Important Information about COVID
CRMS is currently open for in-person learning
The campus is closed to visitors, however, the Admission Office is scheduling virtual tours and interviews for prospective students. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
We thank you for your continued patience and understanding during this challenging time.
In an effort to keep our community safe and informed, we are sharing the very latest information about how COVID–19 is affecting the CRMS community. Below please find our COVID Operating plan and some frequently asked questions.
What is the current visitation policy at school?
The CRMS campus is currently closed to visitors. To schedule a virtual visit please contact our admission office.
Will there be subsequent, routine testing?
Yes, we will conduct sentinel testing on the school population as a preventive measure. Anyone who experiences signs or symptoms of COVID-19 will be tested.
How will students be expected to modify their behavior on campus?
All members of the community must accept responsibility for their role in keeping themselves and the community safe. This includes following the CDC guidelines regarding the prevention of COVID-19 and the school’s own policies based on local guidance. These include: physical distancing of at least six feet, wearing cloth face masks, regular hand washing, and surface hygiene.
Will students be required to wear masks?
All community members must wear masks in all public and shared environments on campus and when required physical distancing cannot be achieved. Students will not need to wear a mask while in their dorm.
How many masks should students bring to school?
Students must bring 5 masks to school. The masks should:
- Fits snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
- Completely covers the nose and mouth
- Is secured with ties or ear loops
- Includes multiple layers of fabric, preferably cotton. Polyester alone is insufficient
- Has no vents or valves
- Allows for breathing without restriction
- Can be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape
Do students need to self-contain before arriving at CRMS for the second semester?
In order to reduce the risk of any student bringing the virus to campus, we will request all students limit their risk of exposure in the 14 days prior to arrival at CRMS. (Out-of-state boarding students will begin their self-isolation on December 28 and in-state and day students will begin their self-isolation period on January 4) This includes wearing a face-covering in public spaces, practicing physical distancing outside the home, and adhering to excellent hand hygiene. Whenever possible, students should limit contact to immediate family members only.
Do students and families have a role to play in ensuring the health and safety of the community?
Yes. All students will be expected to follow the safety protocols that are being put in place to protect the community. This will include wearing a clean face mask when in public buildings (see list below), maintaining physical distance (6 feet) whenever possible, following strict handwashing and hygiene protocols, and other measures.
List of mandatory buildings where masks are manadtory:
- Welcome Center
- Bar Fork Student Center and Dining Hall
- Fitness Center
- Jossman Academic Building
- Art Facilities
- CRMS Barn
Day families must be committed to picking up your student from campus (or to identify a proxy adult who can do so) if this is necessitated by either a positive test or by close contact with someone who tests positive.
Visitors to campus will be limited, and families should expect restricted access to campus. Please note that visitors will not have access to dorm spaces, dining services, or most campus buildings.
This is only a partial list of responsibilities and potential requirements. All students and families are asked and expected to comply with all health and safety rules established by the School.
All families will be asked to provide an electronic signature indicating their awareness and acceptance of the risks associated with COVID-19.
How will the school mitigate the risks associated with families bringing students to campus on drop-off day?
Second-semester move-in will be spaced to provide a safe repopulation of campus. All visiting adults will be asked to follow strict safety and hygiene protocols, and access to campus facilities will be limited.
What happens if a student does not comply with safety protocols?
Safely reopening the school for residential learning requires the active participation of all community members. A willingness to comply with safety protocols is therefore a prerequisite for returning to campus. Intentional or repeat non-compliance poses a serious health risk to others and will be addressed as a disciplinary matter.
What is the protocol if a student on campus tests positive?
Any student who tests positive will be isolated on campus. The School will notify and work with the local department of public health in coordinating the response. Contact tracing will be performed to identify any community members who will need to quarantine as the result of contact.
What if my child needs to remain at home because they are sick or have been in contact with someone who tested positive for COVID?
We require that students stay home if they have symptoms or may have been exposed to COVID. For this reason, we are preparing for more student absences than usual. When students are absent, they will make use of our online learning management system, Canvas, to keep track of assignments. All teachers will post a daily syllabus, outlining what was covered during class that day. As always, we encourage students to contact their teachers with any questions and have four student-meeting blocks per week to facilitate teacher/student communication during this challenging time. Students who require an extended leave will work with their advisor, Academic Dean, and the Learning Center to determine a plan to support their physical, emotional, and academic well-being.