Update: December 27, 2021

Dear EWS Community,
 
I hope this message finds you & your families well & enjoying winter break. I’m sorry to be sending this message, though it should come as no surprise. In light of the latest COVID surge, our Medical Advisory Panel is strongly recommending the following:
 
  1. That we cancel or postpone the upcoming January trips for both Middle & Upper School; and
  2. That we reinstate our previous masking policy (required for everyone indoors regardless of vaccination status) until further notice. 
 
Obviously, both of these updates are disheartening. Thankfully, the Omicron variant doesn’t appear to pose serious health risks to those who are vaccinated, but it is so highly contagious and widespread that we believe adopting the recommendations above is the prudent course. We will provide additional information related to trips and our experiential education plans in January. Similarly, we are keeping in close touch with our partner school in Israel regarding the Graubart Senior Israel Trip in May and will provide updated information soon.
 
In the mean-time, students should plan on attending their regular academic classes, as well as after school activities (performing arts & athletics), on days that trips would have taken place.
 
Thanks for your understanding & support. Stay safe.
 
Stuart J. Dow
Head of School
  
  

Frequently Asked Questions

List of 12 frequently asked questions.

  • DO I HAVE TO WEAR A MASK?

    Yes, masks are currently required for all Middle and Upper School students and all campus guests.
  • WHAT IF I HAVE BEEN VACCINATED?

    All protocols are currently across-the-board. For the time being, we are not going to distinguish between vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals. The Emery/Weiner School and our Medical Advisory Panel strongly recommend vaccinations for all who are eligible. This is our best tool to return our campus to normalcy. If your student has been vaccinated, please update their medical record on Magnus.
  • WILL TEMPERATURES BE TAKEN DAILY?

    No. We will not be taking student temperatures as they arrive on campus, and students do not need to complete the SchoolPass wellness app. However, if a student is feeling sick or experiencing any COVIDsymptoms, such as fever, cough, body aches, etc., we expect them to stay home.
  • HOW WILL ATHLETICS BE AFFECTED?

    Middle school athletes participating in indoor sports will be required to wear a mask — with the exception of fully vaccinated athletes, who may choose to remove their mask during high-intensity drills and game play. During outdoor sporting events, masks will be optional for athletes and spectators.
  • HOW WILL THEATRE BE AFFECTED?

    While rehearsing indoors, actors will be required to follow the same on-campus masking protocols as above.
  • WILL WE HAVE LARGE INDOOR GATHERINGS?

    Yes. Anyone attending an assembly (i.e. Opening Ceremony, Ma'Amad, Kallah) will be required to wear a mask in the Becker Theater.
  • WHAT ABOUT TRIPS?

    We have canceled or postpone the upcoming January trips for both Middle & Upper School. We intend for all other experiential education trips to take place, as conditions allow.
  • WHAT ABOUT REMOTE LEARNING?

    We will not be offering remote learning as an option this school year. In cases of prolonged absences, for whatever reason, division administrators will coordinate with the affected student & family on an as-needed basis, just as they were pre-COVID. 
  • WHAT ABOUT QUARANTINE OR ISOLATION?

    Any student who tests positive for COVID-19 or has a close contact with a person who is lab-confirmed positive for COVID-19 must notify the EWS COVID Coordinator, who will determine isolation and/or quarantine protocols.
  • HOW LONG WILL THESE POLICIES LAST?

    We will reevaluate all protocols with the MAP on a regular basis as circumstances dictate.
  • CAN WE HAVE VISITORS TO CAMPUS?

    Yes, we look forward to welcoming visitors back to campus. We require visitors to campus, including parents, community members, and vendors, to wear masks while indoors – this includes spectators at indoor sporting events and fine arts performances;
  • ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS?

    Tammy Feldstein
    COVID Response Team Coordinator
  
  

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