Health & Wellness 2022-2023
- Travel, COVID-19 Exposure Risk, and Testing
- Mask Wearing
- Vaccination Status
- Parent Access to Campus
- Exposure, Isolation & Quarantine Guidelines
- In Case of Illness
- Communication from Key
International Travel - According to CDC guidelines, individuals traveling internationally, regardless of vaccination status, should get tested with a viral test 3-5 full days after returning to the United States.
- Unvaccinated individuals must get tested AND quarantine a full five days. Quarantine may end after five days if the viral test is negative and the individual has remained asymptomatic.
- Please notify Key’s Health Office if your student has plans to travel internationally.
Domestic Travel - The State of Maryland no longer requires COVID-19 testing and quarantine following domestic travel
Individuals should wear a mask indoors for ten full days if:
They have tested positive for COVID-19 or have symptoms, regardless of vaccination status. Reminder: Individuals who test positive must contact Key's Health Office and isolate, according to CDC guidelines, at least a full 5 days.
There is an individual in their household who has tested positive for COVID-19.
They have a known exposure to a positive individual.
Except for the circumstances listed above, masks are optional for all students, faculty and staff. However, visitors to the First School are required to wear a well-fitting mask.
Masks are optional on all transportation. According to updated CDC guidance, masks are no longer required on buses or vans operated by public or private school systems.
We continue to strongly encourage families of students who are eligible to get vaccinated to do so. If your student has been fully vaccinated, please send Katie Anderson in the Health Office a copy of their vaccination card. This documentation will help to determine if/when your student needs to quarantine if there has been a potential exposure. In addition, knowing the total number of students who are vaccinated will help inform decisions about safety protocols for several co-curricular programs. Vaccination of all eligible individuals is an essential element to mitigating the spread of COVID-19.
Exposure is defined as 15 minutes or more (cumulative in a 24 hour period) within 6 feet of the infected student when either or both individuals are not wearing masks.
Asymptomatic, fully vaccinated persons are not required to quarantine following exposure to someone with COVID-19 (even if they were not wearing a mask) but should wear masks for 10 days and take a COVID-19 test 5 to 7 full days after exposure, or sooner if they become symptomatic.
Although Key School is no longer contract tracing, if your unvaccinated student has been exposed, they will need to quarantine for 5 full days after the potential exposure and provide a negative antigen (rapid) or PCR test obtained on Day 6 prior to returning to school.
For example, Student A was potentially exposed on a Thursday. Student A must quarantine through Day 5, which is the following Tuesday. On Day 6 (Wednesday) the student may take an antigen (rapid) or PCR test, and if negative, return to school that day.
When the individual meets these criteria and school entry is permitted, all of the following must be adhered to:
- Daily symptom monitoring continues through Day 10, AND
- Correct and consistent face mask use through Day 10; AND
- Immediate isolation and contact of their healthcare provider and Key’s Health Office if any symptoms develop.
Should quarantine related to COVID-19 be required, students will be able to Zoom into classes for grades Kindergarten-12 for the duration of the quarantine period. For students in Key-Wee-Pre-Kindergarten, developmentally appropriate accommodations will be made on a case-by-case basis. Key will not use synchronous online instruction for other illnesses or absences.
If your student is not feeling well, please keep them home and contact Key’s Health Office to develop a return to school plan, which may require testing (rapid/antigen or PCR test).
While PCR testing is still the gold standard, rapid/antigen tests are acceptable. Please test your student while they are symptomatic. Negative rapid/antigen results may need to be confirmed with a PCR test.
Students with any symptoms (temperature of 100F or higher, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea) may not attend school and families should notify Key’s Health Office.
Students who become ill at school must be picked up within an hour.
FIRST & LOWER SCHOOL
- Key will notify families when there is a positive case in the class and if there is an outbreak in their student’s class. An outbreak is defined as three cases that are epidemiologically linked in one class.
MIDDLE & UPPER SCHOOL
- Key will not be communicating with grades or classes in the event of a positive individual. Families are encouraged to identify close contacts of their student if the exposure occurred outside of school hours and notify those families and Key's Health Office.
- Sports teams will be notified when there is a positive case on the team.
If an outbreak occurs (three cases that are epidemiologically linked in one class, grade or team) Key will notify the entire grade.
Last updated 7/14/22