COVID-19 GUIDANCE - 2021-2022 School Year

As we look forward to the new school year, we know many of you have questions about COVID-19 guidelines and requirements as we return to in-school learning. We are working to ensure safe and responsible return to full in-person learning for all Met students for the 2021-2022 school year. To do this we are following a process of informed decision making for the fall by following federal guidance, state and local data, vaccine updates, and other critical information.  We are reviewing new information as it becomes available and we will update this guidance regularly.

 

Our goal is to have all students back in-person, five days a week. 

 

Families of students who are at increased risk of severe illness (including those with special healthcare needs) or who live with people at high risk and want distance learning should meet with their learning plan team to place a request.   Your principal will consult with the school nurse and co-director to make final  approval and review your student’s health plan, 504 Plan, and/or Individualized Education Program(IEP).

 

We are encouraging all members of our community to be vaccinated against COVID-19. The best way to protect the health of children is to ensure that all people in your household that are eligible (age 12 or older) are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

As we return to school the following requirements will be in place - 

 

Face Masks(Updated 4/4/22)

 

Outdoors on campus, on trips: 

  • Fully Vaccinated: Mask use not required, but recommended
  • Unvaccinated: Mask use not required, but recommended 

Inside on campus, on trips, and at internships:

  • Fully Vaccinated: Mask use not required, but recommended
  • Unvaccinated: Mask use not required, but recommended

 

Masks are required on all school buses and public transportation.

Please make sure that your student has a clean, well-fitting mask with them at all times.

 

Visitors/Families

 

  • Visitors/families will be screened by staff before entry.
  • Families will be allowed to attend exhibitions and learning plan meetings.
  • All visitors/family members must wear masks.
  • We ask that families do not bring siblings under the age of 12 into the buildings at this time.
 
 

Quarantine Decisions 

 

We have established these guidelines as a basis for decision making.  All quarantine decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis and may be influenced by input from the Rhode Island Department of Health. 

 
What to do if you think you have symptoms of COVID19-
  1. Get Tested.  
  2. Call the Met Helpline - 401-632-4502.
  3. If you receive a positive test you must stay home for 5 days minimum.
  4. On day 5 of your isolation, call the Met Helpline to confirm your status (Symptomatic or Asymptomatic).
  5. If after 5 days of isolation you are still symptomatic, you should continue to isolate until you are symptom free.
  6. If your symptoms have subsided and you are without a fever for 24 hours, you can return to school.
What to do if you have been exposed to COVID19 and you have no symptoms-
  1. Call the Met Helpline - 401-632-4502.
  2. If you are fully vaccinated or you have had COVID19 in the last 90 days -and- there is NOT an active case of
  3. COVID19 in your home you will be asked to self monitor for 10 day and you can return to school.
  4. If you are not fully vaccinated and you can follow the monitor-to-stay protocol (see page 9) -and- there is NOT an active case of COVID19 in your home you can return to school.
  5. If you are not fully vaccinated and you cannot follow the monitor-to-stay protocol (see page 9) you will be required to stay home for 5 days.
  6. If there is an active COVID19 infection in your home, call the Met Helpline for further instruction.
Quarantine Exemption for those 18+ who are close contacts and fully vaccinated
 
Staff and students age 18 and older who are identified as close contacts and are not living with someone with an active case of COVID19 are exempt from quarantine and should wear a well-fitting mask around others for 10 days, if they don’t have symptoms and have:
  • Received a vaccine booster dose;
  • Completed the two-dose primary series of Pfizer within the last 5 months;
  • Completed the two-dose primary series of Moderna within the last 6 months; or 
  • Completed the one-dose primary series of J&J vaccine in the last 2 months.

    * If they develop symptoms, they should isolate at home and get tested.
 
Quarantine Exemption for those 13-17who are close contacts and fully vaccinated
 
Students age 13-17 who are identified as close contacts and are not living with someone with an active case of COVID19 are exempt from quarantine and should wear a well-fitting mask around others for 10 days, if they have don’t have symptoms and have: 

  • Completed the two-dose primary series of Pfizer or Moderna more than 14 days prior the exposure date.
 
Quarantine Exemption all ages who are close contacts
 
Students and staff identified as close contacts and are not living with someone with an active case of COVID19 are exempt from quarantine if they don’t have symptoms and the person previously had COVID-19 no more than 90 days prior to the last date of close contact exposure.
 
For those who are not fully vaccinated and have not had COVID19 in the last 90 days 
 
Students and staff who are not fully vaccinated, are exposed to someone with  COVID19 and are not living with someone with an active case of COVID19 and do not have symptoms, should follow the Monitor-to-Stay quarantine protocol, which allows students and staff to attend school in person and participate in school-related extracurricular activities.
 
Monitor-to-stay protocol -

Conduct symptom screening and attest that they don’t have symptoms for 5 days; 
Follow quarantine guidance when outside school (stay home, wear a mask when around anyone outside of your immediate family), as well as updated CDC guidance about masking (surgical mask or KN95/N95). 
If you have any symptoms or cannot comply with quarantine guidance or you have difficulty wearing a mask in school, you must complete a 5 day isolation period.
 
Close contacts at home
 
Students and staff who are in close contact with a person at home with active symptoms of COVID19 will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. 

We will be monitoring staffing situations.  If too many of our staff are absent due to quarantine requirements we may be forced into distance learning until staffing levels are sufficient to reopen school.  We will keep our families informed if this situation arrises.

 

We will work with the Rhode Island Department of Health to monitor for outbreaks in our school and in our community.  If we see multiple positive cases arise within a school we may be forced into distance learning until the outbreak is contained.  We will keep our families informed if this situation arises.

 

All information on this page is subject to change.  We will continue to update you on changes as they happen. 

 

Please continue to monitor your child for signs of illness.  Keep them home if they are not feeling well or if you have any indication that they have been exposed to COVID-19.

 

If you have any questions about COVID-19, vaccinations or general questions about the these guidelines, please call our COVID-19 Helpline at 401-632-4502.

 

 

Thank You for helping to keep the Met safe!