FALL 2021 INFORMATION

We are excited to welcome students and faculty back to The Winsor School for the 2021–2022 school year. As a community, we look forward to a vibrant year ahead, made possible by the following health and safety layers outlined below. 

The purpose of this page is to clearly summarize our return-to-school COVID-19 health and safety layers as it relates to the operations for the Winsor School for the fall. These protocols are the product of the most recent CDC and DESE guidelines and have been carefully considered and adapted to address and promote the safety, health, and welfare of the Winsor community. 

 

COVID-19 Pool Testing Results

Percent positivity is calculated by dividing the number of positive cases by the number of students tested.

 
COVID-19 Health & Safety Layers

STUDENTS AND FACULTY/STAFF
(Vaccinated and Unvaccinated)
MASKING

Required indoors.
Optional outdoors.
TESTING

Unvaccinated students:
Weekly pool testing.

Vaccinated students and faculty/staff:
No testing at this time.
DISTANCING

No distancing required at this time.
HAND WASHING

Hand sanitizing is encouraged when entering the school building, when entering or leaving the classroom and other campus spaces. Hand sanitizing dispensers will be available throughout the school.
CONTACT TRACING, QUARANTINE, AND ISOLATION



In the event of a positive COVID-19 case on campus, Winsor will use contact tracing, quarantining, and isolation, in accordance with state guidelines and definitions. Currently, vaccinated individuals are not required to quarantine if they are identified as close contact.

Our full protocols for a positive case and close contacts can be found below.
HEALTH MONITORING

All members of the community are encouraged to stay home when feeling ill.
 
 
PARENT/GUARDIAN VISITORS AND ATHLETIC SPECTATORS

Parents or guardians (or other authorized adults*) who wish to visit school indoors will be asked to adhere to the following guidelines.


VISITORS
In order to ensure the health and safety of the Winsor community, Winsor requires all visitors to follow the School’s health and safety protocols to prevent the transmission of COVID-19. Each visit needs to be coordinated in advance with a Winsor host.
VACCINATION Not required for visitors and athletic spectators.
MASKING
Required indoors. Optional outdoors.
DISTANCING No distancing required.
HEALTH MONITORING
All visitors are asked to refrain from visiting when feeling ill.
 
 
All visitors must follow the COVID-19 Visitor Health & Safety Protocols adopted by the school and as required by federal, state, or local regulations. All visitors must also self-monitor COVID-19 symptoms before coming on campus.

The full COVID-19 Visitor Policy can be found here
 
 

 
POOL TESTING STUDENTS
 
Also as part of our COVID safety measure, Winsor will conduct pool testing on all unvaccinated students. With pool testing, every student will do an individual testing swab, but then ten testing swabs will be placed in the same tube, creating a group of swabs called a “pool.” The pool is sent to a lab where the whole pool is tested for COVID-19 at one time.

Pools will be identified and tested to determine any positives. If a positive pool is found, on-site reflex testing of the specific positive pool will be conducted with a BinaxNOW rapid antigen test. Once the positive is identified, the individual will begin isolation. Any individual testing positive for COVID-19 will be required to isolate for 10 days.

Close Contacts and Quarantine Exemptions
In the event of a positive COVID-19 case on campus, Winsor will use contact tracing, quarantining, and isolation, in accordance with state guidelines and definitions.

Contact tracing
to determine close contacts will be conducted for the infectious period of the positive case. The infectious period is defined as 48 hours prior to symptom onset or positive test date (if asymptomatic). Currently, vaccinated individuals are not required to quarantine if they are identified as close contact.

If a pool tests positive, our school nurse will monitor exposed students with on-site reflex testing which will allow continued school attendance during their quarantine (provided they remain asymptomatic).

Reflex Testing Model:  “Test-to-Stay”
  • Winsor will use a “test-to-stay” approach, which permits an asymptomatic exposed student to stay in school (provided they remain asymptomatic). In this strategy, rapid antigen testing (for at least 7 days) will provide an additional layer of safety while supporting the educational needs of the exposed child. Exposed students testing negative may remain in school for that day.
  • Unvaccinated close contacts may not have to quarantine if they follow the “test-to-stay” approach.
  • Vaccinated close contacts are exempt from quarantine. However, if they start developing symptoms, they will be tested with the BinaxNOW rapid test to determine positivity.
  • Close contacts who have previously been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the past 90 days are also exempt from quarantine. However, if they start developing symptoms, they will be tested with the BinaxNOW rapid test to determine positivity.
If identified close contacts become symptomatic, they will need to quarantine for the duration of their symptoms. They must also do additional PCR testing to confirm negativity. They may return to school once symptoms resolve and they have a negative PCR test.
 
 
 
 
 

Frequently Asked Questions

List of 7 items.

  • How many masks should I bring?

    Each student should bring two masks to school every day. Masks will be available at school should a student need one.

    Bandanas, neck gaiters, and masks with one-way valves are not permitted. 
  • What are protocols with athletics, performing arts, and physical education?

    Athletics, performing arts, and physical education classes will proceed according to our masking policy.
  • What are the School's traveling guidelines?

    Travel guidelines will follow the State's restrictions at the time. As COVID-19 infection rates change, so do the State's travel restrictions. Please use the State’s link for the most accurate information.
  • What will food service look like?

    FLIK Dining Services will continue to provide high-quality, healthy food options to students and faculty/staff members when we return to school. While there will be some modifications, overall food service will look like it did prior to the pandemic. Food will be self-serve and students and staff will be asked to follow hand sanitizing protocols.

    Lunch: Lunch will be served in the dining hall. The two hot lunch lines will be staffed with FLIK, and two self-serve salad and sandwich bars will be available. The juice machines have been removed and replaced with fruit-infused dispensers. There will be drink stations set up under the tent during the lunch periods.

    Student Protocols for Indoor Lunch: All members of the Winsor community must use hand sanitizer when entering and exiting the dining hall. 
     
    Once students have their lunch, they may eat outside on the turf, under the tent, or in the dining hall. Students who bring their own lunches should also eat in these lunch locations. In some situations, for example, during inclement weather, we may assign lunch spaces by grade level. 
     
    Students and faculty/staff can remove masks to eat, but should wear a mask if they need to move around the dining hall or any other indoor lunch area. This does not apply to outdoor lunch.

    Bringing Lunch: Students and faculty may bring lunch and snack items to school provided that they are consistent with our food allergy guidelines. 

    Snack: Snacks will be available in the dining hall first thing in the morning, during the mid-morning break, and at the beginning of the After-School Program for Lower School students participating in the program. 

    Sharing of Food: Individually packaged food and drink can be shared during the school day according to our Food Policy, as outlined in the Family Handbook. 

    Ordering Food:
    Food deliveries will not be allowed until after 4:00 p.m. 

     

     
  • Who is required to be vaccinated?

    At this time, Winsor is not mandating vaccinations for students. 

    Because the FDA has approved the Pfizer COVID vaccine for people 16 and older, and because over 99 percent of our employees are vaccinated, we are mandating that all employees now and going forward also be vaccinated.
  • Will students be required to submit a daily Magnus screening?

    No, we will not require students/faculty to complete daily screening at this time.  
  • Will there be remote learning options?

    No. All instruction will take place on campus. There are no plans to integrate any form of remote learning at this time.