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March 5, 2021   Announcement

Important Info Regarding a Return to School After Spring Break


With Spring Break just a few weeks away, we would like to remind our community of the expectations for a return to the building after the break. Despite a lifting of state-wide travel restrictions and other pandemic restrictions city-wide, we are still requiring families to take these precautions following Spring Break travel, and asking families to continue to adhere to the health and safety guidelines (mask wearing, social distancing and cleaning hands) we have been so diligent in upholding throughout the school year.

EXPECTATIONS FOR A RETURN TO THE BUILDING AFTER OUT-OF-STATE TRAVEL 

If traveling outside the state of Pennsylvania you are required to do ONE of the following:

  • quarantine for 10 days upon return home before returning to school

  • get tested upon return home AND quarantine for 72 hours

All persons tested must quarantine while awaiting results. Submit your child’s negative COVID test to Nurse Hill vhill@st-peters-school.org before the return to in-person learning. Tests may be rapid (antigen) or PCR.

Please know that we consider the PCR test to be the most reliable at this time.  A rapid test is a “point-in-time test”. It means that the virus was not detected at the time of the test. Click here to review the difference between rapid and PCR tests.

Some health care centers will not perform a COVID test if you are not symptomatic. If you are not symptomatic, find a place that will test you based on possible exposure or travel. If possible let the testing center know that the test is required for return to school.

If any symptoms develop within 7 days after the rapid test, the student will be required to remain out of school, follow up with his or her health care provider to complete a PCR COVID test, or submit a doctor’s note with a diagnosis.

If you choose not to test, you will be required to provide documentation of your return dates before you are approved to resume in-person instruction. If it is found that a staff member or student returns to the building without adhering to the above requirements, you will be asked to discontinue in-person instruction and return home for 10 days (without testing) or 7 days with a negative COVID test result.

Parents who are not traveling with students are not required to submit a negative test unless a parent is experiencing symptoms. Please do not send your child to school if you or anyone in the household is symptomatic.

EXPECTATIONS FOR A RETURN TO THE BUILDING AFTER IN-STATE OR REGIONAL TRAVEL

Families choosing to travel light and take short distance trips to DE, NJ, and other parts of PA are not required to present a negative COVID test OR quarantine for 72 hours before returning to the building. However, we are asking families to adhere to the health and safety guidelines (mask wearing, social distancing and cleaning hands) we have upheld to ensure a safe return to school.

FAMILY MEMBERS OUTSIDE OF THE HOME AND CHILDCARE PROVIDERS

The CDC recommends that family members should not gather in large groups or with people outside of your household. Furthermore, if your family plans to be around other family members who live outside of the household, all family members should wear masks when around each other and should consider COVID testing before and after gathering.

Additionally, the April break may cause a need for families to utilize childcare providers. If this is the case, please make sure the caretaker is COVID and symptom free.  Ask him/her to wear a mask when in your home and around your children especially if the caregiver is shared with other families.

WHAT TO DO IF YOU HAVE HAD A POSITIVE COVID TEST IN THE PAST 90 DAYS

If your child has tested positive for COVID in the past 90 days, you are not required to test.  For persons previously diagnosed with symptomatic COVID-19 who remain asymptomatic after recovery, retesting is not recommended within 3 months after the date of symptom onset for the initial COVID-19 infection per CDC guidelines. Therefore, if your family is traveling or exposed to COVID, because of your recent positive test, there will be no need to test, however your child must remain out of school for 10 days if your child or anyone in the family comes in contact with a COVID positive person.

We appreciate what everyone has done and how each of you has sacrificed to make the whole community safe. Our teachers and other members of our community are in the process of getting vaccinated, the weather will get warmer – we see the light at the end of the tunnel! We cannot thank you enough for all you have done to support our teachers and the School through this year.