Current Parent Notices

January 4, 2022

 

Dear Y.A.L.E. Parents and Guardians,

We understand that many families, including the extended Y.A.L.E. School family, continue to face unprecedented challenges due to COVID-19 as the New Year begins. Please be assured that Y.A.L.E. is committed to maintaining live instruction for our students and is working tirelessly in this pursuit. Any switch to remote instruction will be made as a necessary last resort when we cannot safely supervise our students in any individual school.

Y.A.L.E. School is also in regular communication with local health officials and will share all updates with Y.A.L.E. parents as they become available.

On December 29, 2021, the PA DOH issued guidance for K-12 schools, reaffirming state protocols for COVID-19. While the CDC has updated isolation and quarantine recommendations for the general public, these recommendations do not supersede state or local regulations that must be followed in schools in Pennsylvania at this time.

Y.A.L.E. parents should therefore note that the shortened 5-day isolation for positive COVID cases DOES NOT apply to those in schools or other high-risk settings determined by the CDC. The following guidelines issued by the PA DOH for schools remain in effect:

Positive Cases – PA DOH advises that people can spread the virus that causes COVID-19 for a full 10 days from when they develop symptoms, even if they are feeling better. For this reason, isolation should last at least 10 days.

1. Day 0 is the day symptoms began or the day the person took a test that had a positive result. Day 1 is the day after symptoms began or, if a person does not have symptoms, the day after the person tested positive (use the date the test was collected).

2. These recommendations do not apply to people with severe COVID-19 or with weakened immune systems (immunocompromised). Consult with a healthcare provider for their recommendations.

3. After meeting isolation requirements, and provided they are symptom-free, a person can go back into public spaces, including school, on day 11.

Close Contact – Unvaccinated

1. Isolate 7 days with negative test results obtained on day 5-7.

2. Quarantine 10 days with no test required

3. Individual may return with NO symptoms and must wear a mask for 14 days, and continue to watch for symptoms. If symptoms develop, person must stay home and be tested.

Close Contact – Fully vaccinated

1. Individual can come to school / work provided person has NO symptoms and must wear a mask

at all times.

2. Individual must watch for symptoms for full 14 days.

3. Testing can occur between day 5 and 7.

4. If symptoms develop, individual must stay home and get tested immediately.

Thank you for reviewing the above protocols. Additional information is available on the Y.A.L.E. website. Also reach out to the school nurse if you need assistance, and to report if your child exhibits symptoms.

Sincerely,

The Y.A.L.E. School Administrative Team

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