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*Dr. Ferguson is fully vaccinated and is requiring all faculty and staff to be vaccinated against Covid-19 for the safety of our students.

Spring Break Safety Protocols

March 1, 2021

We are very grateful for all who have committed to healthy and respectful practices!
 We hope this is the last holiday for every member of our school community to be vigilant in adhering to our restrictive practices.
 
Please review these scenarios for the 03/13/21-03/21/21 spring break practices and respond in the manner designated:
 
Scenario 1: Your family attends a gathering that includes 10 or more people who do not live in your home, and your student’s unmasked time, including eating and drinking, amounts to more than 30 minutes.
  • Response: Prior to returning to campus, your student must either A) present a negative Covid-19 test administered 5 days after the gathering; or B) self-quarantine for 10 days without symptoms.
Scenario 2: Your student participates in a dance or yoga class, athletic tryout, team practice, pick-up game at the park, or organized competition that includes 30 minutes of unmasked time with 10 or more people who do not live in your home.
  • Response: Prior to returning to campus, your student must either A) present a negative Covid-19 test administered 5 days after the event; or B) self-quarantine for 10 days without symptoms.
Scenario 3: Your student visits a theme park, or travels out of state, or rides in an airplane.
  • Prior to returning to campus, your student must either A) present a negative Covid-19 test administered 5 days after the visit; or B) self-quarantine for 10 days without symptoms.
Also, please review our updated general protocol regarding common scenarios and responses:
 
Scenario A: A student misses school or leaves campus due to flu/cold/Covid-19 symptoms*.
  • Response: The student’s siblings must also leave campus, and the symptomatic student must have a swab test to determine if Covid-19 is the cause of symptoms. 
    • If the swab-test is positive for Covid-19,
      • the student with Covid-19 must quarantine for 10 days from the onset of symptoms, including at least 24 hours with no symptoms and no medication before returning to campus;
      • siblings and anyone who has had close interaction within 48 hours of the onset of symptoms must present a negative result for a test administered 5 days after the most recent close interaction with the Covid patient; or quarantine for 10 days, including 24 hours without symptoms or medication.
    • If the symptomatic student swab-tests negative for Covid-19 and positive for the seasonal flu or human rhinovirus (common cold), 
      • the tested student may return 5 days after the onset of symptoms, including 24 hours without symptoms or medication;
      • asymptomatic siblings may return to campus when the sibling’s negative results are received.
    • If the student swab-tests negative for Covid-19 and negative for any other virus,
      • the tested student may return after 24 hours without symptoms or medication. This does not include allergy medication and symptoms that are confirmed by a doctor to be allergy-related;
      • asymptomatic siblings may return to campus as soon as the sibling’s negative results are received; 
Scenario B: A student has close interaction with a Covid-19 positive person within 48 hours of that person’s onset of symptoms or test date.
  • Response: The student must present a negative Covid-19 test administered 5 days after the most recent event in any of the above categories; or your student must self-quarantine for 10 days without symptoms.
Scenario C: A student tests positive for the seasonal flu or human rhinovirus (common cold). 
  • Response: The student may return to campus 5 days after the onset of symptoms, including 24 hours without symptoms or medication.
*Flu/cold symptoms include any of the following:
  • Fever of 100.4 or higher
  • Chills
  • Persistent cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Uncharacteristic fatigue
  • Muscle or body ache
  • Headache
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea, vomiting, or abdominal pain
  • Diarrhea
**  Close interaction: Being within six feet, masked or unmasked, indoors or outdoors, for 15 minutes during a 24-hour period within 48 hours of symptom onset or Covid test administration.

Directions on How to View The Weiss School Covid-19 Dashboard

January 14, 2021

The Weiss School Covid-19 Dashboard lists the number of people potentially contagious with Covid-19 while on campus in 2021, and the number of people quarantined due to close contact on-campus. Updates will be made immediately if additional cases are discovered.
 
Below are the directions on how to view The Weiss School Covid-19 Dashboard:
  1. Sign into the myWeiss portal
  2. Click on the Resources tab next to your child’s name on the top menu bar
  3. Once you are on the Resources page, click on the post titled Covid-19 Dashboard – Weiss School (see image below)
  4. Once you click on the post, you will be able to view the dashboard with the most current information
 
Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines are applied to determine the contagious period, contact threshold to require quarantine, contact tracing protocol, the quarantine and testing timelines for those who have had close contact, and the isolation and testing timelines for those who have tested positive. Here is the pertinent CDC website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
 
If you would like additional information, please contact Dr. McKee, gmckee@weissschool.org, call 561-627-0740.
 
Thank you for working to limit the threat of Covid-19, and in exercising patience in managing all of the related inconveniences. Here is a reminder of best practices in promoting health: 
  • Clean your hands often, either with soap and water for 20 seconds or a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Maintain at least six feet of distance between yourself and others.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a mask when around others.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces daily.
  • CDC recommends that people wear masks in public settings and when around people outside of their household, especially when other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.
  • Masks may help prevent people who have COVID-19 from spreading the virus to others.

Fight Germs. Wash Your Hands!

COVID-19 Update:
The Weiss School has taken a cautious and deliberate approach to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our administrative team created a Campus Reopening Plan that incorporates all relevant federal, state, and local laws and regulations, as well as best practices to further the safety of our students and staff members. We work diligently each day to ensure the safety of all Weiss School Wolverines!

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQS)

List of 4 frequently asked questions.

  • Q. Are there any treatments available for children with COVID-19?

    A: There are currently no antiviral drugs recommended or licensed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for COVID-19. Clinical management includes prompt implementation of recommended infection prevention and control measures in healthcare settings and supportive management of complications. See more information on CDC Clinical Guidance for COVID-19Children and their family members should engage in usual preventive actions to prevent the spread of respiratory infections, including covering coughs, cleaning hands often with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer, and staying up to date on vaccinations, including influenza.  Additional information on prevention measures can be found here (Prevention for 2019 Novel Coronavirus).
  • Q. Are children at increased risk for severe illness, morbidity, or mortality from COVID-19 infection compared with adults?

    A: There have been very few reports of the clinical outcomes for children with COVID-19 to date. Limited reports from China suggest that children with confirmed COVID-19 may present with mild symptoms and though severe complications (acute respiratory distress syndrome, septic shock) have been reported, they appear to be uncommon. However, as with other respiratory illnesses, certain populations of children may be at increased risk of severe infection, such as children with underlying health conditions.
  • Q.
    Does the clinical presentation of COVID-19 differ in children compared with adults?
     

    A: Limited reports of children with COVID-19 in China have described cold-like symptoms, such as fever, runny nose, and cough. Gastrointestinal symptoms (vomiting and diarrhea) have been reported in at least one child with COVID-19. These limited reports suggest that children with confirmed COVID-19 have generally presented with mild symptoms, and though severe complications (acute respiratory distress syndrome, septic shock) have been reported, they appear to be uncommon.  See more information on CDC Clinical Guidance for COVID-19.
  • Q.
    Are children more susceptible to the virus that causes COVID-19 compared with the general population and how can infection be prevented?
     

    A: No, there is no evidence that children are more susceptible. In fact, most confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported from China have occurred in adults. Infections in children have been reported, including in very young children. From limited information published from past Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV) and Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) outbreaks, infection among children was relatively uncommon. For information on risk, please see current risk assessment. Children should engage in usual preventive actions to avoid infection, including cleaning hands often using soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer, avoiding people who are sick, and staying up to date on vaccinations, including influenza vaccine.  Additional information on prevention measures can be found here (Prevention for 2019 Novel Coronavirus).
The Weiss School is a co-ed private school that serves gifted students in PreK-3 through 8th grade in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. A Weiss School education prepares students to think analytically and creatively, act socially responsible, live vigorously, and create imaginatively in a warm and supportive educational environment.