Derryfield is committed to providing and maintaining a healthy and safe environment for students, faculty, and staff each day in order to teach, learn, relate, and work. We know that having students on campus for full-time, in-person learning contributes positively to ensuring an optimal educational experience as well as to nurturing the well-being of our students. In addition, we always have a duty to protect the health and safety of our most vulnerable, which include high-risk students, faculty, staff, and any outside contacts of our community members.
We have been fortunate to partner, since the pandemic began in 2020 with Fusion Cell epidemiologist, Mike Klingshirn, who has offered advice and guidance to our community on topics related to COVID-19 as well as other infectious diseases, including influenza and monkeypox. Our aim has always been to align our policies and protocols with the available scientific studies, so as not to overreact or underreact. The cost of overreacting is the student experience, while the cost of underreacting is community health.
Similar to how we have managed influenza for many years and COVID-19 these past few years, it will be important to lean into good health and hygiene practices, encourage personal responsibility, and adhere to the following health and safety guidelines:
The best strategies we have against all infectious diseases, such as Influenza and COVID-19, are frequent hand washing, coughing/sneezing into your elbow, and staying home when you are sick.
STAY HOME AND GET TESTED for COVID-19 if you are not feeling well and/or experiencing symptoms.
Do not socialize outside of school with people who are symptomatic or have tested positive for COVID-19 and/or the flu.