Covid-19 Procedures

Yinghua Academy Covid Safety Plan 2021-22 

Vaccination 

  • It is highly recommended, but not required, that all staff and eligible students receive the Covid-19 vaccination. For more information click here

Rationale: 

  • Vaccinated individuals have decreased risk of contracting Covid-19, decreased risk of severe disease or death, and decreased risk of spreading the disease to others. 
  • Vaccinated individuals do not need to quarantine if exposed to others with Covid-19 unless they start to show symptoms themselves. 

Masking 

  • At the start of the school year all students, parents and staff will be required to wear a mask while inside the school building. 
  • This may be adjusted when community spread of Covid-19 is at low levels in the surrounding counties. 
  • Students and staff may remove masks when outside for class or recess, but should not congregate together in large groups. 
  • Alternatives to mask wearing will be considered by the administration with proper medical documentation, and may consist of wearing a face shield and increased physical distancing.
  • The YA school board masking policy can be found here: YA-013-COVID-19 Related Face Coverings.

Rationale: 

  • Covid-19 rates are currently on the rise in the Twin Cities as well as in greater Minnesota.
  • The CDC and Minnesota Department of Health state that best practice is for all school staff and students to wear masks, regardless of vaccination status. This is largely due to the highly transmissible Delta variant and the vulnerability of unvaccinated children (and any unvaccinated adults) in the school setting. 

Physical Distancing and Cohorting 

  • Teachers will implement three feet physical distancing between students whenever possible.
  • K-5th grade students will eat lunch in their classrooms. 
  • 5th grade homeroom teachers will teach math, Chinese, and social studies to minimize class movement. 
  • 6th grade students will eat in the cafeteria at a separate time from 7th and 8th grade students, who will also eat in the cafeteria. 

Health Checks at Home Before Arrival at School 

  • All families should check their children for signs of illness before leaving home to come to school. Click here for a Covid-19 screening guide. 
  • Please keep all sick children home. Siblings must also stay home if your child has Covid-like symptoms.
  • The school will no longer be doing temperature checks upon entrance into the building, however, homeroom teachers will promptly send any sick students to the health office to be assessed. 
  • Hand sanitizer stations will be located at each entrance door for student/staff use.

Rationale: 

  • CDC no longer recommends mass screening at school. 
  • Last year Yinghua had no one arrive at school with a detectable fever. 

Infection Control and Prevention 

  • Students and staff will wash and disinfect hands throughout the day. 
  • Facilities staff will disinfect surfaces throughout the day and monitor air quality measures.
  • Health Office Staff will wear proper personal protective equipment (PPE) and will isolate students with possible infectious symptoms. 

Isolation and Quarantine Procedures 

  • The school will continue to use the MDH Decision Tree for determining protocols for students with suspected or confirmed Covid-19. 
  • Children sick with Covid-like symptoms should stay home (isolate) until cleared by a doctor or until they receive a negative Covid test and symptoms have resolved. 
  • Siblings should stay home until it is determined that their family member does not have Covid-19. 
  • If someone in the household is diagnosed with Covid, everyone should test (even if vaccinated). Vaccinated family members will not need to quarantine unless they develop symptoms. Unvaccinated family members will need to quarantine for 14 days (some exceptions apply). 
  • Please report any family exposure to Covid-19 to the Health Office. The school must report all diagnosed cases of school staff or students to MDH. 
  • Whole classrooms will not need to quarantine if exposed to someone in the class with diagnosed Covid as long as students are wearing masks. Individual students will need to be isolated if they develop any Covid-like symptoms after the exposure. 
  • Because at this point Yinghua will not be offering a full-day online learning model this year, students who are sick and need to stay home or students who are absent because of an approved family day will be offered one hour of “live” learning/check in with teachers. 

Busing: 

  • Students must wear masks while riding on school buses. 
  • Students will have assigned seats on the bus. 

Rationale: 

  • All people are required by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) order to wear face coverings while in public transportation hubs and on all public transportation conveyances (airplanes, public buses, etc.), including school buses (both public and private). 

Aftercare and Athletics 

  • We will be offering aftercare, enrichment classes and athletics with Covid precautions in place.

Travel Guidelines

Covid Rapid Antigen Home Tests

  • If you test positive using a rapid antigen home test, the school can accept the results without further testing as long as you take a picture and email the results.

  • If you test negative, but are symptomatic, the school will require proof of a follow-up PCR test before you can return to school (rapid antigen tests are not considered as reliable as PRC tests).

Free Weekly Covid-19 Testing through Zepto

  • Zepto is a local company that is able to provide optional free testing for students and staff through funding provided by the federal Cares Act.
  • Testing is free. Participants’ insurance is charged, but it is free to families and will not affect your insurance policy.
  • If you are not insured, government funds cover the cost of testing.
  • The PCR test is done by a nasal swab that is very light and shallow, 10 seconds in each nostril. They did the swab on me as an example: click here to watch!
  • Parents must fill out a one-time consent form and a registration form for each child. Parents can discontinue testing for their children at any time. Please email completed forms to Wendi.Harmsen@Yinghuaacademy.org or turn in at the front office.
  • Testing will be weekly on Fridays so that you can get the results before Monday.
  • For more information about the test see Yinghua Covid-19 Testing FAQ.

Covid-19 Dashboard

Updated on: 9/17/21 # of Quarantines # of Isolations # of confirmed cases without exposure at school # of confirmed cases with exposure at school
Staff 0 0 0 0
Students 15 14 1 2

The school’s Covid-19 dashboard dashboard is updated on Fridays by 12 p.m. Data is based on active situations from the previous Friday at 12 p.m. through the current Friday 12 p.m. Some quarantines and isolations may last more than one week and will be reflected in the number counts. Previous Weeks

Covid-19 Definitions to Know

  • Close Contact: In general, a close contact means being less than 6 feet from someone for 15 minutes or more throughout a 24-hour period. This may exclude students in an indoor classroom from quarantine when both the case and close contact were wearing a well-fitting mask during the time of exposure.
  • Quarantine: An individual is staying home due to a sick family member, a family member/close contact who is awaiting Covid-19 test results, or due to close contact with someone diagnosed with Covid-19. 
  • Isolation: An individual is staying home due to illness and is either completing a 10-day isolation, or is awaiting an alternative diagnosis or Covid-19 test results.
  • Confirmed Covid-19 Case without Exposure at School: An individual who tested positive for Covid-19, but due to the timing of the individual’s last day in the school building and onset of symptoms, was not considered infectious while at school. This is based on the MN Department of Health’s guidelines and current research that shows a person is most contagious for Covid-19 forty-eight hours before the onset of symptoms and while symptomatic. This is also related to the incubation period for Covid-19 of 2-14 days before symptoms start. People are not immediately contagious upon contracting Covid-19 from someone else.
  • Confirmed Covid-19 Case with Exposure at School: An individual who tested positive for Covid-19 and was considered infectious while in the school building. These cases are reported to MDH for the purposes of contact tracing at the school.

Procedure for Email Notification to Families 

In addition to the weekly Dashboard notifications, the school will send an email notification to families in the following situations (names will be confidential):

  • Your child’s teacher is isolating due to illness and awaiting test results or tests positive for Covid-19
  • Your child’s teacher is quarantining due to close contact with someone diagnosed with Covid-19
  • A student in your child’s grade level has been diagnosed with Covid-19
  • Updates to the situation as needed
  • For any positive Covid-19 cases with exposure at school, all identified close contacts will be notified by a separate email or phone call

What to do if you have a sick family member

  • To decide if your child needs to isolate due to possible Covid-19 symptoms, read the MDH Decision Tree
  • Sick individuals with possible Covid-19 symptoms must complete a 10-day isolation OR be given an alternative diagnosis, or must have received a negative Covid-19 test result before children can return to school.
  • Unvaccinated Yinghua students cannot return to school until the family has received all Covid-19 test results for any members of the family who were tested. 
  • If a family member tests positive for Covid-19, that person begins a 10-day isolation period and unvaccinated family members start a 14-day quarantine period away from the infected individual if possible. 
  • Notify the school by completing an Absence Report or contacting Ginger Hao directly: ginger.hao@yinghuaacademy.org
  • The health office will send you information regarding school work if your children are in isolation due to sickness or in quarantine awaiting family member test results.
  • Contact Ginger Hao immediately with any test results and provide documentation to the school.

What to do if you have a family member or close contact who tested positive for Covid-19

  • Any member of the family who had close contact with a positive individual must complete a 14-day quarantine at home. A close contact is defined as being within 6 feet of the infected person for a total of 15 minutes in a 24-hour period.
  • Notify the school by completing an Absence Report or contacting Ginger Hao directly: ginger.hao@yinghuaacademy.org
  • Close contacts can test for Covid-19 if they become symptomatic or 5-7 days after their last exposure to the positive person.
  • If the close contact tests positive for Covid-19, this person begins a 10-day isolation period and should stay in a separate room from the rest of the family as much as possible.
  • If you are a close contact, you might be able to end your quarantine early after a negative Covid-19 test in some circumstances. This will be discussed when you speak to the school nurse.
  • Contact Ginger Hao immediately with any test results and provide documentation to the school.

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