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Last Updated: April 4, 2022

All Gan staff members, including educators and administrators, are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19.

These guidelines are based on the most recent DC Health guidance and requirements.

This page covers the following topics:

Definitions

Close contact: Someone who was within six feet of a person who tested positive for COVID-19for at least 15 minutes over a 24-hour period, while that person was infectious.

Infectious period: The time period during which someone is able to spread their infection to others. The infectious period for COVID-19 starts two days before symptom onset and typically ends 10 days after symptom onset (or test date for people who don't have symptoms).

Incubation period: The time period between when someone is exposed to an infectious agent and when the first symptoms may appear. The incubation period for COVID-19 can be as short as two days or as long as 14 days.

Fully vaccinated: An individual is considered fully vaccinated at day 14 after completion of a COVID-19 vaccination series (after the second dose of a two-dose series, or after one dose of a single-dose vaccine).

Quarantine: The process of separating individuals who have been exposed to an infectious agent (like COVID-19) before they develop symptoms of infection or test positive for an infection, for the duration of time that covers the incubation period for the pathogen. Quarantine is a powerful tool for preventing the spread of COVID-19.
 

Daily Health Checks

The daily health check is the essential health and symptoms screener that will keep all members of the Gan community as healthy and safe as possible. All children, faculty, staff, and visitors must complete a daily health check before arriving at Adas each morning. Completing accurate and thorough Health Checks enables us to keep our entire community safe and healthy.

The Daily Health Check process is completed through the MyMedBot app. All enrolled families will be sent an invitation to download the app and instructed in how to complete the health check each morning. When completing the form, you will be asked about any symptoms your child may have had in the past 24 hours, if your child has had close contact with an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19, and if anyone in your household is awaiting results for a non-surveillance COVID-19 test. Please note that these questions may change based on the most recent guidance from OSSE and DC Health.

Exclusion Criteria

Children who have experienced any of the following symptoms within the past 24 hours are not allowed to attend preschool. If children develop any of the symptoms during the course of the school day they will be sent home. To return to school, the child must receive a negative result from a PCR or Antigen COVID-19 test. If a doctor determines that the symptoms are not due to COVID-19, a doctor's note will be required in lieu of the negative COVID-19 test result.

  • Fever (100.0 degrees or higher) or chills
  • Cough
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Sore throat
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Diarrhea, nausea, or vomiting
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Muscle or body aches
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Loss of appetite
  • Otherwise feeling unwell

If your child has a pre-existing health condition that presents with any of the above symptoms, a note from their pediatrician documenting that those specific symptoms are not due to COVID-19 will be required and your child will not be excluded based on those specific symptoms.

If anyone in your household is waiting for non-surveillance (i.e., testing due to symptoms) testing, your child may not attend school while those results are pending. If your child has been identified as a close contact of an individual who has tested positive for COVID, your child may not attend school until they have been cleared to return by DC Health and a negative PCR or Antigen test. 
 

Returning to Preschool

If your child stayed home or was sent home because they had one or more Covid-like symptoms, you can use one of the three options to return to school:

  • Your child gets a negative PCR or Antigen test result. Per DC Health, this is the recommended method. While families may find that antigen tests are helpful in a variety of contexts, please note that OSSE and DC Health do not allow preschools to accept antigen test results. As such, antigen tests cannot be used to clear your child to return to school. 
  • Your child is cleared to return to school by their pediatrician, documented with a note submitted to Gan administration.
  • Your child must be symptom-free without the use of symptom-reducing medication for at least 24 consecutive hours.

We strongly recommend that you consult with your child's pediatrician and follow their medical guidance for next steps.

If your child is designated as a close contact of an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19, your child must quarantine and submit results for a test taken no sooner than five days after the potential exposure. This mandatory quarantine is waived for individuals who are fully vaccinated. Children or staff members who receive a positive PCR or Antigen test result cannot attend preschool for at least 5 days, must show improvement in symptoms, and must be fever-free without the use of fever-reducing medication for at least 24 consecutive hours.
 

Required Notification of Positive Tests and/or Close Contact

As an institution with Jewish values, we follow Pikuach Nefesh, which states it is each person's duty as a member of society to protect all of its members. This is especially important during our current public health crisis. To protect the health and safety of all members of our community, it is essential that the Gan administrative team be informed if any member of your family tests positive for COVID-19 or if any member of your family has been in close contact with an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19

To report a positive test result or close contact with an individual who has tested positive, please email both Noah Hichenberg and Ayanna Holmes. We will provide guidance as to next steps and when your child will be able to return to the Gan. It may be necessary for us to inform other families about a potential exposure risk; this notification will not reveal any names or personal information about the child or adult involved. Additionally, we are required to report any positive test results for a child or staff member to OSSE and DC Health.

If you have questions about potential exposure risks or whether or not your child should participate in an activity, please be in touch with Ayanna. We strongly encourage you to be on the side of caution to protect our entire community and to ensure the Gan can remain open safely.

Persons who have been identified as a close contact of a person with COVID-19 are
NOT required to quarantine if:

  • They have had COVID-19 (symptomatic or asymptomatic) within the last 90 days AND do not have any symptoms suggestive of COVID-19, OR
  • They are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 AND do not have any symptoms suggestive of COVID-19 infection.
     

Exposure Notifications

All families will be notified if there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the Gan community. If your child is determined to be a close contact of the individual who tested positive, you will receive an email with specific instructions for next steps, including information about the DC Health contact tracing process. If your child is not determined to be a close contact, you will receive a general notification email; you will not be included in the contact tracing procedure.





 

Masks/Face Coverings

Masks are optional in all Gan spaces. 

 

Travel Outside the National Capital Region (DC/MD/VA)

The following requirements are from DC Health's most recent Travel Guidance document. They are separate for individuals who are fully vaccinated and individuals who are not yet fully vaccinated, including young children who are not yet able to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.

Travel:

  • Travel quarantine for unvaccinated individuals who travel outside of DC/MD/VA is now three days with a negative antigen or PCR test. Children can return on day four after emailing a negative test to Ayanna.Holmes@adasisrael.org. For example, if you return on a Sunday, your child will stay home for the next three days, submit a negative test, and return to school on Thursday. We will follow this policy for the coming weeks to observe its impact on our school population, with the potential of eliminating the quarantine in its entirety later this spring. Fully vaccinated individuals, and individuals who have had covid in the previous 90 days, continue to have no required travel quarantine. 

Enhanced Cleaning and Hygeine Practices

Educators and staff will follow enhanced cleaning protocols throughout the day. These include, but are not limited to, modified snack and lunch distribution; regular and thorough cleaning of toys, materials, and surfaces; and an increased partnership with our facilities team to keep our classrooms hygienic throughout the day. Each classroom has it's own for frequent and thorough handwashing. While every classroom will have hand sanitizer, Educators will emphasize proper hand hygiene practices, including using soap and running water for at least 20 seconds, as recommended by the CDC and DC Health.

To maximize air circulation, all classrooms have HEPA air purifiers and classroom windows are kept open while the classrooms are occupied. 

 

Acknowledgement and Agreement

All enrolled families will be required to submit digital signatures to acknowledge that they have read, understand, and agree to the above policies and procedures. 

If the health guidance from OSSE, DC Health, or the CDC changes, this page will be updated and new digital signatures will be required.

If you have any questions about the information on this page, or anything related to COVID-19, please contact School Administrator, Ayanna Holmes.

 



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