In developing the Reopening Plan for Fay School, the task force utilized guidelines issued by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), the World Health Organization, and the Centers for Disease Control. The task force has also consulted the Southborough Board of Health and with experts affiliated with the National Association of Independent Schools, The Association of Boarding Schools, the Association of Independent Schools in New England, and various secondary schools, colleges, and universities.
The guidance issued by the Massachusetts DESE provides a clear set of health and safety requirements for in-person learning this fall, grounded in the most up-to-date scientific literature and discussions with expert medical advisors, including infectious disease physicians, pediatricians, and public health experts from the Massachusetts General Brigham Health System and the Massachusetts chapter of American Academy of Pediatrics. These requirements served as an initial planning blueprint for our task force.
After considering all of these factors, the task force concluded that it would be possible for Fay to resume for in-person learning in the fall with clear protocols for screening and testing community members, cleaning and sanitizing spaces, limiting contact between and among students and teachers, requiring regular hygiene practices such as hand washing and wearing masks, and modifying some school routines and events.