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 2021-2022 school year. As always, we will adapt and communicate any required changes to these protocols as the state and county guidelines are updated.

2021-2022 Covid Protocols

Updated: Oct 27, 2021

Vaccinations for Staff: All Sonoma Academy employees, subs, coaches, and tutors are required to be fully vaccinated (2 weeks post final dose).

Vaccinations for Students: All students will be required to be fully vaccinated when mandated by the state (semester following full FDA approval for all high school aged students). 

Surveillance Testing: SA requires any student who is not fully vaccinated to test on a weekly basis with PCR tests or on a bi-weekly basis with rapid antigen tests. SA conducts weekly pooled PCR testing as an optional means of fulfilling the testing requirement. 

Masking: Masks are required for everyone while indoors except while actively eating or drinking. Everyone may briefly lower their masks to take a drink in a classroom but “nursing” a drink for an extended time is not permitted. No eating is allowed inside the classroom during class. Limited seating will be available in the GAC, Gallery, and Library for indoor dining during lunch but otherwise all eating must take place outside. The GAC doors will remain open to provide good ventilation and fresh air. Staffulty may unmask while alone in a private office or classroom. Masks are optional for everyone outdoors but still encouraged. Masks are optional for outdoor sports but are required for indoor sports at all times.

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

Shared Objects: There are no restrictions on the sharing of objects but washing or disinfecting hands prior to use is highly recommended.

Food Service and Eating: Full food service will be resumed and vending machines stocked. There are no restrictions on food service such as self-serve or buffet style. Eating is not permitted in a classroom during class. Please plan accordingly. Distance will be maximized and seating options are abundant for eating outside. A limited indoor seating capacity will be available in the GAC where all windows and doors will be open.

Visitors: All visitors attending primarily non-seated events or those with a high potential for close contact with students must be fully vaccinated (if eligible). Visitors attending primarily seated events with limited potential for close contact such as spectating sports games or performances may submit a negative test taken within 72 hours of arrival in lieu of the vaccination requirement. Visitors to events without students may submit a negative test result in lieu of proof of vaccination. Anyone who isn’t eligible for a vaccine (those under 12 or those with a valid medical exemption) may submit a negative test in lieu of proof of vaccination. Please submit proof of vaccination or test results using this form

Off-Campus Privileges: Students are not permitted to leave campus during the school day. Juniors and seniors do not have off-campus privileges for lunch or free periods.

Field trips: Field trips will be allowed on an ad-hoc basis pending approval of Covid protocols. 

Weight Room/Dance Studio/Gym: Closed except during exploratory for a specific supervised PE or for after school sports practice. Equipment is not to be taken out for use during lunch or other free periods.

Lockers: Lockers in the courtyard are available by filling out a locker request form that will be sent to all students.

Locker room: The locker rooms are closed. Athletes should store their equipment in their courtyard lockers, in their cars, or carry it with them during the day.

Cleaning: Sonoma Academy is cleaned daily. If anyone is diagnosed with Covid the spaces they occupied will be thoroughly disinfected. 

Cohorting: We will not be cohorting or segregating students into stable groups. 

Unsupervised Time on Campus: Students are permitted to arrive on campus early or stay on campus after the school day is over if they follow all other Covid rules. 

Sick Protocol: Please stay home when sick! It is not OK to come to campus if you're experiencing any of the following symptoms:
  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Muscle or body aches
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Congestion or runny nose

Seek emergency medical attention if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms:
  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion
  • Inability to wake or stay awake
  • Pale, gray, or blue-colored skin, lips, or nail beds, depending on skin tone

Note: Work from sick absences may be made up and will not penalize grades.

Return to campus: If anyone experiences the above symptoms and decides to stay home, they may return to campus once they have received a negative Covid test and are symptom-free and at least 24 hours have passed since the resolution of a fever without the use of fever reducing medications or a healthcare provider has confirmed an alternative named diagnosis or at least 10 days have passed since symptom onset.

Ill on campus: If anyone begins to feel ill while on campus alert the Covid Coordinator directly, through a teacher, or through Cassandra at the front desk. An ill person will be separated from others on campus and then sent home to isolate and get tested. If severe symptoms are present an ambulance will be called for emergency medical attention.

Quarantine Requirements for Vaccinated Individuals: If asymptomatic there is no need to quarantine. If symptoms develop, get tested and follow the isolation requirements below. Additionally, we strongly recommend getting tested 5 to 7 days after an exposure with a known Covid case.

Quarantine Requirements for Unvaccinated Students: If an in-school close contact is established and both parties were wearing a mask, a student may remain in-person if they do not develop symptoms, undergo twice weekly testing for 10 days, continue to mask as required, and skip all extracurricular activities including sports. For any other type of close contact (unmasked or outside school) the exposed and unvaccinated student must quarantine at home for 10 days or for 7 days following a negative test taken on or after day 5 while monitoring for symptoms through day 14.

Travel:
Vaccinated Travel: Permitted. If you develop any Covid symptoms please isolate and get tested. 

Unvaccinated Travel: Permitted but if possible please postpone travel until after you’re fully vaccinated. 
If you are going to travel:
  • Before you leave: get tested within 72 hours of departure.
  • While you’re traveling: wear a mask during travel and in public upon arrival, avoid crowds, follow good hand hygiene practices.
  • After your return: get tested 3-5 days after arrival and quarantine for 7 days. If you don’t get tested, quarantine for 10 days. 
Holidays: We recommend keeping holiday gatherings small, short, and outdoors unless everyone is fully vaccinated. If indoors, ventilate well, mask when unable to distance, or around older individuals or those with medical conditions. Isolate if symptomatic and get tested if you have Covid symptoms. 

Positive Diagnosis: If you receive a positive Covid test or are diagnosed by a healthcare provider please follow the isolation and communication protocols below. 

Isolation: 
  • Symptomatic: At least 10 days have passed since symptom onset and at least 24 hours have passed since the resolution of a fever without the use of fever reducing medications and other symptoms have improved.
  • Asymptomatic: At least 10 days have passed since the first positive Covid diagnosis. 
Communication: Please inform the Covid Coordinator at jacob.gaynor@sonomaacademy.org, healthcare@sonomaacademy.org, or by phone at (707) 545-1770 ext. 4127. 

Busing: Face masks are required for everyone while on a Sonoma Academy bus or in a van.

Visitor Policy

Visitors must provide proof of vaccination in most cases. Certain events allow unvaccinated individuals to take a Covid test (PCR strongly preferred) prior to attending the event.

Visitors can submit proof of vaccination or a negative Covid test using this form.

Symptom Self-Check

Please stay home when sick! It is not ok to come to campus if you're experiencing any of the following symptoms:
  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Muscle or body aches
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Congestion or runny nose

Seek emergency medical attention if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms:
  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion
  • Inability to wake or stay awake
  • Pale, gray, or blue-colored skin, lips, or nail beds, depending on skin tone
2500 Farmers Lane 
Santa Rosa, CA 95404 
(707) 545-1770 
inbox@sonomaacademy.org
 

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