An inclusive, independent boarding high school
Last updated 09/13/23
With guidelines from the Vermont Department of Education, the CDC, and the Vermont Agency of Health, we have made a plan for the 2023-24 school year. The following protocols are based on the fact that our community is 100% vaccinated and boosted.
We will continue to follow all the state and the CDC’s recommendations. As we all know, the guidelines for best practices change depending on current conditions, so we will update our plans if there are new reccommendations.
Visitors are welcome on campus! If you are interested in a visit or interview, please contact Hillary Kramer, Director of Admissions.
Students are strongly encouraged to get the COVID-19 vaccine and regular boosters, which they can do in Vermont if they cannot in their home state. Currently, all of our students and staff are fully vaccinated against COVID and have been boosted.
If you have any symptoms (flu-like symptoms, fever, scratchy throat, coughing, runny nose), we ask that you not join us immediately. Wait for symptoms to recede before returning or coming to school. If you have a positive COVID test, consult our nurse about how to proceed, and wait at least five days before returning to campus.
As of March 2022, masks are optional for all community members. The exception to this rule is if someone is ill. Of course, anyone can wear a mask if they choose.
If students or staff experience symptoms, they must wear a mask. If symptoms are moderate, we will test for COVID. Even if the tests are negative, we ask that people continue to stay masked until symptoms dissipate (this can prevent other viruses from spreading as well). We will only require testing for community members who present with moderate flu-like symptoms.
If a day student or staff tests positive for COVID, they will be asked to isolate for five days starting either on the day they tested positive or the day symptoms began - whichever is earlier. After five days, as long as symptoms improve, they can leave their home (ie. return to work/school) as long as they wear a mask for an additional five days. If the symptoms are not improving on day five, then they should continue to isolate until symptoms improve and then wear a mask for five days.
If a boarding student has a positive COVID test result, they must isolate in their room for five days starting either on the day they test positive or the day symptoms began - whichever is earlier.
The U.S. COVID-19 Community Vulnerability Index (CCVI) from Surgo Foundation