In the three years since the start of the pandemic, we have seen the widespread adoption of safe and effective vaccines, therapeutic antiviral medications, and the general rise in natural immunity throughout much of the population. While COVID is still a public health concern, particularly for the elderly and immunocompromised, its emergency status at the national level is ending, as announced by the White House in January of this year. What this means going forward is that COVID will be treated like Influenza, RSV, and other similar respiratory illnesses.
The changes to the Punahou School Health Policy are designed to simplify our overall health protocols and readmission processes while maintaining Punahou’s strong stay-at-home policy for those with these types of illnesses. These changes supersede previous health policies and went into effect on April 1, 2023.