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COVID-19 INFECTION RATE MONITORING – NOVEMBER 29TH, 2020

We are constantly monitoring the COVID-19 infection rates using globalpandemics.org. We are also monitoring Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) and the Fairfax County Department of Health’s COVID-19 case rates by zip codes.

KATYDID TRAVEL POLICY UPDATE – NOVEMBER 29TH, 2020

The Air Travel Policy includes if anyone visiting you has traveled by air.

KATYDID AIR TRAVEL POLICY – NOVEMBER 8TH, 2020

Many parents have been asking about air travel requirements and given the upcoming holiday season, we have set our Air Travel Policy based on recent CDC guidelines as follows:

Katydid Air Travel Policy:  Based on recent notifications from the CDC, Katydid is requiring any air travel be followed by a 14 day period of not exposing others at the school to possible virus infection.  Alternatively, you can choose a 7 day period followed by a COVID-19 test showing negative results.  
————————————————————————————————– Background/Katydid Policy Reasoning The CDC updated guidelines with regard to travel in late October.  These guidelines should be considered especially over the next couple months with travel for Holidays.   It should be considered for your family traveling as well as visitors coming to your home.  (i.e. grandparents flying in from other areas to visit or coming from red regions)  As a result, Katydid will be adding those guidelines to our existing policies as follows: Taken directly from the CDC guidance:  

There is ongoing transmission of novel coronavirus within the United States and in destinations throughout the world.

You may have been exposed to COVID-19 on your travels (domestic and/or international). You may feel well and not have any symptoms, but you can be contagious without symptoms and spread the virus to others. You and your travel companions (including children) pose a risk to your family, friends, and community for 14 days after you were exposed to the virus. Regardless of where you traveled or what you did during your trip, take these actions to protect others from getting sick:

·         When around others, stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from other people who are not from your household. It is important to do this everywhere, both indoors and outdoors.

·         Wear a mask to keep your nose and mouth covered when you are outside of your home, and including when using public transportation.

·         Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer.

·         Watch your health and look for symptoms of COVID-19. Take your temperature if you feel sick.

Here are examples of activities and situations that can increase your risk of exposure to COVID-19:

·         Being in an area that is experiencing high levels of COVID-19, including destinations with a Level 3 Travel Health Notice. You can check the Travel Health Notices for recommendations for places you have traveled, including foreign countries and U.S. territories.  You can also check states, counties, and cities to determine if these areas are experiencing high levels of COVID-19.

·         Going to a large social gathering like a wedding, funeral, or party.

·         Attending a mass gathering like a sporting event, concert, or parade.

·         Being in crowds – for example, in restaurants, bars, airports, bus and train stations, or movie theaters.

·         Traveling on a cruise ship or river boat.

Air travel requires spending time in security lines and airport terminals, which can bring you in close contact with other people and frequently touched surfaces. Most viruses and other germs do not spread easily on flights because of how air circulates and is filtered on airplanes. However, keeping your distance is difficult on crowded flights, and sitting within 6 feet of others, sometimes for hours, may increase your risk of getting COVID-19.

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In summary, traveling by air falls in the highest levels of risk with regard to travel and therefore our Air Travel Policy will require quarantining as stated in our policy at the beginning of this message and again below.  

Katydid Air Travel Policy:  Based on recent notifications from the CDC, Katydid is requiring any air travel be followed by a 14 day period of not exposing others at the school to possible virus infection.  Alternatively, you can choose a 7 day period followed by a COVID-19 test showing negative results.  
 Thank you for your continued diligence keeping our preschoolers safe, 

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