COVID Information

Information to keep our LM community updated on COVID counts and resources

Safety Precautions for In-Person School

Caring for the physical, mental and spiritual well being of our employees and students is our top priority, now and always.  Lancaster Mennonite is committed to loving God and our neighbors, and desire health and safety for each and every one in the school community.

Starting March 7, 2022 LM will move to optional masking for students and employees. Persons are still invited to wear masks, but the choice will be optional.

In light of the significant reduction in new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, the decline in the positivity rate and the projections indicating a continued decline, as well as the increased access to vaccinations for the school-age population, LM will end universal masking on March 4, 2022, and move to mask optional.

We anticipate that any choices made regarding optional masking will be respected by the LM community. 

Additionally please note the following:

  • Masks continue to be required on bus transportation as determined by federal mandate.  Students using LM transportation will not be required to wear a mask. 
  • In the event that we experience another COVID-19 surge mask protocols may be reinstated.

We will continue to keep these safety protocols in place this year:

  • Maintaining hand washing protocols
  • Reduced sharing of supplies among students
  • Social distancing of 3ft or more whenever possible
  • Requiring students and staff to stay home when any symptoms are present (self-screening at home)
  • Continued encouragement for outdoor learning whenever possible
  • Adherence to Quarantine regulations and requirements for those with symptoms, positive tests, or COVID exposure (see below)

Ongoing Monitoring
LM will continue to monitor guidance from CDC, PaDOH (PA Dept of Health), PDE (PA Dept of Education), LG Health Penn Medicine and local cases and transmissions numbers, and update protocols if changes occur statewide or locally, and all of this is subject to change.

View our full COVID Plan for 2021-22 by clicking the “2021-22 LM COVID-19 Plan” button below (or above).

If You Test Positive for COVID – ISOLATE

Who: EVERYONE – regardless of vaccination status

How:

  • Stay home for 5 days
  • If you have symptoms or your symptoms are resolving after 5 days, you can leave your home.
  • Continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days.
  • If you have a fever, continue to stay home until your fever resolves.

If you Were Exposed to Someone with COVID-19 – QUARANTINE

If you:
Have been boosted
OR
Have completed the primary series of Pfizer and Moderna vaccine within the last 6 months
OR
Have completed the primary series of J&J vaccine within the last 2 months

You should:

  • Wear a mask around others for 10 days
  • Test on day 5, is possible
  • If you develop symptoms, get a test and stay home

If you:
Completed the primary series of Pfizer and Moderna vaccine over 6 months ago and are not boosted
OR
Completed the primary series of J&J vaccine over 2 months ago and are not boosted
OR
Are unvaccinated

You should:

  • Stay home for 5 days. After that continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days.
  • If you cannot isolate from others, you should wear a mask for 10 days.
  • Test on day 5, if possible
  • If you develop symptoms, get a test and stay home

flow chart for covid quarantine and isloation guidelines

Focused on safe, in-person instruction

We believe that attending school in-person is the most beneficial option for student’s emotional and social wellbeing, and academic growth, so we are putting as many steps in place to keep that opportunity available this year.

It is our aim to provide an in-person school experience as much as possible this year. For those that are able, we encourage you to get vaccinated. For students and employees that are vaccinated, we encourage you to send us a photo of your vaccination card so we can keep it in your health file. This will be especially helpful as we do contact tracing if there are positive cases this year.

For students needing to quarantine, teachers will connect with you online to provide assignments and classwork while doing school remotely.

How you can help us stay in school:
It’s important that you communicate with your campus office. We want to be in school, but staff are often the first to be exposed and we are unable to provide enough substitute teachers, custodial, food service or bus drivers to continue operation and quickly factors into our decisions. 

Please practice safety and good health protocol:

  • Wash hands
  • Wear a mask
  • Practice Distancing
  • Take your temperature: threshold 100.4
  • Do you have symptoms? (see doc) If you do, stay home

Resource Links

Student Vaccination Clinics

There are multiple opportunities for persons 5 years old and over to be vaccinated for COVID-19. Learn more by clicking the “Student Vaccination Clinics” button below from Vaccinate Lancaster and the IU13/Walmart. Also, contact your family doctor or pediatrician to get an appointment and learn more.

If your family needs support: