Before students returned to the building in November 2020, we installed bipolar ionizers on all fan coil units in classrooms and the HVAC system for air purification and conducted air balancing testing to increase the outside air intake.
Pre-season athletics began on August 16 (HS) and August 23 (MS), and Burke will be guided by the policies of the Potomac Valley Athletic Conference (PVAC) and the DC State Athletic Association. During the fall season, practices will either be held outdoors or, in the case of volleyball, require masks and distancing.
While COVID does not primarily spread on surfaces, we will continue nightly deep cleaning and electrostatic cleaning of the entire school building. Last school year, we also installed touchless exits in the bathrooms and sanitization stations around the campus.
Each morning, parents are asked to complete a short screening form on our mobile app ("MyMedBot"). As COVID cases can be asymptomatic among children and teens, the screening process focuses on both symptoms and possible or confirmed exposures.
We have made the decision to pause our lunch service program in Fall 2021, while we complete our renovation project (which includes a much more spacious servery). In the interim, students are asked to bring lunch. Last school year, lunch took place indoors with 6-10' feet of spacing; this year, with more students on-campus, we plan to move groups outdoors whenever possible.
In addition to our usual school forms, including the DC Universal Health & Oral Health Assessment forms, families are required to complete a Social Compact – acknowledging their responsibilities to keep others safe and healthy and honoring their role in reducing the transmission of COVID-19.
All students, faculty, and staff are required to provide a negative PCR test taken 7 days or less before August 23 (faculty & staff) and September 1 (students). 6th grade students who are not age-eligible for vaccination were asked to test before returning for pre-season athletics, if applicable.
Last spring, working with Concentric by Ginkgo, we conducted biweekly pooled testing of the full on-campus community and made results available on our dashboard. This fall, we will conduct pooled testing of 10-15% of the on-campus community weekly.