"Our absolute priority is the health and well-being of our students and employees"
The Preschool Illness Policy
Prior to school each morning, all parents must assess their child(ren), and every teacher and staff member must perform a self-assessment, by answering each question below:
1. Does your child have any (ONE or more) of the symptoms listed below? If your student has experienced any ONE of the following symptoms of COVID-19 or other infectious illness in the past 24 hours, plan to keep them home from school:
• Temperature of 100°F or higher • Body aches • Chills/shaking • New or unusual congestion or runny nose • Headache • Coughing • Vomiting • Diarrhea • Unusual fatigue • Loss of taste or smell • Rash • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing • Sore throat
*If your Preschool student has taken medication to address any of these symptoms, he/she must have resolution of these symptoms for 24 hours without the use of medication before a return to school can be considered. If your Preschool student has a documented preexisting condition (i.e. allergies), you should take that into account as you review the above symptoms.
2. In the past 15 days, has anyone in your household received a positive test result for an active COVID-19 infection?
If any of the answers are yes to any of the above, your child is not cleared to enter the school/building.
Please note: Screening questions may change as additional information regarding symptoms and spread is known.
It is Preschool policy to track absences daily. If your child will be absent from school for any reason (illness, travel, appointments, etc.) please email your child’s teacher to let them know. Attendance is taken by 9:30 am each morning, and any unexpected absence will be followed up on ASAP.
If the absence is COVID related, please include the school nurse (email@example.com) on the email, as well as your child’s teachers. See the section below for more information regarding COVID-related absences.
As of 1/26/2022, on-campus exposure to an individual with COVID-19 will no longer result in mandatory class closure for exposed individuals. Instead, parents will be notified immediately if their child was exposed to COVID-19 while on our campus and asked to monitor closely for symptoms. Healthy children whose parents wish for them to continue with in-person learning during the quarantine period will be allowed to return to class the next day the class meets. Testing your child for COVID-19 is recommended by the CDC on or after day 5 post-exposure, or as soon as any symptoms arise. Masks will be required for all individuals (Threes – 5/6) considered to have exposure through the duration of the quarantine period. Currently, this period is 10 days following the exposure. It is important to note that although your child’s class will not be closed should they be exposed on campus, they are still considered exposed and expected to quarantine per CDC guidelines while off-campus. The duration of this quarantine will be communicated to you when and if this occurs.
If substantial COVID-19 transmission is suspected in any classroom, The Preschool will close the class and move to distance learning for a specified time.
If your child has been absent from school due to COVID illness or quarantine, you must obtain approval from the nurse before your child can return to campus. In order to obtain approval, please contact the health office via email with an update on your child’s condition the day before you would like them to return, and one of the nurses will be in touch. Our nurses will not be able to clear you if you email them the morning you expect your child to return – it is likely they won’t see the email in time. ONLY THE SCHOOL NURSES OR THE DIRECTOR CAN CLEAR CHILDREN TO RETURN TO SCHOOL IF THEY WERE OUT FOR ANY COVID RELATED REASON.
Please see below for specific quarantine and isolation timelines.
Students who experience limited or one-time exposure to COVID-19 while off campus (i.e., at a birthday party, sports practice, etc.) will be required to follow CDC guidelines and quarantine at home for 5 days following the exposure (exposure date = day 0), monitor for symptoms, and test on day 5 at a testing facility (PCR or rapid antigen test). If the student tests negative, he/she may return to campus on day 6, with strict mask use through day 10. If you do not wish to test your child after an off-campus exposure, AND/OR if your child is not able to properly mask, he/she may return on day 11 if they have not experienced any symptoms. Please continue to contact the nurse at firstname.lastname@example.org should this happen to your child so they can provide you with the quarantine/testing timeline. The school nurse will also ultimately be responsible for clearing your child to return to campus.
Students who experience ongoing, continuous exposure, such as an at-home exposure to COVID-19 (i.e., to a parent or sibling), will be required to follow CDC guidelines and quarantine at home for 5 days following the *last day* of known exposure to the household member. Currently, the CDC indicates that the last day an infected individual is most likely to transmit the virus is day 5, with day 0 = day of symptom onset. For asymptomatic individuals, day 0 = the date a positive test was collected. This results in a 10-day quarantine for students when the ill household member is not able to fully isolate away from the family. The Preschool will require a PCR test on day 10 of quarantine for those wishing to return on day 11. If negative, the student may return to campus the following day, with a mask required for 5 days. If you do not wish to test your child after an ongoing off-campus exposure, AND/OR if your child is not able to properly mask, he/she may return on day 16 if they have not experienced any symptoms. Please continue to contact the nurse at email@example.com should this happen to your child so they can provide you with the quarantine/testing timeline. The school nurse will also ultimately be responsible for clearing your child to return to campus.
Symptomatic persons with confirmed COVID-19 or suspected COVID-19 who had mild or moderate illness can return to school or childcare after:
• At least 5 days have passed since symptoms first appeared (first day of symptoms = day 0) AND • At least 24 hours have passed since last fever without the use of fever-reducing medications AND • Symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath) have improved AND • The individual is able to properly wear a mask for 10 days following symptom onset (first day of symptoms = day 0) • Individuals unable to properly mask will need to stay home for 10 full days (symptom onset = day 0)
Asymptomatic persons with confirmed COVID-19 can return to school or childcare after:
• At least 5 days have passed since the positive laboratory test AND the person remains asymptomatic (day 0 is test day) AND • The individual is able to properly wear a mask for 10 days following positive test results (test collection = day 0) • Individuals unable to properly mask will need to stay home for 10 days (test collection = day 0)
Note, asymptomatic persons who test positive and later develop symptoms should follow the guidance for symptomatic persons above.
If anyone in your household is feeling unwell and awaiting COVID-19 test results, DO NOT send your child to school until the test has resulted negative and has been communicated to the school nurses. If you are unsure about whether your child can be on campus, we ask you to err on the side of caution, keep your child off campus, and contact the nurse.
Students with immediate household members in quarantine due to COVID exposure may come to school as long as the household member is feeling 100% well AND no test results are pending. Every effort to limit personal interaction between students attending school and exposed household members in quarantine should be made.
Of course, should the exposed individual become ill, all household members are considered exposed and expected to quarantine. Should this happen to you, please let us know.
Masks are currently optional for all students and vaccinated adults while indoors, unless specifically required due to a COVID-19 exposure or infection. You will be notified by the school nurse should this apply to you. Unvaccinated adults are required to mask while on campus.
Masks outdoors are optional for everyone, regardless of vaccination status.
All volunteers working directly with children are required to be fully vaccinated* for COVID-19 OR have fully recovered from COVID-19 with proof of a positive PCR test within 90 days of the date of volunteering.
Volunteer opportunities that do not require direct interaction with children are open to all adults, regardless of vaccination status.
*CDC considers individuals to be fully vaccinated 2 weeks after the final dose in a primary series of an mRNA vaccine (Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech ) or 2 weeks after Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine.
Located on PRUMC’s beautiful Buckhead campus, The Preschool is an independent, faith based school, for children 12 months through 6 years-old. We are committed to nurturing the whole child in preparation for the most distinguished public and private primary schools in Atlanta.