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COVID-19 Strategies for 2022–23 School Year

Fairfield Prep's plan prioritizes keeping students in school and operating as close to pre-pandemic practices as possible, including all classes being taught in-person and a full slate of retreats, trips, and co-curricular activities, and full attendance at sporting events and performances. These strategies are in line with the CDC, Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH), and State Department of Education (CSDE) guidance. The Fairfield Health Department will continue to track and monitor COVID-19 cases and implement prevention strategies as necessary. 

We will continue to employ thoughtful mitigation strategies to help prevent outbreaks of COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses while maximizing in-person learning. Below are the major components of our plan:

  • If a student tests positive for COVID-19, this student should remain home and isolate for five days from the date of first symptoms or date of positive test (whichever was first). The CDC Isolation calendar can help with counting days. Parents should complete the absence form daily during a student’s absence and encourage the student to reach out to his teachers and guidance counselor to keep up on work missed during their absence. Students may return to school on day six as long as they are fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medications, and symptoms have improved. A mask must be worn when indoors and around other people through the tenth day.
  • Please report positive cases to the school nurse, Margaret Sullivan
  • If a student has mild respiratory symptoms with a temperature under 100ºF, students should test for COVID-19. If the results are negative with no known exposure and the student feels well enough to learn, the student may can attend school. It is recommended to wear a mask when experiencing respiratory symptoms. The child should continue to test daily until symptoms improve. 
  • If a student has respiratory symptoms and/or a temperature over 100ºF, students should stay home and test for COVID. If test results are negative, students should remain home symptoms have improved and the student is fever-free for more than 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication.
  • Test kits are available on request through Mrs. Sullivan, School Nurse.
  • Close contacts are no longer required to quarantine. If you are have been made aware of an exposure, we suggest that students wear a mask while attending school and closely monitor for respiratory symptoms for ten days. It is recommended to test five days after the last exposure to the positive case. 
  • The Fairfield Health Department recommends that all students and staff stay up to date on their vaccinations and will offer vaccination clinics as needed