Will students need to quarantine before arriving at Eaglebrook in the fall?
Effective August 1, Massachusetts is requiring all visitors entering the state, including returning residents, who do not meet an exemption, to: (1) Complete the Massachusetts Travel Form
prior to arrival, unless you are visiting from a lower-risk state designated by the Department of Public Health
and (2) Quarantine for 14 days or produce a negative FDA EUA-approved molecular (PCR) SARS-CoV2 test result that has been administered up to 72-hours prior to your arrival in Massachusetts.
The current list of FDA EUA approved tests can be found here
Massachusetts COVID-19 Travel Order:
Guidance for Travelers arriving in Massachusetts:
Will students need to be tested for COVID-19 before school begins?
Will employees need to be tested for COVID-19 before school begins? All students are required to obtain a COVID-19 SARS-CoV-2 PCR (active infection test, not antibody) test prior to arriving at Eaglebrook. Those boarding students coming from a designated lower-risk state (Connecticut, Hawaii, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont) are asked to obtain the test no more than 10 days prior to arrival at Eaglebrook. Those from non-exempted states are required to obtain a test no more than 3 days prior to coming to Massachusetts. Email results to the Health Center and bring documentation of a negative result upon arrival at School. All Boarding Students will also get an arrival COVID-19 SARS-CoV-2 PCR test on campus. All Day Students will receive a COVID-19 SARS-CoV-2 PCR test on campus August 28. Please contact Brenda Wozniakewicz, Director of Health Services to schedule an appointment.
Prior to students' arrival, all employees will get a COVID-19 PCR test on-site, tentatively August 21 - 28.
What if a student tests positive before returning to campus?
A student who is positive will remain home for 14 days prior to coming to campus. Parents should contact Brenda Wozniakewicz
, Director of Health Services, who, in consultation with Wayne Hioe M.D., Medical Director will determine a re-entry plan.Will there be student COVID-19 testing on arrival to campus?
Yes. Arrival SARS-CoV-2 testing will be within a week of arrival to campus.
All domestic and international students who are flying to Eaglebrook are recommended to arrive in New England 48 hours prior to their registration day. It is recommended that students and parents stay off-campus until then. Students and parents without COVID-19 symptoms may come to their scheduled orientation time.
Allowing 48 hours to pass from the end of the plane flight will make the testing more sensitive to any viral infection during travel. If the student arrives at orientation less than 48 hours after their flight landed in New England, please contact Brenda Wozniakewicz
, Director of Health Services to arrange SARS-CoV-2 PCR testing at a later date.Could a student be quarantined upon arrival to campus?
During arrival week, there may be students from the United States or other countries where COVID-19 is surging or have risk factors determined by the registration questionnaire that will deem them high travel risk by our Medical Director and they will be required to stay off-campus or in the Health Center floor designated for quarantine (2-14 days depending on risk factors and testing).
What if a student tests positive while on campus?
Parents will be called immediately and students who have COVID-19 are encouraged to stay off-campus with family or friends if possible and follow isolation protocol for 10-14 days. If unable to go off campus, Eaglebrook’s Health Center has renovated a separate floor and rooms for COVID-19, and students will be cared for by Eaglebrook nursing staff and the school physician.
COVID-19 in children is generally mild (90-95%) but they may have influenza-like symptoms of fever, cough, fatigue, headache, runny nose, sore throat and possibly vomiting, diarrhea. Medical care is generally supportive. Students will rest, receive food in their room and medications for symptoms. There are no outpatient medications that specifically treat COVID-19 at this time. Most likely the student will feel better prior to the required 10-14 isolation period, and if the student and the school physician feel he is well enough to handle schoolwork, he may be able to join and interact in his classes online until his isolation period is complete.
What if a faculty or staff member tests positive before returning to campus?
An employee who tests positive will remain home, off-campus, for typically 10-14 days as determined by their own physician.
What if a faculty or staff member tests positive while on campus?
Primary care health care providers will manage care, usually with the assistance of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Immediate isolation, preferably off-campus, typically for 10-14 days. Employees cannot return to work without a primary care physician note.
Will Eaglebrook conduct COVID-19 tests on campus?
Yes. There will be arrival testing on campus for students. Additionally, the Health Center will test students if they have COVID-19 symptoms, have COVID-19 risk factors on daily questionnaires, as well as for surveillance screening.
Can students be tested before returning home for breaks?
Yes. Students who require a COVID-19 test before leaving the United States for break will be assisted by the Health Center to obtain the appropriate test for the requirement.
Will students still be able to access Health Services for non-COVID appointments and/or to receive medication?
Yes. The first floor Baines will be for non-COVID medical care (musculoskeletal, orthopedics, dermatology) and daily medications.
How safe is it to send my student to Eaglebrook at this time?
As of July 2020, Massachusetts has entered Phase 3 and cases have dropped by 85-90%. Franklin County has an incidence ⅓ of Massachusetts and the Town of Deerfield has prevalence of 1/7th of the state. Eaglebrook School is rural, nestled in a mountain, without outside traffic. The majority of the students are boarding and many faculty live on campus. A relatively small student population with very low faculty to student ratio which creates a tight community and family atmosphere, increasing personal responsibility and accountability.
How can students minimize their risk before returning to campus?
Students are recommended to strictly adhere to mask-wearing, physical distancing guidelines, and universal hygiene recommendations 21 days prior to arrival.
Will Eaglebrook adapt plans for the opening of school as new information becomes available throughout the summer?
New information about COVID-19 has been streaming in daily. Eaglebrook will continue to evolve plans to keep the entire Eaglebrook community safe while advancing the Mission of the School.