Fall Term Information for Phillips Academy Families

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COVID-19 Testing Dashboard

As we resume on-campus programming this fall, our commitment to health and safety remains paramount. We will continue to align campus wellness protocols according to the latest public health data and expert guidance. Among these protocols, like many schools and colleges, we are requiring that all eligible students and employees receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Our campus testing protocols are streamlined this year, therefore, dashboard data will be reported in a different manner. If you have questions regarding campus health and wellness, please email sykeswellness@andover.edu.

Risk Levels

Highest Virus Transmission Risk
Moderate Virus Transmission Risk
Lower Virus Transmission Risk
Lowest Virus Transmission Risk
  1. First 10 days on campus after each break (arrival quarantine).
  2. 10+ COVID cases diagnosed in students/faculty/staff in previous 7 days and evidence of ongoing spread.
  3. MA/Essex County/Andover town numbers in red or yellow zone (based on MA DPH designation) in previous 14 days.
  4. Maintain 6 feet of distance in all spaces, when possible, including dorms.
  5. Face coverings required in all spaces. Partitions in all spaces in which distancing cannot be maintained. (Includes dorm)
  1. 5-9 COVID cases diagnosed in students/faculty/staff in previous 7 days and no evidence of widespread community spread.
  2. No sooner than 10 days after consistently meeting other thresholds for moderate risk stage.
  3. MA/Essex County/Andover town numbers in yellow zone (based on MA DPH designation) in previous 14 days.
  4. Maintain 6 feet of distance across campus and 4+ feet in classrooms, when possible. Exception is dorm outside of quarantine within dorm pod.
  5. Face coverings required in all spaces. Partitions in all spaces in which distancing cannot be maintained. Exception is dorm pod.
  1. 0-4 COVID cases diagnosed in students/faculty/staff in previous week and no evidence of widespread community spread.
  2. No sooner than 10 days after consistently meeting other thresholds for lower risk stage.
  3. MA/Essex County/Andover town numbers in yellow or green zone (based on MA DPH designation) in previous 14 days.
  4. Maintain 6 feet of distance across campus and 4+ feet in classrooms, when possible. Exception is dorm outside of quarantine within dorm pod.
  5. Face coverings required in all spaces. Partitions in all spaces in which distancing cannot be maintained. Exception is dorm pod.
  1. Vaccine is available
  2. Sufficient immunity established.
  3. Reliable treatment.
  4. CDC and DESE guidelines support the new normal guidelines.
  5. Standard physical distancing.
  6. Face coverings optional.
Andover will be in yellow, orange, red stages much/all of 2021-2022 school year.
Highest Virus Transmission Risk
  1. First 10 days on campus after each break (arrival quarantine).
  2. 10+ COVID cases diagnosed in students/faculty/staff in previous 7 days and evidence of ongoing spread.
  3. MA/Essex County/Andover town numbers in red or yellow zone (based on MA DPH designation) in previous 14 days.
  4. Maintain 6 feet of distance in all spaces, when possible, including dorms.
  5. Face coverings required in all spaces. Partitions in all spaces in which distancing cannot be maintained. (Includes dorm)
Moderate Virus Transmission Risk
  1. 5-9 COVID cases diagnosed in students/faculty/staff in previous 7 days and no evidence of widespread community spread.
  2. No sooner than 10 days after consistently meeting other thresholds for moderate risk stage.
  3. MA/Essex County/Andover town numbers in yellow zone (based on MA DPH designation) in previous 14 days.
  4. Maintain 6 feet of distance across campus and 4+ feet in classrooms, when possible. Exception is dorm outside of quarantine within dorm pod.
  5. Face coverings required in all spaces. Partitions in all spaces in which distancing cannot be maintained. Exception is dorm pod.
Lower Virus Transmission Risk
  1. 0-4 COVID cases diagnosed in students/faculty/staff in previous week and no evidence of widespread community spread.
  2. No sooner than 10 days after consistently meeting other thresholds for lower risk stage.
  3. MA/Essex County/Andover town numbers in yellow or green zone (based on MA DPH designation) in previous 14 days.
  4. Maintain 6 feet of distance across campus and 4+ feet in classrooms, when possible. Exception is dorm outside of quarantine within dorm pod.
  5. Face coverings required in all spaces. Partitions in all spaces in which distancing cannot be maintained. Exception is dorm pod.
Lowest Virus Transmission Risk
  1. Vaccine is available
  2. Sufficient immunity established.
  3. Reliable treatment.
  4. CDC and DESE guidelines support the new normal guidelines.
  5. Standard physical distancing.
  6. Face coverings optional.
Andover will be in yellow, orange, red stages much/all of 2021-2022 school year.

September 15, 2021 Update

Public health guiding principles: Campus, town, county, state data.

  • Campus community members in isolation = 1
  • Campus community members in quarantine = 7
  • Number of new positive test results from campus testing past 7 days = 1
  • Campus testing positivity rate past 7 days = 0.04%
  • The town of Andover: 17.2 daily cases per 100k
  • Essex County: 20.9 daily cases per 100k
  • Massachusetts COVID-19 risk level is “very high”: 34.2 daily cases per 100k

COVID-19 vaccination update:

  • 76.3% have received 1+ dose, 66.9% fully vaccinated in Massachusetts.
  • 99% of PA students have received 1+ dose, 94.9% of PA students are fully vaccinated.

COVID-19 Testing:
All Students: Testing on Mondays/Thursday. Last test of the modified campus arrival quarantine is Thursday, September 16. Please have saliva sample in collection box no later than 9 a.m.

COVID-19 Test Results:

  • 9/6: 0 of 400 positive
  • 9/9: 1 of 1196 positive
  • 9/13: 0 of 1190 positive

A look ahead when we get to yellow (lower) risk: (which could be as soon as September 18)

Masking: Will continue to be required inside all spaces until at least October 1. Outside will remain mask-optional. When we move to a lower risk zone, we will move to mask-optional in your own dorm.

Off-campus permissions: When we move to a lower risk zone, we will be allowing some off-campus permissions. PLEASE wait for the confirmation email, which will be sent as soon as we receive our testing results from September 16 and review the local COVID data. For off-campus permissions, we are trying to minimize the number of students off campus, minimize public transportation use, and minimize exposures.

  • Fully vaccinated students may walk downtown.
  • Fully vaccinated students may request day excuses from your house counselor or cluster dean to attend club sport commitments, auditions, music/dance/theater rehearsals, and time-sensitive activities such as college visits and family events.
  • Requests must come in via email to cluster deans by 10 AM on Thursday. Request needs to include dates/times/means of transportation/host information and parent permission.
  • Students who receive overnight permission must check back onto campus through Sykes Wellness Center in order to pick up saliva testing tubes. These students will be added to the testing cohort next week. If a student misses a required test, they will lose overnight permissions for the rest of the term.

We are hopeful that we will be able to continue opening up restrictions as conditions allow.

COVID-19 updates:

Testing

  • All on-campus students will test on September 6, 9, 13, 16. Dropbox locations: George Washing Hall lobby, Paresky Commons lobby, Sykes Wellness vestibule.
  • After these four dates, all unvaccinated/partially vaccinated students and employees will test on Mondays/Thursdays. Dropbox location: Sykes Wellness vestibule.
  • Dropoff by 9 a.m.

Quarantine - (for exposures—if a person is a close contact of a person who tests positive)

  • Unvaccinated: quarantine for 10 days if identified as a close contact. Students may quarantine in their dorm room or at home.
  • Vaccinated: no quarantine unless symptomatic as a close contact. Masking indoors for 14 days.

Isolation - (for anyone who tests positive for COVID-19)

  • Ten days of isolation, regardless of vaccination status, if a community member tests positive. Students will isolate at Sykes or at home.

September 2-17: Modified Campus Arrival Quarantine

  • All students remain on campus, except for school activities such as interscholastic sports; no weekend or car permissions. Students may not walk downtown or leave campus with family or friends.
  • Masking indoors (in all indoor spaces, including dorm common rooms and hallways). Exceptions: in one’s dormitory room; in dormitory bathrooms when showering and brushing teeth. If in common room or another student’s room, you must be masked.
  • Eating outside or in dormitory room. Grab and go meals from Paresky; in inclement weather, eating in tents and/or dormitory rooms.
  • Campus guests must mask when indoors. On move-in day, family members may help move students into dormitory rooms and attend dormitory and advising meetings while masked.
  • Boarding students are only permitted in their own dorms. Day students are not permitted to visit dormitories.

September 18 - October 12: (if testing results allow)

  • Vaccinated: may leave campus to go downtown or to college visits, family events, auditions, club sports (with permission from cluster dean).
  • Unvaccinated: may not leave campus.
  • Masking indoors most likely.

2020-2021 Academic Year

Community Testing Results

Date Tested Negative Positive Indeterminate Total Tested
8/23/20-7/27/21 70105 39 326 70470
Updated as of 7/28/21

Additional COVID-19 Tracking Resources