Health and Wellness - Student Services - McDonogh School

Health and Wellness


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.


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., 443-544-7204

Middle School, Brenna LaRose, LCPC,, 443-544-7305 

Upper School, Caitlin Cork, LCSW-C,, 443-544-7411

Upper School, Jasmine Crandol, LGPC,, 443-544-7134

Director of School Counseling (PK-12), Michael Green, LCSW-C,, 443-544- 7405

Athletic Training

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.


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. 


Consistent with the U.S. government and other organizations that have updated their COVID-19 policies due to the evolving nature of the virus, effective Wednesday, February 1, 2023, McDonogh will strongly recommend, but will not require, vaccinations against COVID-19 for employees and students. As always, the school reserves the right to update this policy as conditions change. McDonogh continues to strongly recommend that students and adults stay up to date with boosters in order to acquire the best possible protection for themselves and our community..

Illness and Return to Campus

Students and employees are required to notify the Infirmary if they test 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, individuals 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. A mask must be worn indoors after their return through the end of day 10, or until the individual tests negative on a rapid test in the Infirmary. While at home, students who are well enough should 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.


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. Kyle Yost, McDonogh Team Physician, Assistant Professor of Family and Community Medicine, Sports Medicine, University of Maryland