Health Updates

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Head of School Message

Aloha Families,

We hope that you and your family are safe and enjoying Winter Break. Regrettably, O'ahu continues to see a record rise in reported COVID case numbers and test positivity. Due to the dramatic rise, based on current projections, and the recommendation of the LJA Medical Hui, LJA will return to school at Response Level 2 (see LJA Response Level chart.)

Testing Required for Return to School
At the recommendation of the LJA Medical Hui and in accordance with LJA policy, which calls for periodic testing at Response Level 2, all students and staff will be required to submit a negative COVID test taken 48 hours prior to returning to school.  

Test options include a visit to your primary care provider, a visit to a COVID testing site, or using one of four home antigen tests that have demonstrated effectiveness in identifying the omicron variant (viz., Abbott BINAXNow, Quidel, BD Veritor or Flowflex). 

Submit Your Test Result
Please upload your return to test result to Magnus Health prior to your child's return to campus. If your child used a home testing kit, please upload a photo of the negative result alongside your cell phone's lock screen showing the date and time of the test. If you have a question or are unable to upload your test results to Magnus Health, you may email them to school.nurse@lejardinacademy.org.

On-site COVID Testing Option
As a convenience, LJA has partnered with Premier Medical Group to offer on-site COVID testing for LJA students on Monday, January 3 at the Lower School Loop. Due to limited test kits, only students are eligible to test. Family testing will not be permitted. Student testing will take place from 1-7 p.m.

On-site testing is a mitigation measure necessitated by (1) extent of spread, (2) our desire to remain in-person, (3) high numbers of traveling families, (4) high number of cases reported over break, and (5) a shortage of home testing kits at local pharmacies.

Parent Zoom with Head of School
Please join me for a Parent Zoom Meeting on Monday, January 3 at 7-8 p.m. to learn more about LJA's COVID response and also important changes to our school procedures at Response Level 2. There will be plenty of time for Q&A. For those unable to attend, a recording will be shared.

Mahalo,

Earl Kim