COVID-19 Guidelines for 2021-2022

To ensure the safety of staff, students and the community, ISLA will be following the COVID-19 recommendations made by the CDC/MDH, with some requirements due to a federal mandate or an ISLA School Board policy.

Note: These guidelines are subject to change as the COVID-19 situation evolves. As situations arise during the school year, the guidelines recommended by the CDC and MDH will be consulted for the most up-to-date information. Recommendations will be made to ISLA staff and families based on the specific situation and how it fits in with the current guidelines. If CDC or MDH guidelines are updated, these same updates will apply to operations at ISLA.

Check the ISLA COVID-19 Dashboard for the latest data on COVID-19 within the ISLA community.

Face Coverings

We will be monitoring the CDC COVID-19 Community Levels on a weekly basis to determine whether face coverings will be optional or required at ISLA and on the school buses for the following week of school. This information will be communicated to the ISLA community in the weekly newsletter emailed to families.

The decision to require face coverings for all staff, students, volunteers, and visitors may also be made at the discretion of the Executive Director and/or ISLA's COVID-19 Coordinator.

Note: Guidelines are subject to change as the COVID-19 situation evolves. As situations arise during the school year, the guidelines recommended by the CDC and MDH will be consulted for the most up-to-date information. Recommendations will be made to ISLA staff and families based on the specific situation and how it fits in with the current guidelines.

See the updated Face Covering Policy approved by the ISLA School Board for clarity on which types of face coverings are acceptable.

ISLA Face Covering Policy

Vaccination Guidelines

The ISLA School Board approved a Mandatory Vaccination Policy, which requires that all staff (including volunteers) entering the workplace be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. This policy applies to all ISLA workers, including regular employees, temporary workers, independent contractors, ambassadors, Amity interns, and volunteers.

All workers must show proof of vaccination before coming into the workplace. Compliance with this policy is subject to reasonable accommodation requests. Please see the Staff Mandatory Vaccination Policy for more information:

ISLA Staff Vaccination Policy

Physical Distancing

CDC has recommended that schools provide in-person learning for all students.

To the extent possible, we will aim for at least three feet of physical distancing between students whenever inside the classroom.

If physical distancing cannot be maintained at all times, ISLA will layer other strategies to prevent the spread of COVID-19:  

  • Requiring universal face coverings when community COVID-19 levels are high
  • Encouraging good hand hygiene
  • Requiring individuals stay home when sick and/or getting tested
  • Regular cleaning, disinfection, and ventilation
  • Contact tracing along with quarantine or isolation
  • Vaccination of eligible persons and screening testing

COVID-19 Reporting

Please use the following email address to report anything related to COVID-19 to the school:
covid19reporting@isla.school

Please notify the school if:

  • You (staff) or your child has symptoms consistent with COVID-19
  • You (staff) or your child has received a positive COVID-19 test result
  • You (staff) or your child has been exposed to someone who recently tested positive for COVID-19

Please use the specific email address above when reporting any COVID-19 information to the school.

Reporting sent to this email address will also be sent to pertinent administration staff, office staff, and the school nurse. You may include your child’s teacher in the email if you choose to do so.

Please include current phone number(s) in your email, as the school nurse will need to contact you regarding exposure or symptom dates.

We will review current MDH guidelines for quarantine/exclusion and for when it is safe to return to school. Thank you for your help and your understanding and patience as we navigate through this together!

If you (staff member) or your child has SYMPTOMS that are known to be consistent with COVID-19:

  • Please notify the school right away.
  • Stay home and get tested for COVID-19.

You must wait for negative results and show proof of these lab-confirmed negative results before returning to school.

Communication about results must clearly indicate the person’s name, date of birth, date the test was performed, and the test results. Results cannot be accepted without the previous indicators.

If you (staff member) or your child has received a POSITIVE test result:

  • Please notify the school right away.
  • The school nurse will work with you to determine the date on which you can return to school.

If you (staff) or your child has been EXPOSED to someone who has recently tested positive for COVID-19:

  • Please notify the school right away.
  • The School Nurse will work with you to determine recommended dates for testing and the date on which you can return to school.

Quarantine / Isolation Guidelines

The most current MDH guidelines defining whether someone is considered a close contact will be used to determine if quarantine is recommended. Quarantine time frames and testing recommendations do vary some, depending on whether the individual has been vaccinated or not and the specifics of the situation. Notifications will be sent to those who are identified as close contacts.

If someone has a positive COVID-19 test, they will need to isolate for the time period recommended by MDH.

The CDC has a Quarantine and Isolation Calculator to help determine how long you need to quarantine, isolate, or take other measures to prevent spreading COVID-19.

For more information, visit:

Quarantine and Isolation Calculator (CDC)
COVID-19 Quarantine Guide (MDH)

Travel Guidelines

ISLA is recommending that all staff and families follow the travel guidelines established by the CDC. For more information, visit:

COVID-19 Test Kits

COVID-19 at home antigen test kits are available in the ISLA Health Office. Please email Tanya Nelson, School Nurse, (tnelson@isla.school), if you would like a test kit sent home with your child. It is recommended to do a COVID-19 test any time your child has COVID-19 symptoms. If symptoms persist, despite negative antigen test results, it is recommended to get a confirmatory laboratory COVID-19 test done within 48 hours of the antigen test.