Khalsa Montessori School COVID
Updates and Resources
News and Announcements
Latest News & Updates:
POOLED TESTING AT SCHOOL:
Next Pooled Testing, Monday, Dec. 6
All test results are NEGATIVE at both campuses from last Monday,
Nov. 29. Woo Hoo!!
Keep up the COVID protocols in place at home & school. 191+ outbreaks currently in Pima County Schools
Still time to voluntarily sign up/give consent for your child, https://testcenter.concentricbyginkgo.com/minor-consent
EXEMPTIONS: If your child has had COVID within the last 3 months, please DO NOT sign up/give consent for Pooled Testing for now, as it will cause a false positive. Email Rameen with details, email@example.com
IF YOUR CHILD IS UNWELL:
Interactive Q&A by Pima County Health Department to help families determine protocol when children are not feeling well and when they can return to school following a possible exposure to COVID-19 or positive test. No personal information is gathered. Important note, even vaccinated folks need to test on Day 5 after 'close-contact'. See link, docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfJqNIkUN9iS2mDdRMZPAqJnC1tjKagR2IySQ0dmNrV04D4Mw/viewform?pli=1
With the onslaught of the cold/flu/allergy season, the symptoms can be the same as COVID. If your child is showing symptoms, please have them take a COVID test, as per PCHD recommendation. It can be the BinexNow Rapid Antigen Home Kit test [short swab rapid test] that has 2 tests, needed to be done 24 hrs apart for accuracy. The link above is also helpful.
Various types of COVID testing are available on an appointment basis for free at most pharmacies, PCHD clinics & Paradigm Lab. The BinaxNOW Rapid Antigen Home Kit Test is available over the counter at most pharmacies for $23.99, it is 98.5% accurate on negative test results and 84.6% accurate on positive results; that is why there are 2 test strips inside the box-for the second test to be conducted 24 hours after the first. The PCR Lab test is the 'gold standard' of COVID tests and takes 1-2 days to return results. Some Pediatricians are also offering testing, so please check with yours.
If student is a 'close contact' to a family member, playmate, extra-curricular club etc. to a positive case of COVID, they have to quarantine or isolate, for 5 days and take a test, not before. If negative test result and no symptoms, still continues to quarantine to finish the 7 days before returning to school. Contact Rameen at school for details. The link above is also a good guide.
Please see specific protocols for a positive COVID test, applicable ONLY to Khalsa Elementary Students here, docs.google.com/document/d/1qOhRW_oOGTz6679yZPVxxn7rS16Jh733_eegyjgw5eg/edit?usp=sharing
Please see specific protocols for a positive COVID test, applicable ONLY to Khalsa Middle School Students here, docs.google.com/document/d/1q6FxqIaeTqAjjXqgMwZ8o4evVLTMwhix/edit?usp=sharing&ouid=113069934473940894333&rtpof=true&sd=true
Now that the CDC has authorized the vaccination of 5-11 yr olds, pharmacies & PCHD clinics are accepting appointments!
Pima County Health Department's Vaccine FAQ's for Teens here, webcms.pima.gov/UserFiles/Servers/Server_6/File/Health/COVID-19/Vaccine/17242%20-%20CV%20-%20vax%20faq%20teens%20W%20RTP.pdf
Legislative Ban on Mask Mandates Ruled Unconstitutional, 9/27/21
Donate here to the Safety Ready Campaign for the air purifiers and other health and safety supplies purchased by the school to keep our community of students, staff, and families safe.
Free Mental Health Resources: The National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics has a searchable national database that includes mental health services. The National Alliance on Mental Illness also has a searchable database of weekly support groups.
In Person/ Remote Learning FAQ
Montessori at Home
Links to aid you with everything from distance learning to improving mental heath and coping with stress.
Resources for free or inexpensive internet
Tucson Lifestyle has compiled and is continuing to update a Community Updates page.
Disaster stress helpline: 1-800-985-5990
Playformance (to exercise your body and mind with virtual classes)
Long Summer At home (A wealth of programs, places, and possibilities. Scroll down for nature/ecology ideas, arts and crafts projects, summer camps, etc.)