2021–22 Policies & Guidelines
As we prepare for the new school year, Country Day continues to carefully plan to safely conduct school on campus. While we cannot predict the impact of new COVID-19 variants or the rate of community spread that may occur, we will continue to consult with Atrium Health regularly, monitor CDC guidelines and data from the NC Health Department, and inform you if we need to adjust our plans due to the fluid nature of this pandemic and to minimize risk for our community.
The following measures apply to all our students, faculty/staff, and community members.
- We strongly encourage vaccinations for all students, faculty, and staff who are eligible. Employees who are not vaccinated will be required to be tested weekly for COVID-19.
- Per Atrium Health and the CDC, the vaccine helps to prevent community spread and widespread absences and minimizes risk for vulnerable community members.
- If your child has been vaccinated, please update this information in Magnus as soon as possible after vaccination. Understanding the percentage of our population that is vaccinated allows us to make appropriate decisions.
- Masks are required indoors for all students and employees, regardless of vaccination status.
- We will continue to monitor our policy against our vaccination data, as well as data on community transmission, and adjust our protocols if necessary.
- When outdoors for recess, PE, or athletics, students are not required to wear masks unless three feet of distancing cannot be maintained (such as class changes).
- In nearly all on-campus circumstances (classrooms, dining halls, assemblies, etc.) we will maintain three feet distancing as per CDC guidelines, and take additional precautions as necessary if three feet cannot be maintained.
- Overnight trips or events where three feet distancing cannot be maintained will require vaccination for participation.
Screenings and Contact Tracing
- The Magnus App and daily temperature checks are not required; however, we will continue to rely on the full cooperation of parents to immediately report exposures to our nurses and keep children home if they exhibit any signs of COVID-19 or other illness.
- Your pledge to keep our community safe also helps our nurses to continue the effective contact tracing protocols we instituted last year.
- Lower and Upper School students will be able to purchase and pick up lunch in the dining halls with varying division-specific guidelines created to ensure physical distancing.
- Middle School students can either bring their own lunch or pre-order a boxed lunch from the dining hall.
Please see below for more details.
Our mission, values, and affirmation of community guide us while we work to mitigate risk to our community given the current global pandemic. We are committed to upholding Country Day’s excellence across all of our plans and prepared to transition through them when and if the situation necessitates.