Empowering students with language-based learning differences
The health and wellbeing of our students and staff is a top priority. To ensure the health and safety of our community while adhering to Siena's mission, Siena has prepared COVID Protocols for the 2022-2023 school year. Please read the protocols below.
Updated Monday, September 19, 2022.
When will masking be required?
- If exposed.
- If Community Level is high.
- Based on the number of cases in grade/division/school.
No Weekly Testing
When would testing be required?
Antigen testing may be required before certain events.
What is my personal responsibility?
- Stay home if experiencing covid-like symptoms
- Follow testing guidelines
- Eat outside when possible
- Wash your hands often
- Cover coughs and sneezes
If the first test is negative, test again 48 hours after the first negative test, for a total of two tests.
Still think you may have COVID? Take a PCR test, test again after another 48 hours, or call health provider.
- Seek follow-up care from health provider
- Contact Siena's Front Office
Wear a mask to school and re-test per guidelines
See testing guidelines below.
If first test is negative, test again 48 hours after the first negative test, then 48 hours after the second negative test, for a total of at least three tests.
Still think you may have COVID? Take PCR test, test again with another antigen test, or call health provider.
The first day of symptoms or the day of the positive test if no symptoms. Zoom schedules will be provided for students within 24 business hours of notification.
Take an antigen test in the morning, if negative take another antigen test morning of day 6 and return to school masked (KN95, KF94, N94) until day 11 if negative.
- If on day 5 the test is positive, test each morning until a negative test occurs. Once a negative test has been received, the student can return the following day if the 2nd test 24 hours later is also negative.
- Two consecutive negative tests 24 hours apart to return to school. Test in the morning.
Take two negative antigen tests 48 hours apart.
Testing Recommendations if Positive last 90 days (updated CDC Guidance)
- Symptoms: Antigen Test
- No Symptoms: Testing not recommended
Symptomatic or not: Antigen Test
All of the HVAC systems are of high quality and were installed new when Siena purchased and expanded the building. The air in each classroom circulates independently from other classrooms so there is no cross-contamination. The HVAC systems have an ACH (air changes per hour) rate of 10x/hour. Each change is a mix of cleaned, recirculated air and fresh air.
After reviewing facility air quality guidance and consulting with our architect and HVAC systems engineer, we made additional improvements to the air quality:
- Installed a GPS ionization cleaning system throughout the building in each individual HVAC return (42 total). GPS is an ionization process that cleans the air during the internal circulation by breaking up the chemical compound of the virus.
- Upgraded the return air filters in each classroom, hallway, common area, and outside units to MERV-11.
- Adjusted equipment settings to increase the amount of internal circulation and the fresh air mix. This helps increase air filtration and fresh air.
- Installed a portable HEPA air purifier in each classroom to filter air at lower levels. These units clean the air an additional 4 times per hour.
- Programmed fans on units to run 24/7, further increasing air flow and cleaning of particulates.
The HVAC systems have an ACH (air changes per hour) rate of 4x/hour. Each changed is a mix of cleaned, recirculated air and fresh air. It is programmed to run 24/7.
Independent Medify Air systems with HEPA filters are installed in classrooms, offices, and common areas (ie. entry way, Piazza) and run 24/7.
High-touch surfaces will continue to be cleaned regularly.
Windows on the school bus will be opened during transportation, when weather allows.
Hand sanitizer will be made available throughout the school building.