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2021-2022 COVID-19 Response

The following procedures and policies are in effect for the 2021-2022 school year. CA’s administration will continue to monitor all relevant information regarding the health and safety of our community and reserves the right to make any changes in policy or procedure that it deems necessary.  

Stay Home When Sick
All parents are asked to do a daily health check of their children before sending them to school.  If your child exhibits any symptoms of illness, please keep them home! Keeping sick children home proved to be, by far, the greatest of all mitigation strategies we practiced last year.  We want to continue this practice this year.  Please consider getting a sick child tested for COVID-19 if the symptoms align with COVID-19 symptoms.
  • If a COVID test is positive, report this to attendance for guidance on when your student can return to school: 651.796.2711 or attendance@concordiaacademy.com.
  • If a COVID test is negative, students may return to school as soon as they are well enough to do so.
  • If you opt not to test, we ask that you keep a student home until they have remained symptom-free without medication for a full 48 hours.


Face Coverings
Concordia Academy encourages each family to make their best-informed decision regarding face coverings. Masks are not required. 

COVID-19 Vaccinations
Concordia Academy recommends but does not require students to be vaccinated against COVID-19. 

Exposure and Quarantine 
If your student is exposed to a positive COVID case:
  • Monitor for symptoms (fever of 100.4+, shortness of breath, new loss of taste or smell, new cough, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, sore throat, muscle pain, excessive fatigue, chills, new congestion/runny nose, new onset of headache). 
  • If no symptoms occur, the student may continue to attend school and activities. (Be advised that the recommendation of the MDH is that unvaccinated individuals should always quarantine and test if they have a known exposure to COVID.)
  • If symptoms occur, don’t send them to school. Concordia Academy strongly encourages that the student get a COVID test (Rapid or PCR).  If the COVID test is positive, report this to attendance (see above).  If the COVID test is negative, students may return to school as soon as they are well enough to do so.

Household Exposure and Quarantine
If your student is exposed to a positive COVID case within your household:
  • The COVID+ person should isolate within the household.
  • An unvaccinated student exposed within the household is required to quarantine and wait 5 days or later from the last date of exposure. If they have remained symptom-free and receive a negative test result, they may return to school no earlier than the 7th day after exposure.
  • A vaccinated student exposed within the household may return to school as long as they continue to exhibit no symptoms of illness. 
     

Communication
As stated above, Concordia Academy should be notified of all confirmed cases of COVID-19.  CA will notify families if it can be determined that their child may have been exposed to someone with a lab-confirmed case of COVID-19.  Possible exposure, outside of the household, does not require a student to quarantine, but we ask that parents be familiar with the points listed in the “Exposure and Quarantine” section above.

Education Model
Concordia Academy no longer offers a hybrid-learning model. Should circumstances dictate, CA has the ability to pivot to online teaching and learning. Teachers will publish daily class recaps and upload documents on their Google Classroom pages.  Students will be given time to make up for any missed work. 

Questions Regarding CA’s 2021-2022 COVID-19 Response
Please contact Rose Hexum at rose.hexum@concordiaacademy.com or at 651-796-2711.