Thank you to our employees and families for continuing to participate in maintaining a safe environment for in-person learning. We are so proud of our community for coming together during a challenging time. Since 2020 we have implemented plans for the safety of our students, and we will continue to keep safety and the best interest of our students as the highest priorities. We frequently monitor the status, and this notification includes some important updates.
As you are likely aware, there has been quite a bit of information about the increase in spread of COVID-19 with the new Omicron variant. It appears the Omicron variant is more contagious but may lead to milder symptoms, and it appears to impact the throat more than the lungs, leading it to be more contagious but less serious in most cases. We continue to monitor the virus closely within our community. People with COVID-19 are now recommended to isolate for 5 days with some variations due to the evidence that most of the transmission occurs early in the course of illness.
We will continue to monitor the number of reported COVID-19 cases among students and informing the community using the website as we have been doing. Our expectation is that we may see more students with COVID-19 than in the fall due to the increased contagiousness of Omicron. We are hopeful that the number of cases will begin to decrease in late January or early February as predicted by experts.
Please notify SCA immediately if your child is positive and you will be guided on the new isolation protocols. In summary, the requirements will be as such:
1. If your child shows any symptoms they must stay home, including sore throats. They may attend school when the symptoms have subsided for 48 hours, or a negative PCR or antigen test result has been provided.
2. If your child tested positive for COVID-19, they may return to school once they have isolated for 5 days since the symptoms first appeared AND they have gone 48 hours without symptoms. The SCA nurse will provide this date to the family based on our discussions with them. Children may not return if their symptoms have not cleared for 48 hours, even if the days of isolation exceed five.
We continuously monitor all positive cases at SCA and may alter our procedures at any time to keep our students and employees safe. Any time there is a positive case among our students or employees, there is a possibility of quarantines for those exposed (see quarantine sections below).
We have historically updated our families weekly regarding positive cases and will continue to communicate this information via the chart below on our website for easier access to our community. Our weekly newsletters will remind our families of this link. This chart will be updated each Friday and can be accessed any time.

Summary of Safety Protocols in Place

Face Coverings – Face coverings are optional and will be supported for those who elect to wear them.
Athletics – SCA high school athletes follow any AIA requirements related to participation. Elementary and Middle School athletes follow SCA guidance and requirements.
Temperature checks take place in the nurse’s office when necessary.
Visitors and volunteers are now welcome on campus with an appointment and must check-in at one of the front offices.
We continue with enhanced regular cleaning of all classrooms and common spaces on campus, enhanced air filters, and many other procedures that were added since the pandemic began. Hand sanitizing stations are still provided throughout the campus.
All positive cases must isolate at home for the determined time frame in accordance with our health office. If your child is positive, please notify our health office (elanphar@scamail.org) immediately for further guidance.
Symptomatic exposures to positive cases (that meet the definition of close contact) should quarantine as guided by our health office when notified. Close contacts are considered people who were within 6-feet of a person with COVID-19 while infectious for a total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period or who had physical contact with a person with COVID-19 while infectious, regardless of whether a mask was worn. While exposure does not mean that your child has COVID-19 or will necessarily get COVID-19, if your child is experiencing any symptoms, we ask that you please follow the section below for students with symptoms.
Exposures (no symptoms): Asymptomatic exposures to positive cases are not required to quarantine but may do so if you wish to exercise additional layers of caution. As you determine whether to quarantine an asymptomatic exposed student, you may consider factoring in other variables including whether they are fully vaccinated, have been diagnosed with COVID-19 within the last 90 days, or have high risk household members.
Exposures (no symptoms): Asymptomatic exposures to positive cases are not required to quarantine but may do so if you wish to exercise additional layers of caution. As you determine whether to quarantine an asymptomatic exposed student, you may consider factoring in other variables including whether they are fully vaccinated, have been diagnosed with COVID-19 within the last 90 days, or have high risk household members.

 

We ask that you continue to follow health protocols and keep all children home with any symptoms or signs of illness. If your child is exhibiting any of the symptoms below, they should stay home from school.
  • Fever of 100.4 or higher, or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
If your child will be absent, please work with your child’s advisor and teachers to accommodate missed work. If you have any questions regarding isolation or quarantine procedures, please contact SCA’s RN Elizabeth Lanphar through email at elanphar@scamail.org.

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