Chicago Persian School Health and Safety Protocol

We begin the 2021-2022 school year with more knowledge and experience about managing COVID-19, than a year ago this time. However, the challenge is not over and we must remain focused & informed as we continually adjust our plans to best serve the safety and educational needs of our Chicago Persian School community. This safety guideline will remain the basis of our in-person operation unless it is replaced by a revised version, based on new scientific information. As we await the availability of vaccines for students under the age of 12, we will continue to employ the layered prevention and mitigation strategies that have been advised by CDC and used by schools across the Chicagoland area.

We encourage you to read this plan and its appendices, carefully and completely, while mindful of the fact that our small community operates on the basis of honesty and trust. Therefore, we consider this a moral contract between us to protect each other’s health by being proactive and transparent. 

The following are the exceptions from every member of the school community who plan to be physically present at the school:

  • Anyone age 12 and older who plan to enter and stay inside the school building should provide proof of vaccination. You are considered fully vaccinated, 2 weeks after the final dose of your vaccine series.

  • Adults who are not vaccinated or unwilling to share their proof of vaccination can drop off / pick up at the entrance.

  • Unvaccinated students who are 12 or older need to enroll in online classes rather than in-person classes.

  • All individuals age 2 and older must wear a face mask, covering both their nose and mouth, at all times when indoors, regardless of vaccination status. 

  • A distance of at least 3 feet should be maintained between students, parents, and staff. 

  • Students, parents, teachers, and staff should stay home when experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or any other infectious illness.

  • Frequent hand washing, covering cough/sneeze, and disinfection of the work area should be practiced by every member of the school community.

  • Honest and timely communication is expected from any Chicago Persian School community member who may have been exposed to or is ill with COVID-19. This will allow for contact tracing and effective prevention from the further spread of the virus.

  • During recess, drop off, and pick up time, students and their families are discouraged from crowding in one area. Adults are expected to guide/monitor students to spread out and use open areas of the school while social distancing.

  • Appendix A should be used as the reference in case of illness or close contact, for all Chicago Persian School students, staff, and their household members.

  • Appendix B should be used as the reference in case of travel, for all Chicago Persian School students, staff, and their household members.

  • Students who need to quarantine due to travel can participate in classes remotely.

 

Illness Protocol

Chicago Persian School students, parents, and staff are expected to inform the school directors by emailing health@chicagopersianschool.org, if they have tested positive for COVID-19 or been in close contact with someone who has tested positive. When a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19 is identified in school, the contact tracing begins (refer to Appendix A for infographic).

Exposure / Close Contact:

Being within 6 feet of a COVID-19 positive person with or without a mask for a total of 15 minutes or more within a 24-hr period. An infected person can spread COVID-19 starting from 2 days before they have any symptoms.

Exception: In the K–12 indoor classroom setting, the close contact definition excludes students who were within 3 to 6 feet of an infected student if both the infected student and the exposed student(s) correctly and consistently wore well-fitting masks the entire time.

Not Exposed / Not a Close Contact

Includes anyone who was in the building the same day as the positive individual, but DID NOT interact with the case in a way that defines them as a close contact. Simply being in the same building or at the same event as a positive or symptomatic person does not mean you are a close contact or need to quarantine.

Contact Tracing:

Once the school receives a notification of a positive case, internal contact tracing will begin to review the attendance log of the infected individual and to notify any individuals who were identified as close contacts and need to quarantine. The school community will be sent a notification informing them when a confirmed case was present in the building.

Quarantine Requirements:

If a fully vaccinated individual (at least 2 weeks after the final dose of their vaccine series) comes into close contact with someone with COVID-19 they do not need to quarantine, but it is highly recommended they get tested 3-5 days after the date of their exposure.

 

If your child is determined to be a close contact and is not fully vaccinated, the CDC still recommends a 14-day quarantine period from the date of the most recent exposure to the infected individual. 

 

The positive individual must isolate at home for at least 10 days from the onset of symptoms; additionally, they must be fever-free for at least 24 hours (without using medication to reduce their temperature) and all symptoms must have improved. 

 

Unless fully vaccinated (at least 2 weeks after the final dose of vaccine series), those with close contact need to quarantine for 14 days from their last exposure to the positive individual. If the household setup does not allow for isolation of the positive individual (i.e. separate bedroom and bathroom allowing social distancing within the home), the 14-day quarantine of the close contacts would begin AFTER the 10-day isolation of the positive individual was completed. 

Travel Protocol

Refer to Appendix B for COVID-19 travel guidance infographic.

Domestic travel follows CDPH guidance:

  • If unvaccinated and traveling from states and territories that are labeled Orange, obtain a negative COVID-19 test result no more than 72 hours prior to arrival in Chicago or quarantine for a 10-day period upon arrival. 

  • If vaccinated, you do not need to quarantine or receive a negative test.

 

International travel follows CDC guidance

  • If unvaccinated, get tested with a viral test three-five days after travel AND stay home and self-quarantine for a full seven days after travel.

  • Even if you test negative, stay home and self-quarantine for the full seven days.

  • If your test is positive, isolate yourself for 10 days from your first symptoms (or the date of the test if asymptomatic) to protect others from getting infected.

  • If you don’t get tested, stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days after travel.

  • Vaccinated individuals do not need to quarantine but are encouraged to test.

Last Updated September 4, 2021

References:

Appendix A

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Appendix B

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