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

 

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 required
  • Unvaccinated:  Mask required 

 

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.

 

Screening

 

  • Students will continue to be screened (questionnaire and temperature check) upon entry to school buildings.

 

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. 

 

  • Students who receive a positive test for COVID-19 will be required to complete a 10 day quarantine.
 
  • Students who have been exposed to COVID-19 in the community and are not fully vaccinated may return to school after 7 days with a negative test on or after day 5
 
  • Fully vaccinated students who are exposed to COVID-19 in the community may return to school but should self-monitor for symptoms (we recommend a test).
 
  • Fully vaccinated or unvaccinated, if you are living with someone who tests positive and cannot be isolated, the student will need to test 72 hours after the last day of that person’s quarantine. If that test is negative the student can return to school.

 

  • Unvaccinated students who are exposed to COVID-19 at school in an indoor classroom for a total of 15 minutes over a 24-hour period must quarantine.The unvaccinated student may return to school with a negative test taken 5 days after exposure.

 

  • Fully vaccinated students who who are exposed to COVID-19 at school in an indoor classroom for a total of 15 minutes over a 24-hour period must self-monitor for symptoms but may return to school.

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!