Being fully vaccinated redefines the contact tracing process. Read on for the CDC's guidelines.
By Margee Brennan and Jenn Aaron, USN Health Team
The Health Team is excited to share that our current coronavirus vaccination rate for eligible students, those 12 and older, now stands at 97% and rising. We appreciate your cooperation in getting your student’s vaccine documentation to us in such a timely and efficient manner. We are nearly singular as a school community in having reached this level of vaccination and documentation, so thank you for your pivotal role in this accomplishment. Our faculty and staff numbers are within a similar range, and we look forward to sharing that exact statistic soon.
As expressed in the numerous communications sent to families in grades 7-12 requesting vaccination status documentation, this information was critical. It gives us greater confidence in our operational decision making going forward, and day-to-day life at 2000 Edgehill is shaped, for the better, by such a high rate of vaccination.
Most notably, being vaccinated completely redefines the contact tracing process and subsequent potential need to quarantine. Below we've detailed the Centers for Disease Control guidelines for that process for fully vaccinated individuals. If your fully vaccinated student is exposed to someone infected with COVID-19:
They do not have to quarantine and may continue to attend school as long as they are symptom free.
They should wear masks while indoors in public places.
They should monitor for any symptoms, however mild.
They should obtain a COVID-19 test three to five days after the exposure regardless of symptoms or the lack thereof.
The should obtain a PCR test immediately upon developing symptoms.
This is significantly different from our practice last year and is subject to change as data continues to emerge regarding the virus. We will monitor CDC recommendations, adapt our protocol as indicated, and communicate any changes to you. While we remain vigilant and cautious in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, we see these numbers as incredibly encouraging. Let's continue to lead by example in the name of public health and a successful school year.
As longtime counselor Beth Eberl assumes the new role of Director of Counseling, we welcome Latricia Watkins, Randi Days, and Trish Buckner to work with students in Lower, Middle, and High Schools, respectively.