Parent and Family Expectations 

These policies are subject to change at any time as the pandemic evolves  — please pay close attention to further announcements.

 

 1. Follow best practices and public health guidelines to keep our school safe.

 

  • We strongly encourage COVID-19 vaccination among parents and eligible family members. 

  • We will once again be requiring all Levey students to receive flu vaccinations by Thanksgiving, and we encourage family members to do the same. For further information regarding this policy, please speak with the head of school.

  • We encourage parents to mask when indoors in public and in large outdoor gatherings, particularly whenever the US CDC designates Cumberland County as having “substantial” or “high” levels of community transmission. We advise families to be cautious about potential avenues for exposure outside of school and to take steps to mitigate risks.

  • We strongly recommend that Levey families avoid unnecessary travel to areas of the country where there are substantial or high levels of community transmission of the coronavirus. 

 

 2. Monitor your child’s health daily:

 

  • Take your child’s temperature each morning.

  • Be very attentive to other COVID-19 symptoms, particularly shortness of breath, cough, and cold-like symptoms. 

 

 3. Keep your child at home and notify the school if:

 

  • Your child currently has or recently had a temperature of 100.4° or higher. Children must be fever-free for at least 24 hours prior to returning to school.

  • Your child has used fever-reducing medicine in the past 24 hours.

  • Your child has a cough, shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing.

  • Your child has chills, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell. 

  • Your child has diarrhea or vomiting.

  • Your child has two or more of the following symptoms: nausea, congestion / runny nose, muscle pain, stomach pain, fatigue, or headache.

  • Your child has been diagnosed with COVID-19, based on a positive test result. Under this circumstance, follow personalized instructions from your child’s medical provider and the Maine CDC regarding when your child may return to school.

  • Any member of your household has been diagnosed with a confirmed case of COVID-19. Your child must stay home until 10 days after the family member has been released from isolation.

  • Your child or any member of your household has been in close contact with someone with a confirmed COVID-19 case. If your child has not been vaccinated, your child must stay home for 10 days, regardless of whether they receive a negative COVID-19 PCR test result. If the exposure is not considered a “close contact,” parents should carefully monitor all household members and keep children at home if they develop symptoms.The CDC definition of  “close contact” includes:

    • Being within 6 feet of an infected person for a total of 15 cumulative minutes or more over 24 hours

    • Providing care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19

    • Direct physical contact with an infectious person (ex: hugging/kissing) 

    • Sharing eating or drinking utensils 

    • Being exposed to respiratory droplets from an infectious person (ex: sneezing/coughing) 

 

Fully vaccinated students who are in close contact with someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19 must remain at home until they receive a negative PCR test result; testing must occur at least 3-5 days after exposure. 

 

When in doubt, please exercise caution: keep your child at home and communicate with the school. The school will provide assignments and activities so that your child can continue to learn remotely. When possible, teachers will involve remote students in classroom activities or meet with students one-on-one via Zoom or phone.

 

 4. Be prepared to:

 

  • Pick your child up promptly if your child displays COVID-19 symptoms at school.

  • Care for your child at home so as to follow these policies or if Levey pivots to remote instruction.

  • Keep your child home while awaiting a COVID-19 test result.

  • Keep your child at home if they are a close contact of someone who tests positive.