COVID-19 Policies 2022-2023
- COVID-19 Vaccination
- Face Coverings
- COVID-19 Symptomatic Testing
- COVID-19 Isolation and Exposure
- School Nursing/Health Services
- Changes to Policies
During the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, The Pike School is implementing the following policies for the 2022-2023 school year. Given the unusual circumstances, there may be inconsistencies between these COVID-19 Policies and the policies in the school’s existing handbook. To the extent that there are inconsistencies (e.g., the procedures for Illness), community members should adhere to these COVID-19 Policies throughout the duration of the 2022-2023 school year.
Due to the frequently changing nature of this pandemic and relevant public health guidance, these policies are not expected to remain static throughout the year, and any or all of these policies are subject to change or amendment at any time during the school year.
All students, faculty, and staff have the option to wear masks and will be supported in their decision to do so. Visitors are strongly encouraged to wear a face mask.
Masks are required in the following situations:
- In the Health Office
- Individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 and are returning from isolation on day 6 will need to mask indoors through day 10
- Individuals who have been exposed to an individual who has tested positive for COVID will need to mask indoors through day 10
SYMPTOMS THAT REQUIRE COVID TESTING:
- Fever (100.0° Fahrenheit or higher), chills, or shaking chills
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- New loss of taste or smell
- Muscle aches or body aches
- Cough (not due to other known cause, such as a chronic cough)
- Sore throat, when in combination with other symptoms
- Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea when in combination with other symptoms
- Headache when in combination with other symptoms
- Fatigue, when in combination with other symptoms
- Nasal congestion or runny nose (not due to other known causes, such as allergies) when in combination with other symptoms
If symptoms develop before or after the school day, the student must be tested at home or with a health care provider and the student’s parent/guardian must notify the school nurse.
If a student develops symptoms during the school day, and the parent/guardian has signed consent to have the student COVID tested at school, the student will be tested at school. If the student does not have a signed consent, the parent/guardian will be notified and the student will be dismissed from school and will be required to take a COVID test at home or with a medical provider prior to their return to school.
ISOLATION (If you test positive, regardless of vaccination status):
- The date of the positive test or start of COVID symptoms (fever, cough, muscle or body aches, sore throat) is day “0”
- Isolate for 5 days (stay home)
- If you do not have symptoms, or symptoms are notably resolving AND you are fever free for 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medication), you can leave your house and return to school on day 6.
- Prior to return to school on day 6, the parent/guardian must discuss symptoms with the school nurse and receive clearance to return
- You are encouraged to take a home antigen test at home on day 6
- If this test is positive, please stay home and contact the school nurse. Test again in 24-48 hours and return to school if the test is negative; return on day 11 at the latest.
- If this test is negative, come to school and mask indoors through day 10
EXPOSURE (if you are a close contact):
Regardless of COVID-19 Vaccination status:
- The date of your exposure is day “0”
- Monitor for symptoms and test immediately you develop any
- Mask indoors through day 10
- At-home antigen test on day 5, or sooner with symptoms
The school nurse’s office will supervise separate areas for students with symptoms of COVID-19 If there is more than one student at a time, each student will be at least 6 feet apart and will be required to wear a surgical mask while in the health office.
With respect to students who are ill and need to leave school, parents or guardians shall pick up their student as soon as possible. With respect to faculty and staff, the person shall promptly leave the campus. The school expects to maintain and report (when appropriate) information concerning such departure, including reasons why, the date/time of departure and any other information deemed relevant to the Andover Board of Health, the Department of Public Health, and/ or the Massachusetts Community Tracing Collaborative. Students, families, faculty and staff shall communicate with the school about their progress at home, including allowing and facilitating communication between the school’s nursing staff and their physicians as may be appropriate.
Return to Play Post-COVID
Student athletes who test positive for coronavirus may require cardiac clearance before resuming participation in Pike Athletics.
- Students who had at least moderate symptoms with their illness will be required to obtain a return-to-play clearance letter from a medical professional.
- Moderate symptoms include: fever > 100.4F for >4 days; > 1 week of myalgias (body aches), chills or lethargy; or symptoms requiring hospitalization.
- Evaluation should be completed after symptoms have fully resolved and completion of isolation (10 days).
- Students who remained asymptomatic or had only mild symptoms (not meeting the criteria above) are encouraged to discuss with their primary care provider whether any evaluation or clearance is needed but are not required to present clearance from their health care provider.
General Health Records
All students, faculty and staff must complete and submit their regular health forms, including providing immunization records and other requested information, on a timely basis prior, and as a condition, to beginning the school year. Parents, guardians, faculty and staff must use the school’s health portal, Magnus Health, for completing and submitting such forms.
Administration of Medication
Nebulizer use is prohibited the health office as it may contribute to the spread of COVID-19 and will not be permitted in the school unless approved by the school nurse and medical advisor. Use of inhalers should be limited to private areas (such as the health office) except in cases of emergency. School personnel administering medications to students will ensure that all medication is taken in a safe and sanitary manner.
All Pike community members are strongly encouraged to get a seasonal flu vaccine in the fall of 2022.
The Head of School, in consultation with the COVID-19 team, may, at their discretion either individually or collectively, make any and all changes to these policies at any time. If the Head of School makes any material changes or amendments to these policies, then families, faculty, and staff will be notified of such changes as soon as practicable. These policies will continue to be in effect from time to time as changed, loosened, tightened or otherwise amended. These changes may be made for any reason, understanding that the facts and circumstances surrounding COVID-19, and the public health guidance around the same, change rapidly.