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2021-2022 School Year

As we open the 2021-22 school year at Bryn Mawr, this webpage will serve as a family resource for health and safety protocols. Throughout the year, we will all need to remain flexible, creative and collaborative as we adapt to circumstances that will be beyond our control. While all plans listed here are subject to change, we are striving for flexibility and transparency in our process and considerations. 
ON-CAMPUS POLICIES FOR ALL STUDENTS AND EMPLOYEES:

  • TESTING: On-campus weekly testing is currently required for all employees and students (ages 4+) regardless of vaccination status. On-campus weekly testing is open to all students and employees, including pre-kindergarten and Little School students
  • COVID Vaccination remains the single most effective strategy to eliminate COVID-19. As part of our Community Commitment to Health, Bryn Mawr strongly encourages vaccination of all eligible individuals. If an employee or student is not fully vaccinated for COVID-19, they are required to submit a weekly proof of a negative PCR test to the Health Center. On-campus weekly testing is open to all students and employees.
  • Regardless of vaccination status, all students and employees must submit a daily health screening via MyMedBot prior to coming to campus. Parents will fill this out for Lower and Middle School students; Upper School students may fill this out for themselves or have a parent do so. 
  • Masking: Wearing a properly-fitting face mask is the most important mitigation strategy in preventing transmission of COVID-19. In line with the most recent guidance from the CDC, AAP and local health departments, Bryn Mawr requires that all students (age 2+) and adults wear masks indoors while at school. Masks may be removed when outdoors and when seated for lunch. Employees may remove masks when in individual office spaces and/or if removal it is mutually agreed upon in small group meetings. Wearing a N95/KN95 or medical/surgical, 3-ply mask is strongly recommended. 
  • Social distancing: Maintaining distance between individuals is an important layer of our  mitigation strategy. Wherever possible, students will be seated at least 3-feet apart from one another, as recommended by the CDC. 
  • Hand Hygiene: Students must wash hands frequently throughout the day, for at least  twenty seconds, using soap and water, including when entering and leaving a building or  classroom, before and after meals and after using the restroom. 
  • Flu Shots: All students are expected and encouraged to receive a flu shot.
  • Illness: Students who have a temperature greater than 100.0 or are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 may not come to campus. Symptoms of COVID-19 include: fever, headache, body aches, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, new loss of taste or smell, chills, abdominal pain, diarrhea, runny nose and body aches. Parents should report student absences to the Health Center and their respective division.  Please refer to the Decision Aids below for vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals. 

DECISION AID for Unvaccinated Individuals
DECISION AID for Vaccinated Individuals

It is the expectation that if a student becomes ill during the school day, a parent/guardian or caregiver will pick that student up within one hour of notification. Students who become ill with COVID-19 symptoms will be isolated until they are picked up. If an adult or student on campus presents symptoms of COVID-19 or tests positive, we will adhere to the following protocol outlined by the Maryland Department of Health. 

Visitor Policy

Any visitors to campus, including parents and child care providers, must sign in upon arrival and comply with School protocols. This includes but is not limited to any and all School buildings, School fields and playgrounds or other School property. Employees or students who wish to bring a visitor to campus must obtain prior written approval from their respective Division Director or the Head of School. All approved visitors must comply with the School’s protocol when on campus, including wearing a protective mask indoors, maintaining social distance, disinfecting your hands prior to entering the building and confirming a lack of COVID 19 symptoms or fever. Vaccination is strongly encouraged for any visitors to campus. 

Indoor Event Policy

Pre-registration is required for indoor, on-campus, public events of any kind, including, but not limited to theater and dance performances, admissions visit days and open houses, alumnae and parent programs. Drop-in visitors will be required to provide contact information and sign a form to acknowledge risk of COVID-19 and indicate that they are not experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms. 

Travel Policy For Vaccinated Individuals:

  • Fully vaccinated students and employees may travel domestically and do not need to quarantine nor obtain a COVID-19 test upon their return to Maryland. 
  • Fully vaccinated students and employees may travel internationally, but are advised to get tested 3-5 days after their return to the United States. No quarantine is needed. Only PCR tests will be accepted. Test results should be emailed to nurse@brynmawrschool.org and must include the name, date of the test, date of the report, and confirmation that it is a PCR test.

Travel Policy For Unvaccinated Individuals:

  • Domestic travel: If families choose to travel domestically by any mode of transportation, any unvaccinated individual age 5 and older will be required to be tested for COVID-19 prior to their return to school. This applies to any travel that includes an overnight stay in all states. Students may return to school while awaiting test results, given that other mitigation strategies are in place. 
  • International travel: Bryn Mawr is following the current CDC recommendations for unvaccinated individuals traveling internationally: Unvaccinated students and employees who travel internationally need to be tested 3-5 days after their return AND stay home and self-quarantine for 7 full days following their return, even if their test is negative. Unvaccinated international travelers may not return to campus while awaiting test results. All unvaccinated students and employees who travel internationally should self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days after their return. 
  • Only PCR tests will be accepted. Test results should be emailed to nurse@brynmawrschool.org and must include the name, date of the test, date of the report, and confirmation that it is a PCR test.


Quarantine Policy Following COVID-19 Exposure or Positive Test:
(Updated January 2022)

  • Bryn Mawr will continue to follow the CDC definition of a close contact which is defined as “someone who has been within 6 feet  of an individual with a laboratory confirmed case of COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes over a 24 hour period.” 
  • Please click on this chart for Bryn Mawr’s quarantine and isolation protocols following an exposure or positive case. 
  • For Little School families only: Under new guidance released by the Office of Childcare, close contacts of a student or teacher who tests positive for COVID-19 in LiS may now use the CDC shortened quarantine period of 10 days as long as the following criteria is met: 
    • Daily symptom monitoring continues through day 14
    • Correct and consistent mask use while indoors and out
    • This shortened quarantine does not apply to children who are unable to consistently and correctly wear masks.

Please contact the Health Center either by phone or email if you have any questions.

Community Commitment to Health

We know that it takes an extraordinary level of commitment and shared responsibility to keep our community healthy and on-campus. Given that more than half of our campus is ineligible for vaccinations at this time, it is especially important that Bryn Mawr students, parents, faculty and staff protect each other through safe behavior, both on and off campus. Please read our Community Commitment to Health:

  • Follow federal, state, and local orders: All families are expected to adhere to the directives of applicable federal, state, and local government health departments, including the CDC, regarding social distancing on and off campus, mask wearing, frequent hand washing and any travel advisories to mitigate transmission of SARS-CoV-2.
  • Contact school if a family member tests positive for COVID-19: If your child or someone in your household tests positive for COVID-19, you must notify the Bryn Mawr Health Center immediately. The nurse, in collaboration with the appropriate health department, will assist with contact tracing. The Bryn Mawr School, in collaboration with the appropriate health department, will use the State Decision Aid to determine isolation, quarantine and further testing.
  • Stay home if sick. If a student is sick, or is exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, they may not come to campus. Parents are expected to inform the Health Center if their student is absent due to COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Participate in health screenings. Parents and caretakers must complete symptom and exposure questions for their students before coming to campus each day. 
  • Practice hand hygiene: Practice and reinforce good hygiene practices at home, in particular, the importance of frequent handwashing, for at least twenty seconds, including before and after meals and after using the restroom.
  • Masking: We strongly encourage the use of face coverings when off campus, especially for unvaccinated individuals in crowded or close-proximity settings such as concerts, large gatherings, and athletic events. 
  • Gatherings outside of school: We expect parents and guardians to be mindful of their children’s off-campus activities where they will be at a higher risk of COVID-19 transmission, especially for unvaccinated students — this includes social events, parties, sleepovers and sports activities. It is imperative that families partner with the school to ensure that their student practices risk-mitigation strategies both during the school day and while off campus.
  • Travel: Bryn Mawr expects students, families and employees to follow the most recent guidelines regarding traveling, testing and quarantine. 
    • Bryn Mawr Travel policies for fully vaccinated students and employees: 
      • Fully vaccinated students and employees may travel domestically and do not need to quarantine nor obtain a COVID-19 test upon their return to Maryland. 
      • Fully vaccinated students and employees may travel internationally, but are advised to get tested 3-5 days after their return to the United States. No quarantine is needed. 
    • Bryn Mawr Travel policies for unvaccinated students and employees: 
      • Domestic travel: If families choose to travel domestically by any mode of transportation, any unvaccinated individual age 5 and older will be required to be tested for COVID-19 upon their return. This applies to any travel that includes an overnight stay in all states. Students may return to school while awaiting test results, given that other mitigation strategies are in place.
      • International travel: Bryn Mawr is following the current CDC recommendations for unvaccinated individuals traveling internationally: Unvaccinated students and employees who travel internationally need to be tested 3-5 days after their return AND stay home and self-quarantine for 7 full days following their return, even if their test is negative. Unvaccinated international travelers may not return to campus while awaiting test results. All unvaccinated students and employees who travel internationally should self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days after their return.
  • Testing: On-campus weekly testing is currently required for all employees and students (ages 4+) regardless of vaccination status. 
The School may, in its sole discretion, change, modify or issue additional guidance to address specific circumstances or for other reasons. Those changes will modify or further enhance these safety protocols. Students, families, faculty and staff are expected to stay current on school policies listed on this page.

Health Policies

Students who have a temperature greater than 100.0 or are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 may not come to campus. Symptoms of COVID-19 include: fever, headache, body aches, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, new loss of taste or smell, chills, abdominal pain, diarrhea, runny nose and body aches. Parents should report student absences to the Health Center and their respective division. 

DECISION AID for Unvaccinated Individuals
DECISION AID for Vaccinated Individuals

It is the expectation that if a student becomes ill during the school day, a parent/guardian or caregiver will pick that student up within one hour of notification. Students who become ill with COVID-19 symptoms will be isolated until they are picked up. If an adult or student on campus presents symptoms of COVID-19 or tests positive, we will adhere to the following protocol outlined by the Maryland Department of Health. 

If you have any questions or concerns related to Bryn Mawr’s response to COVID-19, please contact nurse@brynmawrschool.org.

Distance Learning

If an extended campus closure is required, Bryn Mawr will shift to our Distance Learning program if necessary. Read our expectations outlined in Bryn Mawr's Continuity of Learning Plan.