The Ross School announced Saturday it will require each student to have a negative Covid-19 test within seven days of the start of school before he or she can attend in person. No child will be able to start school without such a test.
The school will accept saliva, antigen, or P.C.R. test results, to be dropped off in a collection basket at the Center for Well-Being on the Upper School campus on Goodfriend Drive. Results must be in a sealed envelope with the child's name on it. Tests must be conducted on or after Sept. 10. The first day of school is Sept. 17.
"Parents may seek appropriate tests in discussion with their child's pediatrician," the school said in an email to parents.
Boarding school students will quarantine for two weeks after their arrival, in accordance with government regulations, and will be tested after the fifth day following their arrival. Faculty and staff members will also be tested according to the same guidelines that apply to students.
"We are evaluating testing protocols to implement moving forward as information and testing machines that are rapid and cost-effective become available," the school said. "It is our goal to implement frequent testing to ensure the safety of our community."