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COVID-19 Protocols

Please find below our COVID-19 protocols for 2021-22. These will be updated as circumstances warrant. At Ransom Everglades, we believe keeping our community safe requires the commitment of all members of our community.

2021-22 COVID-19 Protocols

List of 9 items.

  • Masks

    Face masks are optional indoors and outdoors on RE's campuses. If a student tests positive or is identified as a close contact, masks will be required as outlined below.
  • Vaccinations for COVID-19

    Ransom Everglades strongly encourages the COVID-19 vaccination and booster for all eligible students, faculty and staff. Please keep Ransom Everglades apprised of updates to your child’s vaccination status. “Fully vaccinated” means two weeks after the second or final COVID-19 vaccination shot. Email the appropriate campus nurse at the middle school or upper school and you will be given guidance on how to submit your child’s vaccination information if you have not already done so. We are not collecting booster information at this time.
  • Illness

    If your child shows symptoms of illness – such as fever, cough or runny nose – you must keep your child home from school and report the absence via SchoolPass. A school nurse may contact you.

    Children who show any symptoms of illness on campus will be sent home.

    If your child’s symptoms are consistent with COVID-19, contact your primary care physician and have your child tested for COVID-19. Students who test negative for COVID-19 may return to campus when they are symptom/fever free for 24 hours.
  • Positive test for COVID-19

    Whether vaccinated or unvaccinated, an individual who tests positive for COVID-19 must report the result to the appropriate campus via email.
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    The individual also must isolate (stay home from school and isolate from other people) for five days, and notify individuals who are close contacts. (The day of the positive test is day zero of the five-day isolation period, per the CDC.) To return to school, students who test positive must be fever-free for 24 hours and symptoms must be improving; they must test negative on a rapid antigen test (this can be a home test); and they must visit their campus nurse the morning of their return (no earlier than 7:45 a.m.) for clearance.
     
    Ransom Everglades will notify the Florida Department of Health if any student, faculty or staff member who has been on campus tests positive for COVID-19. 
  • Close contacts and quarantines

    A student, teacher or staff member identified as a close contact of a COVID-19 individual should follow these guidelines:

    If the close contact is fully vaccinated, the close contact
    • should continue coming to school unless experiencing COVID-19 symptoms
    • should test for COVID-19 on day five after exposure to the positive individual
    • must wear a mask for 10 days after the close contact, indoors and outdoors when with others
    If not fully vaccinated, the close contact
    • must quarantine (stay home from school) for five days
    • must be tested for COVID-19 on day four after the close contact
    • may return to campus after five days if the COVID-19 test is negative, and the individual is not experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms
    • must wear a mask indoors and outdoors on campus until 10 days after exposure
    Go here for the CDC definition of a close contact.
  • Visitors

    We are allowing visitors for special events, sporting events and by invitation. All visitors will be required to comply with all COVID-19 protocols in place for those events.
  • Sports practices and competition

    • Parents of RE student-athletes are welcome to attend competitions in which their child’s team is participating.
    • RE students are welcome to attend any sports competitions on their campus.
    • Masks are optional at sporting events.
    • We will provide livestream access to games when possible to allow other members of our school community to watch competitions. When available, the game link will be posted on the team's myCOMPASS page.
  • Overnight trips

    To attend school-sponsored overnight trips, all students must follow the mask requirements and COVID-19 protocols for the trip.
  • Returning to campus after holiday breaks

    Ransom Everglades will inform families of any return-to-campus protocols after holiday breaks closer to those breaks. There are no requirements for the return from Spring Break on Monday, April 28, 2022.
Total Positive Cases (since 8/23/21) Current Positives (in Isolation) Current Number in Quarantine
465 15 0

This includes all students, faculty and staff and the mandatory testing to return to school on January 5 after the holiday break. This chart is updated every Monday by 4 p.m. 
Founded in 1903, Ransom Everglades School is a coeducational, college preparatory day school for grades 6 - 12 located on two campuses in Coconut Grove, Florida. Ransom Everglades School produces graduates who "believe that they are in the world not so much for what they can get out of it as for what they can put into it." The school provides rigorous college preparation that promotes the student's sense of identity, community, personal integrity and values for a productive and satisfying life, and prepares the student to lead and to contribute to society.