A recent essay in the Atlantic magazine made this wonderful observation: Many months ago, the world was divided between the vaccinated & the unvaccinated. That still might be the case, but now there’s another split — this one among those who have been vaccinated: There’s the “Vaxed & done” crowd and the “Vaxed, but still worried” cohort. In other words, no matter what the school decides, there will be some people (maybe many) who disagree. With that said, I’m writing to share the following update regarding our campus protocols — which have been approved by our Medical Advisory Panel & which, of course, are subject to additional change if conditions so warrant.
Beginning this coming Monday, February 7, we will be mask-optional for all students & staff (grades 6-12), as well as visitors. Please note, however, that for large gatherings in the Becker Theater, masks will be required. That said, please note the following:
If you are feeling sick, please stay home;
We will no longer provide remote access for classes via Google Meet;
We continue to strongly urge all members of our community to get vaccinated, which for adults requires receiving a booster. (Please also be sure you upload proof of vaccination to Magnus.) Those who are unvaccinated continue to be expected to wear a mask while indoors;
If you do contract COVID, please be sure to notify Tammy Feldstein (firstname.lastname@example.org) in order to understand & adhere to the relevant guidelines; and
Please continue to use our Process Chart for COVID-19 Exposure & Infection for decisions regarding quarantine and isolation (link: Process Map) — most importantly note that those who test positive are still expected to isolate at home for five days, and wear a mask and eat lunch away from others for five additional days.
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.
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.
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.
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.