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Head of School eCommuniqué: COVID Protocol Reminders

May 07, 2021
By Jacques A. Weber

Dear AIS Community,

It’s a busy time on campus! We have been able to keep our campus open for our students in large part due to the incredible efforts of our teachers, our staff members, our students and, of course, our incredibly supportive parents and guardians. Thank you for all that you have done this year to keep our community safe!

As we approach the end of the year, I would like to remind everyone of the importance of adhering to our health and safety protocols and procedures, which will remain in full effect through the end of the year. It’s hard to believe, but that is only four and a half weeks away!

If your child is exhibiting any of the symptoms on our Health and Safety Protocol Family Acknowledgement Form, they are not permitted to enter the campus. These symptoms include:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • New loss of smell or taste
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Feeling feverish or a measured temperature greater than or equal to 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit (i.e., 37.8 degrees Celsius)
  • Shaking or exaggerated shivering
  • Significant muscle pain or ache

If your child arrives with any of these symptoms or begins to develop these symptoms while on campus, we will request parents/guardians to pick up the child and to schedule an appointment with their pediatrician. Please note that fever is not a required symptom to be denied entry from campus; having just one of the above symptoms will require a doctor’s note and/or completion of an isolation period.

We recognize that students may exhibit these symptoms due to other illnesses or situations (e.g., common cold, allergies, stomach bug, etc.). Regardless of the nature of the illness, we must receive a doctor’s note with a return-to-school date. We strongly advise you take the COVID-19 Physician Letter for Students form with you to the doctor’s office. Your doctor’s office may choose to write a note on their own letterhead, but it must indicate a return-to-school date; without this date, your child will need to stay off campus until a new or corrected note is received. Please note that a negative COVID-19 test result alone is not sufficient evidence to return to campus.

If you do not wish for your child to visit a doctor’s office, then they may only return to campus only when all three of the following criteria are met:

  • at least 3 days (72 hours) have passed since recovery (for fever, this means resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications);
  • the child has improvement in respiratory symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath); and
  • at least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared.

We recognize that some of these procedures may be inconvenient to families, especially with doctors’ offices being busier than normal at this time of year. We appreciate your patience and—above all—your continued efforts to keep all members of our community safe and healthy.

If you have any questions or concerns about our health and safety protocols and procedures, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me. I would be more than happy to discuss them with you.

Sincerely,

Jacques

Mr. Jacques A. Weber, M.Ed.
Head of School/Chef d'Établissement

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