COVID-19 UPDATES

COVID-19 Updates

In response to the pandemic and the Delta and Omicron variants, St. Johnsbury Academy is adhering to strict COVID-19 protocols that align with those recommended by the Vermont Department of Health and the CDC. Full vaccination against COVID-19 is required for employees and strongly encouraged for all students. Students should email a copy of their vaccination card to sgarey@stjacademy.org in the health services office. All students, faculty, staff, and visitors are required to wear masks in any indoor spaces.

 

In addition, all visitors to campus who have contact with students during the school day are required to show proof of vaccination. It is recommended that all visitors to campus be fully vaccinated. If not vaccinated, it is recommended that visitors always remain masked.

 

St. Johnsbury Academy protocols are assessed regularly and may be changed at any time, depending on the evolving state of the pandemic. This page is updated periodically with news and communications related to the school’s pandemic response.

COVID-19 101

If you develop any symptoms—stay home and get tested!

 

What to do if you have a Positive Test

 

1. Stay home and isolate for 5 days

 

2. You can leave your home after day 5 if:

  • you never had symptoms, or your symptoms have improved, and you feel better;
  • AND you have had no fever for at least 24 hours;
  • AND you wear a mask around others through day 10 ;
  • AND, when possible, it is recommended that you have two negative antigen tests performed at least 24 hours apart on day 4 and 5

 

3. Notify your close contacts

 

4. All current athletes must see their doctor for a COVID clearance following their 5-day isolation.

 

What to do if you are a close contact 

 

IF YOU ARE BOOSTED: Pfizer or Moderna less than 5 months ago, or J +J less than 2 months ago, or have had COVID in the last 90 days, or you are 5-17 years old or are enrolled in a K-12 school and have completed your Pfizer vaccine series

 

  • You do not need to quarantine but should wear a mask around others for 10 days. ·
  • A test on day 5 is recommended.
  • If you develop symptoms at any time, get a test then stay home and isolate from others until you receive your test results.

 

IF YOU ARE NOT BOOSTED: Pfizer or Moderna more than 5 months ago, or J +J more than 2 months ago, OR unvaccinated

  • Stay home and quarantine for 5 days.
  • You can leave your home after day 5 if you have no symptoms
  • AND, when possible, it is recommended that you have one negative PCR or LAMP test on or after day 5 OR two negative antigen tests performed at least 24 hours apart no sooner than day 4 and 5
  • If you develop symptoms at any time, get a test and isolate from others until you receive your test results.

 

Test to Stay: We are currently offering test and stay for our school. This means unvaccinated close contacts can come to school if they have no symptoms, have a rapid test at Tinker House on arrival and stay for the day if the results are negative. Rapid test will be sent home for the remainder of the quarantine days. Other than school and sports practice the close contact is expected to quarantine for the 5 days. Anyone at school—faculty, staff, student—can participate in the test and stay.

 

Also see these links to the Vermont Department of Health:

WHAT TO DO IF YOU TEST POSITIVE FOR COVID-19

WHAT TO DO IF YOU ARE A CLOSE CONTACT

TESTING AND SCREENING

St. Johnsbury Academy asks that you please stay home if you are not feeling well. If you have a single symptom that resolves in 24 hours and no fever you may return to school. If the symptoms continue after 24 hours or you have more than one symptom, you will need a PCR COVID test and results before you can return to campus. These results need to be emailed to the health services office at sgarey@stjacademy.org. If you have no fever, and your symptoms have improved with a negative test result, you will be able to return to campus.

 

PCR tests are available through your doctor’s office or at the state drive-in clinics. 

 

State drive-in clinics can be found at the following:

Caledonia Home Health located on Sherman Drive — Monday, Wednesday, and Friday form 8:30 a.m t0 1:30 p.m., Tuesday and Thursdays from 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., and on Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

 


Symptoms of COVID-19 may include:

  • Fever (100.4 °F or higher)

  • Cough

  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

  • Chills

  • Fatigue

  • Muscle or body aches

  • Headache

  • Sore throat

  • New loss of taste or smell

  • Congestion or runny nose

  • Nausea or vomiting

  • Diarrhea

 

For more information, please refer to the State of Vermont Department of Health page. 

2022 COVID-19 TESTING FOR VERMONT SCHOOLS SUMMARY

  • If a student tests positive or the school is informed that a student has tested positive, the school will inform households with a student in the same classroom(s) that there was a positive case. The communication will state that:

    • If a student is vaccinated (both Pfizer doses), they do not need to quarantine. 

    • If a student is unvaccinated, they can:

      • Pick up test kits from the school to test for five days at home and can attend school during that period, as long as all tests are negative. 

      • If they choose not to test, it is recommended that they follow the State’s quarantine policy.

  • School staff who are unvaccinated can also pick up test kits from the school to test at home for five days and may continue to work as long as all tests are negative.

     

  • Students who are identified as close contacts outside of school (“community contacts”) who are unvaccinated can pick up test kits from school to test at home for five days and can continue to attend school as long as all tests are negative.

     

  • To respond to cases of symptomatic students or staff in school, school nurses will have access to LAMP and/or antigen tests to test individuals on site. Symptomatic individuals should go home from school even if this test is negative. 

MASK REQUIREMENTS

All students, faculty, staff, and visitors are required to wear masks in any indoor spaces.

 

Any approved visitors to campus must wear masks indoors. It is recommended that unvaccinated visitors wear a mask at all times. 

ATHLETICS

Game plans are subject to change at any time. 

 

These protocols are designed to protect athletes, coaches, students, faculty, and staff, as well as visiting spectators. Protocols may be updated periodically as the COVID-19 pandemic evolves.

 

All spectators must wear masks in any indoor space.

VISITING CAMPUS

Visitors to campus are permitted by appointment. Casual or unscheduled visits are discouraged. The Admission Office is scheduling in-person tours and interviews by appointment only. To make an appointment, contact the admissions office by phone at (802) 751-2130 or by email at admissions@stjacademy.org