Drew Lifting Mask Requirement - April 13th
April 1, 2022
FAMILY GUIDELINES AND RESOURCES
Please be advised that starting Wednesday, April 13th, masks will be strongly recommended but not required for students, staff, and families on Drew’s campus.
As we make this shift with regard to masks, we will continue the following mitigation strategies:
- Providing weekly surveillance COVID-19 testing for students
- Using in-room air purifier units with HEPA filters in enclosed classroom spaces
- Facilitating mandatory testing for all staff, as well as for students participating in athletics and extracurricular activities;
- Implementing our Test-to-Stay Program (TTS) for close contacts;
- Encouraging physical distancing whenever possible; and
- Enhanced sanitization and cleaning of building surface areas.
As we shift to Phase 2, we count on our families to do their part to keep our community safe. If your student shows any COVID-19 related symptoms, we ask that you keep your student home.
As an additional resource for families, through our partnership with Viral Solutions, beginning this Sunday, April 3rd, Drew will restart free weekend community COVID-19 testing. Each Sunday, the Community Testing will occur at the Elementary Academy pickup lanes between 10 am – 2 pm. This testing is open to all family members. If you are a family member and would like to participate in the free testing, please complete the following form before arriving: Viral Solutions Family Member Consent Form
(Note: Persons can also opt-in onsite.)
If your student has been testing with Viral Solutions over the past few weeks, they are already in the system and there is no need for them to opt-in again.
Although masks will be strongly recommended as of April 13th, in accordance with CDC recommendations, a mask requirement for students and staff will remain in place under the following conditions:
- Any individual identified as a close contact who is participating in our Test-to-Stay Program must wear a mask while on campus during their participation in the TTS Program and continue to wear their mask on campus for an additional five days after their TTS participation window ends.
- Any individual who has tested positive for COVID-19 and has completed the five-day at-home isolation period will need to continue wearing their masks while on campus for the first five days after returning to school.
We are glad that our COVID-19 cases and those in the community have continued to decline and remain low. Please note that we are continuing to monitor public health data, particularly in light of BA.2, the new omicron subvariant now dominant in the United States. If the BA.2 subvariant (or other emerging variants) leads to a surge in COVID-19 cases, Drew may determine a need to reinstate a mask requirement, with an election for parents to exempt their students pursuant to Senate Bill 514. As we approach the end of the school year, we want to remain in a position where our students and parents are healthy and can safely participate in awards ceremonies, the Senior Walk, field day, and other end-of-year celebrations.
Thank you for your ongoing support and cooperation to keep our Drew Community healthy and thriving.