ESN’S 2021 -2022 Covid Policy
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UPDATED 12/6/2021


ESN COVID-19 Plan and Policy:

ESN COVID policy will follow the recommendations of the CDC, and it will consider guidance from other reputable organizations, and state and national entities. We are monitoring the virus data carefully and will adapt our plan as the situation changes. We know that this virus is changing quickly, forcing us all to determine our new normal and how to live it. We want to serve you the best that we can.

To help guide these decisions, Episcopal School of Nashville has a cross-functional COVID Committee that meets regularly to review policies and procedures considering our experience at school, the data, and the latest guidance/recommendations.

In short, we will be following the CDC layering approach that is recommended for safe in-person learning. We will adhere to the CDC changes in recommendations as we proceed during this school year. We will continue to monitor the spread in Nashville and adjust such as implementing PODS, policies related to enrichment classes, and the possibility of virtual learning if it becomes appropriate.

If the need arises for Pods, we have three divisions that will serve as pods: Early Childhood (Pre-K and K), Lower School (1st through 4th grades) and Middle School (5th through 7th grades). To mitigate exposure and risk, each pod will function as independently as possible and where practicable.

CDC guidance stipulates only the individual who tested positive for COVID needs to quarantine,  while the rest of the class can remain for in person learning (assuming all proper distancing and masking protocols have been followed); therefore, we would keep the students in school unless there were multiple cases in the class or across the school.


CDC Layering Approach:

Recommended vaccination for all who are 5 years and older

Consistent and correct use of masks by all individuals while indoors and outside in crowded places

Physical distancing of 3 feet or more with masks on

Hand washing

Ventilation of indoor spaces – HEPA Air Purifiers will be used again this year and windows will be open when possible

Thorough cleaning daily

Screening Tests


2021-22 Plan and Policy:

Staggered carpool – Parents remain in the car with mask on

     Middle School

          Mornings by 8:05 AM

          Afternoons 3:00 PM

     Early Childhood and Lower School

          Mornings by 8:05 AM

          Afternoons 2:45 to 3:00 PM

     All visitors must adhere to school policies and wear a mask at all times

     Social distancing of 3 feet

     Temperature checks will be taken upon arrival

     Lunch and snacks will be eaten outside (unless inclement weather)

     Masks will be worn inside the building and outside in crowded places (playground)

     Chapel – per class virtually, or in-person, or possibly outdoor as a community

     All snacks to be shared, such as for a Birthday or special occasion, must be individual servings
and pre-packaged.


Symptoms of COVID-19:

     Fever or chills


     Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing


     Muscle or body aches


     New loss of taste or smell

     Sore throat

     Congestion or runny nose

     Nausea or vomiting




     PCR tests are required as they are more accurate.

     Rapid tests are not accepted.




Guidelines for Attendance:

Following the CDC guidelines, students should be kept at home and monitored:

The student shows any symptoms of COVID-19.

Any person living within the household shows symptoms of or has been diagnosed with COVID-19.

Any person has been in contact with the student and/or family who has symptoms of or has been

diagnosed with COVID-19 and the individuals were without masks.

The following steps should be taken if a student has symptoms of COVID-19:

     Contact the Front Office immediately to notify them that your student is showing symptoms.

     Contact your doctor and have your student tested.

          Notify the Front Desk of the results.

          Follow your doctor’s instructions.

          Follow the recommendation of the CDC for quarantine.

          Once the symptoms are gone and fever free for 24 hours, your student may return to school.

          Notify the Front Office that your student will be returning to school.

If your student shows symptoms of COVID-19 during school hours:

     The student will immediately be removed from the class and held in a designated area.

     Parents will be notified and must pick-up their student and siblings within the hour.

     All members of the family need to be tested for COVID-19.

     Provide the Front Office with either as a hard copy or emailed version of the test results.

To prevent the spread of COVID-19 at ESN, we are requesting your compliance with the following protocols:

      Wear masks.

      Wash your hands often.

      Practice social distancing.

      Parents remain in cars with masks on for carpool.

      No visitors on campus without a mask.

      If tardy, parent must walk student to the front desk and sign in.

      Do not send your student to school if they or someone in the home shows symptoms of COVID-19, or they or someone in the home has COVID-19.



Positive COVID-19 Diagnosis Protocol:

      The Department of Health will be notified by the diagnosing official.

      ESN will be contacted and instructed in the process of alerting those at risk.

      ESN will alert those involved families as soon as information is available.


The latest CDC guidance stipulates that only the individual who tested positive for COVID -19 needs to quarantine, while the rest of the class can remain for in person learning (assuming all proper distancing and masking protocols have been followed); therefore, we would keep the students in school unless there were multiple cases in the cases in cases in the class or at the school.