COVID-19 Health and Safety Protocols
All plans are current as of August 18, 2021, and are subject to change.
Testing and Vaccination
COVID-19 vaccines will be required for all students. We will accept all CDC- and WHO-approved vaccines. Proof of vaccination must be included in health forms. International students who have not been able to get a vaccine at home will be assisted in getting it upon arrival at CA. Students completing their vaccination process will follow the following protocol:
- Arrive with a negative PCR COVID-19 test;
- Test upon arrival;
- Wear masks indoors until fully vaccinated (unless eating, showering, or in their room);
- Be part of a rapid antigen testing protocol three days a week until they are fully vaccinated.
COVID-19 vaccines will be required for all CA employees. We will continue to notify families if someone in one of their student’s classrooms, boarding houses, or athletics activities has tested positive.
Mask and Physical Distancing Protocols
In reviewing CDC, DESE, and DPH guidance, and in discussion with our local health partners, we will begin the year with masks required indoors for all members of our community as well as visitors, regardless of vaccination status. We will continue to monitor the evolving guidance around masking and transmission, and will remain flexible and responsive.
All students, faculty, and staff should bring masks to campus, and we will continue to have a supply of masks on hand.
We do not anticipate needing to observe physical distance protocols.
Concord Academy follows 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.
COVID-19 Cases On Campus
If a CA community member tests positive for COVID-19, they will be required to isolate for 10 days after the onset of their symptoms or positive test. Unfortunately, CA 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 CA within 8 hours. The student will not be allowed to return to school until they have been cleared by their physician and the CA Health Center.
In accordance with current guidance from Concord DPH, you will need to quarantine 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, unless you have been fully vaccinated.
People who are fully vaccinated do NOT need to quarantine after contact with someone who had COVID-19 unless they have symptoms. However, fully vaccinated people should get tested 3-5 days after their exposure, even if they don’t have symptoms, and wear a mask indoors in public for 14 days following exposure or until their test result is negative.
Managing Potential COVID-19 Symptoms
This year, the Health Center is changing its protocol so that any student or adult entering the health center needs to be masked. This is a standard procedure now in most medical spaces, and we will be instituting the practice this fall.
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 antigen 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.