In light of the widespread availability of COVID-19 vaccines for children ages 5-12, many students will be fully vaccinated (2 weeks after their second dose) in time for winter break. With that in mind, our health policy will reflect CDC guidelines for travel: fully vaccinated children who travel via public transportation will be permitted to return to school without a quarantine period. CDC guidelines for fully vaccinated individuals can be found here.
We ask that all families who travel:
- Report travel plans to to allow faculty/staff to plan accordingly.
Wear masks covering the nose and mouth on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States and while indoors at U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations.
Ensure parents and older children are up to date on booster shots for COVID-19 to minimize breakthrough cases. Booster shots can be given 6-8 months after the last vaccination.
Exercise vigilance in monitoring for the development of symptoms of illness after travel and/or gathering with members outside of your household.
Please take note regarding testing: In order for a child to return to school after having symptoms of illness or a known exposure, they must have a return-to-school form signed by their pediatrician. If the pediatrician indicates that a COVID test is warranted (see return-to-school form), then only a PCR test will be accepted. IN NO CASE will the the results of a "rapid" antigen test or a home test be acceptable. Testing must be done at BRHD (PCR testing), a pharmacy (PCR only), or your provider's office if a family needs return-to-school asymptomatic testing following travel.
Regardless of vaccination status, if anyone has been exposed by someone outside their household, that individual should undergo PCR testing on Days 5-7, with Day 0 being the day of exposure.
Thank you for the sacrifices you all have made to keep our community healthy. We deeply appreciate your ongoing cooperation. As always, please reach out to Mariclaire and us via .
Best wishes for a fun holiday season,
Afshan, Allison, and Hope