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2022-2023 Health and Safety Guidelines

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COVID-19 DASHBOARD (as of Thursday, September 22)

  • Weekly total of cases on campus: 10
  • Current number of students isolating at home: 0
  • Current number of students isolating on campus: 0

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At George School, ensuring the health and safety of our community is our highest priority. George School remains vigilant in the mitigation and treatment of COVID-19 and  continues to follow CDC, Pennsylvania and Bucks County Departments of Health for updates related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the global outbreak of monkeypox, and all health concerns, and make decisions based on their guidance.

COVID-19 VACCINATION REQUIREMENT

All students, faculty and staff are required to be fully vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19. All community members are strongly encouraged to receive the bivalent vaccine and an annual flu vaccine. The school will be offering clinics for both; parents will be emailed details about sign-ups, dates and times.

MASK-WEARING AND HYGIENE PRACTICES

  • Masks are required in public areas inside campus buildings through Friday, September 23. All community members have been instructed to have a supply of masks on hand. Current guidance suggests that KN95 masks are most effective. The school does not provide students with masks; they can be purchased locally at places Rite-Aid or Giant or ordered via Amazon.
  • Practice vigilant handwashing/sanitizing. Hand sanitizing stations are available throughout campus.
  • Refrain from attending class when feeling ill; students should report to the Student Health and Wellness Center should they become ill while on campus. Testing is not permitted in the dormitories.
  • George School athletes and coaches are expected to be masked inside the athletic center and on buses to and from athletic events; when engaging in fitness and athletic activities masks can be removed.
  • Follow George School Health and Safety protocols for quarantine and isolation.

QUARANTINE AND ISOLATION PROTOCOLS AND EXPECTATIONS 

Students who become ill while on campus should report to the SHWC for consultation and evaluation.

  • Day students who test positive for COVID-19 will need to remain home and isolate for 5 days (day of testing = day 0).
    • Families must contact the SHWC to report a positive COVID-19 test.
    • If feeling well enough, students will have access to virtual learning during the isolation period. 
    • Students may return to campus on day 6 if their symptoms have improved and they have been fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever lowering medications.  
    • Students are required to be masked (both indoors and outdoors including sports) from day 6 through the end of day 10. We ask that they also eat separately from their friends through day 10. 
  • Boarding Students who are feeling ill should report immediately to the SHWC for consultation and evaluation. COVID TESTING IS NOT PERMITTED IN THE DORMITORY.   
    • Boarding students who test positive for COVID and live within 5 hours of George School will be expected to isolate for 5 days at home.
    • Boarding students who live outside of the 5-hour radius will be provided isolation accommodations on campus.
    • If feeling well enough, students will have access to virtual learning during the isolation period.  
    • Boarders may return to campus on the evening of day 5 if their symptoms have improved and they have been fever-free for 24 hrs. without the use of fever lowering medications.  
    • Students are required to be masked (both indoors, outdoors including sports and in their dorm room) from day 6 through the end of day 10. We ask that they also eat separately from their friends through day 10. 
  • Employees are expected to follow the same protocols as students for testing isolating, masking, and returning to school.  

PROTOCOLS FOR STUDENT-ATHLETES

Any student athlete who has tested positive for COVID-19 is required to report to the Athletic Training Suite after the conclusion of their isolation period, and before rejoining their team.

CLOSE CONTACTS

Close contact is defined as an exposure to an individual with COVID-19 that was longer than 15 minutes and closer than 6 feet in distance. This includes but is not limited to roommates, romantic partners, and close friends. Any student who feels that they may be a close contact should come to the SHWC for consultation, screening and if necessary, testing by a nurse.

Close contacts will be instructed expected to wear a mask in all indoor spaces on campus for 10 days post-exposure and to be re-evaluated and/or tested at the SHWC should they become symptomatic for COVID-19 during those 10 days. 

REPORTING TO THE COMMUNITY

Beginning September 9, George School will provide weekly reporting on this page regarding the number of active COVID-19 cases in the community and the number of isolation beds in use. We hope this information will be helpful to the community as members decide whether to wear masks as part of their campus routines.  

If you have any questions about George School COVID-19 protocols, please contact Student Health and Wellness Center Director Joellen Gillon at jgillon@georgeschool.org.