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Temple Ohabei Shalom COVID Positive and Exposure Protocols as of 6/20/22

Each stage of the COVID-19 pandemic has had unique challenges.   This weekend’s news about the availability of the COVID-19 vaccine for young children brings much hope.  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 with many things in early childhood education, parent input and comfort are key factors to our collective success.  As always, we do everything we can to keep our community safe and healthy.

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. 


COVID Testing

Last week, the MA Department of Early Education and Care (DEEC) sent updated COVID testing protocols and procedures and shared that they will be phasing out regular PCR testing.  At TCEE we have decided to continue regular antigen testing:

  1. At the beginning of each summer camp session
  2. If/when the CDC COVID-19 community level is medium or high
     

Families who are new to TCEE must provide permission to participate in the testing program which will be provided in a separate email.  

 

Masks

Regarding masking, we have checked in with our teachers and staff who report that 1.  Most if not all our children at TCEE are mask compliant (as age appropriate - not continual mask wearing but are working on it) and 2. Our staff overwhelmingly prefer that all children and staff continue wearing masks when indoors.  We want and need everyone to continue to feel safe at school.  While we understand that some feel masking may present potential harm to young children, we feel that we have reached a good compromise as the children are not wearing masks outdoors and as the weather improves, we are increasing our outdoor time – not a perfect solution but we believe that it will suffice for now.

Below you will find our current (as of 6/20/22) exclusion, quarantine and isolation policies and procedures.  NOTE: Children who are recovering from COVID and/or those who have been exposed to COVID must be able to properly wear a mask to attend school before day 11 of illness/exposure.  Because the situation is ever-changing, we will be monitoring numbers and be in consultation with our Health & Safety committee and make any changes as necessary in the coming weeks. 
 

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       

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

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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