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COVID-19 Update for 2021-22

Georgetown Preparatory School’s COVID-19 Policies,
effective February 15, 2022

Georgetown Prep remains committed to a fully operating, on-campus program this year, providing each student with the full experience that Prep has to offer.

In this ever-changing landscape of public health regulations and recommendations regarding the spread of COVID-19, the School continues to communicate with its medical advisors and follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Montgomery County and Maryland state health authorities in order to make sound decisions that best serve the health and safety of the Georgetown Prep community.

Our current policies are stated below.

Vaccination Policy:
Effective July 20, 2021, Georgetown Prep mandated the COVID-19 vaccine for students, faculty, and staff for the 2021-22 school year. The only exceptions made to this mandate were for those with medical exemptions.

Self-Monitoring for Symptoms of Illness: 
Georgetown Prep asks that all members of the community monitor themselves for illness and stay home if they are feeling sick.

Masking Policy - Mask Optional:
Effective February 15, 2022, the decision of whether to wear a mask is up to each individual member of the Prep community. All students, faculty, and staff will respect and support the choice made by those who wear a mask, providing themselves with an additional layer of protection against the virus. 

IAC Event Spectator Mask Requirement: Please note that in accordance with IAC guidelines Georgetown Prep will continue to expect spectators to mask indoors while attending IAC winter contests.

Reduced Seating Capacity of the South Room for Lunch: One grade level each week will have lunch in the George Center’s Hoya Café; the three other grades will eat in the South Room, and the Figge Theater Foyer is open for faculty and staff dining.

COVID-19 PCR Screening:
All students, faculty, and staff must continue to test each week unless they are isolating from a positive case of COVID-19 and isolate if they test positive. All persons who test positive for COVID-19 or have suspected COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status, should complete isolation as follows:

  • Stay home for at least 5 full days from the date of symptom onset if symptomatic or the date of the positive test if no symptoms. Day 1 is considered the first full day after symptoms started in symptomatic persons or the first full day after the person tested positive if asymptomatic.
  • For those who remained asymptomatic: After Day 5 (on Day 6), if the person has no symptoms they may return to school and must wear a well-fitting mask when around others for an additional 5 days. If the person is unable to wear a mask around others, they should remain at home for a full 10 days.
  • For those who tested positive and developed symptoms: On Day 5 the person may administer an at-home rapid antigen test or make an appointment with the Georgetown Prep Health Office for a rapid-antigen test. You should collect the test sample only if you are fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication and your other symptoms have improved (loss of taste and smell may persist for weeks or months after recovery and need not delay the end of isolation). If your test result is positive, you should continue to isolate until day 10. If your test result is negative, you can end isolation but continue to wear a well-fitting mask around others at home and in public until Day 10.    
  • Zoom Access to Classes for COVID-19 Isolation Only: Students who are isolating because of a positive result will have access to their classes via the Zoom platform but are not expected to attend if they have symptoms of illness. Note that Zoom access is limited to students in COVID isolation and may not be used for any other purpose.

Visitors to Campus:
Masks will be optional for all visitors, regardless of vaccination status, with the exception of indoor winter sports. Spectators at indoor winter sporting events, per the IAC guidelines, must wear a mask. Please respect that our campus is only open to visitors who have coordinated their visit with an employee of the School––students/parents invited by Admissions, vendors with whom we have a business need, alumni and athletics teams who are participating in a sporting event, parent volunteers that have been vaccinated, and other guests pre-approved by an administrator. 

Other Campus Safety Measures: 

  • Georgetown Prep will also continue to thoroughly clean the facilities. 
  • Georgetown Prep will continue to encourage solid hygiene practices, including frequent hand washing or sanitation. 
  • Depending on the space available, Georgetown Prep will continue to provide physical distancing, as much as possible within the classrooms, in keeping with recent CDC recommendations.

COVID Communications:

  • Going forward this academic year, there will continue to be a weekly COVID-19 update for parents, students, faculty, and staff, unless noted otherwise.
  • If a family has a question about the policies, feel free to reach out to the School Nurse Sharon Weldon, RN, in the GP Health Office.
  • All other inquires may be sent to communications@gprep.org.