COVID-19 Protocols & Procedures

(updated 9/7/2022)

In order to reduce the risk of transmission, all staff is fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Following updated guidance from the New York City Department of Health, we are updating our Covid protocols.

Get Vaccinated

Vaccination is the best way to prevent COVID-19. We encourage up-to-date COVID-19 vaccination for all eligible students.

Stay Home If Sick

Keep your child home if they show any symptoms of COVID-19 or other illnesses. If your child is displaying symptoms of COVID, we encourage you to test them.


A mask helps protect the person who is wearing it and helps prevent people, including those without symptoms who do not know they are sick, from spreading the virus to others. Mask-wearing is optional in most circumstances.

Children ages 2 and older and staff, regardless of vaccination status:

Are required to wear a mask when:

  • Returning to child care after testing positive for COVID-19 through Day 10 after symptom onset or date of positive test, whichever is earlier
  • Exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 at child care

Are strongly encouraged to wear a mask:

  • When they were exposed to someone with COVID-19. The person should wear a mask for 10 days after their last day of exposure and get tested on Day 5.
  • If they are moderately to severely immunocompromised and masking is recommended by their health care provider
  • In crowded indoor settings

May choose to wear a mask at all times, or in specific circumstances such as when:

  • They feel more comfortable wearing a mask, such as for personal health reasons or because they live with someone at higher risk for severe COVID-19

Isolate If You Test Positive for COVID-19

  • Children who test positive for COVID-19 must isolate for five days and can return to the program on Day 6 with a negative rapid test from Day 5 or later if they have no symptoms or symptoms are improving. Without a negative rapid test, children can return on day 10. They should wear a mask when attending child care until Day 10 after symptom onset or date of positive test, or they may remove their mask following two negative COVID-19 tests taken 48 hours apart.
  • Children who are younger than age 2 can return to the child care program on Day 6 a negative rapid test from Day 5 or later if symptoms are resolving and they have been fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medicine.

Get Tested If Exposed to COVID-19

  • Children and staff who are exposed may attend child care as long as they are free of symptoms. These individuals must get tested five days after their last exposure. Exposed individuals are strongly encouraged to wear a high-quality, well-fitting mask for 10 days.
  • All exposed individuals should monitor for fever and other COVID-19 symptoms for 10 days after their exposure. If symptoms begin, they should not attend child care and should get tested for COVID-19 right away.
  • If the test is positive, the individual must isolate according to the guidance above.
  • For the purpose of determining length of isolation and masking period: Day 0 is the day of COVID-19 symptom onset and Day 1 is the first full day after the day your symptoms started. If they had no symptoms, Day 0 is the test date and Day 1 is the first full day following the test date.

In the event of any exposure at school, we will inform the individuals or their families.

Travel Protocols

Even though NYS has eliminated travel restrictions, as a school we feel it is in the best interest of our community to have policies in place for international travel. We will be following the CDC recommendations which are as follows:

  • For unvaccinated international travelers*: Stay home for a full 5 days and get tested with a PCR test 3-5 days after travel.  Self-monitor for symptoms and re-test if symptoms occur after the first test.
    • If your test is positive, isolate yourself to protect others from getting infected. Quarantine for 10 days.

  • For vaccinated international travelers: get tested with a PCR test 3-5 days after travel. Self-monitor for symptoms and re-test if symptoms occur after the first test.

*If you have had a documented COVID-19 infection within the past 90 days (regardless of vaccination status) you do not need to quarantine or get tested on days 3-5.

Vacation Testing

  • Testing will be required after the Winter and Spring breaks, regardless of travel. Please send tests to both Kayleigh and Jamie.
  • A PCR, lab rapid or at-home test will be allowed. All results must be dated, have the child’s name and results. For at home tests please label the actual test with this information.

These protocols are subject to change and we will update as needed. We encourage you to continue to reach out with any questions or concerns you may have. This is an evolving process in many ways – the insight and input from families is important as we continue to navigate COVID safety together.

These protocols are subject to change and we will update as needed.

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