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Health & Safety

As St. Luke's navigates the COVID-19 pandemic, we never lose sight of these priorities: keep our community safe and our campus open. Though we are very well-prepared to pivot to online learning if necessary, we believe students are served best by in-person learning. Below are information and guidelines to help us continue to meet our mission—an exceptional education.

Latest Information

St. Luke's COVID Data

Active Cases*: 11
(as of 1/25/22)

Please report a positive COVID-19 test immediately to coronavirus@stlukesct.org and follow federal guidelines for quarantining.

*The active cases number is the current number of students, faculty, or staff members who are isolating due to COVID-19. This number does not include parents, siblings at other schools, or additional family members that have tested positive, nor does it include any students, faculty, or staff members awaiting test results.

St. Luke's Health Task Force

The Health Task Force offers St. Luke's exceptional insights and intelligence as we navigate school in the time of COVID-19. 
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It Takes a Village

Every member of the St. Luke’s community can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 within the school community and in the broader community. Your support and adherence to safety protocols will help determine whether our students and teachers stay safe and our campus remains open.

Maintaining a Healthy Environment

Every eligible member of our community in grade five and up will begin the second semester (January 19) fully vaccinated. This is a powerful step in our collective effort to protect one another and end this virus. We have excellent safety protocols already in place to further protect the community while on campus.

Please look through the guidelines - these will be updated as conditions evolve.

List of 17 items.

  • Classrooms & Shared Spaces

    Any indoor learning spaces with unvaccinated individuals will be arranged to accommodate three feet of distance between students and six feet between adults and students.

    For the winter, clear partitions have been installed on the tables in the  Fireplace Commons, Dining Commons, and Café to allow for safe dining.
  • Contact Tracing/Quarantining

    Contact Tracing:  Individual-level contact tracing becomes less effective when community transmission levels are high—as is the case during this current surge. For this reason, the Department of Public Health recommends (see p. 3) that “routine contact tracing of individual exposures that occur inside schools or during school-organized and supervised activities be discontinued.” St. Luke’s and other schools will shift resources from contact tracing to managing positive cases to prevent spread. 

    Quarantine: Vaccinated individuals (without symptoms) do not need to quarantine if exposed to someone with COVID-19 but should wear a mask for 10 days after the encounter and take a test 5 days after exposure.
  • Dining Program

    We were delighted to announce a return to full buffet service in the Dining Commons this fall. For the winter, the Dining Commons, Café, and Forese Family Fireplace Commons will have clear partitions on all tables. Everyone will need to eat at tables with partitions. Hand sanitizer will be required before entering the buffet line. We will continue to offer and encourage outdoor dining when the weather allows.

    Drinking will no longer be allowed in classrooms or hallways. Students need to sit at a partitioned table or step outside to drink.
  • Dress Code

    As Mark Davis shared in this June letter, the revised St. Luke’s dress code policy goes into effect at the start of the school year. Please find a list of permitted and not permitted attire here
  • Face Coverings & Hygiene

    We continue to follow the executive order from Governor Lamont, in effect through February 15, 2022 (and likely to be extended), requiring universal masking by all individuals in school buildings, regardless of vaccination status. Many health officials have raised concerns about cloth masks and recommend surgical, N95 or KN95 masks. 

    Students will bring their own masks from home. All masks must fully cover the mouth and nose area and have loops that fit around the ears in order to provide a snug fit. Masks with openings, valves, or gaps will not be permitted. Bandanas and gaiters are also not permitted. 

    Hand sanitizers are available at entrances to all buildings, classrooms, and dining halls. 

    Disposable wipes or similar acceptable cleaners are available in all bathrooms, classrooms, and other shared facilities (e.g., copy machines).
  • Facilities Cleaning and Disinfection

    St. Luke’s facilities partner Sodexo has enhanced its already significant health and safety protocols with additional training to ensure strict adherence to safety guidelines. Our daily facility care includes the use of Diversey lab-tested surface cleaning throughout the campus—the same system Sodexo uses at Stamford Hospital.
  • HVAC: Air Handling System

    With the assistance of New England Energy Controls and based on advice from the Health Task Force, St. Luke’s conducted a comprehensive review and balancing of its entire air handling system following the State of Connecticut’s guidelines. All filters have been replaced, and Merv-13 filters have been installed where possible. Further, all dampers have been opened to allow for increased airflow, the mechanicals have been cleaned and disinfected, and all exhaust fans will be reset to run at all times. Windows and classroom doors stay open as much as possible. This can result in colder temperatures inside the building. Please plan accordingly and dress in layers.
  • Lockers/Backpacks

    All vaccinated students in grades 5-12 have access to a locker. All students may carry backpacks throughout the day.
  • Music Programs

    St. Luke’s is committed to maintaining our full music program and will follow State of Connecticut Guidelines. These may include a combination of masks, distancing, and other safety measures.
  • Physical Distancing

    Any indoor learning spaces with unvaccinated individuals will be arranged to accommodate three feet of distance between students and six feet between adults and students.
  • Remote Access Medical Accommodations

    Though distance learning will not be available, students who miss school for medical reasons may request a remote access medical accommodation. Remote access will enable students to attend classes via Zoom, with limited participation. Remote access is intended as a short-term solution and, as with all medical accommodations, will require that families contact school nurse Irene Maier to begin a formal accommodation process. 
  • School Buses & Transportation

    The CDC requires mask use on all public transportation, including school buses and vans. For any planned field trips or athletic events, unvaccinated students may need to be transported by their parents.
  • SchoolPass Wellness Checks

    All unvaccinated individuals will need to complete a daily SchoolPass Wellness Check (instructions will be sent by IT). Vaccinated individuals should monitor their health (see below) but do not need to complete the SchoolPass Wellness Check.
  • Self-Monitoring & Reporting

    We continue to count on families to help keep the entire community safe by keeping an eye out for COVID symptoms. Please keep students who are not well at home and contact your doctor if symptoms are present. Please notify St. Luke's School Nurse Irene Maier of any COVID-like symptoms and positive COVID-19 test results. 
  • Sports and Activities

    Vaccinated Athletes: Fully vaccinated athletes may participate in all sports. They will have access to locker rooms for changing and transportation to team activities. Masks will be required for all indoor team activities. 
     
    Unvaccinated Athletes: Athletes who are not vaccinated will be required to wear masks when appropriate distancing cannot be maintained (outdoors while not in strenuous activity) and at all times indoors. They will not have access to locker rooms but will receive communication from the athletic department related to alternative changing spaces. Unvaccinated athletes will not have access to team transportation to contests (due to distancing and capacity restrictions) and will have to complete SchoolPass daily prior to team activities. They will be subject to a 5-day quarantine if exposed to a positive case within their athletic participation. Please note, unvaccinated athletes may not be able to compete against certain schools, based on the opposing school’s rules on interscholastic play. 

    Athletes Exposed to COVID-19: Any athlete who is exposed to COVID-19 must wear his or her mask at all times during indoor practices and games and must take water breaks outside.

    Contests: St. Luke’s will compete against schools with varying vaccination policies. Some of our competitor schools require vaccination and will only play against a fully vaccinated team. Some opposing schools will have a mix of vaccinated and unvaccinated student-athletes. St. Luke’s is committed to playing the most complete seasons possible and will update our approach as conditions warrant. 

    Athletes Who Test Positive for COVID-19: Athletes who test positive will be contacted by St. Luke’s Athletics Department to determine requirements for return to play based on state guidance.
  • Vaccinations

    All Eligible Individuals Must Be Fully Vaccinated: As first announced in May, all eligible students, faculty, and staff must be fully vaccinated and provide proof of vaccination before returning to campus. Students under 12 must be vaccinated by Wednesday, January 19, 2022. If you have questions regarding medical exemptions, please reach out to school nurse Irene Maier.

    Please Upload Vaccination Cards: Families need to upload their children’s COVID-19 Vaccination Cards to Magnus Health before arriving on campus. Please see this August 4 reminder for instructions.

    Booster Vaccines: On January 5, 2022, the CDC announced, "We now recommend that all adolescents aged 12-17 years should receive a booster shot five months after their primary series"  St. Luke's strongly recommends that everyone eligible receive a booster as soon as appropriate.
  • Visitors

    All eligible St. Luke's community members need to be fully vaccinated before coming to campus. All visitors (including parents) will be required to follow current local Health Department protocols, including masking. 
     
    Unvaccinated visitors (i.e., Admissions candidates) will need to be cleared in advance by the school. 

AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PEDIATRICS

The main mode of COVID-19 spread is from person to person, primarily via droplet transmission. For this reason, strategies for infection prevention should center around this form of spread, including physical distancing, face coverings, and hand hygiene.”


CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky

Prevention is our best option: get vaccinated, get boosted, wear a mask in public indoor settings in areas of substantial and high community transmission, and take a test before you gather.”

What to do if you test positive for COVID, are exposed to COVID, or are experiencing COVID-like symptoms?

Printable chart of St. Luke's Isolation and Quarantine Guidelines for vaccinated individuals.

Individuals Who Have Symptoms Consistent With COVID 
  • Please contact your doctor and School Nurse Irene Maier.
  • Isolate at home.
  • Test as soon as possible (home test accepted).
  • If the test is negative and symptoms improve, including being fever-free for at least 24 hours, return to school.
  • Wear a mask around other people as a precaution until a negative test is received.

Individuals Who Test Positive for COVID-19

  • Please contact your doctor and School Nurse Irene Maier.
  • Isolate at home for five days. The day after you test positive is day one.
  • A St. Luke’s faculty or staff member will check in with you on day five.
  • If there are no symptoms or symptoms resolve by day five, return to school.
  • If there is a fever, continue to stay home until 24 hours after the fever resolves.
  • Athletes who test positive need a doctor’s note to return to practice and games. 
  • Wear a mask at all times during any activities when around others for 10 days after a positive test.

Individuals Exposed to Someone With COVID-19

  • Please contact your doctor and School Nurse Irene Maier.
  • Continue to attend school.
  • Test five days after exposure (home test accepted) and report test results to the school nurse.
  • If symptoms develop--even mild ones--stay home and test as soon as possible.
  • Wear a mask at all times during any activities when around others for 10 days.

If your child is unvaccinated for medical reasons, please contact School Nurse Irene Maier for guidance.

Guidelines revised 1/6/2022 based on updates from the State of Connecticut Department of Public Health.

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