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COVID Risk Mitigation

May 2022

Having successfully managed the Miquon community’s response to COVID, we have crafted an updated FAQ that will help families, teachers, and staff to keep us all safe. Please know that we continue to make decisions based on expert public health advice. Contact Alison Glick or Charlotte Boulay with any questions.

 

Q: My child has mild cold symptoms that would not normally keep them home. What should I do?

A: Give them a rapid antigen test at home, emailing a photo of the results to [email protected] along with the type of test you administered and the time administered. Alternatively, you can email or call Alison to arrange testing of your child at arrival. Your child must not take the bus/van and should be driven to school. After dropping off your child, you will need to park in the River Park lot and wait 15-20 minutes for the results.

Q: My child has contracted COVID. What should I do?

A: Your child will need to stay home for at least five (5) days, and can return to school when symptoms are resolving and with a negative rapid antigen test, per the procedure above, or on day 10, whichever is sooner. If your child tests negative on day 6, they should continue masking outside through day 10 at school. Some children will test negative on day 6; some continue to test positive for 9-10 days. 

Q: Someone in my household  has tested positive for COVID-19. What should I do?

A: If the positive person in your house is able to fully isolate from your child and/or wear a high-filtration KN95 mask in the house at all times, and your child remains asymptomatic, your child can “test to stay.” You may rapid test your child at home each morning or we can test them at school. In this situation, your child should mask indoors and outdoors at school until the infected person at home tests negative. 

Q: My child was exposed to a non-household contact who has tested positive for COVID. What should I do?

A: If your child is fully vaccinated and remains asymptomatic, they can continue to attend school and we will “test to stay” by administering rapid antigen tests (at home or at school per the procedure in the first question above) on days 3, 5, and 7 post exposure.

If your child is unvaccinated they will need to stay home for five days and have a negative PCR test to return to school. 

Q: Why is Miquon’s policy on returning after testing positive different from Montgomery County’s policy?

A: Miquon has consistently chosen a more cautious path in terms of risk mitigation. We are also fortunate to have a supply of rapid antigen tests for use at school and home. A positive rapid antigen test indicates that enough virus is present to infect someone else, and data shows that this infectious period can last for up to 14 days. Therefore we are still requiring that individuals who continue to test positive stay out of school until at least day 10.    

Q: My child is home sick with a non-COVID illness, as determined by a doctor. When can they return to school?

A: Your child can return when they are fever-free without medication for 24 hours, or 24 hours after they last vomited or had diarrhea.

Q: What else can parents do to help with COVID mitigation?

A: As is evident from the outbreak of new variants, we may be done with COVID but the disease is not done with us. The best thing you can do is follow the advice of trusted public health experts: ensure that you and your eligible children are fully vaccinated and “boosted”; mask when indoors with people outside your family “bubble”; avoid crowds; get tested if you are exposed to the virus or have symptoms; and communicate with Miquon about your child’s situation. And please email your child’s vaccine cards to Alison as soon as possible.

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