Health & Safety

Precautions & Guidelines for In-Person School
The Early Childhood School will adhere to current Montgomery County and Maryland State Department of Health precautions. Our staff and substitute teachers have completed all required training for COVID-19 health and safety protocols and are fully vaccinated.

As we move into the spring, our BSO medical advisory team, acting in agreement with the results from our ECS survey, has decided to align ECS policy with both the CDC guideline and the Maryland State Department of Health. Going forward, our policy will be to allow mask wearing to be optional for all children and staff within their cohorted classrooms beginning March 21st.

All children and staff will continue to wear masks in all common areas such as bathrooms, hallways, sanctuary, and social hall. Currently, children are unmasked outside, and we will continue with this practice.

If a rapid test is taken for any child with symptoms, please send in a picture of the test stick for documentation purposes.

**If your child has tested positive, please click
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                                                     New Guidance as of 2/9/2022
Symptoms of COVID-19 include:
fever or chills, cough (either new or different than usual), shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea. Watch for fever, which means feeling feverish or having a measured temperature of 100.4 degrees F or higher. If you take fever-reducing medication such as ibuprofen, wait 6 hours after taking your last dose before taking your temperature.

Confirmed case of COVID-19 (Isolation)
* Day 1 is the first full day after symptoms started in symptomatic persons or the first full day after the person tested positive if asymptomatic.
 Day 1-5*: Stay home, isolate, wear a well-fitting mask around others in your home.
  Day 6-10: You may leave your home if:
               you have no symptoms, or if your symptoms have improved, and
               you have been fever-free for at least 24 hours without using fever reducing medication.

You must continue to stay home if you have symptoms that are not improving. If you cannot wear a well-fitting mask while around others through Day 10, you should remain in isolation through Day 10.

Day 11: You may end isolation if:
               ● you have no symptoms, or if your symptoms have improved, and
               you have been fever-free for at least 24 hours without using fever reducing medication.

You must continue to stay home and isolate if you still have symptoms that are not improving and should consult with a health care provider before ending isolation.

All days: During isolation, you must:
              ● wear a well-fitting mask if you must be around others,
              ● avoid being around people who are high risk, and
              ● avoid travel.

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Persons with symptoms(presumed positive) who have:
●  Tested negative,
●  Are awaiting test results, or
●  Unable to test due to test supply or unavailability.

All days: Stay home until:
your symptoms have improved, and you have been fever-free for at least 24 hours without using fever reducing medication, or
you have a negative PCR test result.

During Isolation, you must:
wear a well-fitting mask if you must be around others,
avoid being around people who are high risk, and
avoid travel.

For persistent symptoms, you should consult with a health care provider.

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Persons Who Are Exposed to Someone with COVID-19 and Have No Symptoms (Quarantine)

Persons who are not fully vaccinated or are not boosted, despite being eligible
** Day 1 is considered the first full day after the date of last close contact.

Day 1-5**: Stay home.
Day 5-10: Get tested.
               ● If your result is negative, or you cannot get a test, you may leave your home on or after day 6 but should still wear a well-fitting mask                  whenever you are around others.
               ● If you are unable to mask around others, you should remain at home.
               ● If your result is positive, stay home and follow recommendations for isolation.

Day 11: You may end quarantine.

All Days: During quarantine you should:
              ● wear a well-fitting mask whenever you are around others,
              ● monitor for symptoms,
              ● avoid being around people who are high risk, and
              ● avoid travel.

If you develop symptoms, isolate immediately and get tested. Continue to stay home until you know the results. If positive follow recommendations for isolation.
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Persons Who Are Exposed to Someone with COVID-19, But Have No Symptoms And Are Fully Vaccinated/Boosted OR Have Recently Recovered from COVID-19

Persons who are fully vaccinated and/or boosted
** Day 1 is considered the first full day after the date of last close contact.

YOU DO NOT NEED TO QUARANTINE, BUT:
For 10 days**: You should:
                       ● wear a well-fitting mask whenever you are around others,
                       ● monitor for symptoms,
                       ● avoid being around people who are high risk, and
                       ● avoid travel.

Day 5-10: Get tested, if possible.
If your result is positive, stay home and follow recommendations for isolation.

If you develop symptoms, isolate immediately and get tested. Continue to stay home until you know the results. If positive follow recommendations for isolation.

Persons with any vaccination status who tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 90 days
YOU DO NOT NEED TO QUARANTINE, BUT:
For 10 days: You should:
                   ● wear a well-fitting mask whenever you are around others,
                   ● monitor for symptoms,
                   ● avoid being around people who are high risk, and
                   ● avoid travel.

If you develop new symptoms after you recovered from the last time you tested positive, isolate immediately and get tested. Continue to stay home until you know the results. If positive follow recommendations for isolation.


It is at the SOLE discretion of the school to determine if a child is capable of consistently wearing a mask correctly while at school. If the child is unable to wear a mask they must follow the 10 day guidelines.

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Travel Guidance and Policy: 

At ECS, we ask that you consider and respect all children. If you feel that your child may have been exposed during travel, we ask that the child get a PCR test and wait for a negative result until return to school.

✐ International Travel Plans: Families must follow the international travel policy for exiting and reentering the United States. Consult your travel company for all guidance.

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Masks:
All staff, B’nai Shalom of Olney personnel, and maintenance crew are required to wear masks to in all common areas such as bathrooms, hallways, social hall and sanctuary.

✐ Masks are optional for all children and staff in the classrooms.

✐ Parents are requested to provide a sufficient amount of clean masks to change into throughout the day. The ECS office will charge a one-time fee of $1.50 for any single disposable mask provided to any student in case of emergencies.

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Cleaning and Sanitization:
✐ ECS staff will wear fresh masks and gloves when diapering and handling food.
✐ ECS staff cleans and rotates toys, books, supplies for a 24-hour period away from the hands of the children.
✐ BSO cleaning crew cleans and sanitizes door handles, key pads, bathroom stalls, sink, and countertops. Our evening crew cleans all classrooms including chairs, tables, floors, and sinks.
✐ Each classroom is equipped with Colzer Air Purifiers with True HEPA air filter. In addition, windows are open (weather permitting) for air flow and ventilation.  
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Questions about our health & safety information?
Please contact
Eve Margol


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