2022 COVID Protocols

NOTRE DAME ACADEMY COVID-19 PROTOCOL MASKS
As of January 3, 2022, NDA is strongly recommending that masks be worn indoors. We continue to review our community numbers, as well as the numbers in our geographic area, and if we feel that those numbers warrant a shift to masks being required indoors, we will make that decision. Masks are optional; however, all students are required to bring clean masks to school. Students may be asked to wear a mask when deemed necessary by a faculty member. Masks are required on all buses as is required by federal and state mandates governing transportation, which includes school buses. 
 
CONTACT TRACING
Due to recent changes in state department of health guidelines, we have been given greater latitude and flexibility in the area of contact tracing based on the conditions at our school. 
  • We will continue to engage in contact tracing when we become aware of a positive case. 
  • We will contract trace based on three feet of distance in all directions. 
  • If your child does not wear a mask and has been in a classroom with someone who tests positive for Covid-19 your child will most likely have to quarantine.
  • If there is a positive case in your child’s class or if they had direct contact you will be notified.
 
CLOSE CONTACTS AND QUARANTINE FOR INDIVIDUALS NOT VACCINATED FOR COVID-19
If your child has been exposed to a positive case (friend, family member, etc.) by being inside of 6 feet for 15 cumulative minutes or greater within a 24-hour period, your child is considered a close contact, and your child should quarantine for a full 10-days if unvaccinated. If your child is fully vaccinated, you child most likely will not need to quarantine but will be asked to wear a mask and you must contact NDA's health director Erin Finneran in the school clinic.
  • If your child does not develop symptoms, you child can reduce the quarantine to 5-full days.
  • If your child has a reduced quarantine, your child should wear a mask in public places or in close contact with others for the remainder of the full 10-day quarantine period.
  • If your child develops symptoms at any time during your quarantine period, your child should get tested at that point.
  • If your child test positive during your quarantine period, your child is now considered a positive case and should isolate 5-days from your child’s onset of symptoms (or positive test, if asymptomatic).
 
See more updated guidance from the CDC here:
 
WHAT IF YOUR Child HAs COVID?
If your child has COVID, your child is considered a positive case, and your child should isolate for a full 5-days from the onset of your child’s symptoms (or from your child’s test specimen collection date if your child did not have any symptoms); AND be fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication; AND until symptoms improve. A negative test does not end the isolation period.
  • If your child is positive for Covid-19 contact NDA's Health director Erin Finneran. She can be reached by calling the school (678) 387-9385 ext 249 or by email efinneran@ndacademy.org
  • You should notify any close contacts during your child’s infection period, which is 2-days before your child’s onset of symptoms or your child’s test specimen collection date if your child does not have any symptoms.
  • If any close contacts are associated with NDA, you should include that information when you speak to NDA's health director Erin Finneran.
  • Please keep in mind that the State Department of Health issues guidelines regarding the policies and procedures for confirmed positive cases and for those exposed to someone with a confirmed positive case, in the form of an administrative order, which has the force and effect of law. Notre Dame Academy is REQUIRED by law to follow these quarantine guidelines.
 
See more updated guidance from the CDC here
 
ADDITIONAL MITIGATION MEASURES 
Notre Dame Academy will implement necessary mitigation measure to decrease the incidence and potential spread of COVID-19 on campus. Our facilities are continually being cleaned and sanitized throughout the day with a full cleaning at the end of each day. Shared workspaces and classrooms will be sanities in between use. Hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes are available in every classroom. If there is a case of COVID-19 on campus the effected rooms will be fogged and deep cleaned.
 
LARGE GROUPS AND VISITORS TO CAMPUS
  • Masks are strongly recommended for parents/visitors on campus.
  • Parent conferences may be held in person or virtually.
  • Parents/campus guests may only visit campus if they are COVID symptom-free and socially distanced whenever possible.