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Coronavirus Information & Updates

Current ISM Status

  • ISM is providing in person instruction for the 2021-2022 school year. 
    • No independent study, hybrid, or distance learning options are currently available.
  • To maximize safety, ISM has elected to implement the following policies and procedures effective with the start of the 2021-2022 school year:
    • To reduce the overall number of individuals sharing the space, only students, staff, and others conducting official business (e.g. district employees, contractors) may enter the school grounds during school hours.
      • Parents/guardians of current kindergarteners may enter their designated gate to walk their kindergarten children to the front doors of the kindergarten pod.
      • All parents coming onto campus must wear a mask. Parents not wearing a mask will be asked to leave campus and will have to drop their children off, and pick their children up, at the designated gate or office daily.
      • Other p​​​​​arents/guardians may only enter campus to volunteer, and any such volunteering requires a specific assignment preapproved by an ISM administrator. 
  • To minimize exposure to airborne viral droplets and aerosols, everyone on campus must wear a mask indoors and outdoors during school hours, except when doing their best to maintain 3-6 feet of distance from others while eating or drinking
    • Following the most current CDC guidelines ISM recommends N95 or KN95 masks for everyone coming onto campus.
  • To minimize COVID-19 infection both at school and at home:
    • ISM employees must be fully vaccinated with updated booster shots or undergo weekly COVID-19 testing. 
    • ISM strongly encourages all school community members ages five and older to become fully vaccinated if eligible. 

California Department of Public Health guidelines

  • ISM will follow the CDPH recommendations for students exposed to someone with COVID-19 in a K-12 school:
    • Schools will notify students who spent more than a cumulative total of 15 minutes (within a 24-hour time period) in a shared indoor airspace with someone with COVID-19 during their period of infectiousness.

      • Notification will occur by "groups" of exposed students

      • Notifications will be provided to all individuals considered exposed, including those who are vaccinated and/or recently infected. 

  • Exposed students, regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status or prior infection, should get tested for COVID-19 with at least one diagnostic test obtained within 3-5 days after last exposure.

    • In the event of wide-scale and/or repeated exposures, broader once weekly testing for COVID-19 may be considered until such time that exposure events become less frequent. 

    • Any FDA-approved antigen diagnostic test, PCR diagnostic test, or pooled PCR test is acceptable for evaluation of an individual's COVID-19 status.  For individuals who have been recently infected (within the past 90 days), antigen testing is strongly recommended as PCR results may remain persistently positive and not be indicative of a new active infection.  Repeat antigen testing and/or confirmatory molecular testing should be considered in individuals who receive a negative result with an antigen test but have symptoms specific for COVID-19 (such as loss of taste and smell).

    • Exposed students who participate in testing may continue to take part in all aspects of K-12 schooling, including sports and extracurricular activities, unless they develop symptoms or test positive for COVID-19.  

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