January 31, 2021
Dear Members of the St. Mark’s Community:
Today, January 31, the School learned that a faculty member tested positive for COVID-19. The test was administered on Friday, January 29. This person has been teaching remotely since Thursday, January 28. Contact tracing is complete, and the person is in isolation. Deep cleaning of campus spaces is in progress.
In addition, eight students will quarantine for 14 days. While these students do not technically meet the criteria of “close contacts” of the faculty member, we are widening the circle of contacts through an abundance of caution. The day students in this group will quarantine at home. The boarding students in this group will be taken to the Health Services Annex until they can be picked up by their parent(s) or local guardian.
We will be testing the entire School community on Monday and Tuesday, February 1 and 2. The approach of testing potential close contacts of an individual who has tested positive within five to seven days from exposure is per guidance from the CDC. In addition to the disinfecting of campus buildings and Houses, as an added precaution, we will remain in the Orange phase as described below while we test our entire community. Day students will return to campus for their test on Monday, February 1, between 8:00 a.m. and noon. Testing will take place in the MFAC lobby. Five-minute slots are available. The link for day students to sign up for testing is: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0D4EABAE23ABFCCF8-daystudent2
. Boarding students will be tested in their rooms on Tuesday, February 2.
We will remain in the Orange phase through Wednesday, February 3, when test results are expected, with all classes taking place remotely and day students remaining off campus except when they come to campus for testing. We will move back to the Yellow phase, with on-campus learning, on Thursday, February 4, if all tests from Monday and Tuesday are negative. While we are in the Orange phase, we will operate similar to the way we have over this weekend, with boarding students allowed to leave their rooms according to an approach overseen by the Dean’s Office. More details will be communicated by the Dean’s Office. We will use the current hybrid academic schedule while we are in the Orange phase.
More details will be communicated as they become available. Thank you for your understanding, patience, and flexibility.