Health and Safety - Summer Camps - McDonogh School

Health and Safety

COVID-19 HEALTH AND SAFETY PROTOCOLS

The health and safety of our community continues to be our top priority. With guidance from McDonogh’s Pandemic Planning Team and Medical Advisory Board, and based on the latest guidelines from the CDC, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the Maryland Department of Health, the protocols and important guidelines outlined on this page are in effect.

  • Effective March 1, 2022, masks are optional for most campers and adults throughout much of our campus. McDonogh continues to support those individuals who elect to wear a mask on campus and elsewhere in order to protect themselves, their families and loved ones, and all those around them.
  • Frequent hand washing and hand sanitizing
  • Contact tracing 
  • Campers and employees on campus must contact the Infirmary immediately if they begin to experience flu-like symptoms
  • Campers who present symptoms while on campus must be picked up immediately

Please know that plans are subject to change at any point based on new information. We will continue to update this webpage. Thank you for your patience and flexibility during these uncertain times.

Questions regarding our COVID-19 mitigation efforts should be directed to our Health Team at infirmary@mcdonogh.org.

POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

Community Expectations

We are all in this together, and the health of our community depends on everyone’s cooperation in helping to stop the spread of COVID-19. Please read and abide by our Community Expectations. Adhering to these expectations is vital in order for us to remain on campus with in-person camp.

Isolation and Return to Campus

Those who have had COVID-19 symptoms in the last 14 days will not be permitted on campus without a negative COVID-19 test (rapid or PCR). COVID-19 symptoms are any one of the following: fever of 99.5 degrees or higher, sore throat, cough, difficulty breathing, diarrhea or vomiting, new onset of severe headache (especially with fever), or new loss of taste or smell. For persons with chronic conditions such as asthma or allergies, the symptoms should represent a change from baseline. 

Please note that simply because a negative test result is received does not mean that symptomatic individuals should return to camp; individuals should only return to campus after the symptoms have resolved. As in non-pandemic years, those who have had a fever of 99.5 degrees or higher must remain at home until 48 hours after the fever has resolved without the use of antipyretic medications (e.g. Tylenol, Advil). For diarrhea and vomiting, individuals should not return until 24 hours after symptoms have resolved, and 48 hours for fever. Campers who are potentially contagious should not come to camp until their symptoms are gone.

Individuals who have tested positive for or been diagnosed with COVID-19 should immediately notify the School by emailing infirmary@mcdonogh.org and begin a period of isolation. Per CDC and MDH guidelines, this isolation must last at least 5 days (with day 1 being the first full day after either the onset of symptoms or the administration of a positive test). Individuals may only return to campus after 5 full days in home isolation once their symptoms have substantially resolved and they have been completely without fever for 24 hours without the use of antipyretic medications such as Tylenol or Advil. Individuals who return to campus must wear a tight-fitting respirator face mask (N95, KN95, or KF94 without valves or vents) whenever they are around others through the end of day 10; individuals who do not have or cannot consistently wear a tight fitting N95/KN95 mask will be asked to complete the 10-day period of isolation at home.

Masks

Masks are optional for most campers and adults throughout much of our campus. McDonogh continues to support those individuals who elect to wear a mask on campus and elsewhere in order to protect themselves, their families and loved ones, and all those around them.

  • Per CDC guidance, masks will be required to be worn by all in the Infirmary in the St. John Center.
  • Masks must continue to be worn everywhere by those unvaccinated individuals who have had a recent close contact and who have not yet been cleared following the School's Test-and-Mask-and-Stay protocol, which requires unvaccinated individuals to wear an N95 or equivalent mask and get PCR tested 3-5 days after the date of last exposure. Vaccinated individuals who have been exposed as close contacts are strongly encouraged to mask up prior to receiving PCR results as well but are not required to do so.
  • Masks will continue to be required in the Ceres M. Horn Theatre, the Black Box Theatre, and the Klein Lyceum; the School has recently lifted capacity restrictions in those spaces but will retain a mask requirement due to seating density.

Vaccination

We strongly encourage everyone who is eligible to obtain the COVID vaccine, this currently includes those individuals 5 years and older as recommended by the CDC.

Effective November 1, 2021, McDonogh requires all eligible campers aged 16 and older and employees to be vaccinated to continue attending school. 

Once fully vaccinated, campers, faculty, and staff should send a copy of the CDC vaccination record to the Infirmary (infirmary@mcdonogh.org) or upload a photo on this survey. For those who are vaccinated but may have misplaced their vaccination record card, an electronic record can be downloaded from the Maryland Immunization Record website provided by the Maryland Department of Health at md.myir.net (free registration is required). As always, vaccination information is held confidentially. 

As the Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) is lifted for younger age groups, McDonogh’s COVID vaccine requirement will be adjusted accordingly.

Dining

  • Campers will eat lunch inside the air-conditioned Paterakis dining room. Weather permitting, campers may also eat outside.

Transportation

The school is continuing to offer bus transportation.

  • Families must sign up for bus service to and from one of our community stops.
  • Seating will be limited to 54 passengers.
  • Three windows per side will remain open two to four inches for increased air circulation.
  • Buses are cleaned and disinfected after each use.

Campus Cleaning and Disinfecting

  • The school has acquired reserves of soap, hand sanitizer, and disinfecting products.
  • Hospital-grade cleaning and disinfecting supplies that are safe for a school environment are used.
  • Cleaning and disinfecting of door handles, high-touch surfaces, and restrooms take place throughout the camp day.
  • If an area has been occupied by someone suspected to be infected, the area is closed until it is safely disinfected.
  • Electrostatic fog sprayers are used to disinfect unoccupied areas throughout the school day.
  • The school follows recommended ventilation guidelines for buildings with central systems using the highest level MERV air filters and four to six air changes per hour. Fans and individual HEPA air purifiers are used in buildings without central systems to maintain continuous ventilation.

Visitors

Like last year, access to campus is limited to campers, faculty, essential personnel, authorized visitors, and those involved with camp-sanctioned events. Parents are permitted on campus for drop-off and pick-up and approved volunteer assignments.

Performances, extracurriculars, and other large gatherings may be held outdoors, or indoors with masks required in auditoriums.