Suffield’s COVID Policies

 

Article: Saud Shawwaf ’22 | Photo: Hillary Rockwell Cahn ’88, P’18, ’22 

 

Suffield Academy has been very flexible when dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. Suffield’s approach to dealing with the pandemic has changed for the last few years, yet we continue to follow CDC and state guidelines. These days, if a SA student tests positive for COVID-19, they are sent to a quarantine house across the street.

In addition, their close contacts are tested a few days after the initial positive test result. Students with a place to stay nearby are able to quarantine in their own homes; however, the required quarantine term remains consistent: five days. Students are expected to attend classes online for this time, assuming they feel well enough to attend. After five days, students may return to campus if they are not experiencing any symptoms. On the other hand, if a student does continue to feel sick, they must remain under quarantine until those symptoms end. Upon a positive student’s return to campus, they must check in with the health center and athletic trainers (if they play a sport). Once given the “ok” from the health center, students can begin the Covid Return to Play process while working with the athletic trainers. The Return to Play process involves a slow reintroduction to sports, working in the training room and with coaches and teammates.