We are all in this together. As members of the Maret community, we have a responsibility to take care of ourselves, each other, and our larger community.
HEALTH AND HYGIENE STANDARDS
Every person coming to Maret’s campus will be required to adhere to specific health, safety, and hygiene practices.
- Staying home when sick (fever, vomiting, diarrhea, or other illnesses)
- Wearing masks
- Regular handwashing
- Following social distancing requirements of the DC Department of Health (DOH)
WHEN TO STAY AT HOME
Students or Faculty, whether or not vaccinated, who exhibit symptoms of COVID or a temperature of 100 degrees or higher must stay home. Symptoms may include:
- Shortness of breath
- An unusual amount of tiredness
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
Any such symptoms or fever of 100 degrees or higher should be promptly reported to the Nurses, who will advise whether COVID testing is required.
What to do when you have COVID-like Symptoms
What to do when you have a possible exposure to COVID
During 2020-21, each person coming to the Maret campus was required to perform a health check-in using the AUXS app. Because virtually every eligible student and adult on campus this year will be vaccinated, the use of the AUXS daily check-in has been discontinued. Every member of our community has an obligation to every other member to prevent the avoidable transmission of disease. Therefore, no one, whether child or adult, should come to campus if ill or suspected to be ill. Please reach out to the Nurses with any questions about whether a child with specific symptoms should be sent to school.
Faculty and students will be asked to bring their own cloth masks from home. Spare masks will be available on campus in the School Store or in the Health Office.
Based on CDC guidance, disposable surgical masks or 2- or 3-ply cloth masks are recommended with at least one layer being cotton. A combination of cotton and polyester layers is recommended, or the ability to include a filter in a filter pocket.
Masking Requirements on Campus (9-23-21)
Grades K-6: Masks continue to be required on campus, both indoors and outdoors, except when eating. Teachers will also wear masks when they are with these students.
Grades 7 and 8: Masks continue to be required campus, both indoors and outside, except during outdoors PE classes (when masks are optional) and when eating.
Grades 9-12: Masks continue to be required on campus while indoors; masks are optional for vaccinated students in these grades when outdoors.
Faculty have the option of removing masks when outside and not with students in Grades K-6.
Parents/Guardians and other adult guests: Masks continue to be required on campus indoors; those who are vaccinated may choose to not wear masks outdoors.
Neck gaiters, bandanas, and any mask that contains a vent are not suitable for use. Anyone wearing a neck gaiter, bandana, or mask with a vent will be asked to replace it immediately.
Community members on campus should regularly wash their hands or use hand sanitizers, and always before and after eating, and after bathroom use. Signs will be posted to remind everyone of effective hand hygiene procedures.
We will follow the restrictions determined by DC Department of Health. We will particularly monitor our younger students who have not been vaccinated. Hallways will have signage, and faculty will work to ensure appropriate social distancing.
In order to determine the level of health and safety in our community, we will continue to have a regular testing program in place. Based on what the results show us and how circumstances evolve, we will refine the parameters of our testing program. At least for the first month of school, we will test unvaccinated community members, athletes, and K–6 faculty on a weekly basis.
Students or faculty members who test positive will be notified and asked about close contacts within the Maret community. Any close contacts will then be notified and advised of proper protocols. We will inform the community regularly of the results of any testing on campus.
Community members may review testing results on our COVID Dashboard.
TRAVEL AND QUARANTINE GUIDELINES
The COVID Steering Committee closely follows guidance from local government officials. At this time, the DC Department of Health is not requiring testing or quarantine following travel, and so Maret is not requiring testing or quarantine. Community members are, however, encouraged to be familiar with DC Department of Health travel recommendations and are urged to follow critical safety practices, such as social distancing, wearing a mask, and hand hygiene, even when away from Maret’s campus.
We are limiting those who are on campus during the academic day. Middle and Upper School tutors and college representatives will conduct their meetings with students remotely.
All parents/guardians who enter a building on Maret’s campus or participate in an on-campus event must be fully vaccinated. We expect and appreciate strict compliance with this policy, which is important for everyone’s safety and comfort.
While some events will be conducted over Zoom, we also plan to organize on-campus, in-person after-school social gatherings for parents and guardians. As noted above, only those who are vaccinated should attend on-campus events.
Maret has two school nurses, Alison Goradia, BSN, RN, CPN and Alex Walker, MA, BSN, RN. Stephanie Zobay, our operations coordinator and School Store manager, is also a registered nurse and can be called upon to assist with health-related issues as needed. In addition, Maret has a BOC-certified athletic trainer on staff, Allyson Nagle.
Alison Goradia, RN
202-939-4051 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Alex Walker, RN
202-939-4051 or email@example.com
Group email: firstname.lastname@example.org
ILLNESS AND INJURIES ON CAMPUS
Strict protocols are in place for anyone who becomes ill or injured while on campus. As needed, nurses will be able to quarantine those who fall ill while on campus. See Addendum for more detailed procedures.
SHARING OF MATERIALS
In a change from a year ago, experts do not express much concern over sharing materials. However, to be cautious, students will use their own devices, tools, and materials whenever feasible. In cases where this limitation has a negative impact on the student experience, the sharing of materials will be allowed—subject to recommended hygiene protocols (washing or sanitizing hands before and after the activity). Use of playground structures will also be allowed—again subject to recommended hygiene protocols.
When possible, everyone will eat lunch outdoors and with appropriate social distancing—six feet for unvaccinated students. If outdoor dining capacity is limited for any reason, priority will be given to K-6 students and faculty. When dining indoors is necessary, masks may be removed for up to 15 minutes with talking kept to a minimum. The cafeteria has been arranged to seat approximately 50% of its capacity to ensure proper distancing.