ICS 2021-2022 STUDENT COVID PROTOCOL
*pending changes to DOH and CDC recommendations as well as the changing trends and needs of our school and community
All ICS employees, including school-based staff, will be required to be vaccinated. ICS employees will be required to provide proof that they have received at least one dose of a two-dose series of the COVID-19 vaccination by September 27, 2021. ICS strongly encourages vaccination for all students 12 and older.
Face Coverings and PPE
All students and staff must wear a face covering when riding on school buses and anywhere on school property, indoors and outdoors, regardless of vaccination status, except while eating or drinking.
Physical Distancing in Schools
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) “recommends schools maintain at least 3 feet of physical distance between students within classrooms to reduce transmission risk.” All ICS schools are adhering to this recommendation whenever possible. Additionally, to minimize exposure to additional students in grades K-8, students will be kept together consistently, including during lunch, to minimize movement and potential additional exposures.
If there is an exposure, parents/guardians will be notified if their child was identified as a close contact, which is defined as “within 6 feet for ten minutes or more over a 24-hour period” out of an abundance of caution.
Proper ventilation is essential to prevent COVID-19. Every room on the ICS campus in use by students and staff for extended periods of time will have fully operational ventilation through either natural, mechanical, or a combination of means.
All classrooms and common areas, such as auditoriums and gyms will have hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes available. Each classroom will be cleaned daily using disinfecting solutions.
Positive Cases: Closure and Quarantine
We know how important it is to keep our schools and classrooms open for learning, and we have done everything we can to ensure our classrooms are equipped to be safe learning environments, including mandating that all staff are vaccinated and ensuring increased ventilation in all school buildings and classrooms. However, there may be times when your child is asked to quarantine due to exposure to COVID-19. Quarantine protocols for students include:
- Classes with children ages 12 and under and other children identified as close contact: In the event there is a positive case in a classroom, all students in the class will be instructed to quarantine for 14 calendar days. Students will continue to receive remote instruction while they quarantine.
- Classes with children over the age of 12 and other children identified as close contact: In the event there is a positive case in a classroom, students who are:
- At least 12 years old, vaccinated, and not showing symptoms will continue to attend school in-person. Out of an abundance of caution, these students are strongly encouraged to take a COVID-19 PCR test 3 to 5 days after exposure.
- Students at least 12 years old, vaccinated, and showing symptoms will be directed to quarantine for 14 calendar days. These students will have access to remote learning while quarantining.
- Unvaccinated students will be directed to quarantine for 14 calendar days. These students will continue their learning remotely. On day 5 of their quarantine, students may take a COVID-19 PCR test, and with a negative result, return to attending school in-person after seven days.
Schools will only close when it is determined by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) that there is widespread transmission in the school.
*Any visitors to the building will need to show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination, or show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test within 7 days.