HAA Covid-19 Protocol & Policy

COVID-19 Guidance for – Fall 2021.

Hellenic American Academy will be in-person, full-time, five days a week for the 2021-22 school year.

Hellenic American Academy POLICY REGARDING ILLNESS

Please continue to monitor your child daily. 

It is the expectation that students will arrive at school well.

Below is the full list of symptoms for which caregivers should monitor their children and staff should monitor for themselves. 

• Fever (100.0° Fahrenheit or higher), chills, or shaking chills
• Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
• New loss of taste or smell
• Muscle aches or body aches
• Cough (not due to other known cause, such as chronic cough)
• Sore throat, when in combination with other symptoms
• Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea when in combination with other symptoms
• Headache when in combination with other symptoms
• Fatigue, when in combination with other symptoms
• Nasal congestion or runny nose (not due to other known causes, such as allergies) when in
combination with other symptoms should monitor themselves

If students or staff have any of these symptoms, they must get tested for COVID-19 prior to returning to school.

Please note that some of the symptoms of COVID-19 are the same for flu or a cold.  Please don’t assume it is another condition.  Call your doctor and get tested.

If a student has any of the above symptoms because of a chronic condition (runny nose or nasal congestion due to allergies, migraines, chronic cough, fatigue, difficulty breathing or GI issues) they will need signed documentation from their doctor on file in the nurse’s office.  This documentation can be on a yearly physical.  If there is no documentation on file, any student with these symptoms will be sent home and parents will be instructed to call the pediatrician. 

COVID-19 symptoms
Below is the full list of symptoms for which caregivers should monitor their children, and staff
should monitor themselves.

Unvaccinated individuals and any close contacts presenting these symptoms should follow testing and quarantine response protocols. Vaccinated individuals who are not close contacts should follow the testing and quarantine response protocols if they are experiencing symptoms in bold. These individuals may also seek clinical guidance to assess the need for PCR testing if they have other symptoms on this list.

COVID-19 symptoms list:
• Fever (100.0° Fahrenheit or higher), chills, or shaking chills
• Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
• New loss of taste or smell
• Muscle aches or body aches
• Cough (not due to other known cause, such as chronic cough)
• Sore throat, when in combination with other symptoms
• Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea when in combination with other symptoms
• Headache when in combination with other symptoms
• Fatigue, when in combination with other symptoms
• Nasal congestion or runny nose (not due to other known causes, such as allergies) when in
combination with other symptoms should monitor themselves

Definition of a close contact

Close contacts are defined as individuals who have been within 6 feet of a COVID-19 positive individual while indoors, for at least 15 minutes during a 24-hour period. Please note that the at-risk exposure time begins 48 hours prior to symptom onset (or time of positive test if asymptomatic) and continues until the time the COVID-19 positive individual is isolated.

In general, close contacts should follow the testing and quarantine response protocols. However, certain close contacts are exempted from testing and quarantine response protocols as noted below.
Close contacts who are exempt from testing and quarantine response protocols


The following close contacts are exempt from testing and quarantine response protocols:


• Asymptomatic fully vaccinated close contacts: Individuals who are asymptomatic and
fully vaccinated are exempt from testing and quarantine response protocols.
• Classroom close contacts: An individual who is exposed to a COVID-19 positive individual in the classroom while both individuals were masked, so long as the individuals were spaced at least 3 feet apart, is exempt from testing and quarantine response protocols.
• Close contacts who have had COVID-19 within the past 90 days: An individual who has been previously diagnosed with COVID-19 and then becomes a close contact of someone with COVID-19 is exempt from testing and quarantine response protocols if:
• The exposure occurred within 90 days of the onset of their own illness AND
• The exposed individual is recovered and remains without COVID-19 symptoms.

Note: To be a close contact, the 15 minutes must occur within a 24-hour period. Multiple brief or transitory interactions (less than a minute) throughout the day are unlikely to result in 15 minutes of cumulative contact and do not meet the definition of close contact.

Recommended testing and quarantine response protocols
This section outlines testing and quarantine response protocols for individuals – students and staff – who test positive for COVID-19, close contacts who are not exempt from testing and quarantine response protocols, and symptomatic individuals. Each scenario outlines the duration of any recommended quarantine or isolation, the conditions to be met in order for the individual to return to school, and any additional considerations.


Overview of Protocol Categories:

• Protocol A: For individuals who test positive for COVID-19
• Protocol B: Protocol for asymptomatic close contacts
• Protocol C: Protocol for symptomatic individuals

Protocol A for individuals who test positive
• Duration: Self-isolation for COVID-19 positive cases is a minimum of 10 days after symptom onset or after positive PCR or antigen test, if asymptomatic.
• Return to school: After 10 days  and once they have:
• Been without fever for 24 hours (and without taking fever-reducing medications);
And experienced improvement in other symptoms; and
• Individuals who do not meet these criteria after 10 days may receive clearance
from either public health authority contact tracers (the local board of health or Community Tracing Collaborative) or school health professional before returning to school.

• Note: Return to school should be based on time and symptom resolution. Repeat testing prior to return is not recommended.  If an individual tests positive as part of a group pooled test, the 10-day period begins the day the group pooled test returned a positive result.

Protocol B: Protocol for asymptomatic close contacts


Close contacts who are not exempt from testing and quarantine response protocols and are asymptomatic follow the guidelines in Protocol B below. Please recall that all asymptomatic, fully vaccinated individuals are exempt from close contact testing and quarantine response protocols and therefore do not need to follow Protocol B. However, fully vaccinated individuals are expected to monitor for symptoms and stay home and get tested if they experience symptoms, in alignment with statewide guidance and Protocol C.

Note: In some cases, individuals may be asked to follow specific testing and quarantine response protocols (including durations for quarantine/isolation) provided by contact tracers or local health officials which may differ from the recommended protocols below.

Protocol B for asymptomatic close contacts who are not exempt from testing and quarantine response protocols

This section will apply when HAA has a testing program in place.

COVID-19 testing program or another similar testing program are strongly encouraged to utilize the new Test and Stay (B-1) protocol option to minimize the amount of time individuals are out of school. This testing and quarantine response protocol has been shown to be generally equivalent to quarantine for school-based contacts, and a safe alternative to at-home isolation.If the school chooses not to participate in the statewide COVID-19 testing program and do not participate in a similar testing initiative, unvaccinated individuals follow the traditional quarantine (B-2) protocol.

Individuals who are part of the Test and Stay protocols may be eligible to participate in school sports and extracurricular activities, provided that they are in compliance with the applicable protocol. For events and sports that take place on non-school days, testing will still be required on those days to participate.As part of Test and Stay, quarantine is still strongly recommended for individuals outside of school settings.

Protocol B-1 (Recommended): Test and Stay
• Duration of Test and Stay: 7 days from the date of exposure
• Return to School: Close contacts can remain in school and do not have to quarantine, as
long as they:
• Are asymptomatic
• Wear masks in school at all times, other than when eating or drinking. When these
individuals cannot be masked (i.e., when eating or drinking) they should maintain 3
feet of distance from other individuals to the extent feasible.
• Take a rapid antigen test (e.g., BinaxNOW) on each school day and receive a negative result. When the 7 days from date of exposure includes weekends or holidays, individuals should quarantine on weekends, and if they remain asymptomatic, upon return to school be tested immediately. If the individual remains negative, they can stay in school.
• Conduct active monitoring for symptoms through day 14, and self-isolate at home if symptoms develop.
• Note: If an individual has symptoms at the time they are designated as a close contact or develops symptoms during the Test and Stay period or the 14 days following initial exposure, they should follow the protocol for symptomatic individuals (Protocol C). If an individual tests positive at any time, they should follow the protocol for individuals who test positive for COVID-19 (Protocol A).

Protocol B-2: Traditional protocol (if school does not have access to rapid daily testing or family or adult individual chooses not to participate in Test and Stay)
• Duration: Quarantine is at least 7 days from the date of exposure
• Return to School: After 7 days, returning on day 8, provided that they:
• Remain asymptomatic
• Receive a COVID test (PCR or rapid antigen) on day 5 or later and receive a negative result
• Conduct active monitoring for symptoms through day 14, and self-isolate if symptoms develop.
• Note: If an individual has symptoms at the time they are designated as a close contact or
within the 14 days following initial exposure, they follow the protocol for symptomatic individuals (Protocol C). If an individual tests positive at any time, they follow the protocol for individuals who test positive for COVID-19 (Protocol A).

Protocol B-3: Alternate protocol for those who choose not to receive a COVID test
• Duration: Quarantine is at least 10 days from the date of exposure
• Return to School: After 10 days, returning on day 11, provided that they:
•Have not experienced symptoms up to this point
•Conduct active monitoring for symptoms through day 14 and self-isolate if
symptoms develop.
• Note: If an individual has symptoms at the time they are designated as a close contact or
within the 14 days following initial exposure, they follow the protocol for symptomatic individuals (Protocol C). If an individual tests positive at any time, they follow the protocol for individuals who test positive for COVID-19 (Protocol A).

Protocol C: Protocol for symptomatic individuals
Protocol C applies to vaccinated and non-vaccinated individuals who experience the COVID- 19 symptoms listed in Section 1 applicable to their status.
Protocol C for symptomatic individuals:
Protocol C-1 (Recommended): Return to school post-symptoms with test
• Duration: Dependent on symptom resolution
• Return to School: Individuals may return to school after they:
• Have received a negative PCR test result for COVID-19. Note: So long as the individual is not a close contact, if a medical professional makes an alternative diagnosis for the COVID-19-like symptoms, the individual may use this recommendation (e.g., for influenza or strep pharyngitis) in lieu of a PCR test.
•Have improvement in symptoms
•Have been without fever for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing
medications.
• Note: If the symptomatic individual was a close contact who is not exempt from testing and quarantine response protocols, after symptoms resolve and they receive a negative PCR test, they should follow Protocol B-1 for Test and Stay.
o If Test and Stay is not available or the family or adult individual opts not to participate, they follow Protocol B-2 or B-3.

Protocol C-2: Alternative protocol for symptomatic individuals who are not close contacts and choose not to receive a COVID test to return to school
• Duration: Isolation is at least 10 days from symptom onset 
• Return to School: After 10 days, returning on day 11, assuming they:
• Have improvement in symptoms
• Have been without fever for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing
medication.