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FAQ’s

“Am I doing this right?”
Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19,
Quarantining, Returning to School, Vaccines, and Travel

updated March 18, 2022

Are things different this year in terms of social distancing, athletics and activities, classroom setup, and morning check-ins?

Yes! Please see the NYA Return to Campus Plan for 2021 – 2022 school year for all the details.

I just tested positive – what do I do?

Return to school chart for a positive individual

My sibling or family member just tested positive – what do I do?

Return to school chart for a positive sibling or family member

I was identified as a close contact to a positive case outside of my household – what do I do?

Return to school chart for a close contact of a positive case outside my household

I tested positive – when can I go back to sports and athletic activities?

Without exception, returning to athletics is dictated by your Primary Care Physician (PCP).
NYA will follow the timeline and protocol outlined by your PCP.

What is the process?
  • Call the your PCP and schedule an appointment to obtain a Clearance Note for Physical Activity (your doctor will know what this is). This appointment can be in-person or telehealth.
    • Your Clearance Note for Physical Activity must:
      • Be in writing
      • Outline the your return-to-athletic-activity timeline and any required progression steps
  • Provide your Clearance Note for Physical Activity to NYA Athletic Trainer, Heather Dean, via email, hard copy of the original note, or fax: 207-846-8829.
  • You should connect with Heather Dean to review your specific return-to-play timeline. You can do this in-person or virtually via Microsoft Teams.
  • You should notify your coach about your return-to-activity timeline.
  • Once all your steps are completed in accordance with your PCP’s plan, you will be cleared to return to athletic activity.
Notes:
  • Day of positive test = day zero.
  • For returning to class, follow this timeline.

I don’t feel well, but do I really need to stay home?

  • If you have one of the following symptoms, you cannot attend school
      • new, uncontrolled cough
      • shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
      • new loss of taste or smell
      • fever
      • chills
      • rigors
      • sore throat
  • If you have two of the following symptoms, you cannot attend school:
      • new headache
      • significant myalgia (muscle pain)
      • unexplained runny nose or congestion
      • nausea/vomiting**
      • diarrhea**  
  • We strongly recommend if your child is not feeling well to consider the wait and see approach at home or consider rapid testing if symptomatic. 
  • You must be fever-free without medications for more than 24 hours in order to return to school. 

**Although nausea/vomiting or diarrhea alone are not strong indicators of COVID-19, students may not return to school until they are free of these symptoms for at least 24 hours without medication.

Can I participate in remote learning like last year if must quarantine or if I’m not feeling well?

We will not offer remote learning as a long-term substitution for in-person learning, but we will continue to offer remote learning on a finite basis for special circumstances outlined in our full policy here.

What is “pooled testing,” why do we do it, and do I/my kids really have to participate?

Pooled Testing Defined
  • In a nutshell, pooled testing is a screening approach that combines samples from a group of people into one laboratory test. If a pool tests positive, each person within the pool is then tested individually to identify who within that group is positive.
  • Pooled testing is an effective tool for the school and our students, and we are pleased to provide pooled COVID-19 tests weekly for all faculty, staff, and students in grades K-PG for this school year at no cost. Both vaccination rates and pooled testing participation will provide some key data as we look to reduce restrictions in the future. Pooled testing allows for almost real-time assessment of our school community’s risk related to COVID. In addition, the pooled testing will allow for reduced quarantine restrictions for close contacts as we will be able to perform serial individual testing (i.e. testing on individuals for several consecutive days).
When and how is it done?
  • We will administer the tests on Thursday mornings. All participants in a classroom or pool will swab their noses with short swabs.  The swabs will be deposited into a specific container and collected by a member of the Health Services Office.
  • Our Health Services Office will receive results over the weekend, and if a positive result is produced from a pooled test, all persons in that pool will be notified and given individual diagnostic Binax Now “follow up testing” beginning on Monday morning at NYA to determine individual results.
  • To participate, this consent form must be signed.
Do I have to?
  • Though we highly recommend students participate in pooled testing (even those who are vaccinated), it is not required. All faculty and staff are required to participate.
What if I choose not to?
  • Those who choose not to participate will not take a swab each Thursday, but they must follow the regular quarantine restrictions if they are a close contact of an individual with COVID-19.

Vaccines

The CDC now recommends that everyone ages 5 and older be vaccinated.  The CDC also recommends boosters for individuals age 16 and older six months after their second dose.

When am I considered fully vaccinated?

From the CDC: Individuals age 16 and older are considered fully vaccinated:

  • At least two weeks but no more than six months after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or
  • At least two weeks but no more than six months after a single-dose vaccine, or
  • Two weeks after receiving Booster

From the CDC: Individuals age 5-15 are considered fully vaccinated:

  • At least two weeks after their second dose of the Pfizer vaccines

If you don’t meet these requirements, you are NOT fully vaccinated.

Now that I’m vaccinated, can I stop wearing a mask and social distancing?

No! From the CDC: “After you’ve been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, you should keep taking precautions – like wearing a mask, staying six feet apart from others, and avoiding crowds and poorly ventilated spaces – in public places until we know more.”

What CAN you do now that you’re fully vaccinated?

Individuals who are fully vaccinated are exempt from quarantine requirements in most circumstances. Fully vaccinated individuals are required to undergo testing if they develop symptoms.

What if I’ve already had COVID-19? 

Please check in with the Health Services Office regarding next steps.

What is NYA doing in terms of contact tracing?

The NYA Health and Safety Team has determined contact tracing measures under the guidance of the Standard Operating Procedures issued by the Maine Department of Education. 

My child was identified as a “close contact”- what do I do now?

If your child was identified as a close contact outside of school, your first step is to contact the NYA Health Services office. Once a student is identified as a close contact, next steps vary depending on their vaccination status and pooled testing participation: 

Students who ARE FULLY Vaccinated:
    • Do NOT need to quarantine from school or community events in most circumstances unless they test positive or develop symptoms.
    • Must wear a mask for 10 days following exposure. (The day of exposure is counted as Day 0.)
    • Recommended testing 5 days after exposure.
    • Continue to watch for symptoms and test as necessary.
Students who are NOT FULLY Vaccinated but ARE Participating in Pooled Testing at NYA:
    • Do NOT need to quarantine from school and school activities unless they test positive or develop symptoms, but DO need to quarantine from community events for 5 days.
    • Must wear a mask for 10 days following exposure. (The day of exposure is counted as Day 0.)
    • Recommended testing 5 days after exposure.
    • Continue to watch for symptoms and test as necessary.
Students who are NOT FULLY Vaccinated and are NOT Currently Participating in Pooled Testing at NYA:
    • Must quarantine from school and school activities for 10 days and community activities for 5 days.
    • Recommended testing 5 days after exposure.
    • Continue to watch for symptoms and test as necessary.
Travel

See the Maine CDC webpage on travel for details and information on travel.


For up-to-date data on COVID-19, visit this CDC Data Tracker link.


Visit our Health & Wellness page for an overview of NYA’s Health and Wellness programming.