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COVID-19 Plan

Winter 2022 COVID-19 

Tabor has returned to on-campus operations following winter break. We will continue to closely monitor the rapidly changing progress of COVID-19 and its variants and will make adjustments to our protocols as needed. As always, our top priority is the health and safety of the Tabor community. 
On this page you will find the latest COVID-19 policies and protocols, including current Visitor and Vendor Policies. Please scroll down for full details. 
 
 
 
 

Helpful Tabor Contacts

Health Center: Main Line
508-291-8306

Student Life Office

508-291-8506

Athletics Office
508-291-8387

Technology Office
508-291-8399

Medical Advisory Board

List of 6 items.

  • Kathy Downey, RNOp, PhD

    Kathy Downey is a public health nurse who has worked at the local, state and national level on a number of public health issues including COVID-19. She has collaborated with our Director of Health Services and Health Services staff developing strategies to protect the health and well-being of the Tabor community. She has three daughters: a nurse, an epidemiologist and one who is beginning a career as a public health researcher.
    • BSN, Boston College
    • MSN, Boston University
    • MBA, Wharton School – University of Pennsylvania
    • PhD, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
  • Jim Feen, BS, MS-C, CHCIO

    Jim Feen is the Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Southcoast Health – the largest health system and employer in the Southeastern Massachusetts. Jim holds a B.S. from Bryant University with a focus in Management, Computer Science, and Psychology. And Jim is currently a candidate in the Tufts University School of Medicine for a Master of Science with a focus in Healthcare Informatics and Analytics to support his interest in Population Health program development and Spatial Epidemiology. Jim brings 20+ years of experience in Healthcare Administration and Healthcare Information Technology to the Tabor Medical Advisory Group. Jim and his wife Amy are parents of a Tabor student, class of 2022.
    • BS, Bryant University, Management, Computer Science, and Psychology
    • MS Candidate, Tufts University, Healthcare Informatics and Analytics
  • Jed Mehegan, PhD

    Jed Mehegan is a licensed Clinical Psychologist with forty years of experience, currently in full time private practice in Plymouth, with a specialty in Behavioral Medicine which focuses on the impact of behavioral change on physical health. He has personal and professional experience at independent schools including St. Paul's, Choate, Iolani, Northfield Mount Hermon, and Tabor as our Director of Counseling for 25 years. His three children are Tabor graduates, classes of ‘04, ‘07, and ‘11.
    • BA, Haverford College 
    • MA, Boston University
    • PhD, Boston University 
  • Julie Przybyszewski, MSN, APRN-CPNP, LMHC

    Julie Przybyszewski came to Tabor in 2015 from Hawthorne Medical Associates, where she worked as a Nurse Practitioner for a busy pediatric primary care practice. She holds a Master of Science degree in Nursing from Seton Hall University and a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from the University of Massachusetts. She is a board-certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and Licensed Mental Health Counselor. She brings extensive clinical experience in both medicine and mental health. Julie enjoys playing a vital role in the physical and mental well-being of Tabor students while making a positive contribution to the health and wellness of the Tabor community.
  • John Santoro, MD

    John Santoro, M.D., is double boarded and certified in Emergency Medicine and Family Medicine. He has spent forty years of his professional career in Emergency Medicine at Baystate Medical Center, a tertiary care Trauma Center. Dr. Santoro currently serves as the National Medical Director for Six Flags Amusement Parks and is a Team Physician for the Springfield Thunderbirds Hockey Team, the AHL affiliate of the St. Louis Blues. He has a passion for Tabor with several family members being part of the Tabor community, including grandchildren Paige ‘23 and Luke ‘25.
    • BS, St. Bonaventure University
    • MD, SUNY Upstate Medical School
    • Postgraduate: Upstate Medical Center, Family Medicine
    • Certifications: American Board of Family Medicine and the American Board of Emergency Medicine
  • Gillian Simmons, MD

    Gillian Simmons, M.D., has been working as a general pediatrician on the southcoast of Massachusetts for over 20 years.  She is retiring this October to spend more time with family and pursue interests in community service.  She is the parent of a recent Tabor grad, Charlie ’21 and a rising sophomore, Lizzie ’24.

    • Boston University (Boston, MA): B.A. in Biology (minor in Japanese studies)
    • St. Louis University (St. Louis, MO): M.D.
    • Brown University (Providence, RI): Pediatric residency

COVID Task Force

List of 14 members.

  • Anthony Jaccaci 

    Head of School
  • Julie Przybyszewski 

    Director of Health Services
  • Tim Cleary 

    Dean of Students
  • Bethany Daniels 

    Executive Assistant Office of the Head of School
  • Stephen Downes 

    Director, Center for International Students; Associate Director, International Recruitment
  • Timothy Frey 

    Director, Information Technology
  • Robert Hurd 

    Waterfront Director/Science Teacher
  • Stacy Jagodowski 

    Director of Strategic Marketing & Communications
  • Christina Kennedy 

    Dean of Studies / Math Teacher
  • Derek Krein 

    Interim Dean of Faculty
  • Conan Leary 97

    Director of Athletics
  • Eric Long 

    Directer of Admission and Financial Aid
  • Nina See Prudden 06

    Director of Parent Engagement
  • Stephen Sanford 

    Associate Head of School, Finance and Operations
 
 

COVID Policies & Protocols 2021-2022

 
 

General COVID Policies & Protocols

List of 10 items.

  • Masks Mandate

    Masks do not need to be worn outdoors. 

    Masks must be worn indoors at all times, regardless of vaccination status. 


    Masks do not need to be worn when eating in the dining hall; however, masks must be worn in the dining hall while socializing.

    Masks must be worn for indoor sports.

    Vaccinated students may be mask-optional in their individual dorms and all students may be mask-optional in their rooms. 

    We will evaluate the progress of the virus and testing results to determine if changes to the mask mandate are possible. 

    Our goal is to evaluate successful rounds of Tabor testing and the virus progress in order to implement a sequential approach to loosen restrictions. We aim to loosen restrictions and eventually allow students to be unmasked within their own dorm pods (restrictions may vary dorm to dorm depending on dorm sizes), and eventually allow for inter-dorm and day student visitation. We need the full cooperation of our community in order to make this possible. 


  • Vaccination Policy

    Vaccinations are required of all Tabor employees and students. Unvaccinated individuals must submit either a religious or medical exemption in order to come on campus without a vaccination, and are subject to additional restrictions as members within the Tabor community. Boosters are strongly encouraged for all Tabor students and employees.
  • Town Visits

    In cooperation with the Marion Board of Public Health, we have implemented guidelines for off-campus trips to local businesses.  We ask our students to wear a KN-95 mask when they visit local businesses 
    • When visiting local restaurants (including places like Dunks, Kate’s, the General Store and Cumbies), students need to take food to go. No “dining in.”
    • Students should enter local establishments in groups of 5 or less 
    • Be extra mindful of social distancing 
     
    If students (even just a few) are observed not following these practices, then we will have to become more restrictive, which likely means not being able to leave campus. Thank you all for your help in being diligent and mindful when visiting town businesses.
  • Remote Learning

    Remote learning is only available for COVID-related issues.

    If you are positive, we will coordinate remote learning for you during your period of isolation.

    If you are a close contact and choose to remain home for remote learning for up to 5 days from the date of notification (if unvaccinated, you are required to remain home for the 5 days), you may choose to remain home for remote learning.

    You must let us know by emailing Christina Kennedy, Dean of Studies, and Tim Cleary, Dean of Students, as soon as possible. In that email, please indicate your expected date of return. They will communicate with teachers and houseparents, accordingly, to offer a Zoom-in option. Teachers will reach out to you with their Zoom information.
  • Close Contacts - Dining Options

    Close contacts will not be allowed to eat in the dining hall, however a grab and go opportunity is available. Boarding students may take food back to their rooms, and day students may take food back to the Beebe, which is open only for this group for meals.
     
  • Close Contacts - Masking

    Close contacts will be required to wear a KN-95 mask indoors for 10 days, at all times regardless of what Tabor’s masking requirements may be, which will be provided to you. Please be diligent in taking care of your supply of masks.
     
  • Close Contacts - PCR Testing

    Close contact must receive a PCR test 5 days after their last contact with the positive individual. 
  • Close Contacts - Updated CDC Guidelines for Quarantine

    The latest CDC guidelines for vaccinated individuals (have received two primary doses) ages 5-17 and who are asymptomatic, state that you do not have to stay home unless you develop symptoms. You must, however, get tested at least five days after you last had close contact with the individual who had COVID-19.
     
    If you are unvaccinated, you must still quarantine for five days even if you remain asymptomatic.
     
    Watch for symptoms until 10 days after you last had close contact with someone with COVID-19. Read the rest of the recommendations on isolation from the CDC online here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/quarantine-isolation.html
  • Mindfulness

    We ask our entire community to be mindful of their activities while off campus. This means limiting unnecessary external activities, when possible (ex., restaurants and indoor spaces), masking where and when appropriate, and maintaining proper social distancing when in public. Our goal is to maintain a healthy community, and it requires the diligence of our entire community to ensure this is possible.
  • Dining Hall

    In order to maintain low numbers of individuals in the Dining Hall, the following adjustments are in place for the foreseeable future:
    • The Lillard Living Room will be used for overflow dining
    • Students may continue to use the Lillard decks and patios for outdoor dining options, weather permitting
    • Faculty and staff are encouraged to visit the Dining Hall before the two formal lunch periods or take food to go. We encourage community members who choose the to-go option to bring clean, reusable containers in order to practice sustainability. 
    • Grab-and-go meal options will be provided 

COVID Visitors Policy

List of 4 items.

  • Visitors - On Campus Restrictions

    At this time, visitors are allowed outdoors (unmasked), and in limited indoor capacities (masked at all times). Visitors are allowed to participate in Tabor-sanctioned events. Visitors may not enter buildings independently; dorms are off limits at all times. Indoor visitors must be masked at all times.

    The safety and health of our current community is our top priority, and as such, we reserve the right to adjust our protocols regarding on-campus visitors, including families, at any time. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause.  
  • Visitors Policy - Admissions

    On-campus visits and interviews have resumed. We will closely monitor the progress of COVID-19 and its variants to ensure that we can continue to do this safely. Admissions visitors must follow all other rules put in place for our visitors. Please contact the admissions office with questions.
  • Visitors Policy - Attestation Form Requirement

    Visitors must complete an attestation form before they arrive on campus, but no more than 24-hours prior to their arrival. This helps us track who is on our campus and ensures that all visitors are healthy. It also helps us with contact tracing in the unlikely event of illness. Anyone who is exhibiting symptoms of cold, flu, or COVID-19 must stay home and will be asked to leave campus immediately.
  • Visitors Policy - Masks Mandate

    Visitors are not required to wear masks outdoors, however, we encourage visitors to social distance and wear masks outdoors when in large groups.

    Visitors are required to wear masks indoors, at all times, regardless of vaccination status. Please see the COVID-19 page for more information on our COVID-19 policies and protocols.
 
 

Athletics COVID Policies

List of 11 items.

  • Tabor COVID-19 Athletics Protocols Disclaimer

    As the pandemic evolves, Tabor Academy reserves the right to update and potentially tighten our athletics protocols. Thank you for your cooperation as we strive to keep our community, and all competing athletes, as safe as possible. 
  • Tabor Vaccination Policy

    All students and coaches must be vaccinated. Unvaccinated (those with medical or religious exemptions) or partially vaccinated (those who have received at least one dose of an approved vaccine) students must produce a negative PCR test within 48 hours of competition in order to be eligible to compete or travel with their team.

    Unvaccinated students who have tested positive for COVID-19 and have completed their quarantine will be treated as vaccinated students for 90-days from the date of their positive test-status. After 90-days, unvaccinated students who have tested positive will once again be treated as unvaccinated students.  
  • Booster Recommendation

    Tabor Academy urges all teams' players to receive a COVID-19 booster vaccine.
  • Competition Against Teams with Unvaccinated Players

    Tabor Academy will compete against teams with unvaccinated players if those players have a negative PCR test within 72hrs of competition. 
  • Masking

    Masks fully covering the nose and mouth will be required at all times for teams and coaches, including during play. Failure to adhere to this policy may lead to interrupted play. 

    Players and coaches must be masked on all transportation to and from Tabor Academy. Masks are highly recommended in outdoor areas with large crowds. We encourage all players, coaches, and guests to have masks with them at all times and wear them when appropriate.

    Masks must be worn indoors at all times for indoor sports, including by all spectators/visitors (when permitted) at indoor sporting events.
  • Attestations and Symptoms

    All Tabor visitors—including students, coaches, and spectators—must complete an attestation form before arriving on campus, no more than 24 hours in advance of arrival. Anyone exhibiting symptoms of cold, flu, or COVID-19 will not be allowed on campus and will be asked to leave. Please scan this QR code to access the attestation form or visit www.taboracademy.org/attestation.

  • Gradual Return to Play Protocol

    A Gradual Return to Play (GRTP) Protocol is a progressive program that introduces physical activity and sport in a stepwise fashion after a positive COVID-19 diagnosis.

    The following guidelines must be followed and completed prior to the start of the GRTP:
    • Per the American Academy of Pediatrics’ recommendations, clearance from the student-athlete’s primary care or school physician is required before exercise and sports may resume in any capacity.
    • The student-athlete must be able to complete activities of daily living and walk the recommended 500 m on a flat surface without excessive fatigue or breathlessness.
    • The student-athlete should have at least 10 days rest and be 7 days symptom-free before starting the GRTP.
    • Less aerobically intense sports like golf may progress quicker. Experience suggests that some athletes may take over 3 weeks to recover.
    • Mildly symptomatic cases are defined as <4 days of fever >100.4*F, short duration of other symptoms. Begin GRTP 10 days from positive test result and at least 24 hours symptom free, off antipyretics.
    • Moderately symptomatic cases are defined as 4 or more days of fever  >100.4*F, myalgia, chills, or lethargy; OR non-ICU hospital stay and no evidence of MIS-C. May begin gradual return to play at least 10 days from positive test result and at least 10 days symptom free, off antipyretics.
    • Severely symptomatic or MIS-C are defined as ICU stay or abnormal cardiac tests. No exercise for at least 3-6 months and cleared by cardiology with extensive cardiac testing including troponin, echo, and cardiac MRI
    A daily symptom checklist will be administered to the student-athlete. If any symptoms occur (including excessive fatigue) while going through GRTP, the athlete must return to the previous stage and progress again after a minimum of 24 hours of rest without symptoms.

    Further assessments

    Mild symptomatic or asymptomatic cases can begin the GRTP detailed below after receiving physician clearance. Mild or asymptomatic cases with comorbidities, such as but not limited to, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, renal disease, or are immunocompromised due to another condition not listed, or an abnormal 14-point screening (figure 1) will most likely be required to seek further medical advice and investigation prior to the start of a GRTP.

    Student-athletes who have a complicated or prolonged (moderate or severe symptomatic cases) COVID-19 illness will be required to seek further medical advice and investigation prior to the start of a GRTP. Referral to a specialist, such as a cardiologist, may be required for further medical assessments. These additional medical assessments may include:
    • Blood testing for markers of inflammation
    • Cardiac monitoring (12-lead ECG, echocardiogram, exercise tolerance test and cardiac MRI).
    • Respiratory function assessment (spirometry).
    • Renal and hematological monitoring.
    Gradual Return to Play
    Prior to returning to campus or release from the Health Center, documentation of physician clearance will be requested and obtained by the Health Center staff. The Health Center staff will communicate to the Sports Medicine staff a student-athlete’s date of diagnosis, severity of case, any hospitalizations or interventions related to Covid and any comorbidities, such as but not limited to, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, renal disease, or are immunocompromised due to another condition not listed in order for Sports Medicine to arrange for clearance by a specialist if needed.
    Once the student-athlete has returned to campus, they will be informed that they are NOT cleared to return to sports and must start a gradual return to play with the Sports Medicine staff.
    The GRTP will have 6 Stages (figure 2). For the purpose of this protocol, max heart rate will be calculated using the formula 220- student-athlete age= max heart rate. Progression will be based on several factors such as:
    • Resting heart rate
    • Injury-Psychological Readiness to Return to Sport (figure 3)
    • Rated perceived exertion (figure 4)
    • Sleep, stress, fatigue and muscle soreness
    STAGES OF GRADUAL RETURN TO PLAY POST COVID INFECTION
    (Adapted & modified from Elliott N, et al, infographic, British Journal of Sports Medicine, 2020.)
    Stage 0: Day 0
    • Clearance obtained by Primary Care Physician and provided to Tabor Academy Health Services
    Stage 1: Day 1 and Day 2 – (2 Days Minimum)
    • 15 minutes or less
    • Light activity (walking, jogging, stationary bike)
    • Intensity no greater than 70% of maximum heart rate
    • NO resistance training, practice or competition
    • May be completed at home under parental supervision
    Stage 2: Day 3 – (1 Day Minimum)
    • 30 minutes or less
    • Add simple movement activities (eg. running drills)
    • Intensity no greater than 80% of maximum heart rate
    • NO practice or competition
    Stage 3: Day 4 – (1 Day Minimum)
    • 45 minutes or less
    • Progress to more complex training
    • Intensity no greater than 80% maximum heart rate
    • May add light resistance training
    • Modified practice allowed under supervision
    • NO competition
    Stage 4: Day 5 and Day 6 (2 Days Minimum)
    • 60 minutes
    • Normal training activity
    • Intensity no greater than 80% maximum heart rate
    • Normal practice allowed
    • Evaluated for clearance by Tabor Physician at this time
    • NO competition
    Stage 5: Day 7
    • Return to full activity/participation
    • Full practice and competitions
    • Cleared of protocol
    ***All children and adolescents and their parents/caregivers should be educated to monitor for chest pain, shortness of breath out of proportion for upper respiratory tract infection, new-onset palpitations, or syncope when returning to exercise. If any of these signs and/or symptoms occur, the AAP recommends immediately stopping exercise and the athlete should see their pediatrician for an in-person assessment. Consideration should be given for pediatric cardiology consultation.***
     
  • Facilities, Restrooms, and Locker Rooms

    Locker rooms and rest rooms will be provided but locker room showers remain closed. 
  • Physical Distancing and Physical Contact

    Players must use their own individual water bottles. At the conclusion of contests, there is to be no handshaking or high fives; fist bumps and arm bumps are acceptable. We encourage all guests to practice social distancing when possible. 
  • Indoor Sports Spectator Guidelines

    Indoor spectators will be periodically permitted, dependent on the current status of COVID and case rates both at Tabor and locally/regionally.

    As of January 11, 2022, only Tabor students, faculty, staff, and parents/guardians may attend.  

    Indoor spectators must be masked at all times regardless of vaccination status. An N95 or KN95 mask is recommended.

    All spectators must complete an attestation form prior to arriving on campus.
    www.taboracademy.org/attestation

  • Outdoor Spectator Areas - Fall and Spring

    To limit potential exposure across teams, we ask all team spectators/visitors to remain in their designated areas. Please sit with your friends and families, and maintain social distancing when possible and/or wear masks. 

COVID-19 Test Tracker 2021-2022

List of 16 items.

  • January 11

    625 tests - 49 positive
  • January 6

    602 tests - 32 positive
  • December 7

    140 tests - 2 positive
  • December 2

    738 tests - 7 positive
  • November 18

    43 tests - 2 positive
  • November 11

    113 tests - 0 positive
  • November 4

    118 tests - 1 positive
  • October 28

    119 tests - 1 positive
  • October 21

    118 tests - 0 positive
  • October 14

    157 tests - 1 positive 
  • October 7

    116 tests - 2 positive
  • September 30

    762 tests - 1 positive
  • September 23

    762 tests - 0 positive
  • September 16

    762 tests - 0 positive
  • September 9

    772 tests - 0 positive
  • 8/29-9/8/2021

    1535 tests - 1 positive

TABOR ACADEMY

Admissions Office: 226 Front Street, Marion MA 02738 | Mail: 66 Spring Street, Marion MA 02738 | 508.748.2000 | info@taboracademy.org