COVID-19 Health and Safety Update

 

Updated Saturday, January 15, 2022.

 

Dear Episcopal Parents:

We are very proud of our students, faculty and staff following our return from Christmas break. Even in the midst of a high number of COVID-19 cases in the Jacksonville area, and the associated positive tests within our own Episcopal family, these past two weeks have proven to be a wonderful return to daily campus life across our Four Pillars. We know that there has been disruption for some due to COVID, but we are thankful for our online access system allowing students to remain part of their classes while they are out. 

With the current high levels of the Omicron variant of COVID in the Jacksonville area, we know you are as concerned as we are about its highly contagious nature. Our priorities continue to be the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff and ensuring our students have the ability to learn in person and on campus. Given recently updated guidance and experience, we have updated our protocols for COVID accordingly. Below are the protocols:

  • We will inform parents and students when we learn that someone in their child’s classroom has tested positive for COVID. 
  • Students who are symptomatic–regardless of whether they have been notified of close contact with a COVID positive individual– should not come to school. Please note that the most common symptoms of this variant may be mistaken for other common illnesses. These include, but are not limited to: sore throat, sneezing, runny nose, fatigue, and/or headache.
  • In the event of testing positive for COVID-19, students in PK-12 will be required to isolate for five days. Students may return after day five if symptom-free and must wear a mask while indoors during days six-10. Children in ELP will be asked to stay at home for the full 10 days.
  • Upper and Middle School students who have been exposed to an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19 do not have to quarantine unless they have symptoms or become symptomatic. 
  • The School Nurse should be notified via email immediately of a positive COVID-19 case to ensure timely notification to those impacted.
  • Online Access will be available for students who have been impacted by COVID-19 (positive or symptoms). 
  • We strongly recommend vaccinations and booster shots for all eligible adults and children.
  • We strongly recommend your child wear a mask while on campus during this current surge.
  • There will be signage, daily reinforcement, and general availability of locations to wash and or sanitize hands as we continue to focus on the value of personal hygiene. 

Please know how much we appreciate your continued patience as we navigate what we hope and pray is the last spike of this pandemic. We are also grateful for the kind words of support many of you have offered over these past few weeks. 

Sincerely,

Keesy Goebertus, Associate Head of School

Tonya Carter, School Nurse

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