COVID-19 Protocols for Ransom Everglades School

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

    All students, faculty, staff and visitors to campus, vaccinated or unvaccinated, must wear face masks indoors and on buses or any school transportation. All members of the sixth grade must wear masks at all times on campus, except when eating, drinking or participating in certain supervised outdoor activities such as physical education. 

    Face masks must fit properly and cover the nose and mouth. Gaiters and bandanas are not acceptable face coverings.
  • Vaccinations for COVID-19

    Ransom Everglades strongly recommends the COVID-19 vaccination for all eligible students. (Vaccination is required for all faculty, staff and administration, except for those with exemptions.) 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 vaccine 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.
  • Illness

    If your child shows symptoms of illness — such as fever, cough or runny nose — 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 or your symptomatic child had exposure to a COVID-19 individual, 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.

    Ransom Everglades will not be offering a remote school option this year. For more information on student absences, please see the Student Handbook.

  • 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.middle school upper school
    The individual also must isolate (stay home from school and isolate from other people) for 10 days. (The 10-day period commences on the first day the individual shows symptoms or on the date of testing if asymptomatic.) Students who test positive must have a doctor’s note that clears them to return to school and resume participation in co-curricular activities, including PE and sports.

    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. The school will also follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines to determine close contacts.
    Go here for the CDC definition of a close contact and find the CDC guidance for schools here.
  • Close contacts and quarantines

    A student, teacher or staff member identified as a close contact of a COVID-19 individual by Ransom Everglades will be notified by the school.

    Close contacts are subject to the following guidelines:

    If vaccinated, the close contact
    • does not have to quarantine (i.e. stay home from school) unless the close contact is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms
    • should be tested for COVID-19 three to five days after exposure to the positive individual. (A COVID-19 test is required three to five days after exposure if the positive individual resides in the same household.)
    • should wear a mask outdoors for 14 days after the close contact when social distancing cannot be maintained

    If not fully vaccinated, the close contact
    • must quarantine (stay home from school) for seven days
    • must be tested for COVID-19 no earlier than day five after the close contact
    • may return to campus after seven days if the COVID-19 test is negative, and the individual is not experiencing COVID-19 symptoms
    • must wear a mask indoors and outdoors on campus until 14 days after exposure
    Go here for the CDC definition of a close contact and find the CDC guidance for schools here.
  • Visitors

    We are continuing to restrict visitors to campus, though we are allowing visitors for certain special events, sporting events and by invitation. All visitors will be required to comply with all COVID-19 protocols in place for those events. Appointments with teachers, advisors and administrators should be conducted virtually when possible.
  • Sports practices and competition

    Our athletics teams operate under protocols that are evaluated on a frequent basis. If you are the parent of a student with upcoming competitions, you will receive information with protocol updates and other game-specific details as the season progresses.

    Current Protocols
    • 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.
    • Spectators must wear masks at indoor events and are encouraged to wear masks in crowded spaces outdoors.
    • Unvaccinated visitors to campus are required to wear masks at all times.
    • Parents of RE student-athletes may not attend practices or walk through campus to pick their children up from practices. They must wait in their cars.
    • 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 for the trip, and students who are not fully vaccinated must submit a negative COVID-19 PCR test administered within 72 hours of departure to the designated school official.
  • Returning to campus after holiday breaks

    Ransom Everglades will inform families of any return-to-campus protocols after holiday breaks closer to those breaks.
Total Positive Cases (since 8/23/21) Current Positives (in Isolation) Current Number in Quarantine Current Number of Vaccinated Exposed
23 0 0 0

This includes all students, faculty and staff and is updated every Monday by 4 p.m. There has been no community spread on campus.
Coconut Grove, FL 33133
Middle School2045 South Bayshore DriveTel: 305-250-6850
Upper School3575 Main HighwayTel: 305-460-8800
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 mission of Ransom Everglades School is to provide an educational environment in which the pursuit of honor, academic excellence and intellectual growth is complemented by concern for the physical, cultural and character development of each student. 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.