Health & Safety Measures
The past two years have tested our resilience and fortitude as a school community. As we prepare for the beginning of the 2022-23 school year, the health and safety of our school community will continue to be an extremely high priority for ISLAND PACIFIC ACADEMY.
Below are the updated protocols and guidelines IPA will follow to continue to reduce the exposure and spread of the COVID-19 virus while on campus. The protocols and guidelines are aligned with the CDC’s guidance for COVID-19 prevention in K-12 schools and the Department of Health’s guidance in the State of Hawaii.
All protocols and guidelines included here are subject to revision as new and relevant information regarding COVID-19 becomes available.
For the 2022-23 school year, the IPA’s health and safety measures are as follows:
- Use of face masks, either indoors or outdoors, is voluntary.
- We will continue to be supportive of individuals who choose to wear a mask indoors and/or outdoors.
- Face masks include surgical, N-95, KN-95 or homemade/retail purchased cloth masks. Masks should have multiple layers of non-woven material, a nose wire, and fit snugly over the nose and mouth to prevent leaks.
- For indoor settings, individuals who have been diagnosed with or tested positive for COVID-19 should wear a well-fitting mask on days 6 to 10 after completing home isolation.
- Individuals unable or unwilling to wear a mask and have tested positive should remain in isolation for 10 days, regardless of vaccination status.
- Health screenings, such as daily Wellness Tracker or temperature checks, are discontinued.
- Individuals are highly encouraged to stay home if not feeling well. Staying home when sick is an important mitigation strategy to keep COVID-19 and other common infectious diseases from spreading in school.
- Spaces will be cleaned daily. Hand washing and hand sanitizer stations will continue to be available.
- The in-duct air purifier in the air condition system is capable of eliminating and reducing microbial contaminants, odors, and reducing particulate matter in the air. Our ventilation systems are serviced frequently. In addition, each space has a portable air purifier as additional protection from airborne pollutants.
- Eligible individuals are encouraged to stay up-to-date on all recommended COVID-19 vaccinations.
- Families, faculty, staff and administration are highly encouraged to inform the school if they have tested positive for COVID-19.
- Contact tracing for in-school exposures will not continue. The quarantine for in-school exposure is not required for K-12 schools.
- However, if the school has a suspected cluster of cases or outbreak, additional mitigation strategies may be recommended to prevent ongoing spread.
- A cluster of cases may necessitate a targeted case investigation, close contact identification, and quarantine on in-school exposures to stop COVID-19 spread.
- Each student, faculty, staff and administration will receive three (3) COVID-19 self-test kits from the federal government for personal use.