Good Afternoon, AMS Community:
I hope this finds everyone well and enjoying our warming temperatures. I’m writing today with operational protocol updates the school has adopted since Austin moved from Stage 5 into Stage 4 (we’re now trending towards Stage 3) of COVID-19 guidelines. Please note that these protocol updates were approved by our Board of Trustees last week and are not in any way related to Governor Abbott’s announcement yesterday of loosening COVID restrictions across the state beginning next week. We will continue to use the guidance of the CDC; consult with Austin Public Health (APH) and the Texas Education Agency; and use our discretion to determine our safest operational protocols. The only changes to our operational protocols are outlined below and are now included in our full Operating Plan
Children’s House Cohorts
Since late fall, we have been targeting the mid-spring semester as a potential transition point for our Children’s House cohort sizes if conditions allowed. Last week our Board of Trustees approved increasing the cohort sizes in Children’s House to 22 children. We will continue to prepare our physical environments so they are conducive to distancing and continue to follow the protocols in our operating plan.
Resume Extracurricular Activities
During Stage 5, per recommendations from APH, we asked families to pause any gatherings outside of the household, including after-school group activities (sports, dance class, etc.) in order to attend school in person. Children who participate in activities outside the household can now attend school in person. We simply ask that everyone continue to follow APH standard COVID guidelines of wearing a mask, social distancing when possible, etc. See the update to our Operating Plan
Children that travel by commercial air, bus, or train are asked to self-disclose and quarantine for 7 days after travel if they have no symptoms and have obtained a negative COVID-19 test on day 5. Children who do not obtain a negative COVID-19 test are required to quarantine for 10 days. As you make plans, please review the travel recommendations from the CDC.
Vaccinated and COVID-19 Recovered Persons
Vaccinated persons or those with natural immunity (recovered from Laboratory-diagnosed SARS-CoV-2 Infection) will be required to follow all of the protocols in place in our school operating plan with the exception of quarantine.
Quarantine guidelines per the CDC guidelines for Vaccinated Persons:
Vaccinated people with exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 are not required to quarantine if they meet all of the following criteria:
- Are fully vaccinated (i.e., ≥2 weeks following receipt of the second dose in a 2-dose series, or ≥2 weeks following receipt of one dose of a single-dose vaccine)
- Are within 3 months following receipt of the last dose in the series
- Have remained asymptomatic since the current COVID-19 exposure.
Quarantine guidelines per the CDC guidelines for Recovered Persons:
People who have recovered from laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 do not need to undergo repeat testing or quarantine in the case of another SARS-CoV-2 exposure within 90 days of their initial diagnosis
We ask that all members of our community continue to adhere to the Austin Public Health guidelines regarding COVID-19. Please continue to wear masks, socially distance, and, during Stage 4, avoid gatherings larger than 10 outside your household. Thank you all for your continued support and vigilance during this time. Please reach out to us with any questions you may have.