2. Health + Safety
Vaccination Pomfret School requires Covid-19 vaccination as a condition of enrollment for the 2021-2022 academic year. You are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the final dose of a two-dose vaccine, such as Pfizer or Moderna, or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson. To submit proof of vaccination, please log in to your Sundial account, navigate to Magnus Health in Resources, and add your student's vaccine documentation to the Immunization Record within Magnus.
The following US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)- and World Health Organization (WHO)-approved vaccines meet Pomfret's Covid-19 requirements:
- Pfizer – FDA
- Moderna – FDA
- Johnson & Johnson/Janssen – FDA
- AstraZeneca – WHO
- Covishield – WHO
- Sinovac – WHO
- Sinopharm/BIBP – WHO
Clinics: As previously communicated, Pomfret will host a vaccine clinic in partnership with Northeast District Department of Health (NDDH) for students who are unable to attain a vaccine prior to arriving on campus. The first dose will be administered on September 8. The second dose will be administered on September 30.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that anyone who has received a WHO-approved, single-dose vaccine receive a second dose to boost immunity. As a result, Pomfret will help impacted students get a second shot of the Pfizer vaccine based on their specific timeline.
Masking Besides vaccination, masks are our greatest defense against the spread of Covid-19. In late July, the the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued new guidance for masks. The CDC now recommends that both vaccinated and unvaccinated people wear masks indoors in areas with significant community spread. The CDC also recommends that all students, teachers, and staff in K-12 schools wear masks regardless of vaccination status. This guidance has been adopted by the State of Connecticut.
As a result, and until further notice, classes held indoors will be masked. In addition, members of the community will wear masks as they travel within school buildings. The School defines Olmsted Student Union, Corzine Athletic Center, Clark Memorial Chapel, Health and Wellness Center, Robinson House, and Main House as additional indoor spaces integral to our operation, frequented by students, and requiring consistent masking. Additionally, the State directive regarding student transport means that all persons will wear masks whenever transported by the School for athletics, activities, and events. Please Note: Dormitories are excluded from this guidance. A student is NOT required to wear a mask inside the dorm. UPDATE 8/19/2021
Surveillance Testing Pomfret will conduct a follow-up round of rapid antigen testing one week after the initial Arrival + Onboarding testing regimen. After this date, Pomfret will test unvaccinated and partially vaccinated students on a weekly basis. In addition, the School will test any community member who reports symptoms consistent with Covid-19. The School will also test close contacts of individuals who test positive for Covid-19. Lastly, we will test any student returning from an extended campus leave, regardless of vaccination status.
Isolation, Quarantine, and Contact Tracing Any student testing positive for Covid-19 will be housed in the Health and Wellness Center (H&WC), separate from the general boarding population, until the student can be picked up. The family (or appointed regional guardian) has 24 hours to retrieve a child who tests positive for Covid. When a student tests positive, the School will initiate contact tracing to identify other impacted persons. If a student is identified as a close contact, we will ask that person to adopt the following mitigation measures during a quarantine period of 7 to 10 days:
- Complete a daily health screen and connect with H&WC nursing staff as required
- Wear a mask outside of the dorm room
- Participate in Covid testing protocol (samples taken on Day 3 and Day 7)
During the quarantine, close contacts WILL be allowed to continue to occupy their assigned dormitory space. They will also be allowed to participate in classes, athletics, meals, and activities, as conditions permit.
Regional Guardian All families who reside outside of a three-hour driving radius of Pomfret School are required to identify a family representative or agency who can transport a student from campus within 24 hours of being notified, either because of a positive Covid test or a campus-wide shutdown. Pomfret will be unable to transport the student should any of these scenarios occur. For a fee, Student Health Advocates (SHA), a private company that provides comprehensive support services to boarding students and their families, will be available to serve students who are unable to immediately return home.