Dear Community Member,
We hope these early days of classes, activities, and sports are going well for you all! From our first Morning Meeting to our opening parent receptions, we are feeling grateful for our ability to connect while doing so as safely as possible.
Today we’re writing with some updates to our COVID-19 protocols to address vaccination and upcoming testing requirements. We continue our ongoing consultation with local health authorities and professionals to inform our guidelines with LACDPH, CADPH, and the CDC. We are balancing our commitment to following best health practices with our mission as a school to provide meaningful connection. Our number one priority is nurturing meaningful in-person relationships and effective teaching and learning in the safest possible environment. Therefore, we believe it is in the interest of all community members to achieve full vaccination.
All students, faculty and staff must be vaccinated against COVID-19, with proof of vaccination submitted by Friday, October 1, along with a completed Confidentiality of Medical Information Act form (CMIA).
We are thankful for your partnership in our mutual efforts to promote a safe, healthy learning community, and in those efforts we wish to express gratitude for the Prep community’s strong commitment to vaccination. Health authorities support vaccination as the most effective protective strategy against the spread of COVID-19, and the safety of these vaccines is supported by extensive research. At this time, 96% of Prep faculty and staff and 92% of Prep students have already submitted proof of vaccination.
Once students have completed a second dose of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, vaccination status can be updated by logging in to onCampus and visiting the Magnus Health portal. To update your child’s vaccination status with the school, please follow these steps:
- Visit www.flintridgeprep.org and click the onCampus button or visit https://flintridgeprep.myschoolapp.com to access the onCampus Parent Portal.
- Click the Resources tab.
- Click the orange Magnus Health icon.
- You should see a notification that says You have requirements to complete.
- Click Next until you see the list of forms on the Student Health Tracker.
- Answer the questions about whether your child has received two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine and upload vaccination documentation.
Exemptions to vaccination may be granted for medical contraindications, sincere religious belief, practice, or observance, or age-related eligibility issues. If you believe your student qualifies for an allowed exemption to vaccination, please log in to onCampus, click the Magnus Health link, and look for the COVID-19 exemption waiver that applies to your child. Download and complete the forms before uploading them again.
Mandatory Testing Protocols for Unvaccinated Individuals
We are required by the state of California to test all unvaccinated students and employees weekly. Anyone who does not receive a test will not be allowed to come to campus. Students who miss school because they did not receive a test for any reason will be asked to contact their teachers about missed assignments. There is no Zoom option for students who miss school.
This week’s tests, which are mandatory for unvaccinated people and optional for all others, will be Wednesday, September 8 from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Testing will occur on the lower campus near the gym. There is no registration required. If you do not get tested on Wednesday, you will need to provide proof of a test on Friday to Andres Alamillo in order to come to school on Monday.
Honor Code and Symptom Tracking
Last week, our students and employees signed the Honor Code. This is not just a tradition for the Prep community--it is a symbol of our commitment to each other. It is essential that when we evaluate our symptoms before coming to campus that we do so with honesty, kindness, generosity, and respect for the most vulnerable in our community. These include our young children, our older parents and grandparents, and those who cannot receive a vaccine because of health or religious reasons. Please keep these people in mind when you complete your questionnaire.
Thank you for your work to help keep our community as connected and safe as possible. If you have any questions, you may contact the COVID-19 School Compliance Task Force or any of its members.
Nicole Haims Trevor
Director of Communications
The COVID-19 School Compliance Task Force includes:
Nicole Haims Trevor