COVID-19 Testing & Screening Guidelines & Procedures
For fully vaccinated students and staff, COVID-19 testing is optional. Each unvaccinated student is required to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test result prior to that individual’s first day of classes on campus and on a regular basis thereafter. The date of the test should be within 72–96 hours of coming onto campus. Students may use their own healthcare providers; alternatively, the school has arranged for on-campus testing that will meet these guidelines. On-campus testing is available on a regular basis. The school nurse will have access to PCR test results from the on-site testing company.
Additionally, parents/guardians are required to complete Magnus screening for their child(ren) every morning before 7:30 AM, regardless of vaccination status. More information about downloading the Magnus app is available under "Documents & Resources."
Guiding Principles in Our Decision-Making
- Vaccination leads to milder cases of COVID-19 and inhibits (though it doesn’t prevent) infection and spread of the virus;
- Unvaccinated individuals are as at risk now as much as ever, and the level of risk depends on the metrics and mitigations in place;
- People can contract the virus even when metrics are low and mitigations are strong, but both low metrics and strong, consistent mitigations significantly influence the level of risk for a community;
- The Delta Variant is much more contagious, and thus more dangerous, than previous variations of the virus; this influences community spread and the vaccination rate for herd immunity;
- The risk of infection indoors and outdoors are fundamentally different;
- The risk of spread via surfaces is very low, but not non-existent; this is largely an air-borne virus;
- Mitigations make the community safer, especially when there are still many unvaccinated community members.
In the event that an entire class is required to quarantine, virtual learning will be available for that class for the duration of the quarantine, excepting the first two days, which are reserved for teachers to pivot to online platforms, prepare materials for distribution, etc.
In the event that one or a couple of students in a grade must quarantine, teachers will prepare asynchronous work, activities, and materials for students who fall in this category so that they remain engaged in the coursework until they are permitted to return to campus. Teachers will check in with those students to ensure they are clear in the work given and see if any support is needed. We do not offer dual-platform instruction.