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COVID Cases in the School Community

Maret is committed to managing COVID cases in the community in a timely and responsible way.

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REPORTING

A school nurse must be notified at nurses@maret.org if a student or faculty member

  • Has a confirmed case of COVID
  • Has a household member with COVID
  • Is unvaccinated AND a) presents COVID symptoms OR b) suspects they have been exposed to a person with COVID

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RETURN TO SCHOOL CRITERIA

COVID-LIKE SYMPTOMS

When a student or faculty member has COVID-like symptoms, they can expect the following path to a return to school:

Criteria to Return After Experiencing Symptoms


POSSIBLE EXPOSURE TO COVID 

Maret follows CDC and DC Health / OSSE guidelines for close contacts and quarantine. 

When a student or faculty member comes in contact with an individual or household member who is 1) symptomatic or 2) has a confirmed case of COVID, they should contact nurses@maret.org to determine if they are a close contact and to receive further guidance.

Criteria to Return After Possible Exposure


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MANAGING AND COMMUNICATING POSITIVE CASES

Maret is committed to managing COVID cases in the community in a timely and responsible way. Every scenario cannot be anticipated, so the School will follow guidance from the DC Department of Health and the CDC and use its discretion in managing and communicating about any positive cases or exposures.

Upon confirmation that someone in the community who has been on campus has tested positive for COVID, the School will

  • Notify contacts who may need to quarantine and test
  • Move some or all students to remote learning as needed
  • Notify the community of any known cases on campus
  • Initiate DC Department of Health’s guidance for cleaning and disinfecting areas where the person has been

Maret will not disclose the name of anyone with a suspected or confirmed case of COVID.


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STANDING TOGETHER TO PREVENT SOCIAL STIGMA

Understandably, this pandemic has caused a great deal of anxiety, fear, and stress, but it is important that we not allow those feelings to lead to social stigma. Blaming those who have had the disease, instead of the disease itself, does not help our community, and can, in fact, cause harm if people become more likely to hide symptoms or avoid reporting illness. Standing Together means taking good care of one another in word and in deed.

We all share in the responsibility to prevent social stigma associated with COVID-19. These are two helpful resources: "Social Stigma Associated with COVID-19" (UNICEF) and "Countering COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Stigma and Racism: Tips for Parents and Caregivers" (NASP).