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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.
  • Masking: Bryn Mawr follows the most recent guidance issued by the CDC related to masking. The school is currently mask-optional in all divisions in both indoor and outdoor environments.
    • Wearing a N95/KN95 or medical/surgical, 3-ply masks may be necessary on Kangaroo Coach and other forms of group transportation. There may also be times that we require individuals to mask indoors, such as after an illness or COVID exposure or at the request of an immunocompromised student or teacher. Students should have a spare mask in their backpack or locker or can always obtain one from the Health Center if necessary.
  • 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.

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 current Maryland Department of Health protocols for isolation and quarantine.

Travel Policy

We expect students and employees to adhere to the latest travel guidance issued by the CDC. Because all students and employees are tested weekly on campus, no additional post-travel testing or quarantine is required. All travelers should monitor for symptoms after their return and not come to campus if symptomatic. 

Quarantine Policy Following COVID-19 Exposure or Positive Test:
(Updated April 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.” 
  • The Bryn Mawr School Quarantine Guidelines chart is in the process of being updated. Please check back soon.
  • 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. 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 (updated March 2022):

  • 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.
  • 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: Bryn Mawr follows the most recent guidance issued by the CDC related to masking. The school is currently mask-optional in all divisions in both indoor and outdoor environments.
  • 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 CDC guidelines regarding traveling, testing and quarantine.
  • Testing: On-campus weekly testing is currently required for all employees and students (ages 4+).
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.

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 current Maryland Department of Health protocols for isolation and quarantine 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.