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COVID-19 Plan

2021-2022 COVID-19 

Tabor 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 13 members.

  • Anthony Jaccaci 

    Head of School
  • Julie Przybyszewski 

    Director of Health Services
  • 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 Academics
  • Derek Krein 

    Dean of Faculty
  • Conan Leary 97

    Director of Athletics
  • Eric Long 

    Director 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 9 items.

  • Mask Optional at Tabor

    Tabor is currently Mask Optional for all individuals except:
    • Individuals with COVID-like symptoms should mask indoors until symptoms subside (even if tested negative)
    • Masking is required post-COVID for the full 10-days upon return to school.
    Large Events
    Mask use is strongly encouraged during large indoor events but not required at this time.

    Reminder
    Please remember that some individuals may choose to wear masks even if they are not required to do so. Wearing a mask is welcomed, and in many respects, is still encouraged. Individuals who are high-risk for COVID are encouraged to continue to wear masks and take added precautions to keep themselves healthy.

    We strongly encourage members of the community to consider masks as a method for not just preventing COVID, but also for preventing the spread of colds, flu, and other illnesses. If you are ill (and are deemed COVID-free and able to return to campus after appropriate testing), we advise that you wear a mask to reduce the spread of illness.
  • Testing for Symptomatic & Unvaccinated Individuals

    Conduct rapid testing for the following groups:
    • Symptomatic individuals — Anyone in the community with COVID-like symptoms
      • The Health Center will test individuals with symptoms for three consecutive days as a result of Omnicron taking longer to return a positive test result.
    • Unvaccinated individuals, weekly
    • Student athletes when required by the opposing team for athletic contest. 
  • Illness Policy

    • Return to school with either a doctor’s note with an alternative diagnosis or a negative at home rapid test.
    • Students unable to obtain a rapid test may go to the Health Center for testing
    • Students staying home due to illness should present to the Health Center as the first stop when returning to school
  • Individuals Returning from Positive COVID Diagnosis

    Individuals who are returning from a positive COVID diagnosis are required to wear a mask until day 10. Questions may be directed to the Health Center.
  • Close Contacts During Mask Optional Phase

    Close contacts will no longer be required to wear masks unless they are symptomatic. Symptomatic individuals must wear masks for 10 days from onset of symptoms.
  • Visitors Policy

    Visitors are now mask optional, as well. We recommend that all visitors take rapid tests before coming to campus; of course, please stay home if you are positive and follow proper COVID protocols. 

    Masks are required in the Health Center, however. 
  • BA.2 Variant

    While we are encouraged that campus will feel closer to “normal” than ever before this spring, our Medical Advisory Board continues to monitor the prevalence of the newly identified COVID-19 BA.2 variant and determine if such prevalence will require a response of policy or practice. 
  • Mindfulness & Good Hygiene

    It’s important to note that even though we are moving to Mask Optional, COVID is still present in our world today. It is imperative that we continue to practice social distancing and proper hygiene. Individuals should wash their hands and use hand sanitizer regularly, utilize masks in larger groups, and be mindful of the people around them.    
  • Questions?

    Contact Tim Cleary, Dean of Students
        

Athletics COVID Policies

List of 5 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. 
  • 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 less than 4 days of fever >100.4*F, <1 week of myalgia, chills, and lethargy.
      • Begin GRTP after completing 5-day isolation, must be fever free, off all fever-reducing medication and have improving symptoms for a minimum of 1 day prior.
    • Moderately symptomatic cases are defined as 4 or more days of fever >100.4*F, 1 week or more of myalgia, chills, or lethargy; OR non-ICU hospital stay and no evidence of of multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children [MIS-C].
      • Individuals who have moderate symptoms may not exit their isolation until a minimum of 5 days have passed, symptoms are improving, and they are fever free off all fever-reducing medication for a minimum of 1 day. 
      • Physician clearance is required prior to beginning a return to physical activity progression, and a minimum of 1 day of being fever free, off fever-reducing medication and improving symptoms is recommended prior to starting a return to physical activity progression. 
      • The PCP will review the American Heart Association 14-element screening evaluation with special emphasis on cardiac symptoms including chest pain, shortness of breath out of proportion for upper respiratory tract infection, new-onset palpitations or syncope and perform a complete physical examination and an EKG. 
      • If cardiac workup is negative, gradual return to physical activity may be initiated after 10 days have passed from the date of the positive test result, and a minimum of 1 day of symptom resolution (excluding loss of taste/smell) has occurred off fever-reducing medicine.
      • If cardiac sign/symptom screening is positive or EKG is abnormal, referral to a cardiologist is recommended.
    • For children and adolescents with severe COVID-19 symptoms (ICU stay and/or intubation) or MIS-C, it is recommended they be restricted from exercise for a minimum of 3 to 6 months and obtain cardiology clearance prior to resuming training or competition. Coordination of follow-up cardiology care should be arranged prior to hospital discharge. Other testing may be ordered based on the child or adolescent’s signs and symptoms.

    Further assessments

    Recent literature has reported a much lower incidence of myocarditis, 0.5% to 3%, than earlier in the pandemic. However, myocarditis has been documented even in people with COVID-19 who were asymptomatic or had mild infections. The assessment should include appropriate questions about chest pain, shortness of breath out of proportion for upper respiratory tract infection, new-onset palpitations or syncope. Any child or adolescent who reports these signs/symptoms should have an in-office visit that includes a complete physical examination, and consideration for an EKG should be given prior to clearance to return to physical activity.

    Mild symptomatic or asymptomatic cases can begin the GRTP detailed below after receiving an assessment by their primary care physician, or the school physician if necessary. Phone, telemedicine, or in person consultations are acceptable. 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 will most likely be required to seek further medical advice and investigation prior to the start of a GRTP.

    For those with moderate symptoms of COVID-19, an evaluation by their primary care physician (PCP) is recommended. People who test positive for SARS-CoV-2 should not exercise until they are cleared by a physician. PCP evaluation is currently recommended after symptom resolution and completion of isolation. The PCP will review the American Heart Association 14-element screening evaluation with special emphasis on cardiac symptoms including chest pain, shortness of breath out of proportion for upper respiratory tract infection, new-onset palpitations or syncope and perform a complete physical examination and an EKG. If cardiac workup is negative, gradual return to physical activity may be initiated after 10 days have passed from the date of the positive test result, and a minimum of 1 day of symptom resolution (excluding loss of taste/smell) has occurred off fever-reducing medicine. If cardiac sign/symptom screening is positive or EKG is abnormal, referral to a cardiologist is recommended. The cardiologist may consider ordering a troponin test and an echocardiogram at the time of acute infection. Depending on the patient’s symptoms and their duration, additional testing including a Holter monitor, exercise stress testing, or cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) may be considered.

    Individuals who have moderate symptoms may not exit their isolation until a minimum of 5 days have passed, symptoms are improving, and they are fever free off all fever-reducing medication for a minimum of 1 day. Physician clearance is required prior to beginning a return to physical activity progression, and a minimum of 1 day of being fever free, off fever-reducing medication and improving symptoms is recommended prior to starting a return to physical activity progression. All athletes and their parents should be provided with guidance to monitor for signs/symptoms concerning for myocarditis as they return to physical activity. This includes monitoring for any onset of chest pain, shortness of breath out of proportion for upper respiratory tract infection, new-onset palpitations, or syncope. These are indications for stopping physical activity and seeking immediate medical care; consultation with a pediatric cardiologist should be encouraged.

    Student-athletes who have a complicated or prolonged (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. 

    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 they are NOT cleared to return to sports and must start a gradual return to play with the Sports Medicine staff. 

    The GRTP will last 3-5 days, depending on the severity of symptoms, and is developed from guidelines provided by the AAP. For the purpose of this protocol, max heart rate will be calculated using the formula 220- student-athlete age= max heart rate. A heart rate monitor will be provided to the student so they can monitor their rate throughout exercise. 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.

    ***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.***


    TABOR ACADEMY STAGES OF GRADUAL RETURN TO PLAY POST COVID INFECTION
    (Adapted from the AAP COVID-19 Interim Guidance: Return to Sports and Physical Activity by Anna Zuckerman, MD, FAAP and Jonathan Flyer, MD, FAAP, FACC.)

    Asymptomatic/Mild Symptoms:

    Stage 0:  
    • Clearance obtained by physician to return to school; documentation provided to Tabor Academy Health Services
    • 1 day symptom free (excluding loss of taste/smell)
    Stage 1A: Day 1 
    • 60 minutes or less
    • Modified, light activity practice
    • Intensity no greater than 80% of maximum heart rate wearing heart rate monitor
    • No games or competition
    Stage 2A: Day 2
    • Full Practice
    • Intensity no greater than 100% of maximum heart rate wearing heart rate monitor
    • No games or competition
    Stage 3A: Day 3
    • Games allowed if no chest pain, shortness of breath out of proportion for upper respiratory tract infection, new-onset palpitations, or syncope during days 1 and 2
    • Heart rate monitor to be worn during practice, game, or competition
    • School physician clearance after Day 3 data is collected /analyzed and cleared of protocol
    Moderate Symptoms:

    Stage 0:  
    • Clearance obtained by physician to return to school; documentation provided to Tabor Academy Health Services
    • 1 day symptom free (excluding loss of taste/smell)
    Stage 1B: Day 1
    • Light workout on own
    • May be completed at home
    Stage 2B: Day 2
    • 60 minutes or less
    • Modified, light activity practice
    • Intensity no greater than 80% maximum heart rate wearing heart rate monitor
    • No games or competition
    Stage 3B: Day 3
    • 60 minutes or less
    • Modified, light activity practice
    • Intensity no greater than 80% of maximum heart rate wearing heart rate monitor
    • No games or competition
    Stage 4B: Day 4
    • Full Practice
    • Intensity no greater than 100% of maximum heart rate wearing heart rate monitor
    • No games or competition
    Stage 5B: Day 5
    • Games allowed if no chest pain, shortness of breath out of proportion for upper respiratory tract infection, new-onset palpitations, or syncope during days 1, 2, 3, and 4
    • Heart rate monitor to be worn during practice, game, or competition
    • School physician clearance after Day 5 data is collected /analyzed and cleared of protocol
    A mask is required for ALL physical activity, including games or scrimmages, until 10 full days from + test or symptom onset have passed. If the Primary Care Physician provides a stricter RTP guideline, the stricter guideline will be followed. 


     
     

COVID-19 Test Tracker 2021-2022

List of 32 items.

  • May 23-29

    55 tests - 16 positive
  • May 16-22

    79 tests - 16 positive
  • May 9-15

    56 tests - 8 positive
  • May 2-8

    67 tests - 15 positive
  • April 25-May 1

    41 tests - 6 positive
  • April 18-April 24

    78 tests - 13 positive
  • April 11-April 17

    50 tests - 7 positive
  • April 3-April 11

    37 tests - 3 positive
  • March 28- April 3

    30 tests - 6 positive
  • March 21 -28

    15 tests - 1 positive
  • February 21-27

    76 tests - 0 positive
  • February 14-20

    100 tests - 2 positive
  • February 7-13

    105 tests - 3 positive
  • January 31 - February 6

    206 tests - 16 positive
  • January 24-30

    261 tests - 12 positive
  • January 17-23

    608 tests - 29 positive
  • January 10-16

    625 tests - 53 positive
  • January 6-9

    602 tests - 32 positive
  • December 7

    140 tests - 2 positive
  • December 2

    738 tests - 7 positive
  • November 11

    113 tests - 0 positive
  • November 4

    118 tests - 1 positive
  • November 18

    43 tests - 2 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 23

    762 tests - 0 positive
  • September 30

    762 tests - 1 positive
  • September 16

    762 tests - 0 positive
  • September 9

    772 tests - 0 positive
  • August 29 - September 8

    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