WINTER 2021-2022 INFORMATION
The purpose of this page is to outline our COVID-19 health and safety layers in accordance with operations for the Winsor School. 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. Please check back regularly for ongoing updates and guidance. Last updated January 14, 2022.

 
NOTE:
The graphs below are best seen in landscape mode when viewed on a mobile device.
 
 

COVID-19 Testing Results

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

Student Vaccination Percentages

This chart shows the percentage of students who have been fully vaccinated for the whole school and also broken down by grade level. 92% of Winsor students have been vaccinated.

 
COVID-19 Health & Safety Layers

STUDENTS AND FACULTY/STAFF
(Vaccinated and Unvaccinated)
MASKING

Required indoors.
Optional outdoors.
TESTING

The entire community will participate in weekly COVID-19 testing for the month of January. 
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, asymptomatic, vaccinated close contacts 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

Effective Monday, January 3, all visitors to campus will need to show proof of vaccination upon arrival and registration at the security desk. (Fully vaccinated means two doses of either the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine or a single does of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine, with the most recent does being at least 14 days in advance of the visit.)

Visitors will not be allowed access to campus buildings without showing proof of vaccination. Winsor’s protocols are in compliance with the City of Boston’s B Together plan, which outlines Boston’s vaccine requirement for certain indoor spaces.

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. Read the COVID-19 Visitor Health & Safety Protocols.
VACCINATION
Effective Monday, January 3, all visitors to campus will show proof of vaccination/booster upon arrival and registration at the security desk. Visitors will not be allowed access to campus buildings without showing proof of vaccination/booster. Winsor’s protocols are in compliance with the City of Boston’s B Together plan, which outlines Boston’s vaccine requirement for certain indoor spaces.
MASKING
Required indoors. Optional outdoors.
DISTANCING No distancing required.
HEALTH MONITORING
All visitors are asked to refrain from visiting when feeling ill.
 
 

Opponent Vaccination Requirements

Some of our Eastern Independent League (EIL) and Independent School League (ISL) opponents that we compete against have decided that they will not allow their teams to play against unvaccinated athletes, even with weekly testing.
 
This means that if your child is not vaccinated, they will need to sit out during competitions against schools that require vaccinations. What each school is requiring is subject to change, as every school is closely monitoring COVID-19, and specifically the Delta and Omicron variants. We'll continue to update the coaches and athletes with our competitor's protocols.

COVID-19 Visitor Health & Safety Protocols

We appreciate your cooperation and teamwork to help keep our community safe and healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic. For in-person meetings in particular, we would like to emphasize the importance of continuing to follow our protocols. 
  • While indoors, all visitors will be required to wear a mask. 
  • All visitors will need to follow the COVID-19 Visitor Health & Safety Protocols adopted by the school and as required by federal, state, or local regulations. Visitors are asked to self-monitor COVID-19 symptoms before coming on campus. Do not come to campus if you are feeling ill or experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. 
  • Water will be available and we ask that you bring a personal water bottle.
 

 
POOL TESTING STUDENTS
 
Also as part of our COVID safety measure, Winsor will conduct pool testing for all community members during the month of January. 

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 5 days, with an additional 5 days of masking (per CDC).

If you have tested positive for COVID-19 within the past three months, contact Director of Health Services Nurse Sue prior to your testing date, as you will be exempt from testing for 90 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).


Going forward, if you have been exposed to a person with COVID-19, please follow the updated CDC isolation and quarantine guidelines
 

If you: You should:
Have a booster OR 
 
Have completed the primary vaccine series of Moderna or Pfizer and a second dose is within the last 6 months OR 
 
Have completed the primary series of J&J within the last 2 months
  • Wear a mask around others for 10 days.
  • Test on day 5, if possible.
Have completed the primary vaccine series of Moderna or Pfizer and a second dose is over 6 months ago and are not boosted OR
 
Have completed the primary series of J&J over 2 months ago and are not boosted OR 
 
Are unvaccinated
  • Stay home for 5 days. After that continue to wear a mask around others for 5 days.
  • If you can’t quarantine you must wear a mask for 10 days. 
  • Test on day 5, if possible.
 
 
 
 
 

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. Some opponents have vaccination or other requirements which coaches will outline for players. 

    If your child is returning to school after testing positive for COVID-19, they may return to playing wind and brass instruments on day eleven. Because their mask would have to be off to play, they may not participate during days six through ten after a diagnosis.


  • 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?

    Because over 99 percent of our employees are fully vaccinated, we are mandating that all employees now and going forward also be fully vaccinated and receive a booster.

    “Fully” vaccinated means two doses of either the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine or a single dose of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine, with the most recent dose being at least 14 days in advance of the visit. 
     
    Effective February 1, 2022, and in addition to the above, all employees and contractors working on the Winsor Campus will be required to have obtained the vaccine Booster and to provide proof of vaccination. The date of this Booster will be no sooner than 2 weeks prior to the date of campus visit.

    At this time, Winsor is not mandating vaccinations for students. Because the CDC has recommended the use of the FDA-approved Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children ages five and older, we are encouraging all students to get vaccinated and for everyone over 16 get a booster.
  • 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.

    When students are absent due to a positive COVID-19 test, teachers and advisors will work with students to help them continue to engage academically from home. Absent students should reach out to their advisors and teachers to coordinate.