Daycroft's COVID Protocols
2021/22 covid safety plan
Daycroft School Health Mitigation Plan
We are excited to return to in-person learning and we are working to do so in a manner that keeps our students and employees safe. We will follow the safety protocols outlined by the CDC and the State of Michigan and we may take further preventative measures as deemed necessary to keep our community safe. Please know that even as we do our best to mitigate risks of transmission of COVID on school grounds, there is no such thing as eliminating the risk entirely. Your family’s COVID safe practices will have an equally important impact on our entire community. To lower the risk of possible transmission to students, we will be following a layered safety approach. Please note, that changes in conditions could mean we have to adjust parts of our plan as more is learned about COVID-19 and the Delta variant.
Daycroft families have an important role in keeping our community safe. Here are ways you can help keep our students and faculty safe from the Delta variant.
- All family members who are eligible for the COVID vaccine should get it.
- Have your entire family tested before the first day of school.
- If your child does not feel well, keep them home and get them tested.
- Avoid large gatherings with your children (indoor birthdays, weddings, concerts, football games, indoor dining, etc).
- Avoid air travel. While flying has been shown to be safe, the risks during the travel to the airport, in the airport, and after you land are high.
- Wear masks anytime you go inside public places
- Gather with friends and family members outside
1. Keep school open and in-person, while keeping our students and staff as safe as possible.
2. Set baseline standards.
3. Use the best information available to guide decisions. This may mean recommendations change as more is learned or local conditions change.
Daycroft School Uses a Layered Safety Approach
1. Masks — Will be worn inside at all times ( the best effort for 2-year-olds) and outside when play is in proximity of others. Students who are spaced outside more than 3 feet can remove their masks.
2. Ventilation — Windows will be open and internal doors open along with HVAC running to maximize fresh air circulation in all classrooms. Whenever possible and reasonable, classes will meet outside and eat outside.
3. Distancing — When inside, students will be asked to remain 3 feet apart. Our classrooms are large to allow for appropriate spacing around the classroom.
4. Cleaning — Students will wash hands upon arrival and before meals. Tables will be disinfected during the day and the school professionally cleaned daily.
Student Illness Decision-Making
A: Does student have ANY of the following symptoms (new/different/worse from baseline):
• Temperature 100.4 or signs of fever (chills/sweating)
• Sore throat
• New onset of cough
• Diarrhea, vomiting, or abdominal pain
• New onset of headache
• Loss of taste or loss of smell
B: Has student had ANY close contact or potential exposure risk in the past 14 days:
• Had close contact with a person with confirmed COVID-19
• Had close contact with person who is awaiting a COVID test
• Attended large events (e.g., wedding, concert), especially indoors
• Travel history (**Daycroft will test any students or faculty who fly)
• IF A is YES and B is NO, student needs COVID PCR test and/or medical evaluation; can return with symptom improvement per usual communicable disease guidelines
• If A is YES and B is YES, must have COVID PCR test. Exclude from school for 10 days even if COVID test is negative, unless a different diagnosis is available.
• If B is Yes, we will follow close contact guidance from WCHD and student should remain at home until further guidance is given.
• If both are NO or student is not a close contact, student goes to school.
Isolation and Identifying Close Contacts
• Any individuals diagnosed with COVID-19, whether unvaccinated or vaccinated, must isolate for a minimum of 10 days (longer for severe cases).
• Close contacts are identified as a person who has been within 6 feet for a cumulative period of 15 minutes or more within 24 hours of a person who has tested positive with COVID.
• Any student who has been in close contact outside of school must contact the Daycroft administration immediately. If there is a positive case inside school, you will be notified immediately.
• Individuals who are vaccinated or have had COVID within 90-days of contact are exempt from quarantining but need to watch for symptoms for 14-days.
• If an individual within a household is a close contact, all students in the household should stay at home until the close contact in the household has tested negative with a PCR test.
COVID in school - masking and testing
- Washtenaw County Health Department has shared that if there is a COVID case in a class, students that were masked and in close contact may remain in the classroom and must have a rapid antigen test twice a week during the quarantine period.
- During this period of quarantine, this classroom will not mix with any other classes.
The basis for this decision is that in-class transmission last year was below 2% while household contacts were around 50% and social contacts around 20%.
Rapid Testing at Daycroft
Washtenaw County has given Daycroft School, a supply of Binax NOW rapid antigen tests. The school will utilize these tests with students when granted parent permission in the following ways.
- A student has a symptom such as a runny nose or congestion that can be explained by allergies or seasonal changes.
- A student or faculty member has tested positive for COVID and all ‘close contacts’ in school will be tested immediately and again on day 3 & 5 of exposure.
- A student has flown on an airplane. They will be tested in the morning on the first day of return and again on day 3 & 5.
Family Pandemic Agreement
We need everyone’s help and commitment to keep our community safe. Your actions can help to ensure that Daycroft School remains open and our students, staff and families remain safe. Below are actions you can do to help ensure this.
- Monitoring family health and reporting any illnesses to the school (Laura Hogan)
- If a child has a fever or symptoms of a cold, do not send them to school until fever free without medication for 24-hours and cold symptoms have cleared.
- If a parent or sibling in the household is suspected of exposure and is going to get tested all children should remain at home until the test comes back negative.
- All students attending on-campus classes during the 2021-2022 school year are strongly recommended receiving a flu shot, as seasonal influenza shares many symptoms with COVID-19, and flu vaccination will help to keep us healthy while also assisting our COVID-19 monitoring efforts.
- All students must receive all vaccinations required under state law, unless they have a waiver. When COVID vaccines are made available for children we expect students will be vaccinated.
- All families are expected to adhere to the directives of applicable federal, state, and local government health departments, including the CDC regarding social distancing in public, wearing masks in enclosed public spaces and other measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
- Families are asked to review and follow CDC information and guidance
All parents/caregivers and staff will be informed of a confirmed case of COVID-19 or any communicable disease within Daycroft School. Names will never be shared.
Safety is a team effort, and our students, employees, and every family will play a role in observing and following these guidelines to keep one another safe. Sacrifices and adjustments will be needed for the safety of our children and the community. We all recognize the importance of in-person learning on our children.
Tracking COVID data
Below are links that are helpful in tracking community spread as well as resources to better inform you on the science.
- The top way to protect our children is to vaccinate all members in your family who are eligible. Here is the link on vaccination rates in Washtenaw.
- Test your family with a free rapid test kit
- CDC data tracker. Local Washtenaw tracker
- MDHHS recommendations for schools
- Your Local Epidemiologist is a great resource for updates on everything COVID