We’ve had a few questions from parents about the current COVID protocols. NSD is no longer doing batch testing, but all employees/volunteers must be vaccinated (unless they have a medical/religious exemption). Masking is optional–except in the health room, where it’s mandatory OR if a student is showing COVID symptoms.
NSD follows this DOH Flowchart for deciding what to do when someone is showing symptoms of COVID or tests positive. Meanwhile, here’s a quick summary of when isolation is required from Nurse Sue:
No required isolation with COVID exposure; (students should wear a mask for 10 days and test every 24-48 hours for 5 days after exposure).
Required to isolate at home with COVID symptoms (& must test negative before returning to school - at home test/or PCR).
Required isolation with COVID positive test. Day zero is the 1st day of symptoms OR day of positive test.
If you test positive, return to school after 5 days of isolation if: A) no symptoms OR B) if symptoms significantly improve and no fever for 24 hours (without medication). Then, you must wear a mask at school for 5 additional days.
If you never test positive, return to school as soon as A) no symptoms OR B) if symptoms significantly improve and no fever for 24 hours (without medication)