Updated as of 04.07.22

Please note, these guidelines will be reviewed and changed as needed, over time with changing community status, variants, and in line with CDC, DESE, local, and state guidelines.

Thank you to our panel of expert advisors for their guidance and insight to help inform these protocols and practices.


REQUIREMENTS

  • All faculty, staff, and students who are 16 years of age and older are required to become fully vaccinated. Faculty and staff are required to share their vaccination status through Paycom and students should share their vaccination status through Magnus.
  • All faculty and staff are required to get their COVID-19 booster within four weeks of eligibility.
  • All faculty, staff, and students are required to share any positive COVID-19 cases with our Health Office.
  • If you feel sick, or have any symptoms, stay home, regardless of vaccination status.

GUIDELINES

The following are prevention strategies we are layering onto the above requirements.

VACCINATIONS

  • For students under the age of 16, vaccinations are not required but are highly encouraged at this time. When there is full FDA approval for any vaccine for children 15 and under, we will require the vaccination for this age group as well.
  • Students aged 12 and older are highly encouraged to receive their booster shot five months after receiving their second dose.

MASKING*

  • As of February 28, masks will be optional for vaccinated individuals, whether indoors or outdoors, for all faculty, staff, and students.
  • As mandated by state and/or federal guidelines, masks will be still required for the following individuals and/or in the following scenarios:
    1. Unvaccinated individuals must be masked at all times while indoors, except while actively eating or drinking.
    2. After testing positive for COVID, an individual can return to campus after a 5-day quarantine with a negative antigen test.
    3. Individuals must wear a mask when entering our health and athletic training offices.
  • All faculty, staff, and students must have a mask with them at all times since there will be situations where masks might be required. For example, anyone who develops the onset of cold-like symptoms (like a cough or congestion) while at school, should wear a mask until they are able to go home. The school will have a supply of masks in case an individual might need one, but it is the responsibility of every individual to have a daily supply of masks.

*For the health and safety of our community, we recognize there will be times throughout the year when we will have to reinstate the mask mandate for students, faculty, and staff—due to a surge in cases/hospitalizations in our area or following an extended break.

TESTING

  • We will start the spring by continuing with school-wide surveillance testing (pooled PCR testing) for faculty, staff, and students. Through our testing partner, we have the ability to scale this up or down, depending on local conditions.
  • All faculty, staff, and students who opted into the antigen testing program have received a supply of antigen tests and should continue to test at home every Monday morning, only reporting a positive result to the Health Office.
  • We also have on-site COVID tests available in the Health Office should the onset of COVID symptoms begin during the school day. Talia Ossowski N.P., Beaver’s School Nurse, will administer this test.

VISITORS ON CAMPUS

  • We have moved to a mask optional protocol for vaccinated visitors. As always, all visitors to campus must check in with the front desk attendant upon arrival.

SCHOOL TRIPS

  • Students will be allowed to participate in class trips, as long as they adhere to the guidelines of the host organization in addition to following BVR’s protocols. Mask wearing on buses and/or other public transit is required per current federal law.

LIVE PERFORMANCES AND CAMPUS EVENTS

  • Masks are optional for all vaccinated audience members.
  • Vaccinated Beaver students, faculty, and staff presenters and performers can choose to mask or unmask while presenting and performing.
  • Campus events will be held outside as much as possible.

ATHLETICS

  • Masks are optional (indoors and outdoors) for vaccinated Beaver students, coaches, trainers, and staff.
  • Masks are optional (indoors and outdoors) for vaccinated players, coaches, managers from the opposing team.
  • Masks are optional (indoors and outdoors) for vaccinated visitors.

PROCEDURES AFTER TESTING POSITIVE:

  • In accordance with the CDC, individuals who test positive for COVID-19 have the option to return to Beaver on Day 6 (after a 5-day isolation period) if they are without fever for 24 hours without taking fever-reducing medications, experience resolution of all other symptoms, and have a negative at-home antigen test result.

VENTILATION AND FILTRATION

  • With installation complete prior to the 2020 school year, Beaver has a state-of-the-art HVAC system. We will continue to follow best practices as they relate to monitoring and testing the system regularly to ensure the healthiest air quality throughout campus.
  • According to Harvard School of Public Health, the target ACH (Air Change per Hour) is at least 5 air changes per hour: 4-5 is Good, 5-6 is Excellent and 6+ is ideal
    • Most classrooms in the Main Building exceed 10 ACH per hour from the filtered air via the new HVAC system alone
    • Classrooms and spaces in R+D and VPAC with portable HEPA filtered air cleaners is 6 or better ACH per hour
    • Gym spaces (including Green Gym) with HEPA filtered air cleaners is 5 or better ACH per hour