Maintaining Health & Safety 2021-22: Returning and In-School Guidelines
We look forward to welcoming students back to campus for the 2021-22 academic year. While we had hoped to see the pandemic in the rearview mirror, we are returning with important health and safety protocols in place so that faculty can teach with confidence, staff can work safely, and our students can continue to learn and flourish. We have updated our community health and safety guidelines and encourage you to read them here:
Please note that due to the nature of the pandemic, future developments regarding New York’s infection rates may require changes based on mandates from New York State and City authorities. We are well prepared to respond immediately to any and all potential COVID-19 scenarios and restrictions that may arise.
Calendars and Schedules
Please click below to see our calendars, including holidays and partial school days.
For more holiday schedules by role, faculty and staff may log in to MyDwight and navigate to the Faculty Portal resource board.
Ongoing COVID-19 Testing
Ongoing testing is a critical strategy in our efforts to maintain the health and safety of our community. Our onsite clinics will utilize the PCR nasal swab test and have a reliable 48-hour turnaround time for results.
For anyone testing outside of Dwight clinics, tests should be conducted on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday. Students, faculty and staff may return to School while results are pending (Wednesday-Friday), but results must be received, reviewed, and approved in Magnus no later than 5 pm on Sunday for clearance to return on Monday. No one will be permitted to enter School buildings without submitting a negative test result.
The testing plan for various groups is provided here and subject to change:
- Small Wonder parents/caregivers who are unvaccinated must be tested every week through our onsite clinic or elsewhere. Those who are vaccinated are not required to be tested regularly.
- Preschool 3s-Kindergarten students must be tested once every three weeks with more specific information to come.
- Students in grades 1-7 (under age 12) must be tested every three weeks at Dwight’s onsite clinics or elsewhere.
- Students age 12 and older who are unvaccinated must be tested every two weeks at an offsite location of the family’s choice.
- Administrators, faculty, and staff who are vaccinated and cross multiple grades and spend significant time with students must be tested once every three weeks.
- Specialist teachers who are vaccinated and cross multiple grades, Pre-K-grade 7, must be tested once every three weeks.
- Substitute teachers who are vaccinated must be tested once every three weeks.
- Faculty and staff who are unvaccinated with approved medical exemptions must be tested every week through our onsite clinic or elsewhere.
- All other vaccinated faculty and staff who do not fit into the categories above may test voluntarily, but are not required to do so.
Additional onsite testing may be organized when there’s cause for concern around potential exposure at School. We know that individuals concerned about potential exposure outside of School are testing on their own at local clinics as well.
We will share a Dwight onsite clinic schedule soon, with the first clinic for a portion of the community occurring on September 23.
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Have questions or need support?
Should Dwight community members have specific questions that are not addressed here, please don’t hesitate to email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Activities and Service Opportunities
How can I support my child emotionally during this time?
- Supporting Families During COVID-19 (Child Mind Institute)
- Talking to Children About COVID-19: A Parent Resource (National Association of School Psychologists)
- Coping with Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreaks (SAMHSA.gov)
- Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus (Child Mind Institute)
- How to talk to children about difficult news (American Psychological Association)
- Talking to Children About Tragedies & Other News Events (healthychildren.org)
- International School Counselor Association (ISCA) Parent Resource
- BrainPop Video – Coronavirus
- 5 Ways to Help Teens Manage Anxiety About the Coronavirus (New York Times)
- A Curious Guide for Courageous Kids
If you need to talk to someone right away:
- The U.S. has a 24-hour National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255