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New COVID Guidelines - 1-31-2022

New COVID guidelines from the NYC Department of Education & NYC Department of Health for students who are close contacts and students who are sick, in addition to a new quarantine policy.

Click here to read the letter (English, Spanish & Chinese versions) from our school nurse!
 
Dear Families,                                                                                                 January 31, 2022
Lexington is committed to prioritizing a safe and healthy learning environment for all our children. Established guidelines made by the NYC Department of Education for nonpublic schools, NYC Department of Health as well as guidance from the scientific community help ensure that we put additional health and safety measures on our children’s return to school for in person learning.  Please take the time to review the new guidelines.

Home Test Kits:
Students, who exhibit COVID-like symptoms (fever-100.0F or greater, chills, cough, shortness of breathdifficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle ache, body ache, headache, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, runny nose, congestion, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea) or who are close contacts meaning they are in the classroom or bus where a positive case has been identified, will receive a free take-home COVID-19 rapid test kit to bring home and to use.
Please note there are two tests in one kit.  All who have a take home test kit will need to test two times. This is how to use this test. 

Students who are Close Contact:
·       If your child is exposed to COVID-19 or to a COVID positive individual in the classroom or bus, your child is a close contact.  Your child will take the first test that evening and the second test on Day 5
·       If your child continues to receive negative test results and has no symptoms of COVID-19, they may continue to attend school.
·       If your child feels ill or has COVID-19 symptoms before the fifth day, isolate your child and have your child take the second home test immediately.
·       If your child tests positive on either first or second home test, your child must isolate for 5 days after the positive result.  Contact the school nurse immediately at 718-350-3282 or 347-846-2034 or cizsak@lexnyc.org to inform them of the result and for further guidance.

Students who are Sick:
·       If your child is sent home sick with COVID like symptoms, your child will take the first test that evening and the second test 24 hours later.
Your child may not attend school until they receive negative results on both of these home tests taken within 24 hours of each other and have been fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication OR if your child receives a negative test result from a PCR COVID test.
·       If your child tests positive on either home test, your child must isolate for 5 days following the first positive test. All preschool students who are at least 2 years old and test positive for the virus will be required to isolate for 10 days. Contact the school nurse immediately at 718-350-3282 or 347-846-2034 or cizsak@lexnyc.org.
 
 All who test positive on the take home test must isolate for 5 days and can return to school on Day 6.  All symptoms should be resolving at that time.

New Quarantine Policy:

All Vaccinated Students
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To be fully vaccinated means 2 weeks AFTER receiving one J&J, two Pfizer, or two Moderna) 
·       If your child is fully vaccinated, they may continue to attend school.  They will need to continue to wear mask completely over the nose and down to the chin covering both nose and mouth.  They will continue handwashing and safely physically distance.

Pre School Students
·       If your child is a Preschooler and is a close contact to a positive COVID student, but not tested positive themselves will now be allowed to return after 5 days, provided they have no symptoms and receive a negative at home rapid tests taken on Days 4 and 5.  Your child may return on Day 6. 
·       If your child is fully vaccinated and does not have any COVID like symptoms, they may continue to attend school.

Elementary through Grade 12 (unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated)
·       If your child is not vaccinated or not fully vaccinated and is a close contact, your child may continue to attend school if they do not have COVID symptoms and if they have negative result from the Take Home COVID kit. 
·       Your child needs to take two tests- one the first evening and the second on Day 5.
 
We will continue to update you with any new information and changes as we strive to keep your children safe. Please do not hesitate to reach out with questions or clarifications you may need!
Sincerely,
Carolyn Izsak                                                                                                                                                                                                        Nurse Coordinator                                                                                                                                                                                                Health Services                                                                                                                                                                                                      Lexington School for the Deaf                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                            
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