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COVID

Over fifty years of leading lives of passion and purpose.
 

Definitions

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  • Close Contact

    Greater than 15 minutes within 6 feet of an individual suspected or positive for COVID-19, starting from 24 hours before symptoms onset (for an asymptomatic COVID-19 person, 24 hours before testing)
  • Isolation

    Refers to the separation of someone who has had a positive COVID-19 test. 
    • If a Derryfield community member is has tested positive for COVID-19, the individual will need to stay home from school and isolate for 10 days from the onset of symptoms AND must be 1 day without symptoms and fever-free (without fever-reducing meds) before returning to school. 
  • Quarantine

    A practice used to separate a well person who may have been exposed to a communicable disease to see if they become ill.
    • If a Derryfield community member is unvaccinated and has had someone in their household test positive for COVID-19, they will need to quarantine for 10 days from the date of the last contact. Testing is recommended via PCR test 3-5 days after the last contact. Regardless of a negative result, the full 10 days of quarantine must be completed.

Key Contacts

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COVID Protocols

An Update from the Head of School

While we have returned to many of the programs and activities of 2019, we are still persisting through a pandemic, and thus, will be keeping our layers of protection in place for November and December. For a full explanation of those protocols and the science behind them, please watch this Fireside Chat of my conversation with our School Nurse Lainee Shaughnessy. As I state every time I talk about pandemic precautions, we will be flexible and alter our practices as scientific studies are published, as the number of new cases per 100,000 changes in New Hampshire, or as our lived experience requires. 

Our Fusion Cell advisors helped us to plan a healthy, successful school year in 2020-21. This year, their advice is informed by a greater body of medical and scientific research based on studies of schools and organizations across the globe. For example, last year our students were distanced six feet apart in classrooms until March when published research supported three-foot distancing. You will hear on the Fireside Chat that, as the school year progresses, some guidelines may be altered based upon scientific studies. 

Fusion Cell sees Derryfield as having favorable conditions that make our school completely different from a hospital, business, or public school:
  • Last year, our community members’ behavior on and off campus was compliant with health guidelines. 
  • Even without vaccines, our many health layers protected us and we only had a handful of positive COVID-19 tests.
  • This August, our vaccination rate is very high (over 87% for students, over 93% for faculty and staff) and still rising.
  • New Hampshire's new case rates are lower than most of the US. 
As a result of these favorable conditions and current research, the School will now:
  • Permit students to wear their own two- or three-ply masks. Lightweight, paper surgical masks will be provided at school. 
  • Determine if and when vaccine-eligible students (those in grades 7-12) will have the option to remain masked or remove their masks in certain classroom settings. Decisions will be based upon: 
    • The size and layout of a given classroom.
    • The classroom dynamic and students’ ability to follow directions and distancing guidelines.
    • Private health concerns related to the people in a class.
    • The activities planned for the lesson. 
  • Permit mask breaks to be indoors. 
Here’s to an enriching, excellent year of learning and growing for all!

Be well,
Mary Halpin Carter, Ph.D. P’13, P’16, P’18
Head of School

FAQs

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  • What do I do if a household member tests positive for COVID-19 and I am unvaccinated or not 2-weeks past my second dose?

    Individuals who are unvaccinated or not two weeks past their second dose of Moderna or Pfizer vaccine and have a household member who is positive will need to quarantine for 10 days. COVID-19 positive individuals should isolate themselves from well individuals in the household for the remainder of their 10-day isolation. Others in the household under quarantine are advised to get tested 3-5 days after their last close contact with the infected person. A negative test does not remove an individual from quarantine; you will need to remain home. 
     
  • What do I do if a household member tests positive for COVID-19 and I am vaccinated?

    If a household member tests positive, the COVID-19 positive individual needs to isolate as much as possible and refrain from others in the household. If other household members are vaccinated, they are not required to quarantine but should self-observe their symptoms for 14 days. PCR testing is recommended 3-5 days after their last close contact with the infected individual. Close contact is identified as being less than 6 feet from someone for 15 minutes or longer within a 24 hour period from symptom onset or a positive asymptomatic test. During this self-observation period, the individual needs to wear a mask while indoors at all times with the exception of mealtimes. Once a negative test result is received, the individual has the option of not wearing a mask when offered optional masking in classroom settings. 
  • What do I do if I was exposed to someone who has COVID-19?

    Exposures to COVID-19 in community settings (non-household exposure) such as at school or work do not warrant a quarantine, regardless of vaccination status. Those individuals should follow the self-observation guidance for 14 days. During this self-observation period, the individual needs to wear a mask while indoors at all times with the exception of mealtimes. Once a negative test result is received, the individual has the option of not wearing a mask when offered optional masking in classroom settings.

    Self-Observation: https://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/cdcs/covid19/documents/self-observation-covid.pdf
  • What do I do if my child is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19?

    If your student is experiencing symptoms, please do not send them to school. Call School Nurse Lainee Shaughnessy (603.669.4524, ext. 2252) or send her an email (lshaughnessy@derryfield.org) to begin the discussion of what symptoms your student is experiencing. Not every symptom presentation warrants a COVID-19 test for students to return to school, but it does require a conversation to allow a universal understanding of the situation and to develop potential next steps moving forward.
  • What is our mask policy?

    Derryfield's current masking policy is universal masking in areas of traffic or movement, such as hallways, or uncontrolled movement while indoors. In classrooms, with appropriate spacing, teachers may invite students to be mask-optional, but masks should remain on until asked or teachers announce it to the class. Outdoors is a mask-optional space. Sports have guidelines that are specific to each sport or activity. Those expectations and rules will be explained by coaches to athletes.

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