July 30, 2021
Our primary objective is for all residential students to attend in-person classes and activities beginning on Tuesday, August 24, the first day of school.
Note About Vaccinations
St. Stephen’s strongly recommends that all our residential families consider getting their children vaccinated to help preserve the health and well-being of our school and residential community. At this time, CDC-approved vaccines include those offered by Johnson & Johnson, Moderna and Pfizer. In addition, St. Stephen’s will also accept the World Health Organization’s (WHO) approved Sinopharm vaccine for international students. Our Health Center closely monitors the CDC’s evaluation of COVID-19 vaccines offered in other countries. We will continue to evaluate the WHO’s criteria and other health organizations’ criteria for approved vaccines.
We understand that not all of our students have access to one of the CDC-approved vaccines or Sinopharm at this time because of their age or lack of access in their home countries. We also recognize that some families may choose not to have their children vaccinated. Residential students who are not fully vaccinated will be required to wear a mask while on campus and will have a mandatory quarantine period (according to CDC guidance) when they arrive on campus. Remote access to classroom activities may not be available during quarantine periods.
At this time, we are considering requiring all residential students to be vaccinated. We will let you know if we decide to make this a requirement.
Arriving on Campus in August - Vaccinated
Boarding students who have received the complete series of a CDC-approved vaccine
or Sinopharm (14 days or more before they arrive) and who are symptom-free should plan to arrive on campus and move into their dorms on Sunday, August 22, beginning at 9 a.m. Parents should let the Health Center know when their children have been vaccinated by emailing a copy of the vaccination card to firstname.lastname@example.org
, or parents should update their children’s medical records by uploading the card into Magnus Health. You can update records by logging into the Resource Board on MySSES
and then clicking on the orange Magnus Health tile. Once in Magnus Health, select your child’s profile, scroll down to “Immunization form” and then click “edit.” It will ask you, “Would you like to add an additional page or form?” Select “Yes, continue.” Lastly, select “Yes, submit” to upload. As we continue to prepare for our entire community to return to campus in August, it will be extremely helpful for us to know which students have been vaccinated.
Please note that fully vaccinated domestic residential students will not need to present a negative result of a molecular test (PCR or NAAT) upon arrival. In addition, they will not have a quarantine. This approach also applies to fully vaccinated international residential students who have been living in the U.S. this summer.
Fully vaccinated international students arriving in the United States by air travel must present a negative result for a molecular test (PCR or NAAT) upon arrival; the test should be administered within approximately 72 hours of their arrival. The school will retest these students approximately between days 5-7. These students will not have a quarantine.
Arriving on Campus in August - Not Vaccinated
Domestic and international boarding students who have not been fully vaccinated with a CDC-approved vaccine or Sinopharm should plan to arrive on campus on Monday, August 16, beginning at 12 p.m. Upon arrival, these students must present a negative result for a molecular test (PCR or NAAT) that was administered within approximately 72 hours of their arrival. The school will retest these students approximately between days 5-7. In addition, these students will be required to wear a mask while on campus and will have a 7-day quarantine upon arrival. As a reminder, remote access to classroom activities may not be available during quarantine or isolation periods.
You must receive Gene Phillips' prior approval for your child to arrive on August 16, so please notify him at email@example.com as soon as possible if this is your plan.
Adapting Our Plan to Evolving Conditions
The COVID-19 pandemic is a dynamic and evolving situation. We have developed this current plan for the fall with the understanding that conditions could change between now and then requiring us to make further adjustments. We will communicate with families if evolving conditions require us to modify our plan.