Health Notes

MacDuffie Health News

(Here you can find health issues which affect our campus. Examples are flu clinics or EEE restrictions)

Vaccine Clinic

As of December 1st all students and employees will be required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, unless a religious or medical exemption is on file. To help facilitate this we are partnering with DPH to host another COVID Vaccine Clinic on campus on:

September 30th from 5pm – 7PM in the MacDuffie School Gym.

This is for 1st and 2nd shots for anyone 12 years and older. All students, families, and friends are all welcome!!! Vaccines offered will be Pfizer or J&J. Anyone under 18 years of age will get Pfizer.

If you are interested in getting, or have your child get, the COVID vaccine please sign up at HERE

MASKS

Masks will be mandatory indoors regardless of vaccination status. Masks will be optional in outdoor spaces. See Off campus Health News for videos on proper mask use.

  • Masks are required in all rooms occupied by more than one person 
  • Individuals may only be unmasked inside the building if alone in a private office, or if eating
  • Faculty, staff and students may unmask briefly to drink from a water bottle or cup in the building, but must dine in designated spaces
  • Social distancing protocols should be observed

Covid Testing

All students must bring proof of a negative PCR covid test, taken within 72 hours of their first arrival
on campus.

We will have 3 types of covid testing: weekly screen (aka pool) testing, symptomatic rapid testing, and “test and stay” rapid testing. Please see our Covid Testing Letter for a description of each test styles, and how to sign up for testing.

Weekly Covid Screen Test will be conducted every Wednesday for all students and employees.

Sports after Covid Positive

Students that have recovered from confirmed Covid-19 infection will need to be cleared by a physician before resuming any physical activities at MacDuffie. For more specific information see our Covid Gradual Return to Play Policy


Travel

CDC recommends delaying travel until you are fully vaccinated, because travel
increases your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19. If you are not fully vaccinated and
must travel, follow CDC’s recommendations for people who are not fully vaccinated traveling
internationally or domestically.

Please see the chart below for MacDuffie’s policy on return from travel.

Status:Action:
FULLY Vaccinated AND have no illness symptomsNo quarantine required, mask required, monitor for any symptoms
FULLY Vaccinated AND have symptomsQuarantine required for a minimum of 7 days. PCR testing on day 5 of quarantine required OR alternative diagnosis from a medical doctor. Can return to campus upon negative PCR results, mask required
PARTIALLY OR NOT vaccinated AND have no illness symptomsQuarantine required for a minimum of 7 days. PCR testing on day 5 of quarantine required. Can enter the building upon negative PCR results, mask required
PARTIALLY OR NOT vaccinated AND have symptoms Quarantine required for a minimum of 7 days. PCR testing on day 5 of quarantine required. Can enter the building upon negative PCR results, mask required

What does it mean to be “fully vaccinated”? According to the CDC, people are considered fully vaccinated for COVID-19 ≥ 2 weeks after they have received the second dose in a 2-dose series (Pfizer-BioNtech or Moderna), or ≥ 2 weeks after they have received a single dose vaccine (Johnson and Johnson/Janssen)”. The definitions of “fully vaccinated” do not apply to those who have had COVID infection but have not been vaccinated, or to those with significantly compromised immune systems.