The Foundation for a Meaningful Life
Kindergarten - Grade 9 in Southborough, MA
COVID-19 Updates

Health & Safety Protocols

Health and Safety Protocols as of June 21, 2022


Fay's health and safety protocols are based on guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH), and the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).

Since August 2020, we have modified our plan periodically to reflect updated guidelines. Our updated protocols reflect both the protection provided by the vaccine and an understanding that not every member of our community is fully vaccinated yet, and they also acknowledge that breakthrough infections are possible. As always, our goal is to limit the spread of infection while preserving the spirit and structure of the Fay experience.


Parents of all students must understand and comply with any travel restrictions and quarantine requirements mandated by the state of Massachusetts. These requirements may change at any time, and we will update our website if and as needed. When making travel plans to campus, parents ensure that their travel plans are flexible should there be changes in the guidelines.


For the 2022-2023 school year, all Fay and ELC employees and students are required to be fully vaccinated or to receive a medical or religious exemption approved by Fay.

Definition of "fully vaccinated"
Individuals are fully vaccinated if they have received the full course of two vaccines AND if they have received a booster shot (for those who are eligible).

Booster shots
According to current guidelines, all individuals ages 5 and older are now eligible (and are therefore required) to receive a booster shot. All eligible individuals must be fully boosted prior to the start of the 2022-23 school year.

Moving forward, students who become eligible to receive the booster shot will have 30 days from the date of their eligibility to get boosted.


As of June 21, 2022, masks are not required, with the following exception: 

If an individual tests positive for COVID-19, they must remain at home in isolation. They may return on day 6 after a positive test if they are asymptomatic, but they must be cleared by the school nurse, and they must wear a mask for the next five days.


As of June 21, students will not be grouped by cohort.


As of June 21, Fay will no longer conduct weekly pooled testing.

  • Individuals who test positive for COVID will be required to isolate for five days. 
  • Boarders who test positive must leave campus with their Local Emergency Contact within 24 hours. They may return to campus after five days if they are symptom-free, or as soon as they are fully asymptomatic.
  • Individuals must also be cleared by the school nurse in order to return to campus. Individuals will only be cleared to return after five days of isolation if they are asymptomatic. They will be required to wear a mask on campus at all times for five more days. If symptoms remain after five days, then the individual must isolate for 10 days. 
  • A close contact is defined as an individual who has been within three feet of an infected person for a total of 15 minutes or more within a 24-hour period during the two days prior to the onset of illness or a positive test. 
  • Close contacts who are fully vaccinated are not required to quarantine. They should monitor for symptoms, and if they become symptomatic they should stay home and get tested. They are required to wear a mask on campus for 10 days after exposure, and they are also required to present a negative PCR test taken on days 2 and 5 after exposure.
  • Close contacts who are not fully vaccinated (as defined above) must quarantine for 5 days. They may return after presenting a negative PCR test taken no earlier than day 5 of the quarantine to return on day 6. 
  • Any close contacts (vaccinated or unvaccinated) who become symptomatic should isolate and present a negative PCR test to return after 5 more days. Close contacts must also be cleared by the school nurse to return to school, and they are required to wear a mask on campus for days 6-10 after exposure.
  • If an individual is identified as a close contact because of a positive case at home, that individual will be allowed to attend school only if the positive case can completely isolate at home.
  • Keeping students and families safe and preventing the spread of COVID are community responsibilities, and all families are expected to follow quarantine protocols. Should the school become aware of a violation of quarantine protocols, we will restart the quarantine period for the student who is involved, and they will not be permitted to return to campus until the additional 5 days of quarantine have passed. A subsequent quarantine violation by the student may prevent the student from attending classes.

Fay requires all day families to sign an agreement before the start of the school year, in which they commit to checking their children for signs of illness each morning before drop-off. Day families will receive a link to this form via their MyFay login in the coming weeks.


Any student who is absent from school due to illness of any kind for three or more days is required to provide the school nurse with a doctor's note in order to return. Upon reviewing the specifics of the absence, the school nurse may also require a negative PCR COVID-19 test.

All visitors to campus must be masked indoors regardless of vaccination status. 


The School will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation locally, nationally, and globally in order to assess the implication of new restrictions and guidelines on student and employee safety, and our boarding students’ ability to leave and return to campus. Plans will be adjusted if and as needed, and the School will continue to update the parent community.
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