Please send the positive test to email@example.com if you haven’t already done so.
The day you took your test is day zero. You may leave isolation and resume normal activity on day six if you are symptom-free AND with a negative antigen (rapid/home) test.
For example, if you took your test on Wednesday, day six is Tuesday, May 3.
Five days of isolation must be completed.
On day six, you may leave isolation with the negative antigen (rapid/home) test and are symptom-free. You no longer need to test after your negative antigen test. But you will need to wear a mask until day 10 (except when eating.)
If you are still testing positive after day five:
You are to stay in isolation and test everyday until you test negative- up to day 10.
On day 11, you no longer need to test or isolate and may resume normal activity.
OPTIONAL FOR STUDENTS ONLY- Parents may choose not to test and instead fulfill the 10 day quarantine.Masks are to be worn until day 10.PCR testing is not recommended for 90 days. Please email all results to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tech support will grant students access to remote learning
Masks are optional in the Junior School and on the Queens campus
Masks are required in the Middle School and the Tutorial House, except when eating and drinking
Masks are optional for all outdoors
UNIS continues to pool test students, faculty, and staff
Please continue to check your emails for schedules on pool testing
We strongly encourage you to stay home and test if you are symptomatic with illness
There has been a significant rise in reported positive COVID cases in the Middle School at the Manhattan campus following our return from Spring Break. Both teachers and students have been affected. For this reason, effective tomorrow, April 20, all Middle School students, faculty, and staff must wear their masks, unless outside or eating in the cafeteria.
These are the same guidelines that the Tut House has been following since March 16. We are taking this action to ensure the safety of the whole community. The wearing of masks will remain optional in the JS and on the Queens campus as there has not been the same proliferation of the virus at either site.
We strongly encourage you to stay home and test if you are symptomatic with illness. This continues to be the most important action we can take as we move into the final months of this academic year.
We continue to pool test students, faculty, and staff and will monitor results. Additionally, we will provide home tests to anyone who requests one.
Thank you for your understanding.
Dear UNIS Community,
I have received a number of emails requesting further detail about our decision to once again require the wearing of masks in the Middle School. Let me start by saying that we truly hoped this would not be the case. Everyone was happy to make the wearing of masks optional, knowing that a vaccinated community was safe from grave illness, albeit not immune from contracting COVID.
With that in mind, the change was motivated by our desire to keep the school open for in-person instruction. To do so we must have our teaching staff healthy and on campus. The recent increased number of cases is jeopardizing that reality.
Today we have 21 faculty and staff out of school due to illness, most associated with COVID. COVID illness requires them to be out of school for a minimum of five days. This coupled with a positivity rate in New York City of 5.3%, which is up from 1.0% just a month ago has led to our decision to require masks, not only in the Tut House but now in the Middle School. There is a dire shortage of substitute teachers throughout New York City and excessive COVID teacher absences may make it impossible to cover all classes. If we reach a point where we cannot staff the school, we will have no choice but to return to remote learning, an option we all want to avoid.
Different from the past, masks are not required outside, which gives everyone a break and a chance to interact freely. It is certainly not optimal but we are doing everything in our power to continue our instruction in the best possible way.
This morning, following our testing of the Tut House students, we have 15 additional cases reported. In total, since Friday, we now have 26 Tut House community members who have tested positive. All of those affected are quarantined for a minimum of five days. When they return, they must wear their masks for an additional five days. At this point, we have no confirmed serious illnesses reported.
There continues to be no reported cases in either the Junior School or the Middle School.
Effective tomorrowall Tut House students and staff must wear their masks through March 25, except when outside or eating in the cafeteria. We are taking this action to ensure the safety of the whole community. We will also be giving test kits to every community member prior to the Spring Break to be used for testing prior to their return on April 11. Masks will remain in effect in the Tut House through Monday, April 11. After we assess the results of the testing we will determine if they can again become optional.
The wearing of masks will remain optional in the JS, MS, and on the Queens campus.
There have been several questions regarding contact tracing around positive cases. Our process changed when masks became optional. Instead of identifying each person who was in contact with a positive case, we moved to informing large groups of individuals who we know potentially had contact (i.e., in their classes). It is simply impossible to trace individually when masks and social distancing are no longer required.
With these changes in procedure came a shift in responsibility to the individual to monitor their own symptoms and self-test, based on either personal symptoms or notification of contact from the school.
As a reminder, this change was coupled with the NYS guidance that no longer required quarantining if you were a contact.
With the weather warming up, the days lengthening and the general feeling that COVID is behind us, we hope that this number of cases represents an anomaly and is not a new norm for us. Our testing will guide us as we move ahead.
Effective March 2, the Governor of New York has lifted the mask mandate for all of New York State, citing the low level of COVID positivity rate throughout the State as a determining factor in her decision.
As a result, and after consultation with our medical experts at Mt. Sinai, UNIS will follow the State guidance and no longer mandate the wearing of masks on campus for our children or adults.
It is important to note that we have community members who will feel more comfortable continuing to wear masks beyond March 2 for any number of reasons, including their own compromised health or that of a loved one at home. We must honor their decision as a freedom we all enjoy as a UNIS community member, and at no time should anyone feel pressured to either wear or not wear a mask.
UNIS will continue to conduct weekly sample pool testing as a first line of defense against the virus through the remainder of the school year. This will begin next Monday, March 7. Those required to test will be informed through messaging from the Nurse’s Office. If a positive test is detected, the nurse will inform the entire class (Junior school) of the result and/or the grade level (Middle School and Tut House). The information will be provided so parents can make their personal decision about follow up testing for their child. Testing will not be a requirement to return to school.
The week prior to the Spring Break we will once again distribute home tests to all faculty, staff and students. We ask that everyone use the tests prior to returning to school to ensure that they are not COVID positive.
We will continue to send you the daily RUVNA health screening and strongly encourage you to stay home if you are symptomatic of COVID. This small action is perhaps the most important one we can now take as we move past the virus’ surge.
Finally, in the event that there is another COVID spike in New York City, we reserve the right to once again mandate the wearing of masks.