As St. Luke's navigates the COVID-19 pandemic, we never lose sight of these priorities: keep our community safe and our campus open. Though we are very well-prepared to pivot to online learning if necessary, we believe students are served best by in-person learning. Below are information and guidelines to help us continue to meet our mission—an exceptional education.
*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.
Every member of the St. Luke’s community can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 within the school community and in the broader community. Your support and adherence to safety protocols will help determine whether our students and teachers stay safe and our campus remains open.
Maintaining a Healthy Environment
Every eligible member of our community in grade five and up will begin the second semester (January 19) fully vaccinated. 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 guidelines - these will be updated as conditions evolve.
Contact Tracing: Individual-level contact tracing becomes less effective when community transmission levels are high—as is the case during this current surge. For this reason, 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 will shift resources from contact tracing to managing positive cases to prevent spread.
Quarantine: Vaccinated individuals (without symptoms) 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.
We were delighted to announce a return to full buffet service in the Dining Commons this fall. Hand sanitizer will be required before entering the buffet line. We will continue to offer and encourage outdoor dining when the weather allows.
Some tables in the Fireplace Commons will continue to have partitions for anyone who prefers to eat behind one.
Following Governor Lamont’s announcement and a vote by the state Senate allowing school districts to make masking decisions locally, St. Luke's will move to a mask-optional policy beginning February 28.
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).
St. Luke’s facilities partner Sodexo has 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.
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.
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.
Federal mandates require mask use on all 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.
All unvaccinated individuals will need to complete a daily SchoolPass Wellness Check (instructions will be sent by IT). Vaccinated individuals should monitor their health (see below) but do not need to complete the SchoolPass Wellness Check.
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.
Vaccinated Athletes: Fully vaccinated athletes may participate in all sports. They will have access to locker rooms for changing and transportation to team activities. Beginning February 28 masks will be optional, but no longer required, for indoor practices and competitions at St. Luke’s. If we travel to a school that requires masks, we will follow that school’s rules to allow for the most complete season possible.
Unvaccinated Athletes: Athletes who are not vaccinated will be required to wear masks when appropriate distancing cannot be maintained (outdoors while not in strenuous activity) and at all times indoors. They will not have access to locker rooms but will receive communication from the athletic department related to alternative changing spaces. Unvaccinated athletes will not have access to team transportation to contests (due to distancing and capacity restrictions) and will have to complete SchoolPass daily prior to team activities. They will be subject to a 5-day quarantine if exposed to a positive case within their athletic participation. Please note, unvaccinated athletes may not be able to compete against certain schools, based on the opposing school’s rules on interscholastic play.
Athletes Exposed to COVID-19: Any athlete who is exposed to COVID-19 must wear his or her mask at all times during indoor practices and games and must take water breaks outside.
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.
All Eligible Individuals Must Be Up to Date on Vaccinations (including a Booster Shot):
In April, St. Luke's announced that all eligible students, faculty, and staff would be required to have a booster shot to start the 2022-2023 school year. In May, the CDC announced that to be up to date on vaccinations, those five and older would need at least one dose of the booster shot.
If you have questions regarding medical exemptions, please reach out to school nurse Irene Maier.
Please Upload Vaccination Cards: Families need to upload their children’s COVID-19 Vaccination and Booster Shot Cards to Magnus Health before arriving on campus.
To Upload Your Information:
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.
All eligible St. Luke's community members need to be fully vaccinated before coming to campus. All visitors (including parents) will be required to follow current local Health Department protocols. Beginning February 28, St. Luke's will be mask-optional for those who are fully vaccinated.
Unvaccinated visitors (i.e., Admissions candidates) will need to be cleared in advance by the school.
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
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.