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MMS During the Pandemic

The Coronavirus crisis has required quick decision-making and nimble thinking. Our first school year during the pandemic went remarkably smoothly. We opened on time on September 9, 2020, offering all children the option of attending in-person five days a week for full days. While a small group of children did attend virtually, the majority came to school. Throughout the year, we had one brief closure of a pod (short because the NYC Health Department determined that there was no exposure period in class).

Recent months have taught us to expect a rapid pace of change in government guidelines, social norms, variants’ strength, people’s attitudes and expectations, and research around vaccine efficacy. MMS is guided by a Health Advisory Committee (see more below) that helps administrators think through policy updates as the circumstances of the pandemic evolve.

Important Resources (2021-22) School Year

Health Advisory Committee

We are fortunate to have an esteemed group of professionals in medicine, science, and business to help us develop policies during the coronavirus pandemic. The group, which was formed in June 2020, meets regularly and is an essential sounding board to the health administrative team. The Committee will continue to meet and counsel MMS until COVID-19 is no longer a threat.

Dr. Magdalena Cerda

Dr. Magdalena Cerda

Associate Professor, NYU Grossman School of Medicine

Dr. Luana Fioriti

Dr. Luana Fioriti

Columbia University, Department of Neuroscience

Preeti Gureja

Preeti Gureja

Vice President, Chubb Insurance

Claudia Hamilton

Member of the MMS Board of Trustees

Dr. Jillian Parekh

Dr. Jillian Parekh

Physician in the Division of Academic General Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital at Montefiore and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Fabio Stefanini

Fabio Stefanini

Research Scientist at Facebook Reality Labs / CTRL-labs

Dr. Shirley Tilghman

Dr. Shirley Tilghman

Professor of Molecular Biology and Public Policy and President Emerita of Princeton University