2021-2022 COVID-19 Guidelines

To watch Head of School, Mike Runey’s, presentation on PCA’s 2021-2022 COVID Policies, visit the link below.

WATCH VIDEO HERE

PCA’s Response to COVID-19: Back to School Plan 21-22
1.Create best learning conditions while staying healthy and safe
2.Enable teachers to do their critical tasks most effectively
3.Enable staff to focus on running the school
4.Keep school community unified
COVID-19 Thresholds in our Environment 
Tracked here: NH COVID-19 Response Dashboardhttps://www.covid19.nh.gov/dashboard/overview
1. 2 or more clusters of COVID-19 cases at PCA (a cluster is one case that causes 3 or more other cases in close contacts)
2>100 / 100K cases per 14 days (in NH / seacoast community)
3. > 5% positivity with COVID-19 cases in NH (7-day)
4. > = 3 deaths / day due to COVID-19 in NH
5. Hospitals, particularly ICUs, reaching capacity
Response to Crossed Thresholds

8 Foundational Layers

1.Communication
2.Vaccines & treatments
3.Fast & available testing
4.Ventilation
5.Cleaning & disinfecting
6.Hand hygiene / respiratory hygiene
7.Distancing 3 feet
8.Optional masking / recommended / required 

Frequently Asked Questions

What are we monitoring, and how do we make decisions?

  1. Severity of disease at PCA, in Seacoast, in New England.
  2. Our experience of dealing with the COVID-19 virus at PCA.
  3. Guidance from CDCs, DHHS, local health officials.

Are masks required at PCA?

At this time, masks are optional. Masks are recommended for those who feel most comfortable masked.  Per the CDC Order, masks are required on the school bus (https://www.cdc.gov/quarantine/masks/mask-travel-guidance.html)

What is contact-tracing, and what defines a close-contact?

Determining any close contacts to the COVID-19 case. When masks are used correctly, a close contact is anyone within 3 feet for cumulative 15 minutes of the individual with COVID-19.   When masks are not in use, a close contact is anyone within 6 feet for cumulative 15 minutes of the individual with COVID-19.

When will PCA contact trace?

We report every positive case of COVID-19 to the Department of Health and Human Services, per RSA 141-C (http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/rsa/html/x/141-c/141-c-mrg.htm).  When a cluster of COVID-19 cases develops at PCA, the DHHS will step in to help contact trace.  A cluster is when three or more cases develop from a known positive case within the same core group with no likely connection to outside-of-school exposure.  A core group is any cohort of people – a classroom, a team, etc.

Determining any close contacts to the COVID-19 case. When masks are used correctly, a close contact is anyone within 3 feet for cumulative 15 minutes of the individual with COVID-19.   When masks are not in use, a close contact is anyone within 6 feet for cumulative 15 minutes of the individual with COVID-19.

How will I know if I need to quarantine?

You should be advised by a healthcare provider if you need to quarantine.  The PCA School Nurse may notify you that you need to quarantine.