Irene’s Mask Policy

 

Masks Required Regardless of Vaccination Status

 

Addressing COVID-19

 

October 2021 Masks Required Indoors

Vaccines are Free

November 1, 2021 You Must Wear a Wristband or Mask in the Building

Starting on November 1 fully vaccinated people no longer have to wear a mask in the building. Show your vaccination card to student records and get a free wristband. If you have a wristband, wear it to school! Any color is acceptable!

You must have proof of being fully  vaccinated to receive a wristband.

Unvaccinated people must wear a mask while on campus.

Masks must be worn while giving or receiving massage regardless of vaccination status.

Those who are vaccinated, but prefer to continue wearing a mask are welcome to do so. Those who cannot or choose not to get vaccinated must continue to wear a mask.


 

Vaccines

We are in the middle of a global deadly pandemic. Unless you are ineligible (medical reasons or age), getting vaccinated is the right thing to do for the greater good. Please take this crucial step!

Vaccines are Free – Irene’s encourages everyone eligible to receive a vaccine to do so! This position is based on scientific evidence. Getting vaccinated not only protects yourself, but also protects the health of those around you.

Vaccinated people are far less likely to spread the disease. Regardless of personal opinion, vaccination is crucial to put an end to the pandemic, while also protecting those unable to get vaccinated.

Irene’s embraces diversity. The school policy is to respect the opinion of others. Getting vaccinated has ceased being a personal decision.

While this position applies to all of the general public, it is especially important for massage therapists. Those of you who have chosen to work in this industry, did so out of a desire to help others to be healthy. It is your ultimate responsibility to provide a safe environment for your clients to receive your services.

There is a place in today’s world for modern medicine. It is true that our school teaches natural approaches to health. Irene was adamant about healthy lifestyles and teaching holistic health. However, she still had me vaccinated as a child. She understood the importance of protecting oneself and others.

Vaccines have reduced and, in some cases, eliminated many diseases that killed or severely disabled people just a few generations ago. For example, the smallpox vaccination eradicated that disease worldwide.

We appreciate your cooperation while we, along with the rest of the world, work to find the best solutions in these trying times. We are doing what science is telling us is best for all of you. Thank you for your support!

Vaccines are Free – Irene’s encourages anyone eligible to receive a vaccine to do so! We understand some people are not able to be vaccinated due to age or health conditions. Otherwise, if you are not yet vaccinated, it is time to run, not walk, to get the shot.

According to statistics, the vaccination protects the vast majority of people. While some who are vaccinated contract the virus, those who do, are not experiencing severe symptoms, do not require hospitalization, and do not die.

Regardless of personal opinions, we follow safety precautions recommended by health experts to keep our community safe.

Yours in Light and Love,
Kathy Skubik

     


    People considered Fully Vaccinated for COVID-19
    • 2+ weeks after second dose of Pfizer-or Moderna
    • 2+ weeks after single-dose of Johnson & Johnson
    People are considered Unvaccinated who have not completed a vaccine series or have not received a single-dose vaccine.

     


    Who Needs to Quarantine

    • People who have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19—excluding people who have had COVID-19 within the past 3 months or who are fully vaccinated.
    • People who have tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 3 months and recovered do not have to quarantine or get tested again as long as they do not develop new symptoms.
    • People who develop symptoms again within 3 months of their first bout of COVID-19 may need to be tested again if there is no other cause identified for their symptoms.
    • People who have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 are not required to quarantine if they have been fully vaccinated against the disease and show no symptoms.

    What Counts as close contact?

    • You were within 6 feet of someone who has COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more
    • You provided care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19
    • You had direct physical contact with the person (hugged or kissed them)
    • You shared eating or drinking utensils
    • They sneezed, coughed, or somehow got respiratory droplets on you

    Steps to Take

    Stay Home and Monitor Your Health

    • Stay home for 14 days after your last contact with a person who has COVID-19.
    • Watch for fever (100.4◦F), cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19
    • If possible, stay away from others, especially people who are at higher risk for getting very sick from COVID-19

    Options to Reduce Quarantine

    Reducing the length of quarantine may make it easier for people to quarantine by reducing the time they cannot work. A shorter quarantine period also can lessen stress on the public health system, especially when new infections are rapidly rising.


    Your local public health authorities make the final decisions about how long quarantine should last, based on local conditions and needs. Follow the recommendations of your local public health department if you need to quarantine. Options they will consider include stopping quarantine

    • After day 10 without testing
    • After day 7 after receiving a negative test result (test must occur on day 5 or later)

    After Stopping Quarantine, You Should

    • Watch for symptoms until 14 days after exposure.
    • If you have symptoms, immediately self-isolate and contact your local public health authority or healthcare provider.
    • Wear a mask, stay at least 6 feet from others, wash your hands, avoid crowds, and take other steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

    CDC continues to endorse quarantine for 14 days and recognizes that any quarantine shorter than 14 days balances reduced burden against a small possibility of spreading the virus. CDC will continue to evaluate new information and update recommendations as needed. See Options to Reduce Quarantine for Contacts of Persons with SARS-CoV-2 Infection Using Symptom Monitoring and Diagnostic Testing for guidance on options to reduce quarantine.

    Confirmed and suspected cases of reinfection of the virus that causes COVID-19
    Cases of reinfection of COVID-19 have been reported but are rare. In general, reinfection means a person was infected (got sick) once, recovered, and then later became infected again. Based on what we know from similar viruses, some reinfections are expected.

     

     

     

     STAY HEALTHY

    As COVID-19 is at the top of the headlines, Irene’s is choosing to focus on emphasizing health maintenance and minimizing panic. Join us in taking pragmatic steps to keep you and your family safe. Below are reasonable steps you can take to help keep yourself healthy.

    • Boost your immune system! First and foremost, I urge all of you to do everything possible to stay healthy yourself. It is essential to prioritize your well-being and do all you can to boost your immune system. I urge you to utilize the lessons you have learned at Irene’s so you’re as healthy as possible in the unlikely event you encounter this virus. Research shows that sustaining healthy habits supports immunity and can help prepare our bodies to better fight and recover from illnesses.
    • Stick to a nutrient-dense, toxin-free diet, including known immune-supportive foods like garlic and ginger. Avoid foods that tend to weaken the immune system, such as sugar, refined grains, and all processed and refined foods, as much as you can. Keep alcohol consumption to a minimum.
    • Practice mindfulness. Research suggests that mindful meditation can have benefits for health including immune function.
    • Get adequate sleep, ideally seven to eight hours a night. This is your body’s time to perform preventive maintenance, which bolsters the immune system. Research shows that repeatedly short-changing sleep by even an hour or two can negatively affect immunity.
    • Get plenty of sunshine and supplemental Vitamin D and K2. High levels of Vitamin D have long been linked to lower rates of illness. Consider taking additional vitamins, micronutrients, and supplements to support immunity, such as a high-quality multivitamin, magnesium, omega-3, Vitamin C, elderberry, and digestive enzymes. Probiotics and powdered greens have also been shown to support immune and gut health.
    • Get at least 20 minutes of low- to moderate-intensity exercise a day to prime the immune system. This movement results in the production of more white blood cells, which combat bacteria and viruses, and promotes improved circulation.
    • Practice good hygiene! Following the guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Michigan State Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), we recommend the following.
    • Practice social distancing by staying at least six feet away from others.
    • Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds with soap and water to protect yourself and others from germs.
    • Always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. Then throw the tissue away.
    • Avoid touching your face, because germs routinely spread when a person touches something contaminated with germs and then touches their eyes, nose, or mouth.

    Please know we are grateful for your support during this ever-changing situation. We will all get through this together even at a distance. Stay safe and active. Keep smiling. This too shall pass.

    Yours in Light and Love,

    Kathy Skubik
    Executive Director
    Irene’s Myomassology Institute
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