The Long Ridge School

COVID-19 Updates & Resources

Health and Safety Procedures Related to COVID-19

Mask Guidance

As recommended by the School’s Covid Task Force, masks are optional for all staff and students.  Please note, there will be times when mask-wearing will still be required at school, such as: 

  • After isolation from Covid illness through Day 10
  • After exposure in one’s classroom through Day 10
  • During Friday Assembly if held indoors
  • If a student becomes sick at school and is waiting to be picked up

COVID-19 Illness or Exposure

COVID-Positive Student or Personnel

Option 1:

  • Isolate for 5 days*
  • Perform a rapid antigen test on Day 6
  • Return to school only if rapid antigen test is negative
    • Wear KN95, N95 or KF94 mask indoors and outdoors through Day 10
  • Continue to isolate if rapid antigen test is positive

Option 2:

  • Isolate for 10 days
  • Return to school on Day 11

*The isolation period for Beginners and Nursery students remains at 10 days due to the difficulty in wearing masks appropriately at all times around others for 10 days. 

Exposed Students and Teachers

From Outside of the Household

  • Monitor for symptoms
    • If you have even one, stay home
      • Perform a rapid test
      • If negative, continue to stay home and perform a second one after 24 hours
      • If positive, notify Carissa   
  • Testing is recommended on day 5 following exposure but not required.
    • Tests are available in the school office if needed.
  • Wear a high-quality mask for 10 days following exposure

From Within the Household

  • Quarantine at home for a full three days after last exposure
  • Perform a COVID-19 test (rapid antigen test acceptable) on Day 3 or after
  • Return to school if test results are negative and asymptomatic
  • Wear KN95, N95 or KF94 mask through Day 10

Remote Instruction:

Remote instruction will be provided for students who

  • Must be in isolation due to a confirmed COVID-19 infection
  • Must quarantine due to close contact with a confirmed case
  • Live with family members who have documented an unusual vulnerability to COVID-19

Remote instruction will also be provided if there is an order issued at some point during the remainder of the 2021-2022 school year that requires schools or district closures pursuant an emergency declaration.

Sick Policy

Students or school personnel experiencing ANY of these symptoms will stay home and consult with their physician:

  • Fever (100°F or above) 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 

A doctor’s note and/or a negative covid test* (as decided by your doctor) is required for all returning students and school personnel. 

*Just a negative covid test is acceptable with no doctor’s visit.

 

Useful Resources on COVID-19

World Health Organization, Coronavirus 

CDC Information on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Connecticut State Department of Public Health (COVID-19)

Stamford Department of Health

Resources to Support Kids and Families

Talking to Kids About Coronavirus—Child Mind Institute

10 Tips for Talking to Your Kids About COVID-19—PBS Newshour 

How to Talk to Your Kids About Coronavirus—PBS Kids for Parents

Just for Kids: A Comic Exploring the New Coronavirus—NPR  

How You and Your Kids Can De-Stress—PBS Kids 

What is Social Distancing?—CBC Kids 

Mental Health and Coping During COVID-19—CDC

 

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