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:
- Temperature checks at morning drop-off
- Physical distancing of desks in classrooms
- Mask mandate for students, faculty, staff and visitors
- Students maintained in class 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 travelling 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.
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.
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:
- 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.
2. Class bubbles will be notified immediately about risk of exposure. Parents must make arrangements to pick up their students. Children will remain in classrooms socially distanced with masks on until parents arrive. Class bubbles of close contact will move to distance learning for ten (10) days (revised 1.19.2021).
3. All close contacts will be notified by Dr. Zamora of potential exposure.
4. Individuals who test positive will be quarantined at home for ten (10) days from the onset of symptoms. In addition, individuals should be symptom-free for 24 hours in order to successfully complete the ten-day quarantine.
5. Class bubbles will retreat to distance learning for 10 days, while monitoring for symptoms.
6. 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 test prior to returning to campus as it is known that mRNA can be detected for as long as three months after illness when the infectious period has passed. However, a medical practitioner’s clearance will be required.
In the event that any Maui Prep student, staff, or faculty member is in close contact with a COVID-positive individual, the following protocol from the Department of Health (DOH) and Maui Prep will be implemented. Families are requested to immediately notify Dr. Zamora if anyone in their household receives a positive COVID-19 test.
1. Dr. Zamora (the liaison to the Hawaii Department of Health) will notify the DOH.
2. Class bubbles will be notified immediately about risk of exposure. Parents must make arrangements to pick up their students. Children will remain in classrooms socially distanced with masks on until parents arrive. Class bubbles of close contact will move to distance learning until results of the test are available as determined by the DOH. (revised 1.19.2021)
3. The Maui Prep student with a close contact is to quarantine for 10 days to monitor for symptoms. The Maui Prep student with the close contact MAY NOT return to campus before the 10-day quarantine, even with a negative test.
4. The Maui Prep student with a close contact and student's household members will undergo COVID testing as soon as possible to determine the possibility of exposure on campus. (revised 1.19.2021)
- If the Maui Prep student with a close contact tests negative: the class bubbles (minus the Maui Prep student with a contact) will return to in-person learning.
- If the Maui Prep student with a close contact tests positive: bubbles will remain in distance learning for 10 days.
**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: How long will distance learning continue in the case where someone in the household (other than student/faculty/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?