Response to COVID-19
MKA is utilizing the following sources for up-to-date information regarding COVID-19:
If your student has been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the last 90 days, please provide a copy of their test results to email@example.com as this may impact their status for testing.
Appropriate face coverings will be required inside all school buildings and on buses for all employees and students, except when engaged in exempt activities, including: eating, drinking, and athletic activities. Face coverings will not be required when outside of a school building.
Face coverings should:
- Have at least 2 layers of breathable fabric
- Completely cover the nose and mouth
- Fit snugly against the sides of the face and not have any gaps
- Preferably have a nose wire to prevent air from leaking out of the top of the mask.
The following face coverings are not permitted:
- Masks with exhalation valves
- Face shields (unless worn with a suitable face mask).
We recommend that you supply your child with at least 2-3 face masks each day. Face masks should be washed each day or disposable masks thrown away after wearing them once. Any graphics on face masks should comply with the school’s dress code for your campus.
Parents will be required to complete a daily health screening for their student via the Magnus Health App and asked to keep sick, symptomatic students at home, and to contact their campus nurse if they do not meet the health screening criteria. Instructions on how to set up the Magnus App are available here. Please note that we will no longer be taking student temperatures at their arrival at school, but ask that parents continue to do this at home before leaving for school.
If your child is eligible for vaccination, we ask that you update your child's vaccination status in Magnus Health. MKA’s Health and Safety Committee strongly recommends and encourages families to vaccinate all eligible students against COVID-19 prior to the start of school.
Vaccine sites can be found using the Vaccine Appointment finder at https://covid19.nj.gov/pages/
If you have any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Student COVID-19 Vaccination Policy
As of September 17, MKA has amended our vaccination policy to require that students who are 16 years or older be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 by November 15, 2021.
In addition, due to the increased risk of transmission during indoor, unmasked, athletic activity, MKA will be requiring all students participating in winter athletics, who are eligible for the vaccination (12 years +), be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 by November 15, 2021.
Students in need of an exemption from this policy due to a medical reason or because of a sincerely held religious belief must submit a written request for an accommodation to email@example.com on or before October 1, 2021. The full policy is available here.
The school will continue to have a layered approach to health mitigation measures and to rely upon the following additional measures:
- Hygiene measures (frequent hand-washing and hand-sanitizing stations)
- Improved cleaning and disinfecting
- Improved ventilation
- Distancing where possible (especially when students are unmasked in lunch rooms) to help keep our community safe.
Other campus specific measures will be communicated to you separately by the Head of your campus.
For all school transportation (shuttles, fields trips, athletics), the following protocols will be in place:
- Masks will be required to be worn throughout the journey.
- Windows will be required to be open (for the whole journey). Or will be opened fully, and then left partially open, several times per journey, when weather does not allow them to remain fully open.
- Buses will load front to back, and unload front to back.
- Buses will be disinfected between journeys.
- How does MKA's pooled testing work?
- What happens when someone tests positive for COVID-19 through the weekly pooled testing program?
- What happens when someone exhibits COVID-19 symptoms while on campus?
- What happens if an exposure to a positive case occurs on campus?
- How does MKA conduct contact tracing for a positive COVID case?
- Can the vaccine cause a false positive for a COVID-19 test?
- What does it mean to quarantine?
- What is the quarantine period for close contacts of a COVID positive case?
- Who completes the testing for MKA and how is the privacy of student information handled?
- How is MKA communicating about COVID-19 to the school community?
- What are MKA's plans for learning?
- What basic steps can I take to protect my family?
- How is MKA conducting athletic practices and games?
- Has MKA canceled all school-sponsored travel?
- What should we do if we have a question regarding MKA’s response to COVID-19?
For questions or concerns regarding MKA's response to COVID-19:
(Updated August 2021) Learn more about MKA's protocols for COVID-19 exposure, symptom screening, quarantining, and more.
When submitting your COVID-19 saliva test, it is important to follow these guidelines:
- Do not drink or eat 30 minutes before taking the test
- Make sure that the vial is full with saliva - without bubbles
- Screw the cap on completely
Tests with insufficient saliva will be rejected and students or employees will be required to provide their own negative PCR COVID test results in order to return to school.
Thank you to Karestan Koenen '86, PhD for sharing these resources with our community. Karestan is a Professor of Psychiatric Epidemiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (HSPH) and leads the Global Neuropsychiatric Genomics Initiative of the Stanley Center for Psychiatric Research at Broad Institute.