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COVID-19 Policies,
Procedures and Safety Plan

Harbor Montessori School has adopted a Safety Plan for operating in the 2021-22 academic year and summer program which is consistent with safety and health information from our local Health Departments, Washington State Department of Health, and the Center for Disease Control.  

Our knowledge regarding COVID 19 and its impacts are ever-evolving, and these policies and protocols may also change. We are asking all of our employees and families to commit to supporting HMS’s health, wellness and safety protocols.

We all must agree to stay home and keep children home when they are not feeling well, have COVID-like symptoms or have potentially been exposed, and to agree to pick their children up promptly if they are notified by the school that their child has any symptoms of illness, as well as quarantine and test when necessary.  

All staff and school volunteers are required to be fully vaccinated or have a medical or religious exemption on file.

As you know, the CDC and local health departments come out with new guidance and recommendations frequently as we learn more about the COVID-19 pandemic. We will be updating this page regularly & notify staff and student's families when new policies are made.

HMS COVID Safety Team

For questions and concerns regarding COVID policies and procedures please contact

Lisa Derouin, Aimee Allen & Rachel Lezcano-the site COVID-19 coordinators.

The Site Coordinators will:

  • Ensure adherence with the site-specific COVID-19 Prevention Plan, including physical distancing requirements.

  • Lead trainings as needed

  • Consult with counsel regarding modifications and updates

  • Be available during work and/or class activities to monitor compliance and answer questions and concerns as needed

  • Review School activities and documentation for timeliness and compliance

  • Ensure that PPE and hygiene materials are available

  • Record and report COVID-19 Prevention Plan implementation and safety

  • Perform COVID-19 tests to employees and students when needed and available

Daily Screenings Required 

 

If students or employees feel ill or has any of the following symptoms, they must stay home from school and contact either Lisa, Aimee or Rachel to discuss a return to school plan and possible in house testing:

  • Fever

  • Cough

  • Shortness of Breath

  • Loss of Taste or Smell

  • Nausea

  • Vomiting

  • Diarrhea (defined as two or more loose stools in 24 hours) 

  • Congestion/Runny nose

  • Headache

  • Sore Throat

  • Fatigue 

  • Muscle or Body Aches

*Note: Some children have underlying conditions that mimic these symptoms. Please be sure to have a doctor’s note on file. However, if a child is exhibiting signs of illness not generally seen with their condition, the child will be sent home.

Face Coverings & Distancing

  • Masks will now be optional for all age groups. Students and staff are still welcome to wear masks but not mandated.

  • Distancing mandates are dropped except for lunch/snack time. Children will still be expected to stay 6 feet apart when eating.

Hygiene and Cleaning

 

HMS staff and students will:

  • Wash hands upon arrival each day​

  • Wash hands frequently with soap for 20 seconds at a time

  • Practice cough/sneeze etiquette: Cover mouth and nose

       when coughing or sneezing, throw the tissue in the trash,

       and then wash hands.

  • Avoid touching their face

  • Use the hand washing sinks frequently

  • Bring personal water bottles as fountains will be closed 

Cleaning:​

  • Teachers and staff will frequently clean, sanitize, and disinfect the work throughout the day

  • Bleach will not be used when children are present

  • Teachers will be sure to clean doorknobs, shelves, high-touch surfaces, before students arrive, after students leave, and throughout the day

  • Our janitorial company will be in to clean each evening

COVID Test Requirements

Testing updates:

While a PCR test or rapid antigen test performed by a clinic is still preferable, DOH is now allowing the use of FDA approved over-the-counter tests for all staff, as well as students in Elementary and Junior High. Currently, this is still not allowable Infant through Early Childhood. If you use an over-the-counter test, please label the test with your child’s full name, take a photo of the test with the label showing, and send to Rachel. Anyone using a negative over-the-counter test can come to school, but will need to follow-up with a second test within 48 hours. 

 

HMS currently has three additional testing options:

  1. Pick up an at-home PCR test kit that you administer yourself. You will need to drop it off at the UPS store. Results take 24-72 hours once they are received at the lab. (tests are available for children age 2 and older)

  2. Schedule a time to be tested at HMS with authorized admin. We have both rapid testing and PCR options. The PCR option is only available for ages four and up.  

  3. We have a very limited supply of take home rapid tests. Available while supplies last. 

Travel

 

Domestic Travel- Families are encouraged to follow CDC guidelines for travel.

International Travel-If traveling internationally students and employees are asked to quarantine and have a COVID-19 test 3-5 days upon return. Students and staff may return to school with a negative COVID-19 test result. If not testing, students and staff need to quarantine for seven days.  Please report international travel plans to Lisa Derouin. If during travel or self-quarantine you, or any household members, show any Covid-19 symptoms, please reach out to Lisa or Aimee and follow the return to school guidance's below. 

Resources

 

CDC

Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department

COVID Test Sites in Pierce County

COVID Test Sites in Kitsap County

  Return to School Guidance  

Managing Illness and Exposure

Self-isolation and quarantine mean that the person is to remain home during the stated period. Physically excluded means that the person will not be allowed on school grounds during the stated period.  The terms may be used interchangeably.

 

If a child shows COVID-19 like symptoms during the school day, the teacher will call parents to come pick up.  Students who demonstrate illness or symptoms will be isolated in a safe supervised area until they can be picked up.

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Environmental Monitoring

Class A Symptoms Include:
fever, cough, loss of sense of taste and/or smell, shortness of breath

Students and staff who display any symptoms of Covid must stay home until:

  • they are fever free for at least 24 hours 

  • their symptoms are significantly resolved

  •  they have a negative Covid test or an alternate diagnosis from a physician

If you choose not to have your child tested and do not have a documented alternate diagnosis, they must stay home for 10 days since onset of symptoms.

2 or More Class B Symptoms of Any Duration or 1 Class B Symptom Lasting More than 24 Hours to Include: fatigue, headache, muscle or body aches, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea (defined as 2 or more loose stool in 24 hours) 

Students and staff who display any symptoms of Covid must stay home until:

  • they are fever free for at least 24 hours 

  • their symptoms are significantly resolved

  •  they have a negative Covid test or an alternate diagnosis from a physician

If you choose not to have your child tested and do not have a documented alternate diagnosis, your child must stay home for 10 days since onset of symptoms

           Returning to School After COVID-19 Symptoms With No Suspected Exposure           

Returning to School After Close Contact

In general, close contact is anyone who has been within six feet of someone with confirmed Covid-19 for 15 minutes or more within a 24 hour period. In the classroom, the close contact definition excludes students and staff who were at least three feet away from an infected individual when (a) both were wearing appropriately fitting face coverings and (b) other preventive strategies were in place. 

Determining return to school is based on the last close contact with the infected person. Note: For household exposures the last close contact is considered the last day the person with Covid-19 is infectious.

In typical situations the following options are available for close contacts:

No Quarantine Needed

Staff who have received all recommended vaccine doses including booster shots.

 

Any student ages five and up who has completed their primary series of Covid-19 vaccines.

 

Staff or student who has had confirmed Covid-19 within the past 90 days 

Ten Day Quarantine, Return on Day 11
 No Test Needed

Anyone required to quarantine who does not want to test to return.

Five Day Quarantine with Negative Test on Day 5.
Return on Day 6. Masks must be worn days 6-10

Staff who completed the primary recommended series of vaccinations, but have not received booster shot when eligible.

 

Anyone is early childhood who can properly wear a mask. Anyone in elementary, junior high or on staff who is unvaccinated or has not completed a primary vaccine series. 

Fourteen Day Quarantine, Return on Day 15
No Test Needed

This option may be required by the health department depending on the situation.

Seven Day Quarantine with Negative Test on Day 5 or after.
Return on Day 8

Infant, toddler, and any early childhood student who cannot wear a mask consistency. 

NOTE

Our local health departments have the final say on who is considered a close contact and how long one must quarantine. 

Returning to School After COVID Positive

Please note the following criteria applies to all, regardless of vaccination status. 

When determining return to school date, please note that

*Day 0 is date of positive test for anyone who is asymptomatic 

*Day 0 is date of onset of symptoms for symptomatic. 

*Symptoms must be resolving and

*Person must be fever-free for at least 24 hours. 

All  Infant and Toddlers
 
Any Student in Early Childhood-Jr. High or Staff who does not want to test to return

Quarantine for ten days before returning to school

Return on Day 11

All Staff

Students in Early Childhood  who are able to properly wear a mask for 5 days after returning.
 
Students in Elementary & Junior High

Quarantine for five days before returning to school

 

Return on Day 6

Must take an antigen test and must have a negative result. Antigen test cannot be taken before Day 5. If test results are positive, you must quarantine for the full ten days.

Confidentiality

The identity of persons who have suspected or diagnosed COVID 19 is protected confidential health information and will not be disclosed.  An employee may choose to authorized disclosure if such authorization is voluntary and confirmed in writing.  No coercion to authorize disclosure will be allowed and is prohibited.  Retaliation relating to nondisclosure is prohibited.

Parents may authorize disclosure of a family diagnosis, as well. We ask that this is done through the appropriate channels by reaching out to Rachel, Lisa or Aimee. 

All members of the community are expected to respect privacy and confidentiality and to not speculate on the identity of persons who are suspected of or diagnosed with COVID 19.

Accommodations and High Risk

Each parent or guardian must determine for themselves if they are willing to take the risk of enrolling their child to physically attend school classes, including whether they need to take additional precautions to protect the health of their child and others in the household. Harbor Montessori School will work diligently to follow all procedures and protocol, however we cannot guarantee that we will not have exposure to COVID-19 on campus. It is not practical for children ages five and under to be physically distanced at all times. 

Families should particularly consider the risks to household members who are adults 65 years or older, or anyone who has an underlying medical condition. Parents and guardians may want to discuss these risks and their concerns with their pediatrician or other health care provider. Students who cannot attend school due to high-risk factors or isolation will receive appropriate educational services.

 

Visitors Entering the Building

We are limiting any visitors entering HMS, but understand on occasion a family member or visitor might need to enter HMS. We will require any visitors to fill out the COVID-19 Health Screening before entering, have their temperature taken, & to wash hands upon entry. If you've scheduled an  appointment, please fill out the online screening before arrival by clinking the button below.