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Reopening FAQ

The School put together a list of questions and answers most likely on the top of your mind for the ’21-’22 school year. This document will be updated throughout the school year. We invite you to send us questions to ehscommunications@ehshouston.org. Thank you for your active engagement as we continue to navigate protocols and help #KnightsFightCovid.

1. How will the School make protocol and guidance decisions?

The School's leadership team will continue to make all decisions regarding our COVID policies and practices. Our consultants from Houston Methodist will continue to provide guidance and advice on the safe implementation of these decisions.

2. Are masks required?

Masks will be optional both indoors and outdoors at EHS for the foreseeable future. Please continue to respect those students and adults who prefer to wear a mask.

3. Will the COVID vaccine be mandatory for students, faculty, and staff?

COVID vaccines remain optional for students and faculty. Our decision relies primarily on the wide availability of COVID vaccines for which all in our community are eligible as well as our respect for individual choice in matters of health care. We continue to recommend that all who can get vaccinated do so.  

4. Will daily health attestations remain?

We will no longer require daily health attestations.

5. What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Per the CDC, people with the following symptoms may have COVID-19:

·       Fever or chills

·       Cough

·       Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

·       Fatigue

·       Muscle or body aches

·       Headache

·       New loss of taste or smell

·       Sore throat

·       Congestion or runny nose

·       Nausea or vomiting

·       Diarrhea

6What is the protocol when a student tests positive for COVID-19? (This update in protocols was made in reference to CDC guidelines as of January 1, 2022.)

·       All students, regardless of vaccination status must quarantine for 5 days from the date of positive test.

·       Return to school if you have no symptoms or your symptoms are resolved in 5 days.

·       Wear a mask on campus while indoors for an additional 5 days.

 7Who will be notified of a positive test result?

Each week the School will update the dashboard on the parent portal with the number of positives and quarantines. When there is a positive case at school or a school-related event, the School Nurse will determine if there are others who have been in close contact and notify the parents. 

 8. What determines close contact?

A student is within close contact if he or she is unmasked within six feet for 15 minutes or more in a 24-hour period. This excludes students who are within three to six feet of a COVID positive student if both the positive COVID student and the exposed student(s) are wearing masks.

9. Options to Reduce Quarantine

  • Based on the current guidance provided by various governmental agencies, as well as our health consultants, please find below the latest updates to the Episcopal High School COVID policies and protocols. In summary, the following options for quarantine, as defined by the CDC, are effective immediately:

    If you have close contact with someone with COVID-19 please follow the below options.
  • If you have had a booster or    completed the Pfizer or Moderna    vaccine series in the last 6 months  

    Or  

    Have had the Johnson & Johnson  vaccine within the last 2 months

     

    ·       While at school, wear a mask while indoors for 10 days.

    ·      Test on day 5, if possible. With a negative PCR test, a mask is optional after day 5.

     

    If you have completed the Pfizer or    Moderna vaccine series over 6  months ago and are not boosted

    Or  

    Have had the Johnson & Johnson    vaccine over 2 months ago

    Or  

    Are unvaccinated  

     

    ·       Quarantine for 5 days from date of close contact.

    ·       Return to school if you have no symptoms. 

    ·       Wear a mask on campus while indoors for an additional 5 days.

    ·       Test on day 5, if possible. With a negative PCR test, a mask is optional after day 5.

  • Additional requirements:

    1.     All test results must be submitted to the School nurse before clearance.

    2.     Anyone who develops symptoms must immediately separate themselves from others, call their medical provider, notify the EHS clinic, and follow the protocols prescribed above. 

10. What will the class schedules look like?

We return to the regular weekly class schedule. In addition, there will be three fully virtual class days per semester, allowing for ongoing practice in important technology skills and greater flexibility for school and family on those days.   

11. Will the student body and faculty gather daily in Chapel?

The student body and faculty will gather for daily Chapel. Masks are required in the Chapel, and we will sit by advisory groups.

12. What’s new from the Religion Pillar?

We are initiating a Service Achievement Program and continuing monthly Parent Forum lunchtime presentations.

We will begin a new program called "Parenting in Faith." On the first Wednesday of every month, parents are invited to join us in the Chapel for a short 7:30 a.m. service of the Holy Eucharist. This will also be open to students, faculty, and staff.