Coronavirus Policies 2021

Fall 2021

If your daughter shows signs of any illness, please keep her home.

Please complete VMA’s Daily Screening questionnaire each morning.  Notify the School Nurse with questions or concerns.

Reference

Mask Policy

  • Masks must be worn by everyone indoors. (This may change as public health guidelines are updated.)
  • Bus and van riders are required to wear a mask when traveling. This is an order from the State of Pennsylvania.

Vaccinated Individuals with Exposure

  • Must get tested 5-7 days after known exposure, whether or not they show symptoms.
  • Wear a mask for 14 days indoors and while participating in sports.
  • If the test is positive, in order to return to school, the individual must:
    • Contact the school nurse

Unvaccinated Individuals with Exposure

  • Must get tested 5-7 days after known exposure.
  • If a negative test result is received quarantine may end after day 7.
  • If the test is positive, in order to return to school, the individual must:
    • Contact the school nurse
    • Isolate for 10 days
    • Go 24 hours without a fever and symptoms improve.

Recent Covid-19 Infection Exception

  • Individuals who had a POSITIVE diagnostic test for Covid-19 within the last 3 months do not need to quarantine if they remain asymptomatic. Documentation of positive antibody tests must be provided to the School Nurse.
  • Individuals who have exceeded the 90 day period of a positive case of Covid-19 can submit a monthly antibody test to be excluded from quarantine.
  • Masks are a must indoors.

Please refer to page 9 in the VMA Handbook for guidelines if a student is absent for three days or more.

Return to the Classroom

  • If you have been asked to quarantine because you have been identified as a close contact a Covid-19 test result IS REQUIRED to return to school.  Please provide a hard copy or email it to the School Nurse.
  • After testing positive, any student who plans to return to an activity MUST have a cardiac screening and EKG. (Activities include athletics, dance, PE, clubs that require activity, perhaps music.) They are welcome to return to school, but would need the cardiac clearance before returning to active participation.

School Guidelines

Dropping Off Items for Students

  • There will be a table outside the Main Office Doors (by the blue mailbox) for Parents/Guardians to leave items for students during the school day.
  • All items should be clearly marked with the student’s name.  The Main Office Staff or student will retrieve the item.

Visitors/Volunteer Policy on Campus

  • Necessary visitors will be by appointment only.  All visitors will report to the Main Office in the Regina Mundi Building.
  • Visitors must present a valid driver’s license for identification purposes as well as a Covid-19 vaccine card.
  • Everyone — vaccinated and unvaccinated — is asked to wear a mask indoors.
  • Faculty/Staff Members will meet their visitor in the waiting area.  Visitors should leave campus after their appointment.

Safety Updates

  • Water bottle filling stations across campus replaced water fountains.
  • Wall-mounted hand sanitizer units are available all over campus. Classrooms also have additional sanitizer bottles on the teacher’s desk or entry into the room.
  • Air filtration/ionizers and HVAC systems are upgraded to provide a safe circulation of air in areas including the Senior Lounge.