Levey will be following the guidance from both the American Academy of Pediatrics and the US CDC and requiring masks at all times for students and staff regardless of vaccination status.
Levey will strictly limit the number of people who will be allowed into the school building, in order to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 being introduced into the school community. Only Levey students and staff will be allowed inside the school building during school hours. Open House, parent-teacher conferences, and similar meetings will take place via phone or Zoom.
In order to reduce the risk of transmission between classes, Levey will be limiting interactions between classrooms, particularly indoors. We will be treating the following classes as cohorts / pods: PreK/K; Grade 1 and Grades 2/3 (Lower School); and Grades 4/5 and 6-8 (Upper School). Specialists will rotate between classrooms. Students will limit time in hallways and in bathrooms.
Communal spaces will be cleaned and disinfected at least daily; frequently touched surfaces such as door handles, railings, and light switches will be cleaned multiple times each day as necessary. Spaces and equipment shared by multiple groups of students will be cleaned between use when practical. Where developmentally appropriate, students will help to steward and clean their own environments.
The school water fountains have been disconnected to minimize risk of coronavirus transmission. Students must bring reusable water bottles to school and bring them home each night for cleaning and refilling. Water bottles should be clearly labeled with permanent ink.
Sport activities will continue to be outside whenever possible. Students will wash hands before and after sports activities, and equipment will be cleaned as necessary. Portable playground equipment (balls, jump ropes, etc.) will be disinfected regularly.
We will be not be discouraging singing this year, as long as students are masked and at least 3 feet away from each other.
Students may not enter the school office.
If a student displays COVID-19 symptoms at school or needs to be picked up early for other medical reasons, the student will remain in a designated room while awaiting pickup. The room will not be used by others until it is disinfected. Staff will exercise elevated precautions to ensure that the student remains separated from others.
If a student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19 at school or shortly after attending school, Levey will notify all affected families while maintaining confidentiality. The school will also notify local and state health officials. We will be guided by the Maine CDC Standard Operating Procedure for COVID-19 cases in a school, including cleaning classrooms and partial or full-school pivot to remote learning as appropriate.
The most recent version of Levey's policies for isolation and quarantine can be found at https://www.leveydayschool.org/policies-and-procedures.