Important Safety Information- Asymptomatic Testing Program

Dear AFCHES Families:

We’ve had a wonderful start to the school year, and it has been incredible to have so many of our students back in school buildings, learning in person! As you know, keeping our school communities safe is a top priority this year. We wanted to share some updates to our school community as it relates to safety mitigation strategies for the school year.  You can always find additional information on our website. 

Asymptomatic Testing Program 
In keeping with the CDC guidance, all Achievement First schools will begin an asymptomatic testing program the week of September 13th.  All unvaccinated staff members will be required to be tested weekly. Additionally, we encourage all students and vaccinated staff members to sign up for the testing program as well. Testing will allow our school to identify outbreaks early and take the proper precautions to prevent COVID-19 from spreading in our schools. To learn more about the testing program and sign your scholar up to participate, please complete our Consent Form. Families who opt in will be asked to register with our testing partner, Affinity, in the next two weeks.

Masks outdoors 
Given the CDC guidelines shared in early July, we started the year off mandating that masks are worn at all times indoors, and during arrival and dismissal outdoors. With the spread of the Delta variant, we are adding an additional safety approach. Beginning on September 9th, masks will be worn by students and staff at all times, while both indoors and outdoors on school grounds. Mask breaks will be incorporated into the day – especially during recess periods.

Quarantine Protocols 
As we have previously shared, for the 2021-22 school year we are following local district guidelines for positive cases within our schools. You can review the DOE’s policies on quarantining here.

Stay Home if Sick and/or a Close Contact (remember to use the daily Health Screener!)  As a reminder, please remember to complete the Parent Square Health Screener before leaving for school each day. The screener helps us ensure that everyone coming into our building is symptom-free and has not been exposed to COVID-19. One of our top safety mitigation strategies is encouraging anyone who is feeling sick to stay home.
 
If your child is experiencing symptoms or has been in close contact with a confirmed positive case, please contact us immediately so we can discuss appropriate next steps. We encourage everyone who is feeling ill to get tested for COVID-19 so they can safely return to school.
 
Thank you for all that you are doing to support a healthy and safe return to school this fall.
 
Sincerely,
Dr. Johnson and Ms. Cantave 

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