The health and safety of the McDonogh community is our top priority. With guidance from McDonogh’s Pandemic Planning Team and Medical Advisory Board, and based on guidelines from the CDC, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the Maryland Department of Health, the School maintains a series of COVID-19 protocols.
As outlined in the School’s COVID-19 Vaccination Policy, students 12 years of age and older are required to be vaccinated. Students younger than 12 for whom the vaccine is available with an emergency use authorization (EUA) are strongly encouraged to be vaccinated.
Illness and Return to Campus
Families are required to notify the Infirmary if their child tests positive for COVID-19. Individuals with COVID-19 must quarantine at home for five full days after the onset of symptoms or a positive test (the date of the test or first symptoms is day zero, students can return on the morning of day six). As is the case with all illnesses, individuals should only return to campus after the symptoms have substantially resolved. Students must wear masks indoors after their return through the end of day 10. This year, if a student is in quarantine at home and is well enough, they can keep up with class work asynchronously through Canvas.
Individuals who have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 but are not symptomatic and have tested negative are welcome to come to campus. Masks are recommended after an exposure.
Additional protocols are announced from time to time as local conditions require, including at the grade or divisional level. We encourage all to wear masks indoors during periods of high community transmission in our region.
A nurse is on duty in the infirmary, located on the lower level of the Edward St. John Student Center, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on school days to take care of students' health needs as they arise during the day.
McDonogh's athletic trainers are committed to providing student-athletes with the highest quality health care. Knowing that each injury is different, our athletic trainers focus on the individual and their needs, developing a path back onto the field that seeks to prevent re-injury.
In addition to the athletic trainers on staff, the team physician, and the associate team physician, McDonogh also has a relationship with the University of Maryland's Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship program. A Fellow from the program comes once a week to meet with students and work with our Athletic Trainers.
At McDonogh we realize that at times student support needs to go beyond purely academic support. McDonogh has a counselor present in each division who is ready to support students socially, emotionally, and academically. Counselors offer a wide range of services from meeting with students and families, lending crisis support, providing referrals to community resources, advocating for students, conducting classroom presentations, facilitating small group activities, as well as working with faculty and administration on behalf of students. Questions regarding these services can be directed to the appropriate divisional counselor:
Lower School, Dan Wagner, Ph.D, firstname.lastname@example.org 443-544-7204
Middle School, Brenna LaRose, LCPC, email@example.com, 443-544-7305
Upper School, Caitlin Cork, LCSW-C, firstname.lastname@example.org, 443-544-7411
Upper School, Jasmine Crandol, LGPC, email@example.com, 443-544-7134
Director of School Counseling (PK-12), Michael Green, LCSW-C, firstname.lastname@example.org, 443-544- 7405
McDonogh’s Medical Advisory Board is a group of volunteer physicians and specialists who advise the school on issues surrounding health and wellness. The Board, which also includes representatives from McDonogh's Infirmary and Athletic Training departments, meets quarterly.
Dr. Nicole Gable, Pediatrician, Pavilion Pediatrics
Dr. J. Christopher Greenawalt ‘91, Director of the Hospitalist Program, Greater Baltimore Medical Center
Dr. Richard Winakur ‘88, McDonogh Team Physician, Orthopaedic Specialist, Towson Orthopaedic Associates
Dr. Kyle Yost, McDonogh Associate Team Physician, Assistant Professor of Family and Community Medicine, Sports Medicine, University of Maryland