Repopulation Changes Help to Ensure Marvelwood Community’s Safe & Healthy

The U.S continues to experience the fast spread of the COVID-19 Omicron variant that has been driving infection rates higher each day.

This, in turn, is contributing to a cascade of healthcare access issues, with medical and testing appointments, hospital beds, and testing kit supplies all currently strained. During the current spike, it has also been increasingly difficult to schedule or obtain PCR screening testing, and test results are taking longer than usual as labs around the country struggle to keep up with increased demand during the holiday period.

Because of these exceptional circumstances, the Marvelwood community has recently postponed its campus repopulation and testing requirements from January 5 to January 11 as a way to ensure students are traveling back to campus outside of the CDC’s recommended 5-day exposure window following the collective conclusion of holiday celebrations. Shifting repopulation plans back a week is one way administration hopes to ensure a successful and healthy start to a new term.

Marvelwood welcomes boarding students back to campus on Tuesday, January 11th between 12:00 and 6:00pm. Day students are asked to return on Wednesday morning, January 12. Winter term classes will resume with a full day of classes on January 12. Marvelwood’s Health Center will also offer drop-in testing on campus from 10:00am - 2:00pm on January 6 and 7 for students who would like to make the trip to campus. No appointments are required.

The campus will reopen at Level 2 of our COVID-19 Mitigation Level System and will conduct all-school PCR testing January 17 through 19th. Pending test results and student adherence to these protocols for the first 10-14 days, administrators look forward to relaxing these stricter protocols as students settle into the academic schedule.

Marvelwood’s CPC Task Force appreciates the community's flexibility, support, and continued "can do" mindset as we weather the COVID storm together.

For more information about our COVID-19 Mitigation Level System, please visit our COVID-19 School Protocols page on our school website. For questions or concerns related to COVID-19 Health and Safety, please contact Dean of Students Heather Hastings at heather.hasting@marvelwood.org