Covid-19 Policies and Procedures
At the heart of Odyssey’s Covid planning is our steadfast commitment to core values, including the protection of the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff, and a shared and individual learning journey seen through the lens of Integral education. We endeavor to create the best possible learning environment to achieve these goals.
Odyssey’s Current Covid-19 Guidance
Updated October 20, 2022 — Odyssey follows the requirements and recommendations from NC DHHS found in the CDC Operational Guidance for K-12 Schools. To see the latest Update on K-12 Guidance : NC DHHS Updated Guidance for K-12 Settings
Wearing masks at Odyssey is optional except during the return to school of individuals who have tested positive or have had symptoms, have had a potential exposure or have mild non Covid symptoms – see detailed explanations below and in the NC DHHS Updated Guidance document.
It is required that parents disclose and keep children at home if:
- They have tested positive for COVID-19
- They are showing Covid Symptoms:
- Fever of 100.4°F or above
- Sore throat
- Cough (for people with chronic cough due to asthma or allergies, a change from baseline)
- Difficulty breathing (for people with asthma, a change from baseline)
- New loss of taste
- New loss of smell
- Nausea or Vomiting
- New onset of severe headache (especially with fever)
- Congestion or runny nose
- Muscle or body aches
Odyssey has antigen tests available for students and staff who are symptomatic during school hours, however, a PCR test is considered the “gold standard” for determining positivity. To give Odyssey School permission to give your student an antigen test, fill out this form: COVID Testing Permission
Returning to School After Testing Positive
Students must remain home for 5 days after their first symptoms, or if asymptomatic, from their first positive test. The first day of symptoms or the day of positive test count as Day 0. Students may return to school after the fifth day but should remain masked until Day 10.
No remote instruction will be available. Students should use the time to rest and recover fully. Odyssey teachers will be in communication with the family and determine make-up work on a case by case basis. With a note from parents, students who are isolating will be recorded as an excused absence. Contact Elesley@odysseycommunity.org