COVID-19 Plan

for In-Person Instruction

We know that many of you have questions regarding CSIndy’s approach to managing COVID-19 during this school year. Thankfully, our community successfully managed COVID-19 last year, with no instances of COVID-19 cases being attributed to CSIndy attendance. To continue these efforts, the CSIndy Board of Directors formed a committee of physician and non-physician parents and board members to structure a COVID-19 plan for ongoing in-person instruction based on the best available evidence. We acknowledge and affirm the following principles for success:

  • Safeguarding the health and safety of staff and students is essential. A successful CSIndy school experience requires healthy families and teachers.
  • Retaining in-person learning as much as possible supports high-quality instruction. We recognize the immense value that face-to-face, relational interactions provide.
  • Parental autonomy regarding medical decision-making is foundational to our community. We will not make medical decisions on behalf of any student or family. Such decisions are best made in consultation with health care providers who have the full training and medical decision-making experience to inform the advice they give.
  • Where discussed in the plan below, COVID-19 testing is encouraged, not required.
  • Remaining at home to quarantine or reduce exposure risk is always an option (see items 7a and 7b).

Additionally, the Governor’s directive from July 29, 2021,1 outlines conditions that apply to CSIndy. We must:

  • Report known positive cases to the Indiana Department of Health.
  • Appropriately isolate COVID-19 positive students if they are discovered during school hours or activities.
  • Quarantine all known close contacts who have been within 3-6 feet, with or without a mask for a total contact time of 15 minutes or more.

As you know, we are not permitted to defy a Governor’s order without risking shut down.

Given the above principles and directives, the following COVID-19 guidelines are recommended for the CSIndy community:

  1. Individuals with symptoms or signs of any viral illness should refrain from attending school until they are asymptomatic for greater than 24 hours. Given that COVID-19 and non-COVID-19 viral illnesses cannot be differentiated based on symptoms alone, we highly recommend that symptomatic individuals undergo COVID-19 PCR testing as a precaution, although testing is not required. 
  2. Students or staff with specific COVID-19 symptoms are encouraged to undergo COVID-19 PCR testing. (Symptoms may include fever or chills, cough, 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, and diarrhea. This is not an all-inclusive list of potential symptoms.) Individuals should refrain from attending CSIndy in person until symptoms have resolved for greater than 24 hours. 
  3. Asymptomatic siblings of students with symptoms should also refrain from attending CSIndy in person until the affected sibling has no symptoms or the affected sibling has a negative COVID-19 test.
  4. Students, staff, and educators diagnosed with COVID-19 should quarantine and refrain from in-person attendance until requirements for the end of isolation are met (see #7 below).
  5. CSIndy school officials are required by the Indiana Health Department to report COVID-19 cases and should ensure timely reporting of COVID-19 cases to the health department, consistent with applicable federal, state, and local privacy and other laws.1-4
  6. After being notified that CSIndy staff or students have tested positive for, or been diagnosed with, COVID-19, school officials should notify close contacts (and families of close contacts in the CSIndy school community) of exposure, in accordance with applicable privacy and other laws.
  7. Students, staff, and educators who have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 are recommended to undergo diagnostic testing and begin quarantine for 10 days. Exceptions include:
    1. individuals who have been fully vaccinated and show no symptoms of COVID-19 do not need to quarantine, but should either i) be tested 3-5 days following a known exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 and wear a mask in public indoor settings for 10 days or until they receive a negative test result, or ii) quarantine at home for 10 days from exposure, or 7 days if a negative test is obtained on days 5-7.
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    2. individuals who experienced COVID-19 illness within the previous 3 months, and have recovered, and remain without COVID-19 symptoms do not need to quarantine, but should either i) be tested 3-5 days following a known exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 and wear a mask in public indoor settings for 10 days or until they receive a negative test result, or ii) quarantine at home for 10 days from exposure, or 7 days if a negative test is obtained on days 5-7.
  8. Any close contacts who test positive for COVID-19 or who have symptoms should begin quarantine regardless of vaccination status or prior infection.
Figure 1: Covid-19 Symptoms without known exposure.
Figure 2: Covid-19 Symptoms with known exposure.

Endnotes

1. Holcomb EJ, Box KM. State Health Commissioner’s Order #CO-21-01 [Internet]. State of Indiana. 2021 [cited 2021 Sep 9]. Available from: https://www.in.gov/health/erc/files/Dr.-Box-Reporting-Order-7.29.21_v2.pdf

2. Indiana Code Title 16. Health § 16-41-2-1 [Internet]. Findlaw.com. [cited 2021 Sep 9]. Available from: https://codes.findlaw.com/in/title-16-health/in-code-sect-16-41-2-1.html 

3. Indiana Legislature. Final Rule: TITLE 410 INDIANA STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH [Internet]. State of Indiana. [cited 2021 Sep 9]. Available from: https://www.in.gov/health/erc/files/Final_Rule_LSA_.pdf 

4. Other Indiana-based Christian educational organizations are committed to reporting COVID-19 cases to public health. Such reporting enables contact tracing, which reduces viral transmission and disease burden.