Welcome back to a new and exciting school year!
In looking ahead, the dedicated staff of AGBU Manoogian-Demirdjian School will once again strive to create and maintain a safe and caring learning community for your child. We are looking forward to working with you to ensure that this coming school year will be one that provides your child with the best academic and social-emotional experiences possible. Please know we continue to dedicate ourselves to providing the best possible educational experiences for your child(ren) in these unique circumstances. Always feel free to contact your child’s teachers, counselors, and the school administration with any questions you have or with anything you or your child may need.
Helpful information below regarding new COVID-19 protocols and important updates.
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Everyone must isolate, regardless of vaccination status, previous infection, or lack of symptoms. Persons are considered to have COVID-19 if they have a positive viral test and/or their healthcare provider thinks they have COVID-19.
(For most people, if both of the above criteria are met, isolation can end after Day 10 even if follow-up COVID-19 viral tests are positive. However, people who have a condition that weakens their immune systems or who were severly ill with COVID-19 might need to stay home longer.)
*To count the days:
** The test must be a COVID-19 viral test such as an antigen or NAAT/PCR test. Antigen tests are preferred.
Instructions for close contacts can be found at ph.lacounty.gov/covidquarantine
Full Isolation instructions can be found at ph.lacounty.gov/covidisolation
Source: Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, www.publichealth.lacounty.gov, Isolation and Quarantine Requirements Summary (English) 01.18.22v2
In preparation for the upcoming school year, AGBU MDS has decided not to require all eligible students (12 and older) to be vaccinated to return to campus. Our path to reopening the school with safety and efficacy lies with each member of our school community. The rise of COVID cases in our state and county over the last few weeks has served as a stark reminder that even though we as a nation are fatigued and desirous of normalcy, the pandemic has not yet come to an end.
In response to the highly transmissible Delta variant of COVID-19 across Los Angeles, particularly among the unvaccinated, it is clear that vaccination is the single best measure for controlling this pandemic and supporting campus health and safety. While it may not fully prevent contracting the disease, the risk of hospitalization or death is extremely low for people who have been fully vaccinated.
Our overarching goal is to empower everyone to care for themselves and to protect others. Over 83% of our staff are fully vaccinated and all unvaccinated staff will adhere to weekly on-site testing. At regular intervals throughout the year, and especially at the start of the school year, all staff and students will participate in a baseline COVID-19 testing.
The CDC has noted that students benefit from in-person learning, and safely returning to in-person instruction in fall 2021 is a priority. At AGBU MDS, we strongly feel our students need to be at school.
The CDC Guidance balances the importance of educating students fully in person with the layered precautions that have kept schools safe since the onset of the pandemic.
As requirements and guidelines continue to change with the flow of the pandemic, AGBU MDS will adjust accordingly.
We hope you are having an easy transition back into school life! We have certainly missed you all and are happy to have you back!
We would like to remind everyone that if you and your family have traveled recently and any of you are unvaccinated, you must quarantine for 7 days and may return to school after 7 days WITH a negative PCR test. Please see the Travel Guidance issued by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. Please let us know if you have traveled recently so that we may help determine your return date.
Thank you for your continued support and cooperation during these times!
Please see the links below for additional travel guidance from LACDPH and the CDC.
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
For questions regarding COVID related health and safety please do not hesitate to contact us.
Middle and High School Vice Principal
Elementary Vice Principal
COVID Compliance Officer
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