Health & Safety

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, St. Luke's prioritized the safety of our community while never losing sight of the importance of in-person learning and connection. As the pandemic enters a new phase, St. Luke's will continue to carefully monitor the health environment and make decisions that place students' well-being first. Please find our latest communications, policies, and links to resources on this page.

Latest Information

St. Luke's COVID Data

Vaccination Rate at St. Luke's School: 99%*

Active Cases: 2**
(as of 2/21/23)

Please report a positive COVID-19 test immediately to School Nurse Irene Maier and follow federal guidelines for quarantining.

*This number includes faculty, staff, and students. 

**The active cases number is the current number of students, faculty, or staff members who are isolating due to COVID-19. This number does not include parents, siblings at other schools, or additional family members that have tested positive, nor does it include any students, faculty, or staff members awaiting test results.

It Takes a Village

Maintaining a Healthy Environment

Every eligible member of our community — students, faculty, staff, and parents— is fully vaccinated. (See our recent vaccination policy update in effect for the 2023-2024 school year that strongly recommends vaccinations and up-to-date boosters, but does not require proof of vaccination.) This is a powerful step in our collective effort to protect one another and end this virus. We have excellent safety protocols already in place to further protect the community while on campus.

Please look through the current guidelines. Policies will evolve as new information emerges, so we encourage you to check back often.

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  • Contact Tracing/Quarantining

    Contact Tracing:  The Department of Public Health recommends (see p. 3) that “routine contact tracing of individual exposures that occur inside schools or during school-organized and supervised activities be discontinued.” St. Luke’s and other schools have shifted resources from contact tracing to managing positive cases to prevent spread. 

    Quarantine: Individuals, regardless of vaccine status, do not need to quarantine if exposed to someone with COVID-19, but should wear a mask for 10 days after the encounter and take a test 5 days after exposure.
  • Dining Program

    We were delighted to return to full buffet service in the Dining Commons. Hand sanitizer will be required before entering the buffet line. We will continue to offer and encourage outdoor dining when the weather allows.

    Partitions will be available for anyone who prefers to eat behind one.
  • Dress Code

    St. Luke's dress code was revised in June 2021. Please find a list of permitted and not permitted attire here.
  • Face Coverings & Hygiene

    Following Governor Lamont’s announcement and a vote by the state Senate allowing school districts to make masking decisions locally, St. Luke's moved to a mask-optional policy beginning February 28, 2022.

    Hand sanitizers are available at entrances to all buildings, classrooms, and dining halls. 

    Disposable wipes or similar acceptable cleaners are available in all bathrooms, classrooms, and other shared facilities (e.g., copy machines).
  • Facilities Cleaning and Disinfection

    St. Luke’s facilities partner Sodexo enhanced its already significant health and safety protocols with additional training to ensure strict adherence to safety guidelines. Our daily facility care includes the use of Diversey lab-tested surface cleaning throughout the campus—the same system Sodexo uses at Stamford Hospital.
  • HVAC: Air Handling System

    With the assistance of New England Energy Controls and based on advice from the Health Task Force, St. Luke’s conducted a comprehensive review and balancing of its entire air handling system following the State of Connecticut’s guidelines. All filters have been replaced, and Merv-13 filters have been installed where possible. Further, all dampers have been opened to allow for increased airflow, the mechanicals have been cleaned and disinfected, and all exhaust fans will be reset to run at all times. Windows and classroom doors stay open as much as possible. This can result in colder temperatures inside the building. Please plan accordingly and dress in layers.
  • Lockers/Backpacks

    All students in grades 5-12 have access to a locker. All students may carry backpacks throughout the day.
  • Music Programs

    St. Luke’s is committed to maintaining our full music program and will follow State of Connecticut Guidelines.
  • Remote Access Medical Accommodations

    Though distance learning will not be available, students who miss school for medical reasons may request a remote access medical accommodation. Remote access will enable students to attend classes via Zoom, with limited participation. Remote access is intended as a short-term solution and, as with all medical accommodations, will require that families contact school nurse Irene Maier to begin a formal accommodation process. 
  • School Buses & Transportation

    St. Luke's is following current federal guidelines for mask usage - currently optional - on public transportation, including school buses and vans. For any planned field trips or athletic events, unvaccinated students may need to be transported by their parents.
  • SchoolPass Wellness Checks

    Wellness checks are currently not required regardless of vaccine status. Students are required to check in on the SchoolPass iPad upon arrival and check out anytime they leave campus if it is before the end of the regular school day.
  • Self-Monitoring & Reporting

    We continue to count on families to help keep the entire community safe by keeping an eye out for COVID symptoms. Please keep students who are not well at home and contact your doctor if symptoms are present. Please notify St. Luke's School Nurse Irene Maier of any COVID-like symptoms and positive COVID-19 test results. 
  • Sports and Activities

    Vaccinated Athletes: Fully vaccinated athletes may participate in all sports.
    Unvaccinated Athletes: Within the FAA, any unvaccinated student-athlete will need to provide a negative test 24 hours in advance of a contest.

    Athletes Exposed to COVID-19: Any athlete who is a close contact of COVID-19 must wear his or her mask for 10 days at all times during indoor practices and games.

    Contests: St. Luke’s will compete against schools with varying vaccination policies. Some of our competitor schools require vaccination and will only play against a fully vaccinated team. Some opposing schools will have a mix of vaccinated and unvaccinated student-athletes. St. Luke’s is committed to playing the most complete seasons possible and will update our approach as conditions warrant.

    Athletes Who Test Positive for COVID-19: Athletes who test positive will be contacted by St. Luke’s Athletics Department to determine requirements for return to play based on state guidance.
  • Vaccinations

    For the 2022-2023 school year, all eligible individuals must be fully vaccinated (You are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after the final dose of the primary series). Beginning in July 2022, St. Luke’s strongly recommends but does not require booster vaccines for all students, faculty, and staff. 

    Effective with the start of the 2023-2024 school year, St. Luke's will strongly recommend that all families receive COVID-19 vaccinations and maintain an up-to-date booster schedule, but we will no longer require proof of vaccination. See additional information about the policy update here.

    Policies will evolve as new information emerges. Boosters may be required in the future and other policies may change as needed.

    If you have questions regarding medical exemptions or vaccination requirements, please reach out to school nurse Irene Maier.

    While proof of vaccination will no longer be required, for families who wish to have a vaccination status on file, please follow the steps below to upload vaccination cards to Magnus Health.

    • Please log into the Magnus Health portal.
    • A link is located on the Parent Resource Board (you must be logged in to access the Resource Board).
    • Under Student Health Tracker, find "Immunization Form" and click edit.
    • Upload a picture of your child’s vaccination card. 
  • Visitors

    Visitors, including current parents/guardians and prospective families, are welcome on campus regardless of vaccination status. People feeling ill should stay home and should have a negative COVID test before visiting campus.

    Individuals who have been exposed to COVID-19 should wear a mask for 10 days after the encounter. 

CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky

Prevention is our best option: get vaccinated, get boosted, wear a mask in public indoor settings in areas of substantial and high community transmission, and take a test before you gather.”

What to do if you test positive for COVID, are exposed to COVID, or are experiencing COVID-like symptoms?

Printable chart of St. Luke's Isolation and Quarantine Guidelines for vaccinated individuals.

Individuals Who Have Symptoms Consistent With COVID 
  • Please contact your doctor and School Nurse Irene Maier.
  • Isolate at home.
  • Test as soon as possible (home test accepted).
  • If the test is negative and symptoms improve, including being fever-free for at least 24 hours, return to school.
  • Wear a mask around other people as a precaution until a negative test is received.

Individuals Who Test Positive for COVID-19

  • Please contact your doctor and School Nurse Irene Maier.
  • Isolate at home for five days. The day after you test positive is day one.
  • A St. Luke’s faculty or staff member will check in with you on day five.
  • If there are no symptoms or symptoms resolve by day five, return to school.
  • If there is a fever, continue to stay home until 24 hours after the fever resolves.
  • Student-athletes will need a return-to-athletics form completed by their physician; the Athletic Department will reach out to individuals to ensure they have the paperwork.
  • Wear a mask at all times during any activities when around others for 10 days after a positive test.

Individuals Exposed to Someone With COVID-19 (in your household)

  • Please contact your doctor and School Nurse Irene Maier.
  • If you don't have symptoms, continue to attend school.
  • Wear a mask indoors at all times during any activities when around others for 10 days (with or without symptoms).
  • Test five days after exposure (home test accepted) and report test results to the school nurse.
  • If symptoms develop--even mild ones--stay home and test as soon as possible.
  • Note: If you are exposed to someone with COVID-19 who does not live in your household, please contact your health care provider for guidance.

If your child is unvaccinated for medical reasons, please contact School Nurse Irene Maier for guidance.

Quarantine and isolation guidelines were revised 1/6/2022 based on updates from the State of Connecticut Department of Public Health.


St. Luke’s School is a secular (non-religious), private school in New Canaan, CT for grades 5 through 12 serving 25 towns in Connecticut and New York. Our exceptional academics and diverse co-educational community foster students’ intellectual and ethical development and prepare them for top colleges. St. Luke’s Center for Leadership builds the commitment to serve and the confidence to lead.