Coronavirus (Covid-19)

CESJDS is tracking news and information about the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in our region. Please check this page for information and updates.

2022-2023 Covid Mitigations

CESJDS Updates

Sick Policy

When to keep your student home:

We ask that families continue to be vigilant in monitoring student symptoms prior to dropping them off at school each morning. If your child feels unwell, please administer a Rapid Antigen COVID-19 home test. If your child tests positive, please notify your campus nurse and keep your child home.  If your child tests negative but feels unwell, please keep them home until they feel well enough to actively participate in learning at school.

Students who have a fever must be fever-free without fever-reducing medication for at least 24-hours prior to returning to school.
Students who are vomiting should remain home and be given an at-home Covid test. 
Students who have Covid-like symptoms should remain home if they feel unwell and be given an at-home Covid test. 

                COVID symptoms include:

  • New onset cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Difficulty breathing 
  • New loss of sense of taste or smell
  • Fever of 100.4 or higher 
  • Chills/shivering
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle pain
  • Sore throat
  • Headache
  • Gastrointestinal symptoms (nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea)
  • Nasal congestion

When keeping your child home for any of the above reasons, please contact Lower School nurse Natasha Oksenhendler or Upper School nurse Jillian Pedone in addition to contacting the attendance office and your child’s teachers.

What if my child tests positive for Covid?

Please email your student’s campus nurse who will provide a timeline for your child’s return to campus.

Per CDC guidelines, positive cases are required to isolate for five (5) FULL days after testing positive for COVID-19. The date of first symptoms or the date of test (if no symptoms are present) is day zero (0). Students and staff may return to school on day 6, if their symptoms have improved and they are fever free, without medication, for 24 hours. Those who are returning after isolation must wear a well-fitting mask consistently while indoors for Days 6-10 (except while eating). If this is an issue, students will be sent home to finish their quarantine period through day 10.

We are asking all asymptomatic CESJDS siblings to please wear a mask in school for 5 days and do a Rapid Antigen Covid-19 test every morning prior to coming to school, unless siblings recently had COVID-19 (within 90 days). If siblings develop any symptoms, please keep them home and test them.

What if someone in the household tests positive for Covid?

Students and staff living with someone who has tested positive for Covid is permitted to come to school.  We ask to please wear a mask in school for 5 days and do a Rapid Antigen Covid-19 test every morning prior to coming to school, unless they have recently had COVID-19 (within 90 days).

Please help keep our students and community healthy and in school:

Fall allergies, colds, and flu season is upon us.  If your child tested negative in the morning and feels well enough to be in school for a full day, we ask students to:

  • Please consider wearing a mask to mitigate the spreading of viruses to others,
  • wash hands regularly, and
  • if coughing or sneezing, please do so into the crook of your arm, not the hands.

Students should have a reusable water bottle with them in school every day.  Staying hydrated helps prevent fatigue and headaches and keeps our students in the class and learning. In the Upper School, beverages are available for purchase in the cafeteria and school store.

Public Health Resources

Please help prevent the spread of illness by keeping your children home if they are sick. Students must be fever free without medication for at least 24 hours before they can return to school. 

Please contact our nursing staff with questions.

Natasha Oksenhendler, RN
Head Nurse

Jillian Pedone, RN
Upper School Nurse