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COVID-19 Plan

Dear Tabor Families,
Welcome back to campus for the 2021-2022 school year. We know that you all have many questions about what school will be like this year. Our COVID Task Force and new Medical Advisory Board have been hard at work building a plan that will allow us to open school safely and systematically work toward a school environment with fewer restrictions than we were faced with a year ago.

As you know, in June, we announced that all students and employees would be required to obtain the COVID-19 vaccine prior to the start of the school year. We are thrilled with the compliance regarding this request and are looking forward to the benefits this vaccine will bring to our community in the future. 

For now, we are monitoring the progress of the virus closely, and taking advice and recommendations from our Medical Advisory Board. This new board, composed of highly trained medical experts from our community, meets regularly to advise our leadership and COVID Task Force on the rapidly evolving COVID-19 virus and how to best keep our community safe. You can learn more about this Board right here on this page. 

We have all witnessed the sharp increase in COVID-19 cases in the United States as a result of the Delta variant (and others) in areas of the country where vaccination levels are low. This variant is particularly infectious and transmissible; we do not take this fact lightly. We are taking some early precautionary measures to ensure that we can come together safely and remain open and thriving as a community. 

These details are outlined below and are available for reference on the COVID-19 resource board tile in myTA. The COVID-19 tile contains additional information pertaining to COVID-19, school policies, vaccination details, and more. There is a section dedicated to international students and their unique needs as they prepare for international travel. We encourage families to review this tile carefully and reference it regularly when they have questions about campus protocols.

Sincerely,
The COVID Task Force
Tony Jaccaci, Head of School
Julie Przybyszewski, MSN, PNP, LMHC, Director of Health Services
Liz Cheney, Assistant Director of Parent Engagement
Tim Cleary, Dean of Students
Bethany Daniels, Executive Assistant, Head of School
Steve Downes, Director, Center for International Students
Tim Frey, Director, Information Technology
Rob Hurd, Waterfront Director, Science Teacher
Stacy Jagodowski, Director of Strategic Marketing & Communications
Christina Kennedy, Dean of Studies
Derek Krein, Interim Dean of Faculty
Conan Leary, Director of Athletics
Eric Long, Director of Admissions & Financial Aid
Stephen Sanford, Associate Head of School, Finance & Operations, CFO
 
 

Medical Advisory Board

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  • 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
  • David McGinnis, MD

    David McGinnis, M.D., joined Tabor in 2014 as our School Physician and has practiced emergency medicine for over 20 years. He earned a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, M.D. from the Temple University School of Medicine, and served his residency in Emergency Medicine at Temple Hospital. Dr. McGinnis lives in Marion with his wife, Karen and their two children Emma ‘22 and Jack ‘25.
  • 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

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
 
 

General COVID Protocols 21-22

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  • Unvaccinated Individuals at Tabor

    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.
  • Masks Mandate

    Masks do not need to be worn outdoors. 

    Masks must be worn indoors at all times during the first month of school, 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.

    Masks must be worn in common areas within the dorms. Students may be unmasked in their individual 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. 


  • Athletics - Spectators

    Spectators are welcome at our outdoor sporting events. All outdoor spectators must register their visit prior to coming to campus and complete the attestation on the day of the visit. 

    Spectators are not allowed to attend our indoor sporting events, however.
  • 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. 
    • In order to maintain lower numbers at all meals, the Dining Hall will be limited to only employed faculty and enrolled students; no faculty spouses and children, guests, or vendors are permitted during meal times
      • Vaccinated spouses may enter the dining hall before meal times to obtain meals to go for families.
    • Grab-and-go meal options will be provided 
  • Campus Events

    • Following the conclusion of Move-in Days, no events will be held on campus for the month of September.
    • We will evaluate the ability to safely hold events beginning in October. 
    • All school meetings will be outdoors this fall, weather permitting.
  • Visitors - 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 - On Campus Restrictions

    During the first month of school, September 2021, once move-in day is complete, visitors are only allowed outdoors; they may not enter our buildings. Visitors, including family members, may interact with students on campus and walk with students within extended campus boundaries — Route 6 to Main Street — but may not take students off campus during the first month of school. 

    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 - Admissions

    Admissions will not host on-campus visits during the month of September. On-campus visits will resume in the month of October, however, 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.

    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 admissions visitors, at any time. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause. Please contact the admissions office with questions
  • Visitors - Masks Mandate

    Visitors are not required to wear masks outdoors, however, at which time visitors are permitted to enter our buildings, masks must be worn at all times regardless of vaccination status.
 
 

Athletics COVID Policies

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  • Tabor Vaccination Policy

    All students and coaches must be vaccinated. Unvaccinated students—those with medical or religious exemptions—are not allowed to play in interscholastic competitions or to be with teams on the sidelines. Unvaccinated students may not travel to away competitions but can watch home games from the appropriate spectator area. Partially vaccinated students—those who have received at least one dose of an approved vaccine and produce a negative PCR test within 48 hours of competition—may participate in interscholastic competitions and be a part of their teams. 

    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 with full unvaccinated restrictions in place.  
  • Masking

    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 (volleyball) including by all spectators/visitors 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.

  • Facilities, Restrooms, and Locker Rooms

    All Tabor visitors, including coaches, athletes, and visitors must use the supplied outdoor facilities. Locker rooms will not be provided for changing before or after games, and students should arrive dressed and ready to play. All indoor facilities are off-limits to non-Tabor individuals with the exception of volleyball teams and spectators - please see the Indoor Sports section below.
  • 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. 
  • Spectator Areas

    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. 
  • Indoor Sports (volleyball) 

    Only visiting volleyball teams are allowed indoors with only 2 vaccinated spectators per player allowed at this time. Spectators must register in advance using the registration forms available on the spectator calendar (each game requires separate registration). We will assess the ability to allow additional spectators on a regular basis and update our status accordingly. Everyone indoors must be masked at all times, and access is limited only to Stone Gym and the adjacent indoor restrooms. All other indoor facilities and buildings, including the Fish Athletic Center, are prohibited. Please scan the QR code provided here to access a calendar of games where visitors are permitted. Click into the desired game to access the registration form. You may also visit www.taboracademy.org/gamesregister

COVID-19 Test Tracker 2021-2022

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  • 8/29-9/7/2021

    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