We are proud to note that the percentage of vaccinated community members has risen to 99.1 percent. The safety of our students and our employees continues to be our highest priority. Please scroll down to read our school policies regarding masking and testing procedures in the Frequently Asked Questions section.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are classes at Williston in person?
Yes, all classes are in person. There will not be any option to attend classes by zoom.
What are testing protocols at Williston?
- After our first reentry week, we will continue to monitor cases of COVID-19 through Health and Wellness Services and our rapid antigen testing capabilities for symptomatic or unvaccinated individuals.
- We are asking all students to take an antigen test at 24 hours prior to when they are scheduled to be on campus. If negative, then proceed to come to campus as planned. If positive, please call Health and Wellness Services at the school to determine next steps.
- Mask wearing is optional. However, students may be asked to wear masks as part of a protocol following a positive COVID test.
- The school will be doing only symptomatic testing. Antigen tests and PCR tests are available on campus if needed.
What happens if my child tests positive for COVID-19 while on campus?
• Any student who tests positive, and lives within driving distance, must be picked up by a parent or guardian within 12-24 hours. All others will isolate in the Health Center and other COVID-specific locations on campus for the requisite five days as recommended by the CDC. Please see our flow chart for more specifics on our process for individuals who test positive.
• We ask that all families who are not within driving distance think about a plan for a domestic contact or guardian who can pick up a student within 48 hours if needed. If you have questions about this, please contact the Deans Office.
• For any student required to isolate, we will offer flexible and robust support for learning. Williston continues to have no formal remote-learning option this school year. Teachers will support students as they typically have, relying on OneNote, other digital resources, and extra help. In addition, please know that we are committed to supporting the mental well-being of students who must isolate. Our counseling staff will be checking in frequently on students in isolation, and developing plans for making the time pass as pleasantly as possible. If faculty members test positive, but are asymptomatic, classes will still be held in person with the teacher participating from home via Zoom, and students in the classroom.
What happens if my child is a close contact of someone who tests positive at school?
• Students who are fully vaccinated and asymptomatic should wear a mask around others and eat grab and go meals for 5 days. If they develop symptoms during the 5 days of masking, they should follow the guidelines for those situations.
• Students who are fully vaccinated and symptomatic—must quarantine/stay home, wear a mask for 5 days, and contact Health and Wellness to discuss testing and next steps.
• Students who are unvaccinated/partially vaccinated must quarantine/stay home for 5 days (the day of your last exposure is day 0), then test on day 5 with rapid antigen or PCR tests. If day 5 results are negative, the close contact student may come out of isolation, but must wear a mask at all times indoors (and outdoors when social distancing isn’t possible) and eat grab and go meals through day 11. If the day 5 result is positive, then the close contact student must isolate for 5 additional days, and follow our protocols for testing positive.
Are vaccine and booster shots required for my child?
• Yes, in addition to requiring vaccines, Williston is now requiring booster shots for eligible community members. According to the CDC, everyone ages 12 years and older is recommended to get a booster. Students should get a booster shot, then upload proof into the Magnus Health Portal under immunizations.
What are the masking procedures for students on campus?
- Williston has moved to a mask-optional policy on campus.
- Any community member should feel empowered and supported in continuing to wear a mask for any reason. A reminder that KN-95 masks have been shown to protect the wearer as well as others around them. If students have concerns about their masks, please know that they can go to Health and Wellness to get a mask or get help with proper mask fitting.
- It is extremely important for students who are symptomatic to continue report your symptoms and be tested at Health and Wellness. If students or employees are symptomatic for anything (flu, cold, coming out of isolation), receive guidance from Health and Wellness Services, which may require the need to wear masks to keep spread of sickness down in general.
What is the school’s policy for athletes returning to play after a COVID infection?
The American Academy of Pediatrics has a return-to-athletics policy for athletes who have tested positive for COVID-19. Williston, along with many of our peer schools, has updated our protocols to follow the AAP’s return-to-play timeline to ensure the safety of players who are recovering from the virus.
Once a student comes out of isolation (approximately on day 6 after testing positive), Health and Wellness Services will direct the student/athlete to meet with either Head Trainer Ansel Garvey or Associate Director of Athletics Melissa Brousseau to discuss a return-to-play process and any symptoms to look out for. The protocol will differ based on whether the student had been symptomatic or asymptomatic.
Most asymptomatic students will follow this protocol.
- First day out of isolation (usually Day 6): Light Practice
- Second day out (usually Day 7): Full Practice
- Third day out (usually Day 8): Clearance from Health and Wellness to return to full unrestricted play (including competitions)
Most symptomatic students will follow this protocol.
- Light exercise during days 6 through 10.
- On day 11, students should check in at Health and Wellness for a symptom screening and a brief exam by the nurses. If all is well, then students may return to full athletic practices and game play. If a student has any persistent symptoms or abnormal vital signs, then they must seen by the physician before returning to play.
Who will be allowed in dormitories during this period?
Until further notice, the only people permitted in any dormitory are residents of that dormitory. Visitors, including family members, are not permitted in dormitories at this time.
What happens if my child's roommate tests positive or is identified as a close contact?
- If a student’s roommate tests positive, then the student is considered a close contact and will need to follow the close contact flow chart.
- If a student’s roommate is identified as a close contact, we will be following CDC guidelines, which currently do not advise that a close contact of a close contact needs to take any special precautions. That said, we understand that knowing a student’s roommate is a close contact might be unsettling for some families, so we are monitoring situations with roommates closely and want to note that close contacts themselves do have to take precautions including masking around others, testing, and monitoring symptoms.
- Because students sharing a dorm room do not mask at all times, a student who has tested positive must have a double negative test (two tests, 24 hours apart) to come out of isolation and return to their dorm room. The earliest this would happen is day 5 and 6.
What are the policies for visitors to athletic events?
If you are symptomatic or have tested positive, we ask you to not attend sporting events, particularly indoors.
What are the policies for travel off campus?
With weekend permissions, all boarding students, regardless of vaccination status, will be able to leave on weekends for outside sports leagues, college visits, or trips home.
What are the COVID-related protocols for visitors to campus?
Williston is continually evaluating our COVID-19 policies, so we can ensure the safest possible environment for all our students. Based on the most current information, we are asking visitors to monitor their own health and if symptomatic or have tested positive, we respectfully ask that you do not visit campus.
Will campus be open for boarding students during school breaks?
Please note that the campus is fully closed during November, Winter, and March breaks, and during those times, students are not allowed to stay on campus. International students should have received an email earlier this summer about opportunities for students living abroad who will be unable to travel home for school breaks. Students may stay in the dorms for one night after the break begins to catch early morning flights.
Are there any COVID-related restrictions for day students?
We ask students to monitor their own health and if symptomatic, please be in contact with Health and Wellness Services.