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Coronavirus Information & Updates

Current ISM Status

  • All ISM students and staff resumed in-person instruction on our Manzanita campus on August 4, 2021.
  • 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 gates 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.
      • 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

    • To minimize COVID-19 infection both at school and at home...
      • ISM employees must be fully vaccinated or undergo weekly COVID-19 testing. 
      • ISM strongly encourages all school community members to become fully vaccinated if eligible. 

ISM COVID-19 Dashboard

ISM School-Based Cases Community-Based Cases
Total Cases 8/4/21 - 10/20/21 5 3

We post all positive COVID-19 cases related to ISM to this dashboard. We update the dashboard on Monday of each school week, and immediately when we are notified of confirmed cases. We do not wait to notify close contacts upon initial report of a positive case. For the purposes of this dashboard, ISM distinguishes between school-based cases and community-based cases.

School-Based Cases

  • School-based cases will potentially impact individuals' health and wellness at ISM because there may be site-related exposure OR a positive case was on campus during an infectious period.

  • A school-based case MAY cause a classroom to go into a modified or at-home quarantine depending on the situation.

Community-Based Cases

  • Community-based cases DO NOT impact individuals' health and wellness at ISM because no one at the school was in close contact with the positive individual during the infectious period. Per the CDC definition, this means no one at the campus site was within 6 feet of the infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days prior to test specimen collection) until the time the patient was isolated.

  • This dashboard will include all known community-based cases related to ISM; however, this dashboard may not reflect all community-based cases involving staff and students because ISM relies on notification from public health or self-reporting from staff or families.

Monterey County Health Department Guidance

Food Assistance for Families

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