COVID SAFETY PROTOCOLS

Updated 5.26.2022

 

THE POINT OF CONTACT FOR ALL COVID-19 MATTERS IS COVID@SSESH.ORG

All families must monitor students for COVID-19 symptoms and not send sick students to school.

Families must notify COVID@SSESH.ORG if the student is exposed to or tests positive for any communicable disease, including COVID-19.

Updated 5.26.2022

We are in a continual process of updating our policies as we follow the science and the context of our St. Stephen’s community and Harris County. Flexibility continues to be required as conditions with the virus change.

Masks will be required indoors “as feasible” in Primary and above in any of the following scenarios: 

  1. Harris County / City of Houston (https://covid-harriscounty.hub.arcgis.com/) is in RED Level 1
  2. St. Stephen’s Episcopal School – Houston is experiencing a local outbreak of COVID-19
  3. Designated cohorts / individuals are required to wear masks due to COVID-19 protocols

Updated: 7.6.2022

At Morning Carpool, Teachers/Assistants will take your student’s temperature. Any student with a temperature of 100.4° F or above will not be permitted to enter campus. Following the successful temperature check, please unbuckle and remove any Orientation or Primary students from the vehicle and practice social distancing. 

Updated 5.26.2022

Calculating ISOLATION (diagnosed with COVID-19)

Day 0 is your first day of symptoms or a positive viral test. Day 1 is the first full day after your symptoms developed or your test specimen was collected.

If you tested positive for COVID-19 or have symptoms, regardless of vaccination status

  • Stay home for 5 days and isolate from others in your home.
  • Wear a well-fitting mask for 10 full days any time you are indoors and around others.

 

Ending isolation

  • Ending isolation if you had symptoms
    • End isolation after 5 full days if you are fever-free for 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medication) and your symptoms are improving.
    • Provide to the official email address for COVID-19 matters (covid@ssesh.org) a medical professional’s note clearing the student for return and/or a negative rapid test result.
  • Ending isolation if you did NOT have symptoms
    • End isolation after at least 5 full days after your positive test.
    • Provide to the official email address for COVID-19 matters (covid@ssesh.org) a medical professional’s note clearing the student for return and/or a negative rapid test result.
  • If you got very sick from COVID-19 or have a weakened immune system
    • You should isolate for at least 10 days. Consult your doctor before ending isolation.

Updated 05.26.2022

Calculating QUARANTINE (close contact) – Lower Elementary and above

The date of your exposure is considered day 0. Day 1 is the first full day after your last contact with a person who has had COVID-19. 

If you were exposed to COVID-19 and are up to date on COVID-19 vaccinations

  • You do not need to stay home unless you develop symptoms.
  • Even if you don’t develop symptoms, get tested on Day 5 after you last had close contact with someone with COVID-19.
  • Watch for symptoms until 10 days after you last had close contact with someone with COVID-19. If you develop symptoms, isolate immediately and get tested. Continue to stay home until you know the results. Wear a well-fitting mask around others.
  • Wear a well-fitting mask for 10 full days when indoors.

If you were exposed to COVID-19 and are NOT up to date on COVID-19 vaccinations

  • Stay home and quarantine for at least 5 full days. Get tested on Day 5 after you last had close contact with someone with COVID-19.
  • Alternatively, you may return to school if you show a negative test on Day 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 after you last had close contact with someone with COVID-19. (“Test to stay” policy)
  • Watch for symptoms until 10 days after you last had close contact with someone with COVID-19. If you develop symptoms, isolate immediately and get tested. Continue to stay home until you know the results. Wear a well-fitting mask around others.
  • Wear a well-fitting mask for 10 full days when indoors.

If you were exposed to COVID-19 and had confirmed COVID-19 within the past 90 days (you tested positive using a viral test)

  • You do not need to stay home unless you develop symptoms.
  • Watch for symptoms until 10 days after you last had close contact with someone with COVID-19. If you develop symptoms, isolate immediately and get tested. Continue to stay home until you know the results. Wear a well-fitting mask around others.
  • Wear a well-fitting mask for 10 full days when indoors.

    Updated 5.26.2022

    Calculating QUARANTINE (close contact) – Primary

    The date of your exposure is considered day 0. Day 1 is the first full day after your last contact with a person who has had COVID-19. 

    If you were exposed to COVID-19 and are up to date on COVID-19 vaccinations

    • You do not need to stay home unless you develop symptoms.
    • Even if you don’t develop symptoms, get tested on Day 5 after you last had close contact with someone with COVID-19.
    • Watch for symptoms until 10 days after you last had close contact with someone with COVID-19. If you develop symptoms, isolate immediately and get tested. Continue to stay home until you know the results. Wear a well-fitting mask around others.
    • Wear a well-fitting mask for 10 full days when indoors.

    If you were exposed to COVID-19 and are NOT up to date on COVID-19 vaccinations

    • Stay home and quarantine for at least 5 full days.
    • Even if you don’t develop symptoms, get tested on Day 5 after you last had close contact with someone with COVID-19.
    • Watch for symptoms until 10 days after you last had close contact with someone with COVID-19. If you develop symptoms, isolate immediately and get tested. Continue to stay home until you know the results. Wear a well-fitting mask around others.
    • Wear a well-fitting mask for 10 full days when indoors.

    If you were exposed to COVID-19 and had confirmed COVID-19 within the past 90 days (you tested positive using a viral test)

    • You do not need to stay home unless you develop symptoms.
    • Watch for symptoms until 10 days after you last had close contact with someone with COVID-19. If you develop symptoms, isolate immediately and get tested. Continue to stay home until you know the results. Wear a well-fitting mask around others.
    • Wear a well-fitting mask for 10 full days when indoors.

      Updated 6.21.2022

      Calculating QUARANTINE (close contact) – Orientation (unable to mask)

      The date of your exposure is considered day 0. Day 1 is the first full day after your last contact with a person who has had COVID-19. 

      If you were exposed to COVID-19 and are up to date on COVID-19 vaccinations

      • Stay home and quarantine for at least 5 full days.
      • Even if you don’t develop symptoms, get tested on Day 5 after you last had close contact with someone with COVID-19.
      • Watch for symptoms until 10 days after you last had close contact with someone with COVID-19. If you develop symptoms, isolate immediately and get tested. Continue to stay home until you know the results. 

      If you were exposed to COVID-19 and are NOT up to date on COVID-19 vaccinations

      • Stay home and quarantine for at least 10 full days.
      • Even if you don’t develop symptoms, get tested on Day 5 after you last had close contact with someone with COVID-19.
      • Watch for symptoms until 10 days after you last had close contact with someone with COVID-19. If you develop symptoms, isolate immediately and get tested. Continue to stay home until you know the results. 

      If you were exposed to COVID-19 and had confirmed COVID-19 within the past 90 days (you tested positive using a viral test)

      • Stay home and quarantine for at least 5 full days.
      • Watch for symptoms until 10 days after you last had close contact with someone with COVID-19. If you develop symptoms, isolate immediately and get tested. Continue to stay home until you know the results. Wear a well-fitting mask around others.

        Updated: 07.06.2022

        The school will be using the following definitions of ON-campus and OFF-campus, which definitions are based on guidance from Harris County.

        ON-campus: A school student or employee is “ON-campus” if the student or employee was on campus during the 2 days prior to his/her symptom onset (if they had symptoms) OR up to 5 days prior to their positive COVID-19 lab result.

        OFF-campus: A person is “OFF-campus” if the person is not a student or employee of the school OR the student or employee of the school was not ON-campus.

        Scenario: A student or employee (ON-campus) is diagnosed with COVID-19 Protocol: Urgent information on COVID-19 on campus may be shared by text message first, with email(s) to follow.
        Scenario: A student or employee (OFF-campus) is diagnosed with COVID-19. Protocol: The school will apply the definition of OFF-campus. The community will not be notified.

         

        Vaccination Record Upload Instructions

        At St. Stephen’s Episcopal School, Houston, we strongly encourage all families with fully-vaccinated students to log in to Magnus Health | Online & Electronic Student Medical Record Solution to upload the relevant COVID-19 Vaccination Record Cards. Please upload the side showing the dates of the 1st dose and 2nd dose. Previous immunization records will remain in Magnus. Instructions for adding the COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card to your child’s immunization records are provided below.

        Step 1: Log in to Magnus Health | Online & Electronic Student Medical Record Solution

        Click the “Log In” button on the top right of the webpage.

        Step 2: Click “Edit” Immunization Form

        Step 3: Click “Yes, continue”

        Step 4: Click “Yes, Submit”

        Step 5: Click “Upload”

        Step 6: Click “Choose File” and select your child’s COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card (the side showing the dates of the 1st and 2nd dose)

        Step 7: Click “Upload File(s)”