An independent, coeducational PK-Grade 12 private school located in historic Fredericksburg, Virginia.

2021-22 COVID Response

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Understanding students' vaccination status is essential to assessing community transmission. All Families: please complete this Vaccination Status Survey upon the request of Nurse Carmen Mims. (Responses are confidential between you and Nurse Mims; if you do not complete this survey, she will assume your child(ren) has/have neither been vaccinated for nor contracted COVID-19 for contact tracing purposes.)

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Updates for the 2021-2022 school year

RAHD continues to support in-person learning when proper mitigation protocols are in place in line with current VDH and VDOE recommendations.
 
 
Masking/Face CoverinGS
  • As per the recent mandate from the Governor, all students, faculty, staff, and visitors are required to wear a face covering while indoors on campus regardless of vaccination status.
  • Face coverings are not required outdoors unless specifically indicated by a faculty/staff member. We will support all students, faculty, staff and visitors who choose to wear a mask outside.
  • When traveling on a school bus, all riders must wear face coverings in accordance with federal and state laws.
 
Health Screenings, Vaccinations, Quarantine, and Travel
  • We will discontinue temperature checks at morning carpool.
  • Staying home when ill is one of the most effective ways to keep our community healthy and attending school in person. We expect all families to conduct self-screening each morning before arriving on campus; students must arrive fever and symptom free. If you have any doubt about whether to bring your child(ren) to school contact Nurse Mims.
  • If a student develops COVID-19 symptoms while at school, they will be sent to Nurse Mims for evaluation. If a student is sent home, they will be required to stay home until symptoms improve and a physician has cleared them. A negative PCR or rapid test will also clear a student and can be required regardless of vaccination status.
  • Anyone who has a known exposure to COVID-19 must stay home and alert your child’s Division Head or the School Nurse for further instructions.
  • Unvaccinated children and employees who are in close contact with an individual confirmed to be infected with COVID will be required to quarantine for 7 (with a negative PCR test) to 10 days. This policy will be in effect in all divisions.
  • Fully vaccinated, asymptomatic students will not be required to quarantine per current VDH and CDC guidelines.
  • FA will work closely with the RAHD to conduct contract tracing and to provide guidance on appropriate steps following an exposure to an individual with COVID-19 in a school setting. 
    • It is important to note that the definition of close contact includes an exception for K-12 settings for the purposes of case investigation and contact tracing. In general, VDH uses proximity of within 6 feet for a total of 15 minutes or more within 24 hours to determine the need for quarantining persons who have had close contact exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19. 
    • In indoor K-12 settings, a student who is within 3 to 6 feet of an infected student is not considered a close contact as long as both students are wearing masks. This exception does not apply to teachers, staff, or other adults in indoor K-12 settings. Having direct exposure to respiratory secretions of someone with COVID-19 (e.g., being coughed or sneezed on) is also considered close contact in any setting.
  • UPDATE: Due to the increasing volatility of the Delta variant, we are asking all families that travel to reach out to Nurse Mims.
 
Movement Around Campus/Water Fountains/Lunch
  • We will continue to clean and sanitize school facilities with the same attention as last year.
  • Hand sanitizing stations will remain in place in all buildings.
  • Good hygiene and the frequent washing of hands will continue to be a top priority.
  • Water bottle filling stations will be used throughout all buildings; all students must bring a fillable water bottle to school.
  • We will limit the number of students using restrooms at one time in order to maintain distancing
  • The Falcon’s Nest will have food and beverages for Middle and Upper School students to purchase. Limited numbers of students will be allowed in the school store at one time.
  • Middle and Upper School students will have the opportunity to move around campus and mix grade levels this year. Lower School students will attend specials in the designated specials classrooms.
  • We will continue to use outdoor spaces for recess, lunch, and formal instruction throughout all divisions.
  • Lunch will be eaten in a variety of locations: classrooms, the Middle School and Lower School MPRs, the Middle and Upper School Commons, and outside. Students will be distanced while eating.
  • We have contracted with Yay!Lunch to provide lunch for students and families this year. Yay!Lunch will be on campus during the Open House and Orientations on August 23; go to yaylunch.com to register. The Parent Faculty Association will continue to offer pizza lunch on Fridays. Lunch delivery will begin on September 7.
 
Academics/Arts/Athletics/PE
  • We will offer a full and vibrant academic program this year. All co-curricular activities will resume with necessary mitigation strategies.
  • Distance learning will be offered for quarantine situations or pre-approved long term medical issues.
  • Athletic seasons will be conducted in partnership with our conference, and we will follow those guidelines and protocols as directed. VISAA will provide guidance for all state tournament competitions conducted at the end of each season.
  • Concerts, musicals, and other performances will resume with appropriate mitigation strategies.
  • PE will take place both in and out of doors for Lower School and Middle School. Middle School students will not use locker rooms to change for PE; students should dress in athletic clothing on PE days.