SSFS buses will run at full capacity during the 2022-2023 school year. Mask-wearing on buses will be optional.
This web page serves as a resource for navigating the school year and SSFS's response to COVID-19. SSFS is committed to providing an outstanding and novel educational experience, while keeping our community connected and supported in various ways.
- Last updated: September 7, 2022
The Home and School Partnership: A Shared Responsibility
While the School is taking extraordinary measures to reduce the risk of virus transmission, there is no ability for the School to provide a completely risk-free environment for students, employees, and other community members. Studies indicate that the best protection for the community is provided by consistent practice of individual hygiene and social distancing measures by every member of the community.
As school takes place on campus, protecting the SSFS community from the COVID-19 virus is best accomplished through a combination of individual and institutional practices that provide layers of protection. No one step by itself is sufficient, and the best protection is provided through actions taken by the School, its employees, and each student’s family, forming a partnership, or social contract, that expands protection beyond the actions of one individual or institution. Many of the specifics of this partnership are summarized in the table below and described in detail in the rest of this document.
SSFS will continue to update our community through the divisional newsletters on a monthly basis through our “COVID Response Team Corner” as well as providing weekly updates regarding COVID positive cases in the newsletter and on our school’s COVID dashboard.
When the weather permits, dining for lunch will take place outdoors in the quad on picnic tables for Middle and Upper School. During the winter and in inclement weather, SSFS utilizes the Westview dining hall as well as the Clifton building and Westview classrooms.
SSFS is a mask optional campus. It is important to note that for people with COVID-19 symptoms, a positive test must follow the School's isolation and quarantine policy regarding mask wearing upon their return to campus.
The SSFS Health Center, in partnership with the Covid Response Team, has established guidelines for close contacts, quarantine, and isolation.
The School is closely following follow closely the isolation and quarantine guidelines expressed by the Maryland Department of Health and Human Services in July 2022.
If COVID-positive cases among the faculty and students rise to 5% of the total student population in any given division, we will strongly encourage masking. If cases increase to 10% of the total student population of said division, we will institute mandated masking for ten calendar days. We would also move to socially distanced seating (indoor and outdoor) during the lunch periods for the affected division.
Vaccinated PK-12 grade families should continue to regularly assess the health and wellness of their child and to keep them home if they are not feeling well and to email the Health Center if their child is exhibiting any COVID symptoms.
SSFS will make provisions for the presence of tutors, therapists, and other specialists to support our students on-campus. Special guidelines have been set for these types of visitors to campus.
SSFS requires all eligible faculty and staff and all eligible students in the Lower, Middle, and Upper School to obtain the COVID-19 vaccine (including the first booster shot, if applicable) and submit their records to the Health Center vis the Magnus Health (or email for faculty-staff).
Parents and other visitors are allowed on campus with advanced appointments or through registration (for events). Visitors must either provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination (including the first booster shot, if applicable) or a negative antigen test taken the prior to their arrival.
For athletic games, parents/guardians and other visitors are allowed on campus without an advanced appointment. We ask that spectators still continue to provide proof of vaccination or take an antigen test prior to arriving.
Joel Gunzburg, LS Counselor
301-774-7455 ext. 118
Erin Rose, MS Counselor
301-774-7455 ext. 175
Beatrice Adewole, US Counselor
301-774-7455 ext. 138
Elizabeth Billett, US Counselor
301-774-7455 ext. 179