Covid-19 Guidelines

Help Us Keep our Community Healthy & Safe

At Northshire Day School we are focused to follow the Covid-19 health and safety guidelines to keep our students,

families, staff, and our community healthy during this pandemic.


Current Covid-19 Safety Requirements at NDS

NDS has welcomed families back into the NDS building!

As of June 14, there are no state COVID-19 restrictions or requirements for Vermonters or visitors to follow. Vermont's high vaccination rates mean the vast majority of Vermonters are protected from the virus and keep the virus from spreading to others. With high vaccination rates and low number of COVID-19 cases, it’s safe for most Vermonters to return to the activities they did before the pandemic.

As you know a vaccine is not currently available for children under 12 years old. The health and safety of children is our first concern and NDS requires all unvaccinated staff and family members wear facial coverings when inside the building. Please practice good hand hygiene. Hand sanitizer is available in our entryway. We also ask that you not enter the school if you are sick.

How to Protect Yourself & Others

Covid-19 Symptoms & Sickness

Symptoms may start 2 to 14 days after exposure to the virus.

Symptoms of COVID-19 include:

  • Fever (100.4 F or higher)*
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Chills
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle pain or aches
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

If you are having any symptoms of COVID-19, call your provider. If you are having a medical emergency, call 9-1-1 or go to the hospital. Check your symptoms with CDC's Self-Checker Tool.

Not everyone with COVID-19 has a fever. Even mild symptoms (like a headache or dry cough) could be signs of COVID-19.

Not everyone infected with the COVID-19 virus has symptoms. People with COVID-19 who don't have any symptoms can spread the virus to other people.

If you have symptoms, even mild ones, contact your health care provider to get tested. Your provider will test you at their office or refer you for testing nearby. Stay home and away from other people while you wait for your results.

If you don’t have a health care provider, call 2-1-1 to connect to care or contact the nearest federally qualified health center

Quarantine

Quarantine is used to keep someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 away from other people. This helps to prevent the spread of COVID-19 before a person knows they are sick, or if they are infected with the virus and don’t have symptoms.

Quarantine means you need to stay home and away from other people for 14 days. This means you can’t do any activities outside of your home, like going to school, work, or out to do errands. You should separate yourself from others and check yourself for symptoms. Call your health care provider if you start to feel sick. If you do not have a health care provider, call 2-1-1 to be connected to care, or contact the nearest federally qualified health center or one of Vermont’s free & referral clinics.

You are allowed to go outside for a walk or a bike ride while you are in quarantine only if: you do not have any symptoms, you are alone, you wear a mask at all times, you are in an uncrowded place, and you can stay at least 6 feet from other people at all times. For example, you can go for a walk or bike ride in your neighborhood. You should not go for a walk or bike ride on a bike path, on busy hiking or biking trails, or in a downtown area.

Quarantine is for:

  • people who were in close contact with someone sick with COVID-19 (unless you are fully vaccinated or recently had COVID-19). Day 1 of your quarantine starts the day after you were last in contact with them.
  • Vermonters who travel out of state (unless you are fully vaccinated). Day 1 of your quarantine starts the day after you return to Vermont.
  • people with no symptoms who are visiting Vermont (unless you are fully vaccinated). Day 1 of your quarantine starts the day after you arrive in Vermont.

You can end quarantine early if you get tested on or after day 7 of your quarantine and get a negative test result. You must not have had any symptoms of COVID-19, and must continue to monitor yourself for symptoms for the full 14 days. Find out more about the option to end your quarantine early.

Where to get Tested

Wear a Mask if Needed

Why – If you are not fully vaccinated, wearing a mask helps protect you and the people around you from getting or spreading COVID-19. A mask helps contain your respiratory droplets and can keep them from reaching other people. COVID-19 can spread even if a person does not have any symptoms.

How – Bring a mask with you when you leave home.

When – You may be required to wear a mask in some settings, even if you are fully vaccinated. For now, everyone should wear a mask in health care settings and long-term care facilities. Everyone is required to wear a mask on public transportation, even if you are fully vaccinated.For schools, child care, summer camps and out of school programs, the Health Department recommends that unvaccinated people 2 years and older wear masks when inside this summer.If you're gathering with people indoors and are not fully vaccinated, wearing a mask and staying 6 feet apart helps protect anyone who is unvaccinated, at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19, or lives with someone who is at increased risk.

Take Care When Gathering

Why – Even though more than 80% of eligible Vermonters are vaccinated, there are still some people who cannot get vaccinated. We need to continue to do all we can to help protect children under the age of 12 and people who are not able to get the vaccine due to a weakened immune system or other health condition – particularly if you are unvaccinated.If you are unvaccinated, you should try to maintain physical distance. Being closer than 6 feet from the person with COVID-19, you are most likely to get infected.

How – If you are at an indoor gathering or event and are not fully vaccinated, wearing a mask and staying 6 feet apart helps protect anyone who is unvaccinated, at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19, or lives with someone who is at increased risk. When – If you are not fully vaccinated, continue to take care when getting together with friends and family or when you are in a crowd.

Travel Guidelines

CDC recommends delaying travel until you are fully vaccinated, because travel increases your chance of getting

and spreading COVID-19.

There are no longer testing or quarantine requirements for travel, except for international travel. Traveling Internationally, vaccinated & unvaccinated Vermonters need to following the CDC testing & quarantine guidelines.

According to federal rules, masks are still required on public transportation, including school buses. 

Helpful Links for Traveling during Covid

Covid-19 Frequently Asked Questions

Vermont Department of Health Covid Frequently Asked Questions

https://apps.health.vermont.gov/COVID/faq/

Guidance for if your child is sent home sick from childcare with a symptom of COVID-19

Pediatric Covid-19 Communication Tool

We will complete a copy Pediatric Covid-19 Communication Tool for you to share with the doctor.

VIEW PEDIATRIC COVID-19 COMMUNICATION TOOL

Covid-19 in Pediatric Patients

Covid-19 in Pediatric Patients (PreK-Grade 12) Triage. Evaluation, Testing, & Return to School.

VIEW FLOW CHART

Return to Child Care or Out of School Care Program Following Illness

Covid-19 Information for Families: Return to Child Care or Out of School Care Program Follow Illness.

VIEW GUIDANCE DOCUMENT

Vaccine:

Safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines are important tools to help end the COVID-19 pandemic. Vaccine distribution is underway in Vermont, and planning continues to ensure equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines. Vaccines are available to everyone.

https://www.healthvermont.gov/covid-19/vaccine

This health guidance is based on evolving health and safety information and is subject to change without prior notice.

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