Health & Safety - Summer Camps - McDonogh School

Health & Safety

We are excited to have everyone to have our campers back on campus this summer!

The health and safety of our community continue to be our top priority, and the following COVID-19 protocols will remain in place through the end of camp.

  • Daily health questionnaires
  • 100% masked interaction indoors, except while eating lunch
  • When outdoors, masks must be worn when physical distancing is not possible. 
  • Cleaning and disinfecting regularly
  • Handwashing and hand sanitizing throughout the day
  • Distanced seating in classroom spaces
  • Multiple outdoor classroom spaces 
  • Outdoor lunch (weather permitting)
  • Well-ventilated classrooms

McDonogh School’s Pandemic Planning Team and Medical Advisory Board are actively working and monitoring evolving guidelines. Please know that plans are subject to change at any point based on new information. We will continue to update this webpage and communicate with families. Thank you for your patience and flexibility as we navigate these uncertain times.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Campus Health and Safety Measures

  • Access to campus is limited to campers, faculty, essential personnel, authorized visitors, and those involved with school-sanctioned events. Parents are permitted on campus for drop-off and pick-up and approved volunteer assignments.
  • Existing spaces have been reimagined and temporary buildings (that include bathrooms) and tents have been added to ensure physical distancing in all classroom settings.
  • Extra supplies are provided to limit items being shared (e.g. art supplies). Items that must be shared are cleaned and disinfected between uses.
  • Campers who present symptoms while on campus must be picked up immediately.
  • Hand-sanitizing stations are available at the entrance to every building and throughout campus. Frequent handwashing with soap and water is encouraged; hand sanitizer is readily available and should be used when soap and water are not available. 

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 day.
  • Electrostatic fog sprayers are used to disinfect unoccupied areas throughout the school day.
  • Deep cleaning and disinfecting of all areas take place nightly.
  • The school follows recommended ventilation guidelines for buildings with central systems using MERV 13 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.

Health and Safety Rules for the McDonogh Community

Following these rules is essential, and campers and employees who do not abide by them will be sent home.  

  • Campers must complete the daily health questionnaire (sent by email and text each morning) before traveling to campus or getting on the school bus each morning.
  • Those who have a fever above 99.5 degrees, have flu-like symptoms not associated with allergies, and/or have had contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 will not be permitted on campus.
  • Campers and employees who have had close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 or is presumed positive, must adhere to the following:
    • Self-isolate at home, and participate virtually if possible
    • Get tested for the virus if you are able and willing (nasopharyngeal swab is preferred); a PCR test after day 7 could permit an early end to the quarantine
    • Stay at home for 14 days so long as you remain asymptomatic
    • If you remain asymptomatic, you may return after 14 days.
    • If you develop symptoms, you may return three days after you have recovered and a minimum of 10 days after symptoms began.
    • Those who are fully vaccinated (more than two weeks after the final dose) are exempt from close contact quarantines.
  • Campers who travel outside the Mid-Atlantic region (Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and the District of Columbia) must be tested after their return to the state and quarantine away from campus until the test results are received. More information is available in the School’s travel policy.
  • Masks should follow guidance from the State of Maryland and the CDC. Masks should be made of at least two layers and should not have any valves or vents. Each camper should bring a spare mask to school in case their mask becomes soiled or damp. Cloth masks should be washed daily. Surgical or medical masks, including one-time-use masks, are permitted. Masks must be worn indoors at all times by campers and employees. When outdoors, masks must be worn when physical distancing is not possible. 
  • Bandanas and neck gaiters are not permitted; research shows these types of face-coverings are ineffective at reducing the transmission of respiratory droplets. Masks with ear or head loops are strongly recommended.
  • Physical distancing of six feet should be maintained whenever possible. 
  • Campers and employees on campus must contact the Infirmary immediately if they begin to experience flu-like symptoms.
  • All campers should bring their own water bottle to campus each day; drinking fountains will not be available, but water bottle filling stations or opportunities will be available.

Bus Transportation

The camp is continuing to offer bus transportation.

  • Masks must be worn on the bus.
  • Families must sign up for bus service to and from one of our community stops.
  • A minimum of three windows per side remain open for increased air circulation.
  • Buses are cleaned and disinfected after each use.

Carpooling

While McDonogh cannot recommend that families carpool, as it exposes family members to new individuals outside the household, we understand that it may be a necessity for some. The School cannot provide contact information to facilitate carpooling, but McDonogh will not prevent families from coordinating their own ridesharing. If you choose to carpool with people from outside your immediate family, we recommend wearing a mask and trying to ride with the same people on a regular basis.

Dining

The dining halls are open for lunch pick-up only.

McDonogh School Travel Policy for 2020-2021 

McDonogh, along with the Maryland Department of Health, strongly recommends that all those who are not vaccinated refrain from nonessential travel outside of the State. Any person who is not fully vaccinated and who travels out of the State of Maryland must get tested after returning and must self-quarantine away from campus until the test result is received. Students and families should follow any additional guidance or restrictions imposed by the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) or the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). 

The Mid-Atlantic region (the District of Columbia, Virginia, West Virginia, Delaware, and Pennsylvania) is currently exempt from the testing and quarantine requirements. Additionally, those who are fully vaccinated (i.e. more than two weeks past their final shot) are exempt from the testing and quarantine requirements.