COVID Protocol 2022-23

Updated Tuesday, Sept 13, 2022
 
COVID protocols for the 2022-23 school year. We have taken into account the recommendations of the CDC as well as St. Louis CountyWe are lifting all precautions from the last two yearsexcept for a handful of items surrounding exposures and positive tests. Vaccination status does not affect the guidelines.
 
New protocols are as follows:
 
1. Students with the following symptoms will need to stay home/go home: 

  • Fever >100.4
  • Sore throat
  • Stuffy/runny nose (not related to known allergies)
  • Cough
  • Loss of taste/smell. 
 
Parents should administer an at-home COVID test.  If the test is negative, students may return to school 24 hours after the symptoms have resolved.  Frankly, these are mostly symptoms that we would watch for any given year, so this policy should feel like a return to normal.
 
2. If a student tests positive for COVID, he/she should remain home for five days and may return to school, wearing a mask indoors for the following five days.  
 
3. If a student is exposed to COVID, he/she  may continue coming to school with a mask as long as they remain symptom-free. 
 
4. Students who are masked due to a quarantine or isolation will eat alone, but may join their friends when they are ready to put their mask back on.  Students who wear masks on an optional basis may eat with their friends per parent permission.
 
5. After we are informed about a positive COVID result for a student who was in class with others, Mrs. Loyd will notify the parents in that class of the possible exposure. Each family can decide whether they would like their student(s) to mask for the next 10 days. We will not require the whole class to mask.  We will still request that students in that class take an at-home test, but we will send out instructions for that as necessary. There are multiple reasons for this decision, but the most important are that risk levels are very low now for the majority of students, teachers, and families, and we are trying to avoid requiring students to wear masks as much as possible.
 
We recommend that you purchase at-home tests ahead of time, so you are ready as soon as your child experiences a symptom. You can get free home tests here. You may also want to check with your insurance provider, as most supply free tests to their subscribers.
 
Diane Loyd, our Assistant Head responsible for the Upper School, will be our primary COVID resource staff member; she is a trained Physician Assistant. If you have questions/concerns or need to report a case or exposure, please contact her at [email protected].
 
Please don't hesitate to reply with follow-up questions or concerns.
 
 
Kara Douglass
Head of School, The Fulton School