MSD's COVID-19 policies and procedures work to mitigate COVID-19 related risks at MSD programs. These plans are fluid and will be evolving over time at MSD’s discretion, while considering national, state, and local government agencies' recommendations and requirements. These agencies include the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS), and the ABC Science Collective. We also work closely with the North Carolina Association of Independent Schools (NCAIS) and their member Heads of Schools around the state to arrive at policies and safety practices specific to our areas of operation. The school reserves the right to modify, at any time, any of the policies described or privileges granted.
- Please be sure that your child (2 years-old and above) has a mask with them for school. Wearing a mask is optional indoors and outdoors but all students should have a spare mask on campus. We do not allow masks that have exhalation valves or vents or neck gaiters on campus.
- Parents/Guardians must report to the MSD office when their child is experiencing symptoms that may be COVID-19 or if they have been exposed. Signs and symptoms of COVID-19 can include fever (temperature of 100.4°F or higher), chills, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, muscle aches, headache, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, nasal congestion or rhinorrhea, vomiting or diarrhea, and skin rashes. Communicate with the office to determine the timeline for return following COVID-19 symptoms, diagnosis, or exposure based on the MSD COVID-19 Guidance packet.
- If COVID-19 symptoms begin while at school, the child must be sent home as soon as possible. Sick children will be kept separate from well children, and staff contact will be limited as much as reasonably possible, while ensuring the safety and supervision of the child until they leave. If a child is sick, they will need to be picked up promptly (as soon as reasonably possible). Thus, we ask that parents ensure that either a parent or an emergency contact is readily available to come get a child if necessary on any given day. This means if a parent is out of town for any reason, the emergency contact should be notified ahead of time and made aware of their responsibility to be available to pick up an ill child as promptly as possible.
- COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters are encouraged for those eligible as they help protect from contracting COVID-19, limit the spread of COVID-19, and prevent from serious illness, hospitalization, or death due to COVID-19.
- Please provide our Office Manager, Moriah@msdurham.org, with a copy of your child(ren)'s vaccination card(s) as this will help us with planning and decision making as we continue to navigate the pandemic. Keep this information updated with the office as any boosters are administered.
The administrative office will communicate with you directly should there be any updates on the COVID-19 situation that might have a direct impact on MSD's operations. All updates and plans will be communicated via email. MSD will coordinate with the Durham County Department of Public Health to determine when and how to inform families, students, faculty, and staff as appropriate and maintain privacy and confidentiality as required by law. MSD may also decide to issue notifications above and beyond what public health notification guidelines call for.