Mask and Visitor Policy

Effective May 6, 2022

The purpose of this policy is to provide ways to protect Frederick Gunn School students, employees and the greater Washington community while slowing the spread of COVID-19. Implementation of this policy will be guided by what is feasible, practical, acceptable, and tailored to the needs of The Frederick Gunn School community. 

This policy is updated and may continue to be updated due to changing conditions and ongoing updates from the CDC, as well as changes to federal and state mandates and guidance. We will continue to monitor state and local public health communications about COVID-19. 

Mask Policy

The Frederick Gunn School will follow the applicable Connecticut DPH guidelines:

  • Students, faculty and visitors are not required to wear masks in school buildings except if they are experiencing any respiratory symptoms typically associated with COVID-19 or the flu; if they are visiting the Health Center, or if masks are required at the discretion of the Health Center as warranted.
  • The Frederick Gunn School reserves the right to alter these policies based upon changing conditions, changes in state or federal guidelines, or advice from our medical staff.

Visitor Policy

At this time, we are requiring all campus visitors to be fully vaccinated unless a qualifying exemption is approved by the school. The CDC defines fully vaccinated as two weeks after your second dose in a two-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine. 

All campus visitors must be asked the screening questions below and will need to abide by the Mask Policy while on campus. 

All hosts will contact their visitors prior to arrival, ask the screening questions, and explain the Mask Policy. The Admissions Office and College Counseling Office will log visitors to campus. Other parties are not required to do so. The screening should be done via telephone or email no earlier than 24 hours prior to arrival. The questions to be asked are as follows: 

  1. Are you fully vaccinated (two weeks beyond a final dose)?

  2. Are you more than six months beyond your second dose of Pfizer or Moderna; or two months beyond your J&J vaccination?

  3. Are you boosted?

  4. Are you experiencing COVID-19 symptoms as defined by the CDC?

    • Fever or chills
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath
    • Fatigue
    • Muscle or body aches
    • Headache 
    • New loss of taste or smell
    • Sore throat
    • Congestion or runny nose
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Diarrhea
  5. In the past 10 days, have you, or has anyone you are in close contact with, tested positive for COVID-19, or are you awaiting a test result that has been ordered by a physician?

    • If you tested positive, please provide the date of the positive test result and the type of test you took. 
    • If you had close contact with someone who tested positive, how recent did that contact occur? 
    • If you had close contact with someone who is awaiting a test result ordered by a physician, how recent did that contact occur? 
  6. Are you isolating or self-quarantining because you may have been exposed to a person with COVID-19, or are you worried that you may be sick with COVID-19?

  7. Are you awaiting a result from a COVID test, either because you are experiencing symptoms or knowingly have been exposed to someone with COVID? 

  8. Have you had a fever in the last 72 hours? 

If the visitor is not fully-vaccinated, the visitor should not be allowed on campus. If their answer to questions 4-8 is “yes” and the visitor is fully-vaccinated, the host should confer with the COVID RESPONSE TEAM to determine next steps. 

If a visitor arrives on campus displaying symptoms of illness, they will be asked to leave and seek appropriate care. 

Travel Policy

There are currently no restrictions on the travel of Frederick Gunn School employees. Employees should check the CDC for any relevant travel guidance and should comply with all federal, local, and state travel advisories