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COVID-19 Information

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St. John's Parish Day School is committed to the safety and well-being of our students, families, faculty, and staff. Our COVID-19 Task Force continues to monitor and adapt our safety guidelines and protocols with recommendations from multiple sources: Centers for Disease Control, World Health Organization, Association of Independent Maryland Schools, Howard County and Maryland Health Departments, and our school Nurses. Please know that our administration, faculty and staff have been and will continue to work tirelessly to safeguard everything special about our St. John's community.
Below you will find our Response Plan and records of COVID-19-related 2021-22 correspondences from St. John's.
As we near the start of school, we ask our community to continue to be ever vigilant in their safety protocols. As always, our first priority is the safety and well-being of our students, faculty, staff, and community and we need your dedication to continued good health for all. We greatly appreciate the support of families to limit travel at this sensitive time. Please do your part to avoid large group gatherings and anyone who presents as ill in order to help keep our community healthy!
Unfortunately, we are seeing an increase in COVID positivity numbers in our area, as well as, across our country and beyond. We must strongly recommend that families limit travel at these unprecedented times. On August 25th, the CDC updated its travel guidelines for vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers. Additionally, the Episcopal Diocese has moved back to the Orange Phase with further restrictions for unvaccinated populations. At this time, unvaccinated families/students must report their travel plans to our Nurses, voluntarily quarantine for 7 full days, get a viral PCR test within 3 - 5 days of travel as well as continually monitor for any COVID symptoms. If the student(s) and family members do not get tested or receive a negative test you will voluntarily self-quarantine for a minimum of 10 days and must be symptom-free. Additionally, as noted in our reentry plan, elective travel during the school year will not be supported by virtual learning. Thank you all for supporting the health and wellbeing of our entire community!
As part of our health and safety protocols, we require parents to complete a daily health questionnaire
for their child(ren) before arrival at school. This health questionnaire will be completed in our school's "MyMedBot" app, a simple and secure health screening application.
New parents/guardians will receive by email (to their email address listed in FACTS Family Portal), an invitation code and directions on how to download the "MyMedBot" App through the Apps Store or Google Play store. Once you have installed the App, you will use the invitation code to confirm enrollment. Returning families will use the same accounts from last year.
Through the App, you will complete the daily health questionnaire for your child(ren) and receive reminder notifications (if your notifications are enabled). At morning drop-off, you will show the questionnaire confirmation screen to a staff member. Please note that new procedures this year will require you to enter your child(ren)'s temperature within the screening. Please do this before arriving at school for drop-off.
We appreciate your support as we work to ensure the safety and well-being of our community!
At this time, we will be limiting all nonessential visitors to our building during the school day. Tutoring, outside specialists, testing personnel and/or enrichment programs may occur before or after the school day pending approval. Arrival and departure by carline drop-off and pick-up only to avoid additional exposures. Parents will be allowed into the building for preassigned tasks or designated participation/duties only. Please respect personal space and distancing for all, wear a mask and check in with the Main Office.