Community Wellness

Covid Protocols

The health and safety of our community is our priority. Below are the Covid Protocols we have in place for the 2022-2023 school year. As always, we will adapt and communicate any required changes to these protocols as the state and county guidelines are updated.

2022-2023 Covid Protocols

Updated: September 15, 2022

Quarantine & Isolation Guidelines: 
  • Stay home for at least 5 days after the start of symptoms (or after the date of first positive test if no symptoms).
  • Isolation can end after Day 5 if symptoms are not present or are resolving and a PCR or rapid antigen test collected on Day 5 or later tests negative.
  • If unable to test, choosing not to test, or testing positive on Day 5 (or later), isolation can end after Day 10 if fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications.
  • If fever is present, isolation should be continued until 24 hours after fever resolves.
  • If symptoms, other than fever, are not resolving, continue to isolate until symptoms are resolving or until after Day 10. If symptoms are severe, or if the infected person is at high risk of serious disease, or if they have questions concerning care, infected persons should contact their healthcare provider for available treatments.
    • You may end isolation after day 5 ONLY IF: Take a Covid test on or after Day 5 and it is negative and be fever-free for 24 hours (without fever-reducing medication) and symptoms are resolved or resolving.
  • Per CDPH masking guidance, infected persons should wear a well-fitting mask around others for a total of 10 days, especially in indoor settings (see masking section below for additional information).
Please notify if you obtain a positive test result. Please notify if missing school for any other reasons.

Vaccinations for Staff: All Sonoma Academy employees, subs, coaches, and tutors are required to be fully vaccinated as permitted by state law.

Vaccinations for Students: All students are strongly encouraged to be fully vaccinated (with boosters).

Testing: We keep a supply of rapid antigen tests on campus which can be utilized if anyone presents with symptoms at school. Additionally, we recommend that students test if they are notified that they are close contact with a positive case, if anyone in the household is positive and/or experiencing symptoms, and if they themselves are experiencing symptoms.

Masking: Masks are optional for everyone. Everyone should feel comfortable wearing a mask if they choose. When masking, we recommend utilizing a surgical mask or N95-type mask. We reserve the right to implement school-wide mandatory masking protocol should conditions warrant.

Distancing: There are no distancing requirements but spacing, especially while unmasked outside or for classroom seating, is highly encouraged.

Food Service and Eating: Food service is operating fully without restrictions. Outdoor seating is always available and encouraged, especially when weather is favorable.

Visitors: We strongly recommend that visitors are fully vaccinated (including with boosters) or test prior to arrival on campus.

Cleaning: Sonoma Academy is cleaned daily to the highest standard.

Air Filtration: Air purifiers (with UltraHEPA filter combined with a dual action Carbon/Gas Trap/VOC filter) have been placed in every room and office. MERV-13 filters have been installed in all HVAC systems and are changed frequently. Classroom doors and windows will be open to allow for fresh air circulation.

Sick Protocol: Please stay home when sick! Do not come to campus if you are experiencing any cold, flu-like, or other symptoms commonly related to Covid. If you are experiencing these symptoms please follow the isolation and quarantine guidelines above. 

Notify the School of a Covid Diagnosis or Positive Covid Test:
Parents must notify (even if you have notified if a student is out due to a positive Covid test or diagnosis. Please include the date the student first showed symptoms or tested positive. This is important because we need to adhere to the quarantine guidelines in place, and this timeline will determine when a Covid-positive individual may return to campus. Follow the guidelines for isolation and quarantine above.

Submitting a Negative Test After Covid Diagnosis (or other Illness): In order to ensure our community’s health and wellbeing, we are requiring that any individual who stays home with any Covid symptoms and/or who tests positive or is diagnosed with Covid must submit a negative Covid test (either rapid antigen at-home or PCR) that is clearly labeled with the individual’s name, date, and time of the test, before returning to school. A photo of a rapid test (labeled as indicated) or a PDF of the PCR results must be submitted to before returning to school. If someone who has had Covid continues to test positive after 10 days of isolation and symptoms are resolved or resolving and they are fever-free without the use of medication for at least 24 hours, they may return to school without submitting a negative Covid test.

Please note that anyone with Covid or a Covid-positive test must follow the Quarantine and Isolation Guidelines above.
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Santa Rosa, CA 95404 
(707) 545-1770

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