Sunstone COVID Policy & Weekly Screening Program

Updated November 10, 2022 (Travel Policy Update)

The following are general guidelines and subject to change at anytime. Please keep in mind that there is not one single black and white scenario for everyone or every case. We will evaluate next steps on a case by case basis, taking into consideration the specific details of each case, household circumstances, vaccination status, and guidance from our local public health authority. Please contact Monica Wright, mwright@sunstonemontessori.org, with any questions. Thank you.

WHEN TO STAY HOME SUMMARY

  • Stay home if you exhibit ANY of the symptoms listed below.
  • Stay home if you test positive.

COVID SYMPTOMS

The following list of COVID symptoms is in accordance with the CDC:

  • Fever or chills (fever being 100.4 degrees F or higher)
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue (feeling unwell, lethargic, unable to participate in normal activities)
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

INDIVIDUALS WITH SYMPTOMS & NO KNOWN EXPOSURE

Regardless of vaccination status, we recommend individuals who have no known exposure and exhibit one or more of the symptoms listed above to:

  • Stay home
  • Test
  • Email attendance@sunstonemontessori.org with symptoms, date symptoms started, and test results.
  • If test is negative, students and staff may return to school when fever free for a full 24 hours without medication and symptom free.
  • If test is positive please isolate and follow our Positive Test Policy (below).

POSITIVE TEST POLICY

Any student or staff member, regardless of vaccination status, who tests positive for COVID-19, will be excluded from our programs for 5 full days.

  • Day 0 is the day symptoms started or, if asymptomatic, the date the positive test specimen was collected.
  • Day 1 is the first full day after symptoms develop or, if asymptomatic, the first full day after the test specimen was collected.

If your enrolled child tests positive for COVID please:

  • Stay home
  • Email attendance@sunstonemontessori.org with date of positive test and, if symptomatic, description of symptoms and date symptoms started.
  • Isolate at home for at least 5 days.
  • Students may return to school on day 6 if they are:
    • symptom free and fever free for a full 24 hours without the aid of medication,
    • AND able to wear a well fitting mask when around others through day 10. (This means masking at school, inside and outside, except when eating or drinking.) Toddlers and students who are unable to effectively wear a well fitting mask around others may return to school on day 11.
  • A negative test is not required to return to school however, should your child be tested again prior to returning, we would appreciate you sharing the results (attendance@sunstonemontessori.org).

KNOWN EXPOSURE

Regardless of vaccination status, students and staff who have been *exposed to a known positive case do not need to quarantine if:

  • they are not symptomatic,
  • and they are able to wear a well fitting mask when around others, and monitor for symptoms, for a full 10 days after the last date of exposure. (This means they will be masked at school, inside and outside, through day 10 after exposure, except when eating or drinking.)

If symptoms occur within the 10-day monitoring window, quarantine and get tested. If no symptoms occur before day 5, please test on day 5 and email test results to attendance@sunstonemontessori.org. Refrain from any travel during the 10-day monitoring window.

*Exposure
Contact with someone infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, in a way that increases the likelihood of getting infected with the virus.

**Close Contact
Close contacts are individuals who were less than 6 feet away from an infected person (laboratory-confirmed or a clinical diagnosis) for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period. For example, three individual 5-minute exposures for a total of 15 minutes.


FACE MASKS

Face masks are optional indoors and outdoors for all healthy, a-symptomatic individuals. Anyone is welcome to wear a face mask at anytime.

  • FACE MASK AFTER TESTING POSITVE: Any person that has tested positive is required to wear a mask on campus indoors and outdoors, after they return from their quarantine period, through day 10 of contracting COVID (with day zero being the day symptoms started, or the day they tested positive (whichever comes first)).
  • KNOWN EXPOSURE: Any person that has been exposed knowingly is required to wear a face mask on campus, indoors and outdoors, for 10 full days after exposure.

FREE OHSU Weekly Screening K-12

We are partnering with OHSU again this year to offer free, weekly COVID-19 testing for students K-12 (ages 5 and up). Participation in this program is completely optional and offered regardless of vaccination status. Participating students will drop off spit samples in pre-labeled tubes at school each week, whether they have symptoms or not. Many aspects of the screening program will remain the same as last year, with a few changes to make it easier for parents and students. Please click below for full details and to enroll your child.

  • Parents Enroll Their Children Online
  • Test kits are sent directly to parents’ home
  • Thursday is collection day at Sunstone

OHSU Weekly Screening Details and Online Enrollment


COVID-19 VACCINATION REQUIREMENTS

Sunstone staff are required to be fully vaccinated per OAR 333-019-1030. Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination (or a medical or religious exemption) is required for anyone on campus who is of vaccination age.


TRAVEL QUARANTINE POLICY

Wear a Mask While Traveling: Regardless of vaccination status, if any members of your household (this includes regular caregivers) travel on a commercial boat, train, plane, or bus (such as Greyhound), we STRONGLY encourage wearing a well fitting mask when traveling, when in public spaces, and when around others. 

Mask for 5 Days Upon Return: Student or staff travelers, age 3 and older, are strongly encouraged to wear a well fitting mask on campus, indoors and outdoors, except when eating or drinking, for 5 days after the date of return.

Stay Home and Test if Symptoms Arise: If student or staff travelers exhibit any symptoms after returning home, please stay home, test, and email a photo of the test result to attendance@sunstonemontessori.org.

Thank you for your commitment to the health and safety of the entire Sunstone community.


SANITATION

Sunstone follows the cleaning and sanitation guidelines as outlined in the Health and Safety Guidelines by the Early Learning Division of the Oregon Department of Education and Oregon Health Authority. See chapter 10, Cleaning and Building Maintenance, p 35.