Dear Wornick Community,
We appreciate all families who took the time to complete the travel and gathering intent survey from last week ahead of Passover break. This communication outlines the return to campus following Passover break and requirements if you plan to travel or gather.
Plan for Monday April 5th and Return to On Campus Learning on April 6th
After winter break, we learned an important lesson about the value of a schoolwide test after a break. In January, our schoolwide required test caught three positive cases in our student body. If these students would have come back to campus after break without a test, it would have caused extended class closures when their family members (who later became symptomatic) would have tested. Our Health and Safety Committee has therefore decided to implement a required test for all teachers and students before they return to campus following the Passover break.
Due to the challenges of implementing a required test for all teachers during Passover, our school will take one extra day of Passover break on Monday, April 5th. We will conduct a schoolwide Kyla test for our faculty (PCR results are typically back within 12 hours) and students who regularly test with Kyla. Pending negative results we will plan to resume on-campus learning for families choosing that option on Tuesday, April 6th. This choice was made after careful consideration to ensure that there was as little disruption as possible for our teachers and students in their academic program.
Families not testing through Kyla should plan to produce a negative test that is taken either: on or after April 1st, or 3-5 days after a travel event or gathering (please note that if you gathered with more than two families or travelled via airplane you must quarantine for seven days before returning to school). Test results should be sent to email@example.com. If testing is delayed and you do not have test results, you should plan to learn remotely until your results are back.
The Kyla test scheduled on April 5th on campus will be between 12-2.30pm. Unfortunately, we cannot accept any new Kyla students at this point. Students who are already testing through Kyla may continue to test through Kyla.
Air Travel and Gathering During Break
Survey results indicate that a meaningful number of our community members are likely to travel by flight or attend gatherings during the Passover break. The current county guidelines require a 7-day quarantine period following travel by plane and a negative COVID test to be administered 3-5 days following the flight. If no test is taken, a 10-day quarantine is in effect.
If your family plans to travel by flight, or gather, or are with a household where a member does either of these things, the student is required to stay home for at least 7 days following the interaction or flight and produce a negative COVID test prior to returning to on-campus learning. Please note that San Mateo County has not changed any of its guidance for vaccinated individuals around quarantines. It is possible that they will change their guidance before Passover break. If they do, we will update you all as soon as possible. If you are planning on traveling or gathering on dates that will require you to stay remote on April 6th or after please email firstname.lastname@example.org so we can notify your student's teachers.
Thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate the best way to keep our Wornick students and faculty safe.