As we did throughout last year, Dr. Benson and his team in the Chen Center will work closely with local public health officials to complete contact tracing following MA guidelines. As of today, students who receive a positive test result will be required to isolate for 10 days regardless of vaccination status. Fully vaccinated close contacts will not be required to quarantine, but, per CDC guidance, they may be asked to mask for a few days and complete additional testing.
At this time fully vaccinated individuals who are exposed to someone with a confirmed case of Covid-19 but who subsequently test negative may be asked to wear a mask and/or submit to additional testing, but they will not be required to quarantine.
While we look ahead to a more normal Fall Term, we will continue to promote vigilance and sanitation/hygiene aspects of the 2020 – 21 Healthy Deerfield protocols. This includes regular hand hygiene, strong encouragement to self-report any potential Covid symptoms, enhanced ventilation and air circulation throughout campus buildings, and the continued cleaning and disinfecting of high-touch areas. While our specific protocols related to Covid-19 mitigation will be relaxed due to high vaccination rates, we encourage students to continue doing their part to promote health and hygiene to prevent the spread of any viruses that can run through a close community like ours.
While we anticipate returning to Deerfield largely as we knew it before the pandemic in all areas of community life, we have learned from and adapted to the changing social and academic environment over the last year and a half. We will continue to utilize expanded outdoor space, our state-of-the-art ventilation systems, and other Covid-era features that helped ensure student health and wellness. After a year where we challenged students to limit their close contacts, we will return to Deerfield’s tradition of challenging students to connect with as many members of the community as possible. While Deerfield social life will look much like it did in 2019, we are excited to build on many of the enhancements put in place last year, such as the outdoor hockey rink, beach volleyball courts, food trucks on select weekends, and other inclusive outdoor social spaces.
No. At this time, we anticipate a normal classroom experience without masks or social distancing, except for those students who are unvaccinated.
We anticipate hosting our regular Fall Family Weekend in October and allowing spectators at our Fall athletic events. As in past years, and this fall in particular, we ask families to avoid visiting or taking their student off campus during the first two weeks of the term in order to give them an uninterrupted opportunity to become comfortable with their schedules, co-curriculars, and residential life. Similar to our approach to return to school, families are also strongly encouraged to be vaccinated before coming to visit their students or taking them off campus. Those who are not vaccinated will be asked to wear masks during the duration of their time on campus.
Yes. As usual, students will be required to have the flu vaccine unless they have an approved religious or medical accommodation. The vaccine will be administered on campus in the fall.
We do not, at this time, anticipate restrictions on student travel during weekends.
Deerfield is planning to return to a three-semester academic year with on-campus, in-person learning. We anticipate returning to our normal, pre-pandemic academic, residential, and athletic experiences. This means standard class sizes, room occupancy numbers, athletic events, art performances, School Meetings, and sit-down meals in the Dining Hall. We know that health indicators remain in flux, and we will continue to consult with our health advisors, study the emerging science, and make decisions that comply with any State or local orders as well as those that support the safety of our students and our mission as a residential school committed to a powerful sense of community.
Yes. The following vacations have been scheduled: October 25, 2021 Fall Term Holiday; November 19, 2021 at Noon through November 29, 2021; December 16, 2021 at Noon through January 3, 2022; February 3, 2022 at Noon through February 7, 2022 (Long Winter Weekend); March 4, 2022 at Noon through March 20, 2022. At the conclusion of vacations and long weekends, students must return to campus by 7:45 pm. Commencement 2022 will take place on May 29, after which members of the Class of 2022 will depart from campus. The Spring Term will conclude for students in grades 9, 10, and 11 at 2:00 pm on May 30, 2022.
We recognize that international travel may still be disrupted during or vacations from school, so we will work with our international students and families to create alternative plans for these breaks should that be necessary.
While the public health landscape around the country and around the world continues to be in flux, we are actively planning for the possibility of off-campus travel opportunities either domestically or abroad during March break and June. We plan to have a more detailed update by Fall Family Weekend.
Yes. Students will be permitted to spend time together from different halls without restrictions.
Yes. The small number of unvaccinated students will be distributed throughout our dorms. They will adhere to a set of protocols designed to protect their health and the health of those around them, including in the dorms.
Practices are expected to return to normal. We are also planning a full schedule of athletic competitions. Athletic Director Bob Howe is working closely with our peer schools on mutually agreed upon protocols.