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Safety Protocols 2021-22

Update: 2021-22 School Year
Updated On December 31, 2021

Our Commitment to Safety

Bullis is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for students and faculty. We are adhering to CDC guidelines, State and County recommendations, and consulting with our own panel of medical and legal experts. Multiple preventive measures are in place on campus, and student, faculty, and all campus visitors will be expected to follow safe practices at all times.

  • The health and safety of our students, faculty and staff, and community is our utmost priority.
  • Bullis has demonstrated this duty of care and safeguarding of our students and staff for decades and always will.
  • We are committed to keeping our community safe and educate our students in a manner that is as close to our regular Bullis experience as possible.

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Learning Model

  • First day of school: Wednesday, September 1, 2021
  • School will be five days per week with a normal schedule. 
  • The mode of education offered will be in-person and on campus.
  • Remote education will be offered to individuals in exceptional circumstances only. Last year, our remote learning program was second to none and we will continue to provide a world-class education to those students who will be remote.

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State & Local Resources


Maryland Department of Health


Montgomery Count Maryland

Bullis Community Wellness Pledge

Prior to the opening of school, we will require that all parents, students, and faculty read, sign, and honor the Bullis Community Wellness Pledge, which is accessible on Magnus. This commitment to safe health practices will help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our community and protect the well-being of all.

Parents

Parents will access and complete the pledge in Magnus through the Parent Portal.

Bullis Faculty

Bullis faculty will access the pledge via the Magnus app or the Magnus website.

Magnus Health App

Magnus: Health Screening

  • All students and faculty will be required to monitor their health and stay home when they are sick.
  • Individuals experiencing COVID like symptoms may return to school with a negative COVID test or doctor’s note once their symptoms have begun to improve. Individuals should consult with the Nurse’s Office to discuss their specific circumstances and ensure an orderly return to campus.
  • All unvaccinated individuals will be required to use the Magnus App to track relevant health data by completing the daily health screening each weekday.
  • Vaccinated individuals will not need to complete this daily screening in the Magnus App.

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COVID-19 Testing

Under the MD K-12 screening program administered by the Department of Health and State Department of Education, we have partnered with Capital Diagnostics to provide free COVID-19 testing on campus for all Bullis students and faculty.

  • Test results will be emailed within 48 to 72 hours. If you have not received your child's test results within that time, please contact Capital Diagnostics directly at (301) 498-0340 to make sure that the email address they have on file for you is correct.
  • Problems registering at Capital Diagnostics? Please call (301) 498-0340 

Weekly Testing

Updated! 12/31/2021
  • We have arranged COVID-19 testing every week at school for all students and faculty.
  • Students and faculty will be tested twice per week, on Mondays and Thursdays (days are subject to change).

Upcoming Testing Dates

*These dates are subject to change. If students or faculty are unable to attend regular testing days scheduled on the Bullis campus, they will be required to test on the other on campus testing day that same week or make arrangements for an individual COVID-19 PCR test off-site.

Quarantining & Isolation

As well as obviously keeping our community safe, we are highly motivated to help our students and employees avoid unnecessary quarantining or isolation, hence the protocols we are putting in place. For your information, below are the updated guidelines that we are subject to by Montgomery County Health Department.

Isolation

Isolation is the separation of people with COVID-19 from others. People in isolation need to stay home and separate themselves from others as much as possible. Sharing food, utensils, bathroom facilities and sleeping quarters, as well as contact with pets, should be avoided.

  • Individuals that test positive for COVID-19 will need to isolate for at least 10 days from the earlier of the start of their symptoms or the date of their positive test.
  • Under the Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR), Bullis is required to report positive COVID tests in our community and we work with the Montgomery County Health Department to identify "close contacts" of positive COVID-19 cases that may have occurred within our community and determine next steps.
  • A "close contact" is someone that has been within six feet of an infectious person for a cumulative 15 minutes or more within a 24-hour period unmasked OR someone that has been within three feet of an infectious person for a cumulative 15 minutes or more within a 24-hour period when both are properly masked.

Quarantine

Quarantine is for people who may have been exposed to COVID-19 because they were in close contact with someone with COVID-19. These people may or may not get sick. People in quarantine should stay home as much as possible per the guidelines below, limit their contact with other people, and monitor themselves closely for symptoms of COVID-19.

  • No quarantine if the exposed individual is vaccinated, but they are required to monitor for symptoms for a period of 14 days and quarantine/test if they become symptomatic.
  • Quarantined individuals may exit quarantine on the 8th day after the last date of last exposure if they can produce a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken 5-7 days after the last date of exposure. They are still required to monitor for symptoms for an additional six (6) days and to quarantine/retest if they become symptomatic.
  • If an unvaccinated individual was exposed at school, they may follow the Test to Stay protocol to remain in school while maintaining quarantine outside of school.

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Masks

Updated! 12/31/2021

At Bullis,

  • Masks must be worn by everyone, vaccinated or otherwise, when indoors and on campus.
  • Please ensure your child is wearing an excellent quality, well-fitted mask, preferably a surgical or KN95 or N95.
  • Masks must be worn properly, covering the mouth and nose at all times, and faculty and staff members will be on hand to monitor and remind students and others to wear masks correctly.
  • Masks must be worn outside.
  • Adults, including those vaccinated, need to wear masks when meeting with each other.

We will reevaluate the mask protocol regularly and will refine it as soon as it's safe to do so.

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Physical Distancing

  • We will require all to remain three feet apart. This distance has been reduced per the CDC.
  • Indoor and outdoor furniture is being arranged to support physical distancing of at least three feet between individuals, and barriers have been installed as appropriate when distancing cannot be maintained.
  • Teachers and staff will be visible during passing time to help oversee the physical distancing during changes in classes.

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Vaccinations

Bullis currently requires all students to be vaccinated against:

  • DTP (Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis
  • Polio
  • MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella)
  • Hepatitis B
  • Varicella (Chickenpox) grades K-7 and x1 for grades 7-12
  • Tdap booster between age 11-13
  • Meningococcal (MCV4) between age 11-13
  • COVID-19
    • Over the age of 16
    • Students participating in athletics age 12 and up

COVID-19 Vaccination & FDA Approval

Bullis currently requires COVID-19 vaccination for all employees and students over the age of 16 and strongly encourages COVID-19 vaccination for all members of our community. Additionally, COVID-19 vaccination is required to participate in athletics for all students age 12 and up. As the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) fully approves COVID-19 vaccinations for additional age groups, it will be required for all Bullis students in those age groups.

  • Currently, the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is fully approved for those 16 years old and above and is approved on an emergency basis for children aged 5-15.
  • Both the CDC and the AAP strongly recommend that all eligible persons receive a vaccination for COVID-19. Vaccination is a prime tool for keeping our entire community safe.
  • Bullis will consider requests for exemption due to bonafide medical or religious issues with appropriate documentation. Exemption requests from new employees must be reviewed and approved by Bullis School before the start of employment. Requests for exemption should be directed to the Director of Finance and Operations or the Head of School.

A majority of current employees and Upper School students are already vaccinated. We urge every eligible individual (student and employee) who is not currently vaccinated to receive a vaccination as soon as possible.

*Once full authorization of a vaccine is confirmed by the FDA, all eligible individuals will be required to have their first vaccination shot two weeks after the authorization announcement, and their second shot at the indicated time after that.

Please help us by checking that you have uploaded/completed the following in the Magnus app: 

  • Vaccination Card: Everyone should provide notification of their vaccination by uploading their vaccination card and any health forms into the Magnus App
  • Signed Bullis Wellness Pledge
  • Signed Consent to Test and Treat forms

Athletics

Updated! 12/31/2021

We will be taking a layered approach to athletics and arts. We believe it is critical that students still participate, but this must be in an environment that is least conducive to the transmission of COVID. Details will be shared next week.

Varsity athletic practices will recommence Wednesday (January 5) evening for those students who have received negative results from their Tuesday testing.

Arts

Updated! 12/31/2021

We will be taking a layered approach to athletics and arts. We believe it is critical that students still participate, but this must be in an environment that is least conducive to the transmission of COVID. Details will be shared next week.

Travel

Last year, we asked our families to follow local and national guidelines and directives with regard to travel, but we chose not to mandate personal outside behavior as a requirement for students’ attendance. Again, we ask families to use common sense and follow public health guidelines and directives, but there is no specific Bullis requirement about travel.

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Updates

The Head of School, Christian Sullivan will provide regular updates throughout the year. As we monitor the local and regional situation and adhere to regulatory guidelines and directives in the coming weeks, we will continue to refine our safety protocols. The progression of the pandemic is uncertain, and we must remain nimble and flexible in considering how best to educate and keep our students safe in the coming year.