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Summer 2022 COVID Protocols

Risk Management in a COVID-19 Environment


Although there is no amount of preparation that will provide a risk-free environment, Baltimore Lab School is layering mitigation strategies to reduce the risk of COVID-19 infections in our school community. Our planning has been guided by the experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Maryland Department of Health, the Maryland Department of Education, and the American Academy of Pediatrics, as well as our own public health nursing staff.

 

Health and Safety Protocols

Daily Health Screening
  • Health checks of all students and staff will be submitted daily via the Magnus Health mobile app before 7:30am daily. Car riders who do not pass screening requirements will not be able to enter the building. Bus riders who do not pass screening and are sent to school will immediately be isolated and sent home.
  • Individuals without access to a smartphone will be provided with a paper screening.
  • If you do not have a login to Magnus Health, please contact ashley.gladfelter@baltimorelabschool.org.
  • Instructions for using the Magnus Health app can be found here.
Face Coverings
  • Masks are optional during the Summer 2022 Program (as of 06.22.22).
  • Symbols and words printed on masks must comply with BLS dress-code guidelines.
  • CDC information on face coverings can be found here.
WEEKLY TESTING
  • Students and staff have the option to participate in weekly COVID RT-PCR testing here at school.
  • Once the link is live, you will be able to register your student for weekly testing here (TBA).
  • Families receive notice of results within 48-72 hours of testing via text and email.
Practice safe, respectful, and responsible health behaviors even when outside of the BLS Community.



FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHAT DO I DO IF MY STUDENT IS SICK?
  • Stay home when experiencing any ONE of the following symptoms: fever of 100.4 or higher, sore throat, cough, difficulty breathing, diarrhea or vomiting, new onset of severe headache (especially with fever), or new loss of taste or smell.
  • Contact the school 
    • Between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m Call the school directly at 410-261-5500
    • Between the hours of 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 a.m. the next day:
      • Email amber.cooper@baltimorelabschool.org. Please provide as many details as possible, as well as a phone number where you can be reached. If you do not hear back by 7:30 a.m., call the school directly.
  • Seek guidance from your physician.
  • Obtain an RT-PCR COVID-19 test from a medical professional at a testing facility/office. No home tests (regardless if it is a RT-PCR or not) will be accepted. Submit results to the school nurse.
  • Students with symptoms at school will be isolated and sent home.  Parents must pick up their ill child within 30  minutes of being notified by the school.

What do I DO IF MY STUDEN tests positive for COVID-19?
  • Isolate immediately
    • Stay home from school and all other settings outside of the home for 10 days starting the day after symptoms started, or if asymptomatic, 10 days starting the day after the date of the positive test, using the date the test was collected. People can spread SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, for a full 10 days from when they get infected, even if they don’t have symptoms or are feeling better. Isolation vs. quarantine is explained here
    • Make every effort to limit contact between the person in isolation and other people, including other household members, during the isolation period. Even if the person in isolation is wearing a mask, contact with other people should be limited. Avoid contact with other members of the household by staying in a separate room and using a separate bathroom if possible.
    • If the individual is young and needs regular assistance from an adult, designate one person in the household to be the primary caregiver during this time, and ensure the caregiver wears a mask as well. 
    • Monitor symptoms. If the infected individual develops an emergency warning sign, seek emergency medical care immediately. Emergency warning signs include trouble breathing; persistent pain or pressure in the chest; new confusion; the inability to wake up or stay awake; and pale, gray, or blue-colored skin, lips, or nail beds (depending on skin tone).
  • Contact the school immediately! (see “what to do if a student or staff member is sick” for contact options). It is imperative that the school notifies all close contacts as soon as possible.
 
WHAT DO I DO IF MY STUDENT is waiting for the results of a COVID-19 test?
  • Stay home. Do not attend school.
  • Contact the school if the school nurse is not already aware of the situation.

What happens if a student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19?
  • The school will contact the Baltimore City Health Department for support with contact tracing and to confirm isolation and quarantine requirements.
  • The student or staff member will isolate for 10 days
  • Close contacts will be identified and notified,  and instructions for quarantines and testing will be provided. If you are not notified directly, your child has not been identified as a close contact.
  • The BLS community at large will be notified if the infected individual was in contact with the BLS community within 48 hours of the start of symptoms, or if asymptomatic, the date of test collection.
  • The identities of infected individuals and close contacts will be protected.

These protocols are subject to change throughout the course of the year. The School will update any changes to these policies. However, it is important for community members to appreciate that there are no strategies that can eliminate transmission risk entirely. These policies are designed to help keep the risk of transmission as low as possible among our community while keeping students as engaged in the learning process as possible.


COVID-19 Points of Contact for Questions


Our full-time school nurse serves as the medical point of contact for COVID-19 questions. Please email her at amber.cooper@baltimorelabschool.org.

Please direct your questions for at-home learning during quarantines and isolation to the BLS Summer Directors:

Molly Meredith (Grades 1-6) molly.meredith@baltimorelabschool.org
Beth Bugg (Grades 7-12) beth.bugg@baltimorelabschool.org
bls.summer@baltimorelabschool.org
 

This page was last updated on June 22, 2022.