Students, faculty and staff will be on campus beginning this fall, and the School will offer the overwhelming majority of our programs in person unless regional COVID numbers change or the government mandates change.
Our classrooms, pedagogy and program will return to pre-COVID status as much as possible, while also implementing lessons learned last year that will improve what we do and how we do it.
COVID VACCINATION REQUIREMENT:
ALL students, 12 years of age and older, as well as all faculty and staff, must be vaccinated for COVID.
Exemptions will be allowed for those with documented medical exemptions or documented and sincerely held religious beliefs and practices.*
It is vital that we provide a safe and healthy on-campus program for our students, faculty and staff; COVID vaccination is now known to be the primary precautionary measure that we can all take to protect ourselves as well as the communities in which we live and work.
Parents/guardians are reminded once again, to please upload both their child’s and their own vaccination information to the D-E Magnus Health Portal (“Magnus”) as soon as possible. *Note that details regarding access to Magnus are provided below.
Students who are 12 years and older, and also any faculty or staff who have not yet been vaccinated but who plan to do so, must receive their first COVID vaccination no later than Tuesday 31 August, and their second COVID vaccination no later than Friday 1 October. All such new vaccination information should be uploaded to Magnus as soon as each vaccination is received.
Unvaccinated family members or guardians will not be allowed on campus.
* Parents of a student with a documented medical exemption should reach out to your relevant Division School Nurse(s) so that proper documentation can be obtained from your child’s healthcare provider.
- Lower School Nurse Maureen Krane at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Middle School Nurse April Boghossian at email@example.com
- Upper School Nurse: Grades 9-12, USnurse@d-e.org
* Parents of a student with a documented religious exemption should reach out to D-E Assistant Head of School for Advancement Pat Boig at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For all D-E Faculty and staff, please note that D-E Director of Human Resources Lynda Soriano is gathering all vaccination information as well as documented exemptions.
DAILY MORNING HEALTH SELF-CHECK: D-E RUVNA :
All students, faculty and staff will be required to complete the D-E RUVNA daily health/medical self-check prior to coming to campus. Returning D-E families will be accustomed to RUVNA. New D-E families, please note you will receive an Email and text message prompt from RUVNA automatically each day for each of your children enrolled at the School. Before sending or bringing your child(ren) to school, we ask that you contact your relevant Division School Nurse(s) if the results from completing RUVNA indicate that they stay home. Using RUVNA to track any symptoms, including those that may be related to a common cold, allergies, infections, etc., will be helpful to our being fully apprised of the overall general health of our community.
- Please remember that the day of the positive test or the first day that you develop symptoms, is Day 0 (zero).
- If you have symptoms and test positive with any COVID test OR have a known exposure and test positive with any COVID test, there is no need to verify the results with a follow-up PCR test.
Students must provide your relevant Division Nurse(s) a completed Return to School Form (non-athletes) or Return to Play Form (for student athletes) signed by your doctor once you have fully recovered and have completed the isolation period to return to campus on or after Day 11. Please contact your Division Nurse(s) to obtain these forms.
If a student feels ill and has siblings at school
When a student is ill, their (healthy) sibling(s) must remain home until the sick student has a COVID test.
- You may use a home test on both children (Abbott Binax Now available over the counter in CVS, Walgreens, Rite Aid, etc.).*
- If the ill child is negative, and the sibling is negative, you may send the healthy child to school.
- The ill child must either visit their doctor to get a COVID test or visit an urgent center for professional testing.
- Please seek the guidance of your division nurse before sending your healthy child(ren) to school, and also email a photo of your child’s home test.
* Important please note that the in-home testing protocol above pertains ONLY to situations when healthy child(dren) have a sick sibling.
In-home tests are not a replacement for clinic-administered tests that are required in most cases.
HOUSEHOLD/OFF-CAMPUS EXPOSURE TO A POSITIVE TESTER
If you are unvaccinated and someone in the household is symptomatic, has tested positive, or is waiting for the results of a recent COVID test, you must stay at home until the results of the test are received.
- If the results of the household member’s test is positive, you MUST quarantine at home for a full 14 days, take a PCR test on DAY 14 and if negative, return to campus the following day, Day 15.
If you are fully vaccinated
(note: This does not apply to individuals working with unvaccinated students or students in grades Preschool-Grade 6. In these cases please consult with your division nurse for guidance.)
- The COVID positive person in the household must maintain CDC isolation protocol
- The D-E Students, Faculty, or Staff should have an immediate PCR, wait for results (1-3 days), and may return if their test is negative
- Begin every other day rapid testing through Day 14, to be emailed to division nurse every other day (at-home tests will be accepted after an initial PCR test is done at a testing facility for fully vaccinated individuals)
- Monitor symptoms and mask at all times in school for 14 days
Questions regarding the above guidelines may be directed to your division nurse(s):
ON-CAMPUS EXPOSURE OR “CLOSE CONTACT” TO A POSITIVE TESTER
In the event of On-Campus Exposure or “Close Contact” * (see Note below) to someone who tests positive for COVID:
- If an unvaccinated student is exposed on campus through “Close Contact”* (see Note below) with an individual who tests positive for COVID and is identified through our contact tracing protocols, we will require that student to quarantine for a full 14 days and take a rapid test on Day 14 before returning to campus on Day 15 if the rapid test is negative.
- If a vaccinated student, faculty or staff member is exposed on campus through “Close Contact”* (see Note below) with an individual who tests positive for COVID and is identified through our contact tracing protocols, we will require that vaccinated student, faculty or staff member to monitor themselves for symptoms and take a PCR test on Day 5 after the exposure. We will also require this vaccinated student, faculty or staff member to wear a mask both indoors and outdoors for a full 14 days.
- If the on-campus positive tester is asymptomatic and has no known exposures, we will request the positive tester to be administered a follow-up PCR test.
- If that follow-up PCR test result is negative, the students in quarantine will be able to return to campus.
*Note: Determination of On-Campus Exposure to or “Close Contact” with a ‘positive tester’ is determined by the Division Nurse(s) and Principal(s) following our contact tracing protocols. We will notify students, faculty and staff of any close contact with a positive tester on campus regardless of their vaccination status.
TRAVEL GUIDELINES & POST-TRAVEL QUARANTINING:
If you are traveling domestically or internationally and have a child under 12 years of age who cannot be vaccinated, your child is required to be quarantined for a full 7 days. If your child is under the age of 12 years and cannot be vaccinated for school, please plan ahead so that your child has enough time to quarantine before returning to school.
- This means that travel for unvaccinated children during Thanksgiving Break will require a post travel quarantine and time away from school.
- This means that travel for unvaccinated children during Winter Break will require a post travel quarantine and time away from school unless the child has returned from traveling by December 26, 2021.
- Mask usage is required whether vaccinated or unvaccinated while traveling on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation and while indoors at airports or stations.
Questions about the above may be directed to your division nurse(s).
For those who are Fully Vaccinated:
If vaccinated, social distancing is still required in addition to wearing a mask. You do not need to test or quarantine after travel if fully vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19 within the past 90 days. Monitor yourself for symptoms and test if you become symptomatic.
If vaccinated, you are not required to quarantine after International travel but must PCR test on Day 5.
For those who are Unvaccinated:
If you plan to travel… including for Thanksgiving or Winter Break.
Defining different types of travel:
High-risk travel that requires quarantine for unvaccinated students upon your return.
- Traveling via public transportation (e.g., plane; train/rail; bus; rideshares (e.g., Uber);
- Staying in a resort
- Lodging with individuals outside of your immediate household who are not vaccinated
- Going places where large(r) groups gather in general (e.g., conventions, amusement parks, Disney, cruise ships).
Low-risk travel that would not require quarantine includes;
- Driving directly to your destination
- Traveling and spending time only with your household or vaccinated individuals
- Staying in a private home
- Staying in a hotel with limited contact to staff and other guests
- Following CDC safety guidelines
After you travel…
If unvaccinated, PCR test on Day 5 after your return AND stay home and quarantine for a full 7 days even if your COVID test is negative. Day 0 (zero) is the day you return from your travels and Day 8 is the day your child may return to school with proof of a negative PCR test from Day 5. Please forward the results of the negative test to your division nurse. Monitor yourself for symptoms and if any develop, get tested. If you test positive, quarantine for a full 10 days beginning the day your symptoms begin and ending on Day 11. The day of testing or the day that symptoms began is always Day 0 (zero).
• Each family’s travel plans may be unique; please check with your division nurse to discuss any travel-related plans to determine if your child will be required to quarantine.
IF YOU HAD COVID OVER THE SUMMER:
Please reach out to your appropriate Division School Nurse(s) to inform us if you and/or your child(ren) had COVID over the summer. This is important for us to know, as you should not be tested for 90 days after having COVID. Also, if you are exposed during the 90 days after having COVID, there is no need for you to quarantine. The dates of your COVID infection might also affect when you are able to be vaccinated.
Masks have proven a successful mitigation step throughout the pandemic. The State of New Jersey has recently mandated that everyone in schools wear a mask while indoors.
Please note our current masks guidelines:
- Students, faculty, staff and all invited guests to campus will be required to wear a mask while indoors.
- Students, faculty and staff are also required to wear masks while riding a bus to and from campus, to and from athletic practices and games.
- Students, faculty and staff in the Middle and Upper School will not be required to wear masks while outdoors.
- Lower School students, faculty and staff will be required to wear masks both indoors and outdoors except for those times when a daily ‘mask break’ is allowed, and follows accepted outdoor distancing protocols.
- Athletes are required to wear masks in the locker rooms, on buses and for all indoor practices and games. Spectators, when allowed to attend indoor games, will be required to wear a mask.
- “Gaiters” and ‘vented’ masks are not permitted. Face Shields are allowed but not sufficient on their own.
- Masks must still be worn even if a Face Shield is used.
Lunch is one of the more important social moments in campus life. We all missed the social aspects of last year’s lunches and unfortunately, we will again this fall need to implement protocols and procedures to ensure that lunch is safe and healthy for all.
When taking our masks off to eat, maintaining distance and facing in the same direction become important protocols for us to follow. To provide us the extra distance we need, the Lower School will expand their lunch into the Drapkin Hall Gym as well as the Drapkin Hall Dining Room.
To provide more year-round dining space for the Middle and Upper Divisions, we have opened up the first floor of Umpleby Hall, to serve as an additional dining hall space. This will allow us the additional year-round space we need for lunch while not disturbing athletics and our Health and Wellness Program as we did last year in the winter months.
To provide distance between diners, and to ensure everyone is facing in the same direction, we have replaced our round dining hall tables with long rectangular tables.
Plated hot meals as well as sandwiches and salads will be packaged and served for ‘grab-and-go.’ At this time, Middle and Upper School students and faculty and staff will not be using the pre-order food app we used last year.
Lower School (LS) parents/guardians however will be asked again this year to use the Nutrislice lunch ordering online website and/or app, to order food for their LS child(ren). More information on using Nutrislice, particularly for our new LS families, will be provided separately in the near future.
All bus riders are required to wear a mask. No more than two people are allowed to sit on any one bench seat on the bus. These requirements pertain to buses to and from campus as well as all athletic buses to practices and games.
AIR FILTRATION and VENTILATION:
As we did last year, we will maintain the highest quality filtration and air flow in all indoor spaces.
CLEANING and DISINFECTING:
As we did last year, all rooms, surfaces, handles, and touch surfaces will be cleaned and disinfected daily. Restrooms will be cleaned throughout the day.
VISITORS TO CAMPUS:
We will not allow any visitors to campus during the school day without an appointment or an invitation. All parents/guardians are required to be vaccinated to come to campus. Guest HangTags with special Stickers will be issued to those parents/guardians who are interested in volunteering on-campus and who have uploaded their proof of vaccination to the School’s Magnus Health Portal (“Magnus”). See below for details about Magnus.
Working to build and maintain community, we are currently trying to develop safe and healthy ways to have some parent meetings on campus. For example, we are determining if we can hold parent/guardian grade-level meetings on Leggett Field under the tent, so we have the opportunity to meet in-person with Division Principals, Assistant Principals and Deans. We believe this is an important part of the beginning of the school year.
We also missed our on-campus parent volunteers last year; another important aspect of the community we would like to re-establish this year. D-E Assistant Head of School for Advancement Pat Boig is working with the Parents’ Association Executive Committee to bring parent volunteers back to campus. Parent volunteers will need to be fully vaccinated and follow all on-campus protocols and procedures. Updates will be provided whether a safe and healthy procedure is possible for in-person New Parent Breakfasts.
MAGNUS HEALTH PORTAL (“MAGNUS”):
The School’s Magnus Health Portal (“Magnus”) issues periodic email updates to remind families that they need to complete their child’s medical/health forms, and Magnus can be accessed from these emails. Parents/guardians can also access Magnus from the MyD-E Parent Resource Board. Please note that LogIn to MyD-E is required to access Magnus. For MyD-E LogIn help and/or help with accessing Magnus, please email email@example.com.
ON-CAMPUS COVID TESTING
All students under 12 years of age, as well as those members of our faculty and staff who work with this group of students, will be required to complete on-campus weekly rapid COVID testing until vaccinations are allowed for this age group.
Anyone who tests positive in our on-campus rapid testing program will need to isolate at home.
- If asymptomatic and no known exposure exists, the individual will be sent for a PCR test to confirm (or validate) the results.
- If the PCR test is also positive, the person will be required to continue the 10 day isolation period.
- If the PCR test is negative, the person will be invited back to campus.
- ON-CAMPUS INSTRUCTION
- QUARANTINE PROCEDURES
- IF YOU HAD COVID OVER THE SUMMER
- AIR FILTRATION and VENTILATION
- CLEANING and DISINFECTING
- VISITORS TO CAMPUS
- MAGNUS HEALTH PORTAL (“MAGNUS”)
- ON-CAMPUS COVID TESTING