LAU’s COVID-19 Contingency Plan in Accordance with Current State Guidelines
As simple as it may seem, handwashing and hand-sanitizing are both important ways to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Hand sanitizer and soap dispensers will be readily available in ILC’s for students and staff. Handwashing, hand sanitizing, and other good hygiene practices will be encouraged by mentors.
It is critical to continue to be diligent with state illness protocols. Employees or students who experience symptoms or are ill should remain home until symptoms subside. If symptoms are COVID-19 related, individuals should take advantage of testing.
Enhanced cleaning of schools will continue during the 2021-22 School Year. Enhanced cleaning is defined as more frequent cleaning of high-touch surfaces, strategic cleaning of high-use areas, and focused cleaning if a classroom has been occupied by staff or students with positive COVID test results.
Face Coverings (Masks)
Masks and other face coverings remain an important tool for reducing the spread of COVID-19. While masks are not required in our school buildings or on school grounds, mask use is optional as a prevention approach. For example, individuals may choose to wear a mask to keep themselves and others safe, if they have underlying health conditions, if transmission rates are high, or if they have been exposed to COVID-19. Any individual who chooses to wear a mask should feel comfortable and welcome to do so in our school.
Local Health Departments will provide free diagnostic testing for anyone that experiences symptoms or believes they have been exposed. Please contact your health provider if you believe you have been exposed to COVID and would like to be tested.
A major tool currently available to anyone 12 and older is vaccination. The decision to receive a vaccine is a personal decision and parental consent is required for anyone under 18. Vaccinations are free through your local Health Department or can be scheduled through local pharmacies or health care providers.
Positive COVID-19 cases will continue to occur in schools. In cooperation with the local Health Departments, we will address positive COVID-19 cases in the following ways:
Individuals Who Test Positive
The health department will notify ILC site coordinators of any positive cases of COVID-19 among students or staff populations. Individuals testing positive for COVID-19 must isolate themselves for 10 days from the onset of symptoms or from the point they receive a positive test result. They may return to school after those 10 days, and if it has been 24 hours since symptoms subsided.
Individuals Who Are Exposed
Staff or students who shared a classroom or participated in an extra-curricular activity with a positive individual for 15 minutes or longer are considered exposed and will be contacted by the school. The following recommendations will be provided:
There are no recommended restrictions for students or staff who:
- Regularly wear a mask; or
- Have had COVID-19 in the last 90 days; or
- Have been fully vaccinated; or
- Was wearing a KN95 or N95 mask at time of exposure (regardless of mask status of other individual).
If a student or staff member does not meet any of the above criteria, the following is recommended:
- Quarantine at home for 10 days; or
- Wear a mask at all times while at school during the 10-day period following exposure; or
- Wear a mask at all times while at school during a 7-day period and remove the mask if you test negative on day 7.
Anyone who has been exposed to COVID-19 should monitor for symptoms and seek testing at the onset of any symptoms.
Test to Stay
LAU will require Test to Stay when 30 or more students test positive for COVID-19 during a 10-day period. If this threshold is reached, we will require any student who wants to attend in-person events or classes will need to show a negative Covid test.