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Health and Wellness

We are committed to the health and wellness of our entire school community. Supported by our Health Center nurses, a team of counselors, and athletic coaches and trainers, Bryn Mawr helps students understand their own emotional and physical wellness, what they need to thrive, and how to make educated and healthy choices. Parents and families are our partners in this work.

Keeping our Community Healthy

A student’s health and wellness is key to her academic and overall success. As we continue in the pandemic, it is more important than ever for students and families to pay close attention to their everyday health.

Students should stay home or will be sent home from school for the following reasons:
  • A fever greater than 100.0 F. Students must be fever-free for 72 hours, without the use of fever reducing medicine before they return to school.
  • Vomiting and diarrhea: Students must be symptom free for 24 hours before returning to school.
  • Untreated head lice.
  • Strep throat: Students must remain home until two doses of antibiotics have been administered.
  • Pink eye/conjunctivitis: Students must remain home for 24 hours after starting eye drops or until symptoms clear, there is no discharge and the eye is not irritated.
  • 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. Click here for a full size view the chart.

Please notify the nurse at 410-323-8800 ext 1242 or nurse@brynmawrschool.org if:

  • Your child or a member of your household tests positive for COVID-19. This will enable the nurses to assist or initiate contact tracing.
  • Your child develops another communicable disease. These include : chicken pox, measles, influenza, meningitis, hepatitis, tuberculosis, pertussis, MRSA, mononucleosis, scabies, conjunctivitis, ringworm and impetigo.
  • Your child has an active case of head lice.
  • Your child has a serious illness or injury incurring an absence of more than three days. A doctor’s note is required for returning to school and participating in athletics, PE, or dance as well as implementing any academic, medical or physical accommodations that might be needed.

COVID-19 Health Policies

  • TESTING: On-campus weekly testing is currently required for unvaccinated employees and students (ages 5+). On-campus weekly testing is open to all students and employees.
  • 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.
  • 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.

If you are experiencing symptoms

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 and diarrhea. 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. 


Testing Policy (updated September 2021): 

  • TESTING: On-campus weekly testing is currently required for unvaccinated employees and students (ages 5+).  On-campus weekly testing is open to all students and employees.
  • Vaccinated individuals are exempt from weekly testing requirements at this time. Testing is advised only after international travel and/or when experiencing COVID-19-like symptoms. 

Travel Policies

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 upon return AND stay home until results are received. 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 August 2021)

  • 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.”
  • Fully vaccinated individuals who are identified close contacts of a person who has a laboratory confirmed case of COVID-19 do not need to quarantine at this time unless they develop symptoms.
    • Fully vaccinated individuals who are close contacts should test on 3-5 and observe for symptoms for 14 days.
  • Unvaccinated close contacts of an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19 must quarantine for 14 days if they live in the same household as the positive individual.
    • If the positive individual can be completely isolated from the household, an unvaccinated close contact can shorten quarantine to 10 days.
  • Unvaccinated close contacts of an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19 who is not a household member may obtain a supervised PCR test on day 5, quarantine through day 7 and return to school on day 8, provided the test result is negative and has been submitted to the Bryn Mawr Health Center (Note: The shortened quarantine period for unvaccinated close contacts of a positive non-household member is currently available because of Bryn Mawr’s weekly surveillance testing program.)
  • Please contact the Health Center either by phone or email if you have any questions.
All students need to have the COVID-19 screening app (MyMedBot) filled out each morning by 7:15 a.m. 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. 

Symptoms of COVID-19 often resemble symptoms of other illnesses. 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. Click here for a full size view the chart.
 
Travel Policy (Updated May 2021)

Fully vaccinated students and employees may travel domestically and do not need to quarantine or obtain a COVID-19 test upon their return to Maryland. Fully vaccinated students and employees may travel internationally, but are required to get tested 3-5 days after their return to the United States and stay home until the test results are received. No quarantine is required following a negative test.

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, even if your test is negative. Individuals who do not get tested need to quarantine for 10 days. All unvaccinated students and employees who travel internationally should self monitor for symptoms for 14 days after their return.

At this time, the CDC and the State of Maryland still discourage non-essential travel. If families choose to travel either domestically or internationally by any mode of transportation, any unvaccinated individual age 4 and older will be required to be tested for COVID-19 prior to their return to school. Individuals must stay home while awaiting results. Unvaccinated students who travel internationally will need to follow the guidelines in the paragraph above. This applies to any travel that includes an overnight stay in all states, with the exception of Delaware, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, and Washington, DC.

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 (Updated April 2021)

Bryn Mawr has updated its policy for quarantining close contacts of individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 to reflect recent changes made by the CDC and the Baltimore City Health Department. As a reminder, close contacts are defined as someone who was within 6 feet of an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19 for at least 15 minutes over a 24 hour period.

  • Close contacts of an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19 must quarantine for 14 days if they live in the same household as the positive individual.

  • Close contacts of an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19 and does not reside in the same household as the positive individual may be able to shorten the quarantine period to 10 days after consultation with the Bryn Mawr Health Center.

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

Medicine at school

Students may not carry medicine at school with the exception of emergency medications such as asthma inhalers, EpiPens, insulin, glucagon and benadryl.

All other prescription medications required to be administered during the school day will be kept in the Health Center, in a pharmacy labeled container. Prescription medication must be accompanied by the appropriate medication administration consent form. Please contact the Health Center directly for more information.
 
 

Medical Forms

Bryn Mawr partners with the online health management system Magnus Health to securely collect and store student medical information. Parents and guardians are responsible for uploading annual physical forms and immunization records and completing all consents and other forms in Magnus Health.

 

Campus Communication

In the event of a weather-related or emergency school closing, Bryn Mawr will notify families via the e2Campus Emergency Notification System (ENS). All parents must subscribe to the system, which will broadcast notices via email, voice, and text messaging. Communications from the headmistress and the divisions will be sent via email and posted on the Parent Portal.


The school uses campus-wide bells and alarms, broadcast phone messages, web alerts, and e2 Campus to notify school personnel and students of an emergency. School marshals communicate the protocol to be followed on our campus and, when necessary, campus security is in communication with our coordinate schools, Gilman School and Roland Park Country School, by two-way radio, email, and cell phone.

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  • Asbestos Management Plan

    In 1986 Congress enacted the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA). This law contained comprehensive regulations developed to address asbestos problems in schools. In compliance with these regulations, Bryn Mawr's campus was inspected in 1987 to determine the location and condition of asbestos. As a further part of the regulations, a plan was developed to manage the asbestos. This includes semi-annual inspections by our staff, as well as inspections by certified inspectors once every three years. The school's Management Plan, which is required to be maintained by law, is updated on an annual basis.

    The whole plan is available for inspection in the Business Office on regular work days from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Assistant Head of School for Finance and Administration and/or the Director of Operations are also available to answer any questions you may have. Please feel free to call either one at (410) 323-8800.


Important Contacts

Director of Security Jeff Coleman
colemanj@brynmawrschool.org
410-323-8800, ext. 1616

Campus Security
410-323-8800 x1567 (Security Office)
443-744-7424 (Security Supervisor)
443-552-8896 (Guard on duty)

Switchboard
410-323-8800
Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Health Center
Barbara Scott, RN
Amy Robinson, RN
nurse@brynmawrschool.org
410-323-8800, ext. 1242
Monday-Friday, 7:45 a.m - 4:00 p.m.

General Campus Safety

  • The school grounds are patrolled and monitored seven days a week, 24 hours a day, by several full-time school security personnel and a professional security company.
  • All school employees are required to wear identification and visitors to Bryn Mawr must display a visitor's badge.
  • The school's full-time athletic trainer works with our student athletes and adults on campus to help reduce and prevent injuries and maintain health and wellness.
  • The school has after-hours emergency protocols in place, and school personnel are specifically trained to handle emergencies that may occur during off-school hours. In addition, a school administrator is on duty each school day between 3:00 and 6:00 p.m. as an emergency contact.
  • After-school programs are supervised and staffed until every student is picked up.
  • All school buildings are locked on a regular schedule in the evening; both the Little and Lower Schools are locked and on a buzzer system during the day.
  • Emergency drill procedures are posted in each school building and classroom. All personnel and students participate in emergency drills throughout the year, which include fire drills, lockdown drills, and weather drills.
  • Information about campus safety and security is shared on a regular basis with the tri-school community as well as with area neighborhood associations.