Positive cases must isolate for a minimum of 10 days from the date of onset of symptoms or positive test date (both of which are considered Day 0). They may return after a minimum of 10 days and when they are symptom and fever free for at least 24 hours. Current guidelines do not require these students to provide a negative PCR COVID-19 test before returning to school, but they must meet with and be cleared by the school nurse on the morning of their first day back to school. If the nurse does not clear the student, they will be sent home. Any boarding student with a positive result will be required to leave campus with their parent or Local Emergency Contact within 24 hours of the notification.
Any student required to quarantine must remain out of school for 14 days from the date of the last known contact (which is considered Day 0). In order to return to school, the student must have a negative PCR COVID-19 test no earlier than Day 13. The negative results must include the test date and be uploaded to Magnus for review by the school nurse, who will clear the student to return as soon as test results are approved. Onsite testing is not permitted in the case of quarantine.
Close contact policy
Any student considered a close contact to a positive case, inside or outside of school, must quarantine for 14 days after the last known contact. If the student has Fay siblings, those siblings must also quarantine for those same 14 days. For close contacts, the last day of potential exposure is considered Day 0 and quarantine is 14 full days from that date. These students and siblings must follow the quarantine policy.
If a Fay student who tests positive has a sibling at Fay, that sibling is considered a close contact and must remain at home until the positive student is cleared to return to school.
o If the positive child has remained completely isolated in the home, the sibling may return after quarantining for 14 days. The sibling must follow the quarantine policy.
o If the positive child has not been completely isolated at home, the sibling must quarantine for an additional 14 days after the positive child returns to school. In this case, the sibling would need to be out of school for a minimum of 24 days from the positive test date or onset of symptoms.
During the 14 days after identifying a positive case, we will conduct two more tests (in addition to the regular weekly tests) of the students who are in the same cohort but have not been identified as close contacts and are not in quarantine.
Student absence of three or more days
Any student who is absent from school due to illness of any kind for three or more days is required to provide the school nurse with a doctor's note in order to return. Upon reviewing the specifics of the absence, the school nurse may also require a negative PCR COVID-19 test.
Student absence of five or more days
Any student who is absent from school due to illness of any kind or for any other reason for five or more days is required to provide a negative PCR COVID-19 test taken within three days of returning to school. Negative test results must include the date of the test and be uploaded to Magnus in order for the student to return.