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Revised March 24, 2022

The following policies, procedures, and guidelines will be in place for the 2021-2022 school year in order to support the health and wellness of our community. The decisions surrounding our plan are guided by the standards of care, guidelines, and protocols set forth by agencies that are experts in medical science and public health such as the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department, the Kentucky Department of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the American Academy of Pediatrics. We’ve also followed guidelines set forth by the Kentucky Department of Education, and utilized the resources of the Kentucky Association of Independent Schools, Independent Schools Association of the Central States, and National Association of Independent Schools.
We will remain flexible and adaptable as these policies and procedures may change throughout the school year based on new information or modified guidelines.
All employees, students, and their families are required to self-report within 24 hours of a positive COVID-19 test, any symptoms of COVID-19, and/or any exposure to a COVID-19 positive.  Self-reporting is critical to keeping our community safe and healthy.

DATE 5/13/22 Weekend 5/16/22 5/17/22 5/18/22
Positive Case(s) 1 LS, 1 US, 1 Emp 1 LS, 1 MS 1 US 0 1 MS, 1 Emp







Health Attestation

By sending your child to school, you are attesting that they are symptom free and have not had a known exposure to a COVID-19 positive individual.  This pledge also applies to all employees and visitors arriving on campus. If you or your child have any symptoms of illness, please do not report to school.

We encourage employees and students to test for COVID-19 in accordance with the CDC guidelines.

CDC - Symptoms of COVID-19

KPH, CHFS - COVID-19 Testing


Reminders regarding wearing a cloth face covering, how to properly wash hands, and the importance of maintaining social distance are posted throughout campus. We have made adjustments to the food service program and meal options as well as the programming and spaces for special classes such as music, art, and physical education.

CDC – How to Protect Yourself & Others

Additional Mitigation

  • Seating charts in all divisions to facilitate contact tracing
  • Extended Day will operate in compliance with Safe at Sayre protocols
  • Plexiglass barriers installed in a few collaborative work areas and in the Buttery
  • iWave bi-polar ionization technology is installed in all HVAC units of our buildings
  • Rabbit Air filters are added to designated areas
  • Hand sanitizing stations remain throughout campus
  • Schedule for increased, intensive, routine cleaning and disinfection by a local cleaning company with expanded cleaning staff

Food Service and Nutrition

  • Students are required to hand sanitize when entering the Buttery and prior to using the salad bar. 
  • Pre-packaged foods will be available.
  • A three week cycle menu will be available online.
  • Plexiglass barriers are installed on all Buttery tables.
  • Lower School students will eat in classrooms, outside, or in the Buttery dependent on age and weather. Lower School will have assigned seating when eating in the Buttery. 
  • Middle School students will have staggered lunch periods with assigned seats by section.
  • Upper School students will have a staggered lunch schedule with assigned tables by grade level.
  • The Upper School breakfast program will continue as usual.
  • Water fountains will not be available. Water bottle filling stations will be available.  


Employees, students, visitors must stay home:

  • If they have tested positive for COVID-19 (AND must notify the school within 24 hours of the test)
  • If they are exhibiting any symptoms associated with COVID-19
  • If they have been in close contact with persons who have tested positive for COVID-19 and have not been fully vaccinated, or have been advised by experts to quarantine or isolate

School Nurse:

  • The school nurse will be available to respond to medical needs during school hours and provide guidance on steps for a healthy return to school
  • Isolation rooms have been established on campus to be utilized for any individual exhibiting signs or symptoms of COVID-19 during the school day
  • Parents/guardians will be notified immediately if their child is placed in isolation
  • To ensure the health and safety of our nursing staff and employees, we ask that all families be prepared to pick up sick students within 30 minutes of receiving notice from the school. 

CDC - What To Do If You Are Sick

Quarantine, Isolation, and Safe Return to Sayre

If an individual experiences any signs or symptoms of illness, or is sent home sick with a fever, or symptoms of COVID-19, the following is required prior to returning to school:

  • The individual may contact their healthcare provider for guidance, if desired.
  • There may be instances when symptoms may prevent an individual from attending school/work, but may not require a visit to a healthcare provider.  Examples of this are seasonal allergies that follow the traditional patterns of presentation and manifestation that the individual has experienced in the past. Also, migraines or headaches that are classic in presentation may prevent attendance at work/school.
  • In these instances, it is advisable that the individual have improvement in symptoms for a period of 24 hours before returning to campus.
  • In the event of fever, the individual must remain without fever for a period of 24 hours without fever reducing medications before returning to school/work.
  • If the individual seeks the guidance of their healthcare provider, the provider will determine if the individual needs to be tested for COVID-19.
  • If testing is performed, the individual should not return to campus unless a negative test is obtained and symptoms have improved.
  • If the healthcare provider elects not to test for COVID-19 and makes a non COVID-19 alternative diagnosis,
    the individual may return to school once:
    • 24 hours have passed since the individuals last fever without the use of fever-reducing medications AND
    • All other symptoms are improving

If the healthcare provider elects to test the individual for COVID-19 and the result is positive, the following is required prior to returning to school:

  • The individual must isolate per CDC guidelines.
  • The individual must contact the health department in their home county to seek guidance from COVID-19 health officials. Fayette County residents should call (859) 899-2222.
  • The individual must notify the school nurse of their positive result within 24 hours.  You can reach the school nurse at (859) 244-2646 or

If you were exposed to COVID-19: Quarantine

  • If you are fully vaccinated*
    • Wear a mask around others for 10 days
    • Stay at home if you develop symptoms
    • Test on day 5, if possible
  • If you are not fully vaccinated or unvaccinated
    • Stay at home for 5 days. Quarantine may be discontinued after day 5 if the student is symptom free OR
    • Students may continue to attend in-person school activities if they have received at least one negative COVID-19 test during the 5-day quarantine period
    • Continue to wear a well-fitting mask when around others for at least 10 days following exposure

*CDC - When You've Been Fully Vaccinated (If you don’t meet these requirements below, regardless of your age, you are NOT fully vaccinated)

  • 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or
  • 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine
  • A person aged 18+ years is required to receive a booster dose at least five months after the last dose in their primary series.


In accordance with state and local laws and regulations, we will notify local and state health officials, employees, and families immediately of any case of COVID-19 while maintaining confidentiality in accordance with federal state law.  

Contact Tracing, Communication, and Privacy

  • The relevant local health department and the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department School Health Manager will each carry out their own contact tracing investigation.
  • The school nurse will instruct those who have had close contact with a person diagnosed with COVID-19 as to the CDC guidance for monitoring and quarantine after exposure. 
  • If it’s determined that one of your family members was in close contact with the positive individual, you will be notified as quickly as possible while maintaining confidentiality in accordance with federal and state law.
  • A general statement of notification will be sent to individuals who may be in the same class/team as the infected individual. This is a basic heads up message that likely will not require any further action.


The Sayre athletic program will continue to follow the guidance provided by KHSAA.  Return to Play Protocol (Revised January 31, 2021)

  • Coaches are responsible for being knowledgeable of KHSAA Guidelines, Sayre Guidelines, and Kentucky's Healthy at Work Guidelines before leading any groups.
  • Coaches and athletes with any symptom of illness should not attend school or athletic events.
  • Coaches and athletes must follow Safe at Sayre protocols.
  • Coaches and athletes are encouraged to bring their own water bottle labeled with their name.
  • Locker rooms are available for changing only (limited to small pods).