Policy Updates

Zimmer Covid Policy (Updated 5/11/2022)

Zimmer Covid Policy (revised 5/11/2022)

 

  1. EXPOSURE

  1. A student or teacher is considered to be exposed at school when:

    1. They have been in close contact with the person who tested positive for 15 minutes or more.

    2. Or they have been in the same classroom with someone who tested positive for ½ hour or more.

  2. To determine when someone was contagious, we count back 2 days before symptoms appeared or that person got a positive test result. 

  3. If someone was exposed at home, we count exposure from the first day following the last date of exposure to a positive person. 

 

B. QUARANTINE FOR EXPOSURE

  1. Students and teachers who had Covid in the 90 days prior to exposure do not need to quarantine if they are exposed. They will need to mask for 5 days after their return.

  2. Teachers and children who have been fully vaccinated* and are asymptomatic do not need to quarantine. Masks are recommended for 10 days after their return.

  3. All exposed children may continue to attend school as long as they are completely asymptomatic and they can produce a negative test on days 3 and 5. They will need to mask for 10 days after their return.

  4. Families that choose to quarantine their children at home may return at any time as long as they are asymptomatic and present a negative test for return. They will need to mask for the number of  days after their return necessary to complete 10 days from exposure.  Children who are too young, or unable to wear a mask effectively need to stay home for the entire 10-day isolation period.

  5. If a family opts not to take a test, the child may quarantine for ten days, and as long as they are completely asymptomatic they can return with a rapid test (preferred) or without a test on the 10th day after exposure. They will not need to wear a mask.

  6. Whenever possible, Zimmer Preschool will create a quarantine class for those students who were exposed in school,  but show no symptoms. This class will run from 9:00-12:30. After 12:30, the children will be mixed with the rest of their POD.

  7. Children exposed to family members living in their home must quarantine 5 days from the LAST day of exposure with the positive family member. They will need to be asymptomatic and present a negative test for return. They will need to mask for 5 days after their return.  Children who are too young, or unable to wear a mask effectively need to stay home for the entire 10-day isolation period.

 

  1. ISOLATION FOR COVID

     a. Since testing is unreliable for people who had a Covid infection, no testing             is required to return to school. To return to school after having Covid:

  1. Teachers who are completely asymptomatic may return on the fifth day after symptoms began or after getting a positive test result. 

  2. Vaccinated students who are completely asymptomatic may return on the fifth day after symptoms began or after getting a positive test result. They are expected to wear a mask for 5 more days.

  3. Unvaccinated students who are completely asymptomatic may return to school on the fifth day after symptoms began or after getting a positive test result if they are able to wear a mask effectively for 5 more days. Children who are too young or unable to wear a mask effectively need to stay home for the entire 10-day isolation period.

  4. People who continue to have symptoms beyond the ten day isolation period should continue to isolate until they have been asymptomatic for three days. 

 

NOTE: “If symptoms persist or if the individual is unable to wear a mask, they need to isolate for ten days.” (per the CDC)

 

*Per CDC, individuals who are unvaccinated or are more than six months out from their second dose of Moderna or Pfizer vaccine or more than 2 months after the J&J vaccine and not yet boosted, should quarantine for 5 days followed by strict mask use for an additional 5 days. Individuals who (are less than 6 months out from their second dose, or) have received their booster vaccine do not need to quarantine following an exposure, however they should wear a mask for 10 days after the exposure. 

Zimmer Masking Policy (Updated 3/7/2022)

As per the newest state COVID regulations (and in consultation with the Board of Health), as of Monday, March 7 our masking rules will change: 

 

INDOORS:
Masks will no longer be mandatory. However, until the spring weather arrives (when windows are open), teachers will continue to mask, and unless a family requests otherwise, children will continue to be encouraged to mask as well. (Please let us know your preference.)

 

OUTDOORS:
Adults will unmask, but have masks with them so that they can wear them when they are not able to distance effectively. Unless a family requests otherwise, children will continue to be encouraged to mask outside as well as inside.

 

PODS/DIVISIONS
Starting on Monday, February 28, from 3pm onwards, children will be separated by Divisions when indoors, but within Upper Division and Lower Division, the Pods may play together.

As the weather gets warmer, After 3pm, Divisions will be allowed to play outside in the playground at the same time.