COVID-19 Information

School Covid-19 Dashboard (updated as needed)

Covid-19 Guidelines  

Revised 6.4.21, Summer Camp

McGuffey’s protocols are based on the judgment and assessment of the head of school and staff in the classrooms with our children every day, not by the CDC or any state or local entity. The CDC recommendations, for example, are based on national statistical trends, not on the current concerns or issues within Oxford or within McGuffey. Please note the revision date above.

We have been undeniably successful in preventing spread of Covid at school. This was aided by timely communication from parents in the event of potential or known exposures, symptoms and positive test results. Please communicate with us as soon as you are aware of any of these in your household.

Safety Guidelines

Out of an abundance of caution, we plan to continue to wear masks in camp. Students will have mask breaks outdoors. In general, we found that students got used to wearing masks during the school year. 

For those of you who weren’t involved with McGuffey this past year, our practices and procedures resulted in zero spread of covid in our school community. We will certainly communicate with you should there be any cases or exposure. We also maintain a dashboard here which can also be reached on our website under the Parent Tab/Covid.

We will take temperatures upon arrival and we will continue to wash hands throughout the day. Due to far less density of campers and teachers, and that children will only go indoors during inclement weather, we ask that parents read through the most recent CDC guidelines and use their best judgement to keep everyone safe.

Exposure Asymptomatic

  • If a student or member of a student’s household has been exposed, is asymptomatic and has a negative test around day 5-7, the student can return after 7 days. The school has some rapid home test kits available.
  • If a student or member of a student’s household is fully vaccinated and are exposed and asymptomatic they do NOT have to quarantine or be tested. 

If a student or member of a student’s household is symptomatic and if the cause has been determined not to be COVID-19, the fever and symptoms must have abated for at least 24 hours without fever-reducing medication before returning to school. If a student develops symptoms at school and is sent home, sibling(s) will also return home. 

There are no restrictions on travel. Please let us know if your child or someone in your household travels out of the country.

There are no restrictions on visitors. Please let us know if someone visits your household who has traveled out of the country in the last two weeks.

Proof of vaccination may be requested.


“Solidarity among human beings is very beautiful, arising from antiquity and projecting itself as it does into the future, binding the past to the present and the present to the future, for all eternity.”

– Dr. Montessori spoke in 1949, in San Remo, in a lecture entitled
Human Solidarity in Time and Space

Hello McGuffey Families,

Welcome to this new day in Montessori education where, activated by a world pandemic, we are called to adapt and to return fully to our Montessori method. This document is a consolidation of the many developing resources for schools to assist your family in returning to school under new conditions while continuing to offer adults and children a safe and vibrant Montessori learning experience.

Our goal is to be open every day for every student. To accomplish this we need to have procedures in place that will mitigate risk of infection, knowing that we can’t eliminate risk entirely. We will establish and reinforce a culture of health, safety, and shared responsibility. This guide presumes that there will be times where we will be called to work both remotely and within the prepared environment of the school. 

While I know we won’t all agree with every aspect of our reopening plans, you can rest assured that the plans are a result of our staff conducting broad research, task forces regularly putting together ideas and plans, and taking serious consideration of our responsibility to our students, our families, and our community.

We will all be called upon to compromise, remain flexible, trust one another, and be hopeful. 

I have great optimism for the coming year and can hardly wait to see our new and returning students in carline starting August 25th.


Nancy Hawthorne
Head of School

Safe Return to School v.2, updated 8.23.20

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