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COVID Response

COVID-19 Policy
 
If any member of the Saint John School community is confirmed to have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus while in school, they must remain home quarantined for two weeks. If a person living with a member of the Saint John School community tests positive for the COVID-19 virus, the community member will be asked to stay at home quarantined for two weeks. Saint John community includes students and faculty/staff.
 
If a member of the Saint John School community travels to a “high” or “very high” risk state or country (as defined by the World Health Organization), they will be asked to voluntarily quarantine for two weeks upon their return. Guidelines from the Department of Health and DESE will be consulted in regards to the closure of the school building in response to a member of our school community testing positive for COVID-19.
 
Masks/Face Coverings:
As the primary route of transmission for COVID-19 is respiratory, masks or face coverings are among the most critical components of risk reduction. Students in Grade 2 and above are required to wear a mask/face covering that covers their nose and mouth.  Students in Preschool through Grade 1 are not mandated to wear a mask but it is strongly encouraged. Adults, including educators and staff, are required to wear masks/face coverings. If a student does not have a mask/face covering, disposable masks will be available in the Health Office.
 
Neck gaiters have been proven to not be as effective as a mask and so they are not  allowed at Saint John School. 2+ layered masks are required for students in Grade 2 and above. 
 
Exceptions to mask/face covering requirements must be made for those for whom it is not possible due to medical conditions, disability impact, or other health or safety factors. Any student, faculty or staff member with medical conditions, disability impact, or other health or safety factors should contact the Principal and School.  
 
Physical Distancing:
Physical distancing is another important practice that helps mitigate transmission of the virus. We have limited class sizes and separated larger grades to limit the number of students in each classroom. We have spaced out working spaces and installed shields at working spaces for students. We request and encourage a minimum physical distance of three to six feet between all members of the Saint John community to ensure the safety of ourselves and others around us when in the classrooms, hallways and parking lot. We ask that students maximize physical distance among themselves, their peers and educators as much as possible.
 

COVID-19 ACTION PLAN 
 
It is imperative we all work together towards the common goal of mitigating the spread of COVID-19. Thank you for your thoughtfulness, attention and prayers during these times. 
 
Covid-19 Positive Community Member 
If a SJS community member has tested positive for Covid-19, the students and staff members who have been in close contact with this member will immediately start remote learning to limit exposure and transmission. 
  • All students and staff who had class with the Covid-19 positive teacher or student are required to quarantine for 14 days from the date of their exposure.   
  • Importantly, these students should NOT participate in any sports or other extra-curricular activities (games, practices, classes, meetings or events) while during their quarantine period.
  • Family members of these students, including siblings who attend SJS or other schools, do not need to quarantine because they did not have direct exposure to Covid-19, unless the student in your household begins to show symptoms of Covid-19.  
  • Siblings and family members may continue with school, sports and other activities, unless the student in your household begins to show symptoms of Covid-19.  
 
Covid-19 Testing for our community
  • The CDC recommends that a close contact be tested.  
  • However, even if the Covid-19 test is negative, your child must still remain in quarantine and must NOT participate in any sports or extracurricular activities for 14 days.  
  • You must keep your exposed student in quarantine, regardless of a negative result, because it can take up to 14 days for Covid-19 symptoms to appear after exposure.  
 

We recognize the challenges that this situation places on the SJS community.  We hope this clarification provide the appropriate guidance to ensure the health and well-being of the SJS and broader communities.