Together on the Hilltop

 

Elgin Academy COVID Policies 

Updated 9.16.22

 

Overview

Since our return to the hilltop in the fall of 2020, we have continued to follow the guidance of the health department with the goal of allowing students to learn on-campus as safely and as often as possible. As COVID-19 continues to evolve, we acknowledge that the current guidance has moved into a phase that encourages more individualized decisions regarding masking, distancing, and other precautions. We look forward to the opportunities that these changes will provide. At the same time, we recognize that there are members of our community who will continue to take a more cautious approach for a variety of personal reasons. Our community will continue, as it has since the start of the pandemic, to support one another by adhering to requirements when necessary and respecting individual choices when those options are available.

Masks

Face masks are required for those who have tested positive for COVID-19 or have a known close-contact exposure, as outlined below, and are recommended for others.

Individuals with Symptoms

Possible symptoms of COVID-19 include the following:

  • Fever of 100.4F or greater
  • New onset of moderate to severe persistent headache
  • New cough or shortness of breath
  • Sore throat
  • Vomiting or diarrhea
  • Loss of sense of taste or smell

Individuals who experience one or more of these symptoms will need to remain off campus until they have received negative results from an emergency-use authorization (EUA) approved COVID-19 antigen test (including lab-based tests or self-performed tests) or PCR test. A list of EUA-approved home tests can be found on the FDA website. Testing for those with symptoms is required regardless of vaccination status, prior COVID-19 infection, or receiving an alternate diagnosis. 

Documentation of negative test results should be emailed or faxed to the attention of the appropriate division assistant. Accepted documentation includes:

  • Written results from a laboratory, physician office, testing site, or other testing location
  • Letter from a physician office stating that the individual had a negative test result
  • Photographs of the test package including the notation of EUA approval and the negative result of a self-performed test

Individuals with negative test results will be able to return to campus once they have met all of the following criteria:

  • Fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication
  • Free from vomiting or diarrhea for 24 hours
  • Improvement of other symptoms

Other household members may come to campus during this time as long as they do not develop symptoms or test positive for COVID-19. 

Individuals who choose not to be tested must remain off campus until all of the following criteria have been met:

  • Minimum of 5 days have passed from their first symptoms  (the first day of symptoms is considered day 0)
  • Fever-free for 24 hours with no fever-reducing medication
  • Free from vomiting or diarrhea for 24 hours
  • Improvement of other symptoms

Individuals Who Test Positive for COVID-19

Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 will need to remain off campus until they have met the following criteria:

  • Minimum of 5 days have passed from their first symptoms or their positive test date (the first day of symptoms or the test date are considered day 0)
  • Fever-free for 24 hours with no fever-reducing medication
  • Free from vomiting or diarrhea for 24 hours
  • Improvement of other symptoms

Once all of the criteria have been met, the individual can return to campus. The individual will be required to consistently and correctly wear a face mask from day 6 through day 10 of their COVID-19 infection. Gaiters, bandanas, and masks with one-way valves are not acceptable. Positive cases will be reported to the health department as required.

Individuals who experience a return or worsening of their symptoms during or soon after their infection (often referred to as a rebound case) will need to remain off campus pending consultation with the health department.

Students who participate in athletics are required to have physician clearance prior to returning to interscholastic athletic activity (including practices). Clearance letters should be emailed or faxed to the appropriate division assistant prior to return.

Individuals Who Have Been Exposed to COVID-19

Individuals who have had a known close-contact exposure to COVID-19, such as household members of someone who has tested positive,  may continue to come to campus as long as they remain free of symptoms. These individuals will be required to consistently and correctly wear a face mask through day 5 after the last day of exposure (last day of exposure is considered day 0). Gaiters, bandanas, and masks with one-way valves are not acceptable. Individuals who are identified close contacts and  choose not to mask will need to remain off campus until day 6 after their exposure. 

Individual contact tracing to determine close-contact exposures will no longer be conducted through school. Families will be notified by email if their student is part of a school group that has had a known positive case so that they may monitor for symptoms and make individual determinations regarding necessary precautions following exposure. For privacy reasons, we cannot share the names of individuals who have tested positive.

Outbreaks

If the health department determines that a classroom, team, or other school group is experiencing an outbreak of COVID-19, additional requirements may apply to the involved groups.

Communications Regarding COVID-19

We will continue to assess changes in guidance and requirements as they pertain to our community and adjust our policies and procedures accordingly. Updates to these policies and procedures will be communicated through EA News & Notes. 

Elgin Academy Contact Information

Lower School Division Assistant– Jenn Brown jbrownps4@elginacademy.org

Middle School Division Assistant– Trisha Shrum tshrum@elginacademy.org

Upper School Division Assistant– Anna Przybylski aprzybylski@elginacademy.org 

Main School Phone Line – 847-695-0300

Fax Number (all divisions) – 847-695-5017