Nurse Notes: Staying Safe During Spring Celebrations

We have done an incredible job at keeping our community safe and keeping our doors open, and we truly appreciate everyone taking the appropriate measures to make this a reality!

Over the past year, there have been many COVID-19 surges specifically after large holidays (Fourth of July, Thanksgiving, Christmas/Hanukkah, New Years), and Mother’s Day and Memorial Day are just around the corner. I urge everyone to practice safe celebrations so that we can end our final weeks of school on a high note. If you are able, please limit travel. However, if travel is necessary, please follow the guidelines put forth by the DC Department of Health

As a reminder, all unvaccinated persons (including children) must quarantine for 3-5 days before getting tested after returning from travel. For students returning to school after travel, please be sure to submit any negative COVID test results to me prior to returning to campus. 

For families receiving guests from out of town, especially those coming from high-risk areas, here’s what you need to know. Based on my discussion with one of the epidemiologists at the DC Department of Health, they recommend any people traveling from high risk areas must have a negative test before they make their way to DC. Upon their arrival, there is no quarantine mandated by anyone. Once the traveler has arrived, if any person in your household or the traveler becomes symptomatic, everyone should begin quarantining immediately.  

The summer is a great time to travel where it will not affect school operations and risk exposure to other students and families. It would be such a shame to have to close down any of the classrooms with such little time left in the school year. Thank you in advance for doing your part in keeping our community safe and for practicing safe celebrations.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to me. 

Stay healthy,

Nurse Lexi

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