Covid-19 SAFEty protocol
Maui Preparatory Academy makes every effort to provide safety for our students, faculty, staff, and their families during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Pueo Task Force (consisting of administration, teachers, healthcare professionals, and parents) has enacted safety protocols, including:
- Physical distancing of desks in classrooms
- Indoor mask mandate for students, faculty, staff, and visitors
- Students maintained in bubbles
- Hand sanitizer dispensers and hand-washing stations at convenient points around campus
- Regular disinfecting of classrooms, common areas, and other touchpoints
- Negative COVID-19 tests required for all students who return to Maui after traveling off island
Maui Prep may impose requirements that are more stringent than Hawaii DOH guidelines to preserve safety within our community.
Families are requested to immediately notify Dr. Zamora if anyone in their household receives a positive COVID-19 test, regardless of vaccination status.
Pueo Task Force
The PUEO Task Force is made up of:
- Head of School
- Members of administration and faculty
- Board of Trustee members
- Medical professionals
The Task Force reviews available guidance and develops policies for the school which are then communicated to the greater school community by the Head of School. All parents agree to abide by these policies which may change as circumstances change. Related communications will be distributed by email from the Head of School via Blackboard message.
In the event of any positive COVID cases information will be disseminated as needed to affected groups within the community while preserving privacy of impacted individuals and families in accordance with DOH guidance and requirements.
In the event that a student, faculty member, or staff, or a close contact of a student, faculty member or staff receives a POSITIVE COVID-19 result, the PUEO Task Force, Maui Prep Board of Trustees, impacted class bubbles and Maui Prep community will be notified via email (through Blackboard).
In accordance with HIPAA privacy, the affected party's identity will not be revealed. It is inappropriate to speculate or discuss this confidential information.
Any student/faculty/staff at Maui Prep who tests positive for COVID-19 may only return to school after following the mandates of the Department of Health (DOH) and Maui Prep.
In the event that any Maui Prep student, staff, or faculty member tests positive for the COVID-19 virus, the following actions will take place:
- Individuals who test positive, regardless of vaccination status, will follow DOH quarantine protocols.*
- Dr. Zamora (the liaison to the Hawaii Department of Health) will notify the DOH.DOH and school administrators will generate a list of close contacts of the infected person (during the infectious period).
- All close contacts will be notified by Dr. Zamora of potential exposure. Affected class(es) and/or individuals, who are unvaccinated, will need to be picked up from campus when instructed. Please submit proof of vaccination as soon as possible in order to avoid disruption of on-campus learning. Anyone considered a close contact, please see Close Contact Covid Positive Protocol below.
- Maui Prep students, staff and faculty members deemed close contacts must receive a negative COVID-19 test result prior to their return.* Individuals deemed as being close contacts MAY NOT come on to campus before the 10-day quarantine even with a negative test.
*Asymptomatic individuals who test positive and complete the required quarantine will NOT require a negative COVID-19 test prior to returning to campus as it is known that mRNA can be detected after the infectious period has passed. However, a medical practitioner’s clearance will be required.
When a Maui Prep student/faculty/staff is in close contact with a COVID-positive individual, the following protocol from the Department of Health (DOH) and Maui Prep will be implemented.
Please note: Maui Prep may impose requirements that are more stringent than DOH guidelines that it determines are reasonable to preserve safety within our community. Each case is different as we will be working in conjunction with DOH to make the best decision for our school. Families are requested to immediately notify Dr. Zamora if anyone in their household or in close contact with a positive COVID-19 test IRRESPECTIVE of vaccination status.
Dr. Zamora (the liaison to the Hawaii Department of Health) will notify the DOH.
If close contact is:
fully VACCINATED, they will continue with on-campus learning. They will not require testing. Please submit proof of vaccination as soon as possible in order to avoid disruption of on campus learning. If close contact is a household member, we will follow recommended DOH protocol.
UNVACCINATED, the close contact, regardless of age, will go home and quarantine for 10 days. They may return to on-campus learning with a negative test after 5 days from exposure
3. Maui Prep reserves the right to determine if we will continue with on-campus or distance learning depending on the situation. Maui Prep will not offer hybrid instruction.
**A negative COVID test is required prior to the return of all Maui Prep students & household, teachers and faculty who were in close contact with COVID-positive individual.*
CLASS BUBBLES: Class bubbles are K/1, 2/3, 4/5, 6-8, and 9-12. Preschoolers are their own bubble. revised 1.19.2021
CLOSE CONTACTS: Close contacts are defined as those who were within 6 feet of the individual for a total of 15 minutes or longer within 24 hours, including:
- living in the same household
- caring for someone with COVID-19
- being in direct contact with secretions from someone infected with COVID-19.
INFECTIOUS PERIOD: The infectious period is defined as being as early as 2 days before symptom onset until at least 10 days after signs or symptoms first appeared.
NEGATIVE TEST OF CLOSE CONTACT: Close contact MAY NOT return to campus before the 10-day quarantine even with a negative test.
COVID TESTS: BOTH Rapid Antigen Test and NAAT tests are acceptable per DOH.
- Q. What happens if a student, faculty or staff tests positive?
- Q: What are acceptable COVID-19 tests?
- Q: Is there a county or state case threshold that would trigger us going to distance learning?
- Q: Why aren't all students required to test regularly?
- Q: Is there an option for students to be enrolled at Maui Prep and elect to participate in distance learning?