COVID-19 Health and Safety Protocols

All plans are current as of August 19, 2022, and are subject to change.

Concord Academy’s COVID-19 health and safety policies follow guidelines from state and local officials, including the Concord Department of Public Health and CA’s school physician, Dr. Patricia Birgeneau, with whom the 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 helped a number of independent schools in the Boston area develop COVID-19 response guidelines in-line with the latest data and scientific recommendations.

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.

COVID-19 Vaccination and Booster Requirement

Concord Academy requires all students, employees, and campus residents to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as well as up-to-date with boosters, as defined by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

CA will assist any students enrolling from countries where vaccination or boosters have been unavailable to them to obtain their vaccination series and/or booster to comply with the school’s policy. Any exemption must be approved by the Health Center.

COVID-19 Testing

For the 2022–23 school year, Concord Academy is not mandating regular community-wide testing. In alignment with public health advice, CA will focus instead on symptomatic testing. CA will not publish a COVID-19 dashboard but will continue to monitor cases as they are reported and alert the community if a significant increase occurs. CA will review and adjust testing requirements throughout the year as conditions warrant.

Registration Re-Entry Testing Requirement: As part of registration, Concord Academy requires all students to take a self-administered rapid antigen test at home three days before arrival on campus, and if positive, follow the normal quarantine schedule and contact the Health Center.

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.

Masking Policy

Masking is optional for all CA community members. Please note that mask usage will remain most welcome for all community members by choice.

Please note that masks continue to be required:

    1. For unvaccinated visitors.
    2. For those completing COVID-19 protocols as a close contact (10 days following exposure) or leaving isolation.
    3. For everyone in the Health Center.

Athletics will continue to follow league policy in competition with other teams. At this time, masks are optional on school-provided transportation.

Community members should carry a mask with them in the event one is needed on campus or in town. CA will also continue to provide masks. We recognize that individuals have a wide range of comfort levels and personal circumstances that directly relate to any masking policy.

Visitor Protocols

Concord Academy’s visitor protocols are effective August 19, 2022, 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 is 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.

Protocols for Positive COVID-19 Cases

Isolation Requirements

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

    • You must isolate for 5 days. 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 are asymptomatic or your symptoms are resolving after 5 days, you are fever free for 24 hours, you may return to classes, work, and activities on day 6. You must remain masked indoors and outdoors for an additional 5 days—through day 10—and monitor for symptoms. 
    • 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, 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. 
    • 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. 
    • Students returning to athletics after isolation must follow Health Center protocol.
    • Concord Academy will not be able to care for students 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 to their supervisor 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.