COVID Protocol

COVID Protocol

Shorkey Center Premises

Re: COVID-19

Date: September 2021

Many of our children are medically fragile and immune compromised. The health and safety of our vulnerable population must be at the forefront of our choices. We have individuals that have strong beliefs of both sides of the vaccination argument. As a business we must be diligent to keep those we are entrusted with safe. These protocols are set forth by the CDC and mimic the public-school system.

  • MANDATORY MASK MANDATE while in the Center
  • At NO TIME can we tell the name of an infected person (staff or child) to a parent, fellow employee, or patient. Providing names is a violation of HIPAA.

Patients & Students:

Parents must ensure they do not enter or send a child to the Center if the child has a fever of 99.9 or higher, COVID-19 symptoms, or is lab-confirmed with COVID-19. Parents must also ensure that they do not send their child to the Center if the student has been exposed to an individual that is lab-confirmed with COVID-19 in the same household unless the student has been fully vaccinated and remains symptom free.  Parents and children will have their temperature taken daily. If a child begins to exhibit symptoms at the Center, the student will be isolated from other students until they can be picked up. Children will not be permitted to return to the Center until they meet the re-entry criteria.

Employees are temperature checked and asked to self-monitor.

Re-Entry Protocols

COVID-19 Symptoms:

In evaluating whether an individual has symptoms consistent with COVID-19, consider the following question:

Have they recently begun experiencing any of the following in a way that is not normal for them?

CoughSore throat
Shortness of breathLoss of taste or smell
Difficulty breathingShaking or exaggerated shivering
ChillsDiarrhea
Significant muscle pain or acheFeeling feverish
HeadacheFever of 100 or higher
FatigueCongestion or runny nose
NauseaVomiting
Known close contact with a person who is lab confirmed to have COVID-19

Positive Test Protocol – Individuals may return with a negative test result or after 10 days and symptom free for 48 hours without medication to mask symptoms.

Patient, Student, Employee Re-Entry Protocols

Symptoms Without a Lab Confirmed Positive:

  • Anyone who has symptoms of COVID-19, (see symptom list above), must notify their therapist, office staff, or teacher; staff must notify the Executive Director. Positive individual will not be allowed to return until they meet the conditions for re-entry below:
  • at least one day (24 hours) have passed since recovery (resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications);
  • person has improvement in symptoms; and
  • at least ten days have passed since symptoms first appeared.
  • If a person has symptoms that could be COVID-19 and wants to return to before completing the above stay-at-home period, the student must either:
  • obtain a medical professional’s note clearing the student for return based on alternative diagnosis; or
  • obtain an acute infection test at an approved testing location that comes back negative for COVID-19.

Lab-Confirmed Positive Case With, or Without Symptoms:

  • Anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 must notify the Shorkey Center and will not be allowed to return until they meet conditions for re-entry below:
  • at least one day (24 hours) have passed since recovery (resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications);
  • Person has improvement in symptoms; and
  • at least ten days have passed since symptoms first appeared.

Instruction Junction Students exposed to a Lab-Confirmed Positive at the Center

If a teacher or therapist has a Lab-Confirmed Positive test, all families will be notified by letter, email, or by phone and the classroom or therapy department may be closed.

All parents/guardians of students exposed in the classroom to another child with a lab-confirmed positive will receive a letter, email, or call informing the parent/guardian that they have been exposed to COVID-19. After exposure, the parent/guardian will have two options as long as the student remains free of symptoms.

Option 1: Student remains at Center

  • If the student is not experiencing symptoms, the student is allowed to remain on campus and monitor their symptoms through day 14 from exposure. Wearing of a face covering will be highly recommended if the student is not vaccinated. If the student develops symptoms, the student will be required to isolate immediately and be picked up.

Option B: Quarantine – Students will quarantine according to CDC guidelines and guidance of the Beaumont Health Department.

  • 10 days after the last close contact, so long as they continue to monitor themselves daily for symptoms and take appropriate precautions through day 14.
  • 7 days after the last close contact, with a negative test on day 7 prior to the return to the Center, so long as they continue to monitor themselves daily for symptoms and take appropriate precautions through day 14.

Exposed at Home or in Therapy to a Lab-Confirmed Positive

  • Quarantine for 10 days from last close contact. Individual will not qualify for the 7 days return if the COVID positive individual is in their home.
  • Vaccinated individuals do not need to quarantine as long as he/she remains free of symptoms.

Exposed with History of COVID-19 Illness

  • Individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 3 months (90 days) and recovered, do not have to quarantine or get tested again as long as they do not develop symptoms. The individual must provide the positive lab results.
  • Individuals who develop symptoms within the 3-month (90 days) period following their first bout with COVID-19 must submit a doctor’s note for re-entry.

As a reminder, unless required by law, Shorkey will not disclose the identity of any student with COVID-19 symptoms or a confirmed diagnosis. The Beaumont Health Department will be notified of those testing Positive for Covid-19.

Absences related to COVID

Instruction Junction – Tuition Policy from the Handbook:

Tuition and Fees: Tuition is based on facility and staffing that we must have available in order to care properly for your child. Therefore, if your child does not attend for any reason, tuition is NOT reduced. No reduction is given for unexpected closing, holidays, severe weather closing, absences, vacations, or domestic problems. Tuition is payable in advance. Parents must pay for the entire month. If you chose to pay weekly, payments are due every Monday.

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