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Safety Protocols 2021-22

Update: 2021-22 School Year
Updated: May 17, 2022

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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Updated: 5/17/2022

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Maryland Department of Health


Montgomery Count Maryland

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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

  • We have arranged COVID-19 testing every week at school for all students and faculty.
  • Students and faculty will be required to test once a week.

Upcoming Testing Dates

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*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.

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Masks

Updated: 5/17/2022

In the face of this latest spike in numbers, the following health protocols will be implemented in order to try to prevent further spread and ensure, as much as possible, that school remains open for the remainder of the year:

  1. Lower School and Middle School students and faculty will begin wearing masks indoors and any other time when distancing is not possible. We will hand out masks to those who do not have a mask on hand.
  2. In Upper School, students and faculty will wear masks while congregating in large group settings, such as Upper School assembly. Again, we will provide masks to those students who do not have one. Additionally, we will now require all Upper School students and faculty with positive COVID cases within their household to wear a mask on campus for ten days from their last close contact with a positive/presumed infectious individual in their household. Others Upper School students and faculty who continue to be required to wear masks on campus are: (1) individuals eligible to return early from isolation who are in Day 6-10 of their isolation period and (2) unvaccinated individuals whose only close contact was on campus and are participating in the "test to stay" protocol.

We will encourage all students to eat outside, weather-permitting, and will be opening classroom windows. As a reminder, any individual experiencing a fever should stay home and reach out to their doctor before returning to campus. We also ask that any student or faculty member experiencing symptoms associated with COVID err on the side of caution and remain home until they’ve had a PCR test and received a negative result.

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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.

We urge every eligible individual (student and employee) who is not currently vaccinated to receive a vaccination as soon as possible.

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

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.

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.