April 7, 2021

Dear Members of the Collegiate Community,
 
Welcome back! I hope everyone had an enjoyable and safe spring break. I look forward to welcoming our students and faculty back to the building next week. 

First, please let me know immediately of any positive COVID-19 cases that occurred over the break. While these did not occur while school was in session, I am still required to report these to the NYC Department of Health as they have a connection to our community. Additionally, a diagnosis of COVID-19 affects your pool testing requirements and any possible exposure quarantine going forward.

I also want to remind everyone that we will continue with our weekly pool testing procedures for all in-person members of the community. This remains an important safety check, helping us monitor the health of our community and it will remain a requirement for in-person learning or teaching moving forward. 

As expected, the CDC, NYS and NYC Departments of Health have released a number of updated guidelines over the past few weeks. We have included these new guidelines on our reopening website for you to reference. With these new guidelines in hand, I wanted to provide you with updates regarding our own health and safety procedures.

Exposure and Vaccination

Should an individual be exposed to COVID-19, in or out of the School environment, quarantine is now 10 days (day 1 being the day after your last exposure). A PCR test with a collection date on or after day 7 of quarantine must be submitted to nurses@collegiateschool.org to return to in-person learning or teaching. Additionally, if quarantine leads to a missed pool test, then individuals must submit a PCR test within 7 days of the previous pool test prior to returning to school. The PCR test during quarantine and the PCR test to substitute for the missed pool test may be the same if the dates align, but you should reach out to the nursing team at nurses@collegiateschool.org for confirmation of dates, based on your quarantine requirements.
 
Fully vaccinated individuals (an individual is considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19 starting 2 weeks after receiving the second dose in a two-dose series or 2 weeks after they have received a single-dose vaccine) are exempt from exposure quarantine during the first 3 months following full vaccination. Additionally, those who have previously recovered from a diagnosis of COVID-19 are exempt from exposure quarantine if the exposure is within 3 months of their diagnosis. 
 
Documentation of vaccination is required to be exempt from quarantine. We ask that students and faculty/staff upload of a picture of their completed vaccination cards into Magnus Health under the Immunization Requirement. 

Travel

For those members of our community who travel domestically, in New York State quarantine is no longer required following travel, assuming the individual remains asymptomatic. Additionally, testing after domestic travel is no longer needed, as long as you have previously participated in the weekly pool test. Otherwise, a PCR test is required prior to returning to school within 7 days of the last pool test. 
 
However, if you travel internationally and return to New York State, quarantine remains a requirement to return to in-person learning and teaching. Individuals will need to quarantine for 7 full days (day 1 being the day after travel) with a PCR test performed on either day 3, 4, or 5 of quarantine. Additionally, if quarantine leads to a missed pool test, then individuals must submit a PCR test within 7 days of the previous pool test prior to your return to School. The PCR test during quarantine and the PCR test to substitute for the missed pool test may be the same if the dates align, but you should reach out to the nursing team at nurses@collegiateschool.org for confirmation of dates, based on your quarantine requirements.
 
Finally, I encourage everyone to consider COVID-19 vaccination if eligible. Upper School students with vaccination appointments during the school day may be excused from necessary classes, however students should be in touch with Kate Ostrander in the Upper School office and the nurses office to ensure absences are properly marked and any required work is completed appropriately. 
 
I want to thank everyone for their continued work this year to help maintain the health and safety of the community. I understand that the constantly changing nature of requirements is difficult, and I expect additional changes as we look forward, but I am grateful for everyone’s understanding and compliance. It remains our goal to prioritize in-person learning while maintaining the safety of our students and faculty and I appreciate your support as I work to meet this goal.
 
Stay well, 
 
Sharon McGahan, RN