Healthy at Model (COVID-19)

Last Updated: 1/20/2022 8:50 PM

 



EKU President David McFaddin and Superintendent John Williamson are committed to promoting community health so that we can continue normal, day-to-day in-person activities in the local community, at the university, and at Model.


COVID-19 Guidelines Update – Effective January 14, 2022

Model will be monitoring the COVID-19 Current Incidence Rate in Kentucky for Madison County located at https://govstatus.egov.com/kycovid19 every week.

Decisions regarding Madison County's will be made each Thursday to be implemented beginning the Monday through Sunday of the following week. You will receive communication of Madison County’s status no later than the Friday morning prior to the week it takes effect. Note that even if Madison County's Incidence Rate changes after its status on Thursday, Model's status will remain the same until the next determination date.


Color Coded System

Use of Masks / Cloth Face Coverings 

This system will apply to all students, faculty, staff, and visitors during Model’s 2021-22 school year effective Tuesday, January 4: 

  • If Madison County is categorized as Red: “Critical” all individuals (regardless of vaccination status) will be required to wear a mask / cloth face covering while indoors.
  • If Madison County is categorized as Orange: “Accelerated” individuals who are not fully vaccinated will be required to wear a mask / cloth face covering while indoors. Fully vaccinated people will have the option.
    • To be considered “fully vaccinated,” individuals must provide a copy or photo of their official COVID-19 Vaccination Record card. Per CDC guidelines, people are considered fully vaccinated:
      • 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or
      • 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine.
  • If Madison County is categorized as Yellow: “Community Spread,” or Green: “On Track,” all individuals will have the option to wear a mask / cloth face covering while indoors (but none will be required).
  • Every individual will have the option to submit proof of vaccination. Individuals who do not wish to disclose their status will be required to wear a mask / cloth face covering while indoors when Madison County is categorized as Red: “Critical” or Orange: “Accelerated.”  
  • Masks / cloth face coverings are required for all individuals (regardless of vaccination status) on buses.
  • Masks / cloth face coverings are optional for all individuals (regardless of vaccination status) while outdoors.
  • Masks / cloth face coverings must fit well and completely cover the wearer’s nose and mouth.

Parent(s)/guardian(s) have the option to submit proof of vaccination for their child. If you choose to disclose this information, please submit a copy or photo of the child’s official COVID-19 Vaccination Record card to Beverly Dyehouse (Beverly.Dyehouse@eku.edu) as soon as possible prior to the beginning of school. You may also bring a physical copy to the main office. If a child’s parent(s)/guardian(s) do not wish to disclose the child’s vaccination status or if the child is not fully vaccinated, the child will be required to wear a mask / cloth face covering while indoors when Madison County is categorized as Red: “Critical” or Orange: “Accelerated.”


Reporting Full Vaccination Status

Parents of children who have been fully vaccinated are asked to submit a copy or photo of the child’s official COVID-19 Vaccination Record card to Beverly Dyehouse as soon as possible. This proactive approach will mitigate day-of inconveniences should a student be contact-traced.

Employees who have been fully vaccinated are asked to submit a copy or photo of the official COVID-19 Vaccination Record card to Donna McGuire as soon as possible.


Testing Positive for COVID-19 & Contact-Tracing: Students

If a student tests positive for COVID, a parent/guardian must immediately notify Kim Puckett.

If asymptomatic, student may return to school/extracurricular activities after 5 full days.

  • If symptomatic, student may return to school/extracurricular activities after 5 full days provided that student is fever-free for 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medication) and symptoms are improving.
  • If severely ill, student may return to school/extracurricular activities after 10 days.

If a student is contact traced for COVID, they must immediately notify Kim Puckett.

  • If the student is fully vaccinated, they may remain at school. (Proof of up-to-date COVID-19 vaccination required to be on file.)
  • If not up-to-date on COVID-19 vaccination, the student will quarantine. Student may return to school and activities after…
    • 5 days OR
    • Exemption through participation in the Test-to-Stay modified quarantine program (additional information below) 

  • Student will receive an excused absence.
  • School assignments will be available via Google Classroom.

As long as Model is in the RED Status, which requires universal masking, it

  • Does not have to do contact tracing within the school population if a positive person is identified in the school population, and
  • Does not have to quarantine any of the students or staff in the school population due to finding a positive person in the school setting.

If Model is in the ORANGE, YELLOW, OR GREEN Statuses, which do not require universal masking, a student may be contact-traced for COVID-19.


Testing Positive for COVID-19 & Contact-Tracing: Employees

If an employee tests positive for COVID, they must immediately notify Kim Puckett and their direct supervisor.

  • The employee will isolate and take sick leave.
  • If asymptomatic, employee may return to work after 5 full days.
  • If symptomatic, employee may return to work after 5 full days from onset of symptoms or positive test (whichever is first) if employee is fever-free for 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medication) and symptoms are improving.

If an employee is contact traced for COVID, they must immediately notify Kim Puckett and their direct supervisor.

  • If the employee is fully vaccinated, they may remain at work.
  • If not fully vaccinated, will quarantine and take sick leave. Employee may return to work in 5 days with no symptoms.
  • At EKU, telecommuting is not permitted unless it is already approved.

Medical exemptions must be applied for with EKU Human Resources.

As long as Model is in the RED Status, which requires universal masking, it

  • Does not have to do contact tracing within the school population if a positive person is identified in the school population, and
  • Does not have to quarantine any of the students or staff in the school population due to finding a positive person in the school setting.

If Model is in the ORANGE, YELLOW, OR GREEN Statuses, which do not require universal masking, a student may be contact-traced for COVID-19.


Test-to-Stay Program

The latest addition to Model’s COVID-19 Prevention Strategy is the optional Test-to-Stay program! If a child has been contact-traced and must quarantine, parent(s)/guardian(s) can take the child to Model before school for a rapid test. If the rapid test is negative, the child can stay at school for the day. After 5 consecutive negative rapid tests, the child will no longer be quarantined.

Participation Guidelines

The first school day after a child has been contact-traced by Model, parent(s)/guardian(s) can drive up to the Model Circle (near Entrance 15, beside the play­grounds) with the child between 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. The parent(s)/guardian(s) and child will remain in the car.

A licensed healthcare professional will be set up outside. They’ll ask for the family’s contact information, and then administer a rapid COVID-19 test to the child in the car. The parent(s)/guardian(s) and child will remain in the car for about 10-15 minutes until the rapid test results are received.

  • If the student’s test results are NEGATIVE, the student will go to class and come back for four more rapid tests in the following four school days. If they receive five negative rapid test results, the student may safely be released from quarantine. The student may not participate in extracurricular activities until they are officially released from quarantine (after FIVE negative rapid tests in a row).
  • If the student’s test results are POSITIVE, all persons in the vehicle will be asked to take a rapid test and a PCR test, which will be sent to a lab for results within 24-48 hours; the student must then quarantine.

Note: the Test-to-Stay program only offers COVID-19 tests for students who are currently required to quarantine due to direct exposure to COVID-19.


Field Trips and Extracurricular Travel

When attending extracurricular field trips, students must comply with the event/host institution COVID-19 guidelines. If students are attending an event overnight, students who are fully vaccinated* may room with other fully vaccinated* students. Students who do not have an up-to-date COVID-19 vaccination card on record with Model Laboratory School may attend if allowed by the extracurricular institution / governing body; in this instance, at least one parent/guardian must attend and room with their child.** 

*Students must have a copy or photo of their official COVID-19 Vaccination Record card on file. 

**Financial compensation equal to the child’s room portion will be reimbursed.


Additional Notes

  • Model administration encourages all eligible persons to consider getting the COVID-19 vaccine. Those interested in finding a vaccination site near them can visit vaccines.gov. They also can text their zip code to 438829 to receive three local vaccine locations.
  • Model will participate in the Kentucky Department of Education’s vaccination incentive program for all full and part time employees at Model Laboratory School.
  • Model will comply with any state and federal executive orders or mandates that are currently active (or may occur in the future).
  • Model Athletics will follow guidelines and requirements established by the Kentucky High School Athletic Association.
  • Students, faculty, and staff who go to EKU’s campus must abide by EKU’s requirements should they differ from Model’s requirements.
  • As we try to return to an educational experience that is as normal as possible, students will be attending classes in the other parts of the school building, including the art rooms, broadcasting studio, as well as the gymnasium.
  • Model’s guidelines are subject to change considering the volatile nature of the COVID-19 pandemic.

It is an expectation that all employees and students at Model Laboratory Schools at Eastern Kentucky University adhere to these guidelines. The failure of any individual to comply with the requirements outlined above will result in disciplinary action, up to and including termination (for employees) and disenrollment (for students).