ESN’S 2021 -2022 Covid Policy
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2021-2022 COVID-19 Plan and Policy
Updated 9/10/2021

ESN COVID-19 Plan and Policy:

 

As we plan for the beginning of the second school year at our new campus, we have taken steps to devise a plan for re-entry during this time of COVID-19. This plan 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 reopening 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 in light of 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.

One major difference from last year is that the latest 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 12 years and older
  • Consistent and correct use of masks by all individuals while indoors and outside in crowded places
  • Physical distancing of 3 feet with masks on or more
  • 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 o 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 show proof of vaccination or current negative COVID test, adhere to school policies, and wear a mask at all times.
  • Social distancing of 3 feet.
  • Temperature checks will be taken upon arrival in the morning.
  • Lunch and snacks will be eaten outside (unless inclement weather).
  • Masks will be worn inside the building and outside in crowded places (playground).
  • In-person 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
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

 

Testing:

 

  • 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. o 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, contact the Front Office from your car and a staff member will escort your student to school.
  • 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 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 at the school.