COVID FAQ (2021-22)

Are face masks required?

Yes, face masks are required indoors for all students, faculty, staff, and visitors on campus, regardless of vaccination status. Face masks will be not be required beginning December 6, 2021.

Are students required to wear face masks during athletic competitions?

Student athletes are not required to mask indoors while actively competing. They will mask to enter and exit the court and while seated on the bench similar to what we saw most athletes do during the Tokyo Olympics.

Are cohorting, physical distancing, and other COVID protocols still in effect?

Classrooms are configured to maintain three feet of distance between students whenever possible. ROBS uses digital contact tracing technology to determine if anyone has been exposed to COVID on campus. Read more about how it works.

Is ROBS requiring the COVID vaccine for students, faculty, and staff?

No; COVID-19 vaccines remain optional for students and faculty. While this is the case, we are happy to report that approximately 95% of our faculty and staff are fully vaccinated. We strongly encourage all eligible members of our community to get vaccinated as soon as possible. We also encourage all families to report if their child has been vaccinated, as some protocols differ based on vaccination status.

How do I report that my child has received vaccination against COVID-19?

If you would like to report the vaccination status of your child, please upload their vaccine card to the Immunizations section of Magnus Health. After uploading the card, please email Nurse Bunch or Nurse Carlson letting them know you have done so. If a student does not submit a completed vaccination card, we will assume the child is unvaccinated.

What should I do if my child is sick or exposed to someone with COVID?

Keep your child home. Read this for what to do next.

What does remote learning look like if my child is required to quarantine?
  • Middle School: Students who are quarantined due to COVID exposure will be provided access to their classes via Zoom, following a conversation with Dr. Connor Cook. The Zoom links for each class will live on the class webpages inside the ROBS web portal.
  • Lower School: The remote learning format will vary depending on the student’s age, learning style, and home environment. For example, a self-sufficient fourth grader may be able to participate in classroom lessons via Zoom. A Kindergartener will need a different approach. Amy Womack and your child’s teacher will work with you to determine appropriate expectations. After discussing with your teacher, you will be able to pick up a bag of the students’ supplies at the security office. 
  • Preschool: Dawn Hanson and your child’s teachers will work with you to prepare a learning plan. Families will be given a packet of learning activities with supplies and instructions to do at home.
Will I be notified if someone in my child’s class has COVID?

Not necessarily. Individuals identified as “close contacts” of the COVID-positive individual will be notified promptly. You can view a weekly report of cases in the InTouch newsletter, which are reported by grade level.

How is the School contact tracing?

Contact tracing is a process by which the School figures out all the people that someone with COVID-19 was physically close to while he/she was able to spread the disease. These people are called “close contacts.” Contact tracing—especially in the school setting—is designed to prevent outbreaks. For students in a K-12 classroom, close contact is defined as being within 3 feet of a COVID-positive student for a cumulative total of 15 minutes over a 24-hour period. ROBS uses digital contact tracing technology to assist with contact tracing. Read more about how it works.

Will parents, visitors, and guests be allowed on campus?

Yes, parents, visitors, guests, and prospective families will be allowed on campus, provided they follow the current protocols.

How is the School mitigating risk during mealtime?

Middle School students are eating outdoors—either in the Raymond Family Plaza (the amphitheater near the MS entrance) or under the tent in the parking area south of the Mosing building. During inclement weather (including extremely high heat index), students eat on their grade level floors with their advisory and/or home base physically distanced from one another. 
Lower School students (grades 2-4) are dining outside in the tented courtyard near the Commons, with a maximum of five students per table. Kindergarten and first grade eat in the Commons in assigned seats, with four students to a table (allowing four feet of distance between each one) and tables spread out (allowing only one grade in the Commons at a time).  
Preschool students eat with their class only, minimizing exposure to a small, contained group of children. When possible, preschool students also get to dine outdoors.  

How are decisions being made?

We are blessed to have one of the world’s top medical centers within miles of campus, effectively giving us access to health experts who have been trained in analyzing the validity of evolving research. With help from experts within our community who form the ROBS Medical Advisory Team, the Administrative Team makes operational decisions designed to keep kids in school safely and responsibly.

What data/metrics is the School following to make decisions?

With the help of our Medical Advisory Team, we look at a variety of data to determine risk to our school community: the level of community transmission, as determined by the number of new cases over the last seven days and the community positivity rate, hospital capacity, Harris County data, and cases within our own community. Local hospital data are publicly available on the TMC dashboard.  

Is the School weighing the mental health of students with regard to its policies?

Children are at a higher risk of suffering mental health issues and developmental setbacks if they miss out on in-school learning. That’s why we are doing everything we can to keep kids in school – happily and safely. All of our policies are driven by this priority. 

Other questions

We invite all ROBS community members to reach out to their division heads for questions related to learning or to the nurses for health-related questions.