COVID SAFETY PROTOCOLS

Updated 5.26.2022

 

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

All families must monitor child(ren) for COVID-19 symptoms and not send sick child(ren) to school. 

Families must notify covid@ssesh.org if their child 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 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.

 

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 5.26.2022

      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, regardless of vaccination status

      • 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. 

        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 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 has close contact with a person (OFF-campus) who was diagnosed with COVID-19 Protocol: Only families in the affected class(es) will receive close contact notices.
        Scenario: A student or employee (ON-campus) is diagnosed with COVID-19 Protocol: The school will notify all families. The notification will include the class of the student or employee, but will not disclose whether the individual is a student or teacher.
        Scenario: A student or employee (OFF-campus) is diagnosed with COVID-19 or has close contact with a person (OFF-campus) who is diagnosed with COVID-19. Protocol: The school will apply the definition of OFF-campus. The community will not be notified of either scenario.
        Scenario: A student or employee (ON-campus) is diagnosed with COVID-19 and an emergency response is required. Protocol: Urgent information on COVID-19 on campus will be shared by text message first, with email(s) to follow.

        In the event that a student or employee (ON-campus) is diagnosed with COVID-19 and an emergency response is required, the school will generally follow the communications process below.

        • A text message will be sent to faculty and staff.
        • A text message will be sent to affected families with instructions. Text alerts will come from 95664. Please save this number as St. Stephen’s Campus Notify.
        • A text message will be sent to all families.
        • An email to the community will follow with information on the COVID-19 situation.
        • Contact tracing will commence and school will be canceled until (at least) the first round of contact tracing is complete, which process is estimated to take 24 hours.
        • Students and/or employees who have been identified as close contacts will receive a second email with additional information.

        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)”