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. Fulfilling this responsibility, both on and off campus, is crucial for the safety of our community. This pledge outlines our expectations for everyone in the community who returns to campus.
WE PLEDGE TO
Adhere to Maret’s health and safety protocols while on campus and create continuity between school and home by reinforcing practices known to limit the spread of COVID-19, including frequent handwashing, social distancing, and mask wearing.
Avoid nonessential travel, particularly via means that place people in close confinement and to areas with known high COVID-19 counts.
Avoid activities that bring together large numbers of people, and even small numbers of people, who do not adhere to PPE and social distancing guidelines. This includes hosting any such events.
Pursue vaccination for the seasonal flu to limit transmission of that illness.
Speak up, within our circles of influence, in support of these principles, knowing that we are each essential to the continued health of the Maret community.
ABOUT OUR RETURN TO CAMPUS
Decisions about our level of presence on campus will be informed by public health conditions, in particular the level of community transmission of COVID-19. We are monitoring the positivity rate of those who are tested for COVID-19, the average number of people who become infected from one person with COVID-19, and what percentage of those who test positive have already been quarantined through contact-tracing efforts.
It is important to note that all publicly available data sources lag by about two weeks. This makes us highly reliant on the trends of the data and makes it difficult to confidently pivot based on just a few days of data. The COVID-19 Steering Committee meets weekly to assess data and trends. As the trends improves, we believe that we will be able to welcome more of our community to campus.
Acknowledgement of Risk
Despite the many mitigation strategies put in place by the school, a return to campus is not without risk. COVID-19 has been declared a worldwide pandemic that is spread via person-to-person contact, and any return to campus is predicated on that understanding. There is an inherent risk that students may become infected with COVID-19 while attending school. As a school, we have taken reasonable measures to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 on campus; however, it is important to acknowledge that campus will not be a risk-free environment.