To provide the safest environment for our children, we want to provide the Derby community with additional resources to best educate and protect our students, faculty, and families in light of COVID-19.
We've successfully welcomed students back to campus this fall, but we'll need to work together as a community and adhere to our re-opening plan's health protocols to mitigate risk and maintain our optimal health. Please check back often for important community announcements and helpful resources about COVID-19.
Massachusetts changed its travel mandate to a travel advisory. This means that the testing requirements are now recommended, but are no longer required.
In this advisory, the state still requests that all individuals entering Massachusetts quarantine for 10 days or obtain a COVID test within 72 hours before your arrival back to Massachusetts. If it is not possible to obtain a test in the state you have traveled to then you should quarantine in Massachusetts until a COVID test is performed.
There are new criteria for which the state does not advise a quarantine or testing.
These criteria include:
- Anyone entering Massachusetts for less than 24 hours or anyone returning after being out of state for less than 24 hours.
- Anyone who is fully vaccinated, receiving either two doses of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine or 1 dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine more than 14 days ago.
At this point, Derby will align with the state: PCR COVID tests will no longer be mandated after travel. However, we advise you to continue to follow the state's recommendations and test following travel unless you meet any of the above criteria. You can continue to send any COVID test results to the health center staff. Derby Academy still requires a PCR COVID test if any individual develops symptoms of COVID, including individuals who have been fully vaccinated.
Derby's COVID Task Force Members
Joell Bianchi, MD - Mass. General Hospital
Suzanne Bradshaw, MD - East Boston Neighborhood Health Center
Curtis Cetrulo, MD ’85, Derby Trustee, Mass. General Hospital
Wenliang Chen, MD - Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital Plymouth
Susannah Murphy, PhD
Lori Cashman, President, Derby Board of Trustees
Jake Heller, Treasurer, Derby Board of Trustees
Demi Isenstadt, Derby Trustee, Degree Candidate MGH Institute
Jennifer Newell ’90, Derby Trustee, Asst. Principal Foster School
Maura Harold, RN
Aloka Wolford, RN, PA Co-President
Tom Reid, Interim Head of School
Kate Howell, Head of Middle and Upper School
Mary Beth Murphy, Interim Head of Primary and Lower School
Sarah Driscoll, PA-C
Kendall Connerty, BSN, RN
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers resources about the Coronavirus including symptoms, commons questions, and steps to prevent illness.
Our Health Office has provided an updated flow chart for responding to COVID-19 symptoms, and requirements for testing and quarantine.
NAIS resources and information on how to talk to children about news and traumatic events.
Open Circle’s How to Talk to Kids About Coronavirus
Parent Resource from NASP: Talking to Children about COVID-19
American School Counselor Association’s Coronavirus Resources
ChildMind’s Talking to Kids About The Coronavirus
- What sources guide our re-opening plan and policies?
- When should I keep my child home from school?
- What is the protocol if a student or teacher develops COVID-19-like symptoms during the day?
- Is the school nurse’s office the same place other children with "routine" illnesses are sent?
- What if a student or staff member has a member of their household with a positive diagnosis of COVID-19?
- How will you notify those who may have been exposed to a staff member or student with COVID-19?
- Where can I get tested for COVID-19?
- How do you define "exposure" to someone?
- What about After School programming?