Community Expectations

The mission of Marist School is to form the whole person in the image of Christ. We believe that this mission is best fulfilled when we are together, in person, which requires each of us—students, faculty, staff, parents, and volunteers—to stand together to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Our goal is for every member of our school community to understand the responsibility we each have for others in our community and that we all have a role to play in providing for the health and safety of our community. It is up to each of us to conscientiously do our part to #ProtectOurNest so that we can be #MaristTogether.
With the well-being of each member of the school community in mind and to provide each of us with greater assurances as to what we can expect from each other, we are asking all families, faculty, and staff to acknowledge the following school community expectations as we return to campus.

We are all in this together, and we will work cooperatively to navigate the known and unknown risks that we continue to face with the COVID-19 pandemic. Our school community expectations have been written in the spirit that we are of one body, but if one part is suffering, we all will suffer. Collectively, we can #ProtectOurNest so that we can be #MaristTogether.

We acknowledge the following community expectations to #ProtectOurNest: 

List of 7 items.

  • To extend grace and patience to others.

    During the continuation of this unprecedented time, with all its stress and uncertainty, I will commit to seek ways to assist and support others rather than look for ways to criticize or minimize the concerns of those who are less comfortable than I.
  • To not harass or judge others about their choices to receive, or not, the vaccine or for wearing a mask, whether required or not.

    While we would all prefer not to have to wear a mask, the unfortunate reality of the start of the year is that masks will be required of some and others will choose to wear them for their own comfort. I commit to not commenting critically or judgmentally on another’s choice regarding the vaccine and his or her need or choice to wear a mask. There is no place for such comments at Marist.
  • To adhere to required safety precautions and risk mitigation measures while on campus

    I understand the precautions, which include wearing a mask if applicable, practicing social distancing when required, proper hand washing, and respiratory etiquette (e.g. covering my cough or sneeze), will contribute to the health and safety of others. I also understand that Marist may require me to wear a mask, and if I fail to do so it could result in a disciplinary consequence.
  • To participate in daily self-care and assessment protocols as required

    I will report my health status honestly and accurately and will adhere and respond to contact tracing protocols with accurate and complete information.
  • To stay home if I am sick.

    If I have symptoms consistent with COVID-19, tested positive for COVID-19, or if I am required to stay off campus by the Marist Clinic, I will not come onto campus.
  • To communicate transparently

    I will report any developments that may be important to assist in promoting the health and safety of the school community, including sharing positive COVID-19 test results for me or a member of my household. I will also keep the Marist Clinic informed of possible exposure.
  • To observe space restrictions

    I will adhere to the guidelines for the use of space on campus.

COVID-19 Policies

Marist School will implement necessary mitigation measures to decrease the incidence and potential spread of COVID-19 on campus. The following are the mitigation measures in place on August 13, 2021 and will be amended as conditions warrant.

List of 9 items.

  • Masking

    • Masks are not required for outdoor activities. Contact tracing may still occur depending on the circumstances.
    • Vaccinated individuals are not required to but may choose to wear masks while indoors.
    • Masks must be worn indoors by all individuals who are not fully vaccinated.*
    • When indoors, seating arrangements will allow for at least 3 feet of physical distance between students as practicable.
    • Students should always carry a mask in their backpack in the event that they need to attend a large group gathering such as a Mass, assembly, grade-level meeting, or honors program that requires universal masking.
    • Under federal law, masks are required for all passengers and drivers in school-sponsored transportation.
    *Fully vaccinated means 14 days have passed after the completion of the second dose of two-dose vaccine series or 14 days after single dose vaccine.
  • Physical Distancing

    • Indoor classrooms
      • Classroom desks will be 3 or more feet apart where possible.
      • Teachers will be 6 feet from students in the classroom.
      • Each class will have and adhere to a seating chart.
    • Dining will be available outside, and tables will be 3 feet apart.
    • Physical education classes, sports, and extracurricular activities will physically distance as possible.
  • Ventilation & Facilities

    The HVAC systems in each building are well maintained and will maximize the amount of outdoor air to the greatest extent possible for the system.

    • Will be cleaned daily
    • Disinfectant will be available in each classroom and work space
    • Areas in which someone with COVID-19 was in the past 24 hours will be fogged
    • Hand sanitizer will be available in each classroom, work space, and commonly used public spaces
  • Quarantine

    Close contact is defined as exposure to an infected individual by being within 6 feet for 15 cumulative minutes over 24 hours except if the close contact occurred in the indoor classroom and both the close contact and the case were students wearing well-fitted masks appropriately and consistently and were at least 3 feet apart.
    Individuals who are in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 will be required to quarantine per school policy.
    After close contact with an infectious/active case of COVID-19, it is possible to develop COVID-19 at any point during the 14-day incubation period. As such, it is necessary to monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 for the 14 days after last close contact. If symptoms of COVID-19 develop during the 14 days, it is assumed that the individual in close contact has contracted COVID-19 and that individual must isolate.
    Quarantine at home can be abbreviated from 14 days to 7 days under certain circumstances. At Marist, the following criteria can shorten the time spent in at-home quarantine if the close contact for those who had household member or significant exposure close contact:
    • The individual does not have symptoms of COVID-19 AND
    • The individual has a negative PCR test done on or after day 6 of quarantine
    • The individual may return to campus on day 8 IF they agree to wear a mask through day 14 except when eating and during rigorous exercise, physically distance (except during sports), and isolate if they develop symptoms
    There are three exceptions to the quarantine guidelines listed above:
    1. If close contact occurs between students in an indoor classroom setting where students were 3 to 6 feet apart and the individual with COVID-19 and close contact were both wearing well-fitting face masks consistently and appropriately, regardless of vaccination status.
    2. If the close contact is fully vaccinated and is symptom-free
      • Fully vaccinated requires that 14 days have passed since completion of COVID-19 vaccine series
      • A completed COVID-19 vaccination card is on file in SNAP
      • Fully vaccinated individuals are expected to wear a mask for 14 days after last close contact unless or until a negative PCR test received on days 3-5
      3. The close contact is immune due to recent history of
          COVID-19 and is symptom-free
      • Infection was within 90 days of last close contact
      • Documentation of positive COVID-19 test is on file in SNAP
      • Individuals who are immune due to documented history of COVID-19 in last 90 days are expected to wear a mask for 14 days after last close contact or until they obtain a negative PCR test result for a test done 3 to 5 days after last close contact.
    Effective October 13, 2021
    Modified Quarantine of Asymptomatic, Unvaccinated Close Contact Individuals:
    Quarantine can take place on campus if close contact was not due to a household member and/or significant other exposure IF
    • Individuals agree to daily on-campus rapid antigen testing before school/school activities through day 7.
    • Individuals continue to wear well-fitted masks.
    • Testing must be done on campus. “At home” tests will not be accepted.
    If deemed appropriate, students with COVID-like symptoms may also be tested to remain at school.
    There will be no charge for testing on campus. Positive test results will only be communicated to the student, parent, and Marist Clinic personnel.

    Please reference the Decision Tree for detailed information.
  • Contact Tracing and Notification

    • Contact tracing will be done when there is a case of COVID-19 (confirmed by positive COVID-19 test) by clinic nurses and athletic trainers
    • Contact tracing will be done as quickly and thoroughly as feasible
      • Information regarding exposure will be determined by interviewing relevant parties, including:  
        • The individual with COVID-19
        • If applicable, parents/guardians (full cooperation and disclosure is expected)
        • Teachers and coaches responsible for the individual with COVID-19 (if applicable)
      • Additional information regarding exposure will be obtained from the following:
        • Seating charts (if applicable)
        • Attendance records
        • Security film as available
      • Documentation of immunity via a positive COVID-19 test and/or vaccination status will be reviewed
    • All Marist students and employees who had some level of known exposure to COVID-19 will be notified regarding their exposure. Confidentiality of positive cases will be kept at all times.
      • Close contacts and their parents/guardians will be notified of exposure and subsequent steps on documented history of positive COVID-19 test and/or vaccination status.
      • A courtesy email will be sent to teachers and coaches when a case of COVID-19 is identified in the classroom or on the team and the date(s) of exposure will be provided.
      • A courtesy email will be sent to employees if it is believed that the employee may have some level of exposure to COVID-19 but that exposure did not necessitate action beyond monitoring for symptoms and date(s) of exposures will be provided.
    Please note that quarantine decisions are non-negotiable. We are doing our best to ensure the safety of our community. In the interest of the Clinic staff’s time, the Marist Clinic will not engage in debates regarding quarantine.

    The DeKalb County Board of Health will be informed
    • Per public health guidelines, Marist students and employees who have COVID-19 and the Marist students and employees who are their close contacts will be shared with the DeKalb County Board of Health.
    • Information shared includes name, date of birth, contact information (of parent/guardians for students), date of first symptom or first positive test, and date of last close contact.
  • Academics/Make-up Work

    We look forward to a return to face-to-face teaching and learning this year. The Marist mission is best realized when students are learning face-to-face which is the reason why virtual learning will no longer be offered. By masking according to vaccination status, we anticipate that mandated quarantines due to classroom close contact will be minimal. In the event that a student is affected by contact tracing due to close contact and/or exhibits symptoms of COVID-19, we will follow the make-up policies in the Parent/Student Handbook (4.1.1). Students are encouraged to communicate with teachers and monitor Google Classroom to stay abreast of make-up work. When the number of days absent is 6 consecutive days or more due to illness or quarantine, an Academic Management Plan (AMP) may be implemented by the Academic Dean to assist students in culling make-up work and negotiating a timeline to complete the make-up work. The AMP is a shared document with the student, teachers, and parents that supports the student’s return to school. As always, we will continually monitor the impact of cases and instances of quarantine in our community and make adjustments as needed.

    Recommendations for Quarantined Students
  • Absences

    • If your child is ill, a parent should email or call the Attendance Office at (770) 936-2233 before 8:15 a.m.
    • When reporting an absence, be sure to include the student's name, grade, a brief reason for absence, and a phone number where the parent may be reached.
    • Students may not arrive on campus after 9 a.m. unless they provide a doctor’s note/appointment slip.
      • Students who arrive after 9 a.m. without a doctor's note will be sent home and will be unable to participate in extracurricular activities.
    • Students and employees who are ill with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 are expected to remain off campus until a negative PCR test result is obtained. This is regardless of vaccination status and recent history of COVID-19. Symptoms of COVID-19 include the following:
      • Fever or chills
      • Cough
      • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
      • Fatigue
      • Muscle or body aches
      • Headache
      • New loss of taste or smell
      • Sore throat
      • Congestion or runny nose
      • Nausea or vomiting
      • Diarrhea
  • Campus Visitors

    We look forward to welcoming visitors to campus but ask that they make an appointment with the person or group they are meeting in advance. All visitors are asked to follow the same guidelines as faculty, staff, and students.
  • Athletics

    Athletics will follow all Marist guidelines within the boundaries of their sport. Individual coaches will communicate sport-specific guidelines to their teams.

Marist School

3790 Ashford Dunwoody Road, NE
Atlanta, GA 30319-1899
(770) 457-7201
An Independent Catholic School of the Marist Fathers and Brothers