COVID-19 Health and Safety Protocols

All plans are current as of April 30, 2022, and are subject to change.

This page summarizes Concord Academy’s COVID-19 health and safety policies, following guidelines from state and local officials, including the Concord Department of Public Health and our school physician Dr. Patricia Birgineau, with whom our Health Center staff is in regular contact. In addition, Concord Academy is being advised by Environmental Health & Engineering, Inc. (EH&E), a consulting firm that has developed COVID-19 response guidelines for independent schools in the Boston area.

Masking, Testing, and Vaccination

Masking Policy

As of Tuesday, April 26, masking is optional for all community members and visitors who are vaccinated and boosted.

Please note that masks continue to be required:

  1. For unvaccinated members of our community
  2. For those completing COVID protocols as a close contact or leaving isolation
  3. For all unvaccinated audience/spectators at indoor performances and games
  4. For all unvaccinated non-competing athletes in the SHAC on game days
  5. For everyone in the Health Center

Athletics will continue to follow league policy in competition with other teams.

Community members should carry a mask with them in the event one is needed on campus or in town. We recognize that individuals have a wide range of comfort levels and personal circumstances that directly relate to any masking policy. To that end, please note that mask usage will remain most welcome for all community members by choice.

Visitor Policy and Protocol

Concord Academy’s updated visitor policy and protocols will go into effect Tuesday, April 26, as outlined below:

  1. Mask wearing is optional for visitors who are vaccinated and boosted for COVID-19. These visitors may attend on-campus events and must abide by the school’s current COVID-19 policy and protocols and may be asked to show proof of vaccination on the day of the visit to campus.
  2. Mask wearing is required for visitors who are not vaccinated and boosted for COVID-19. These visitors must abide by the school’s current COVID-19 policy and protocols.
  3. The school highly recommends all visitors take a rapid antigen test prior to arrival on campus.
  4. Any visitor who is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or tests positive should stay home and consult their health care provider.

It remains imperative that visitors are not experiencing COVID-19 symptoms prior to coming to campus, have not been directed to quarantine or isolate, and have no known exposure to an individual who has COVID-19.

COVID-19 Booster Requirement

Concord Academy has required COVID-19 boosters for all eligible students, employees, and campus residents. All boosters for those eligible must have been completed by February 1, 2022.

Boosters are currently available for all ages 12 and up who have completed the primary series of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine more than five months ago, or the primary series of J&J vaccine more than two months ago. 

Reporting COVID-19 Positive Cases

Per CDC guidelines, individuals who have contracted COVID-19 should not participate in routine testing until 90 days after their illness/positive test—this includes rapid antigen tests and PCR tests. Families should inform the Health Center if their student contracts COVID-19 so that we may update our records.

Rather than sending community emails in the event of positive cases, we will be tracking positive cases with this COVID-19 data tracker. We will continue to reach out to close contacts of an individual who tests positive for COVID-19.

COVID-19 Cases On Campus

Isolation Requirements for Someone with COVID-19

If you, a CA community member, test positive for COVID-19:

    • You must isolate for 5 days.
    • If you are asymptomatic or your symptoms are resolving after 5 days, you are fever free for 24 hours, and you receive a negative rapid test on day 5, you may return to classes, work, and activities on day 6. You must remain masked indoors and outdoors for an additional 5 days and monitor for symptoms. (Note that the Town of Concord’s mask mandate requires all community members to mask indoors at this time.) If you received a positive rapid test on day 5, students should call the Health Center to review their symptoms and determine next steps. Faculty and staff should not contact the Health Center and should instead refer to this link for further instructions.
    • A boarding student who tests positive for COVID-19 will need to isolate from the residential house for the full 10 days. When staying locally, if a boarding student is asymptomatic or symptoms are resolving after 5 days, fever free for 24 hours, and they receive a negative rapid test on day 5, they may return to classes, work, and activities on day 6. They must remain masked indoors and outdoors for an additional 5 days and monitor for symptoms. They may not return to the house until the end of the 10 day isolation period.
    • To calculate your isolation period, day 0 is your first day of symptoms. Day 1 is the first full day after your symptoms developed. If you test positive for COVID-19 and never develop symptoms, day 0 is the day of your positive viral test (based on the date you were tested) and day 1 is the first full day after your positive test. If you develop symptoms after testing positive, your 10-day isolation period must start over. Day 0 is your first day of symptoms. Day 1 is the first full day after your symptoms developed.

Concord Academy will not be able to care for students on campus who require isolation. We will promptly notify a parent/guardian, who will need to make arrangements for their child(ren) to be safely picked up from Concord Academy within 8 hours. 

Quarantine Requirements for Close Contacts of Someone with COVID-19

If you have been in close contact (within 6 feet of someone for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period) with someone who has COVID-19 and you are a(n): 

    • Vaccinated Close Contact: If you are fully vaccinated, you do not need to quarantine if you are a close contact of someone who has COVID-19 unless they have symptoms. Fully vaccinated individuals must get a rapid test 5 days after their exposure, even if they don’t have symptoms, and must wear a mask indoors, and outdoors near others, for 10 days following exposure. If symptoms develop at any point in the 10-day window, you must quarantine and get tested.
    • Unvaccinated Close Contact: In accordance with current guidance from Concord Department of Public Health, you will need to quarantine for 5 days, receive a negative rapid test on day 5, and continue to mask indoors and outdoors for an additional 5 days.
    • Household and Roommate Close Contact: Vaccinated individuals who are a close contact of a household member or roommate who has tested positive for COVID-19 must test daily with a rapid test for 5 days and take a PCR COVID-19 test on day 5. You must remain masked indoors and outdoors for a total of 10 days. If symptoms develop at any point in the 10-day window, you must quarantine and get tested. Unvaccinated individuals who are a close contact of a household member or roommate who has tested positive for COVID-19 must follow the close contact rules stated above.

Concord Academy will not be able to care for close contacts who require quarantine. We will promptly notify a parent/guardian, who will need to make arrangements for their child(ren) to be safely picked up from Concord Academy within 8 hours.

Absences

The Academic Office together with advisors and teachers will support students who need to be out of school due to COVID-19. All students are instructed to bring a laptop/tablet and earbuds/headphones to school each day, in the event their teacher is absent and needs to communicate with the class. Students and families must communicate with the Health Center; they will work in conjunction with the academic office to coordinate support with the student’s teachers.  

CA employees are expected to communicate absences as per the CA Employee Handbook.

Managing Potential COVID-19 Symptoms

Any student experiencing COVID-19 symptoms while on school property should go to the Health Center. The nurse will place the student in a private room and administer a 15-minute rapid test if symptoms are not otherwise explained by the nurse’s assessment (allergies etc.)

Any day student who is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms before they arrive at school should stay home, contact their medical provider, and also call the Health Center at (978) 402–2333 to report the illness to the CA nurse.