COVID-19 Mitigation in 2022–23

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In the 2022–23 school year, we are continuing with our layered mitigation strategy for addressing COVID-19. This is a community effort—staff, students, and families all have a role to play! Find a detailed COVID-mitigation plan for 2022–23 here.

If you have questions about COVID mitigation, please email covid@cmipcs.org.

COVID-19 Vaccination

Full vaccination against COVID-19 means that you’ve received all vaccine doses plus any boosters that you are eligible for.

The Office of the State Superintendent of Education requires all students aged 12 and older to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. This is the age group for which the vaccine has received full, not emergency, approval.

Requests for vaccination exemptions should be sent to DC Health:

DC Health Immunization Program
899 North Capitol Street NE, 3rd Floor
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 576-7130
doh.immunization@dc.gov

Exemptions are valid for only one year.

The COVID vaccine is now available for everyone aged six months and older. We strongly encourage vaccination for our 3- through 11-year-old students. Vaccination is the best way to prevent serious illness, and it can shorten out-of-school time for close contacts.

COVID Level

The health protocols that are in place this school year will depend on the Creative Minds COVID level, which we will determine by looking at both in-school and community levels of COVID-19.

The in-school COVID level measures the number of cases at Creative Minds per five-day rolling average:

  • Low: 10 or fewer cases in five days
  • Medium: 11–20 cases in five days
  • High: 21 or more cases in five days

The community level, outside Creative Minds, measures the impact of COVID-19 illness on health and healthcare systems. This level is determined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Each week, we will determine the COVID level for Creative Minds by assessing the in-school and community levels; if the two levels are different, we will adhere to the higher level.

The Creative Minds COVID level will be shared in ParentSquare on Fridays, along with information about which COVID protocols will be in place at school for the next week.

COVID-19 Protocols

These are the protocols and when they will be implemented, according to the Creative Minds COVID level. (Find a printable version of the COVID-19 protocols here.)

Protocol

LOW

Community Level
School Level:
≤ 10 cases / 5 days

MEDIUM

Community Level
School Level:
11–20 cases / 5 days

HIGH

Community Level
School Level:
21 ≥ cases / 5 days

Cohorting
Three cohorts
• Pre-K–1st
• 2nd–4th
• 5th–8th
Yes Yes Yes
Symptomatic COVID Testing Yes Yes Yes
Asymptomatic COVID Testing
Also known as weekly or sentinel-
surveillance testing
No No Yes
Test-to-Stay for Close Contacts Yes Yes Yes
Test-to-Return after Breaks of 1 Week or More No Yes Yes
Daily Health Screenings at Arrival No No Yes
Masking: Classrooms with COVID Case in Past 7 Days Yes Yes Yes
Indoor Masking: All No Yes Yes
Outdoor Masking: All No No Yes
UV-C Air Circulation / Ventilation Yes Yes Yes
Deep Cleaning and Weekly Electrostatic Spraying Yes Yes Yes
Building Access Limited to Staff, Students, and Essential Visitors No Yes Yes
Personal Accountability
Staying home if sick, hand hygiene, vaccination, etc.
Yes Yes Yes
Encouragement of COVID Vaccinations and Boosters Yes Yes Yes
Remote Learning
If Creative Minds lacks adequate staff for safe operations
No No Yes

COVID-19 Symptoms

Families play a crucial role in COVID-19 mitigation. We ask that all families know the symptoms of COVID-19 and keep sick children home from school. If you are unsure about whether your child may come to school, please email covid@cmipcs.org.

People with COVID-19 have reported a wide range of symptoms, including the following:

  • 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

This list does not include all possible symptoms. The CDC is updating its list of symptoms as more is learned about COVID-19.

Test-to-Stay Program

Creative Minds is authorized as a COVID laboratory and can conduct antigen, also known as rapid, COVID-19 testing at school. We offer a test-to-stay program for staff and students who have been identified as close contacts of someone who tested positive for COVID-19.

Close contact means anyone in the homeroom of a COVID-positive individual.

With test-to-stay, close contacts may remain at school as long as they (1) test negative for COVID-19 through an antigen test and (2) display no COVID-19 symptoms. The test-to-stay period is five days from the date of last contact with the COVID-positive individual. The frequency of testing depends on whether the participant is fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Participants may choose to take a COVID test at home or at school.

Participation in test-to-stay is optional. Close contacts may choose to quarantine at home; in these cases, remote learning is offered.

Our COVID team (covid@cmipcs.org) will contact the families of any students who are identified as close contacts and share information about the test-to-stay and quarantine options.

Exclusion and Return Criteria

Here’s an overview of our exclusion and return-to-school criteria for COVID-positive individuals and close contacts:

Scenario

Participate in Test-to-Stay?

Negative COVID Test &
Shortened Quarantine?

Quarantine at Home for 10 Days?

With Alternative Diagnosis: Stay at School?

Testing Positive for COVID-19 No Yes Yes NA
Displaying COVID-like Symptoms No Yes Yes Yes
Is Close Contact of a COVID+ Household Member and COVID Vaccination Is Not Up to Date No Yes Yes NA
All Other Asymptomatic Close Contacts Yes Yes Yes NA

If a Community Member Tests Positive for COVID-19

Excluded from School? Yes

Return Criteria: With a COVID-19 Test

  • Take a COVID-19 test on day five after symptom onset, or later.
    • If the test result is negative, return to school on the next school day.
    • If the test result is positive, repeat the test once a day until day 10. When a negative result is achieved, return to school on the next school day.

Return Criteria: Without a COVID-19 Test

Return on day 11 after (1) symptom onset or (2) the date of the positive COVID test, whichever period is longer.

COVID-positive individuals must wear a mask for 10 days after symptom onset or the positive-test date, whichever period is longer.

If a Community Member Exhibits COVID-like symptoms

Excluded from School? Yes

Return Criteria

  • One COVID-19 Test: Take a test when feeling better. If negative, cleared to return.
  • No COVID-19 Test: Self-quarantine for 10 days from symptom onset. Return on day 11.
  • Alternative diagnosis: Provide a note from a healthcare provider; cleared to return according to the provider’s instructions.

If Someone in the Household of a Community Member Tests Positive for COVID-19 and the Community Member is Not Fully Vaccinated

Community Member Excluded from School? Yes

Return Criteria

  • One COVID-19 Test: Take a test on day five after the last date of close contact. If the test result is negative, return on school day six.
  • No COVID-19 Test: Self-quarantine for 10 days; return on day 11 after the last date of close contact.

All Other Asymptomatic Close Contacts

Excluded from School? Depends on the option selected.

Return Criteria

  • Test-to-Stay: Participate for five days after the last date of close contact with the COVID-positive individual. If fully vaccinated, take a test on day one and on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. If not fully vaccinated, take a test daily for five days after the last date of close contact.
  • One COVID-19 Test: Remain asymptomatic. Take a test on day five after the last date of close contact. If negative, return to school on day six.
  • No COVID-19 Test: Self-quarantine for 10 days. Return on day 11 after the last date of close contact.

Remote Learning

Remote learning is an option for COVID-positive individuals and close contacts during periods of quarantine. Logistics will depend on the situation.

An Individual Is Excluded from School: Asynchronous learning (students complete assignments offline).

A Classroom Is Excluded from School: Combination of synchronous (students attend live classes remotely) and asynchronous learning.

Details will be provided to families whose children participate in remote learning. Please email covid@cmipcs.org with any questions.

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