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BYDS COVID-19 Protocols

Thank you to our expert BYDS Medical Advisory Committee, comprised of community pediatricians and infectious disease specialists, for continuing to guide us on all our COVID-19 policies and protocols. 

Please remember that these policies are dynamic and will change depending on the positivity rate in our community. Unfortunately, the positivity rate in Harris County and our community continues to increase and we must remain diligent in our health and safety precautions on and off campus. We are hopeful that as the year progresses, we will be able to loosen these restrictions. The health and safety of our students, faculty, and families remain our priority, in addition to keeping students learning in person and on campus. Please refer to our COVID-19 Flow Chart to review when to send your child to school.  

Continued Protocols: 

  • All students (3 years and up), staff, parents, and visitors on campus, regardless of vaccinated status, must wear a mask. This includes adult-only events. 
  • Any student who is absent due to symptoms must have a doctor’s clearance to return (see flow chart). 
  • Students who travel internationally must follow current CDC Guidelines at the time of travel. Please communicate with Nurse Mia if you plan to travel internationally.
  • Students who are exposed to a positive case off campus must quarantine for 10 days. 
  • Should a whole class (Pre-K – 5th) need to quarantine, our faculty will provide a distance learning program. 
  • Classes are encouraged to eat and learn outdoors when possible.  
  • Communications will be sent to the community when there is a positive student or staff case on campus (secondary and tertiary exposures will not be communicated). 

Updated Protocols: 

  • Cohorts will be extended to a whole grade level, so the social-emotional development of our students continues to flourish. 
  • Parents will be welcomed onto campus (masked) at specific times. This includes drop off in the Early Childhood, Meet the Teacher, division-specific orientations, and limited volunteer opportunities.  
  • Grade levels will be allowed to eat socially distanced in Reiches and those who have opted into our hot lunch program will be able to go through the lunch line. 
  • ASAs are being offered in limited capacity.  
  • Temperature checks and morning health attestation forms have been removed; however, it is everyone’s personal responsibility to keep symptomatic and/or exposed children home and follow our flow chart. 

Throughout last school year, we were successful in keeping our students learning in person while keeping our community safe. This only works when everyone does their part. Please continue to make responsible decisions when it comes to playdates, birthday parties, etc.  

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