will check in with you If your child is not old enough or does not properly wear a mask at school.  
  • 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 at TCEE.

 

COVID Exposure (both vaccinated and unvaccinated)

An exposure is contact of at least fifteen (15) minutes over a 24 hour period at distance of six (6) feet or less.

Days 0-7: Modified Quarantine

Can return to school with all of the following:

  • Negative antigen test on day 1, 2, 5 and day 7 (administered upon arrival)
  • No symptoms
  • High quality mask (N95, KN95, KF94 or well fitting surgical mask).
    • We will check in with you if your child is not old enough or does not properly wear a mask at school.  In these cases, a child must quarantine for seven days and can return on day eight (8).
  • Carefully monitor for symptoms and test if symptoms develop

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).

Note: Alternatively, you may quarantine for the full ten day period and, assuming no symptoms, return Day 11 with no testing.

 

Symptomatic Children and Staff

A child presenting with any of the bolded COVID-19 symptoms below requires a negative antigen test to attend or return to school (administered at drop off). The non-bolded symptoms should be managed on a case-by-case basis by the school and family depending upon the severity and combination of symptoms.  Most importantly children must feel energetic enough for an active day at school. Regardless of COVID-19 test results, if a child is not well enough to participate in their school day, please keep them home.

Note that in the case of non-Covid related illness, children must be fever and symptom free for 24 hours without fever reducing medication before returning to school.

  • Fever (100.0 degrees Fahrenheit or higher,) chills, or shaking chills
  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Muscle aches or body aches
  • Cough (not due to other known cause, such as chronic cough)
  • Sore throat, when in combination with other symptoms
  • Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea when in combination with other symptoms
  • Headache when in combination with other symptoms
  • Fatigue, when in combination with other symptoms
  • Nasal congestion or runny nose (not due to other known causes, such as allergies) when in combination with other symptoms
  • Headache, when in combination with other symptoms
  • Fatigue, when in combination with other symptoms
  • Nasal congestion or runny nose (not due to other known causes, such as allergies
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