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
- Letter and FAQ explaining MMS’ weekly testing program (August 27, 2021)
- Back to School Town Hall outlining Covid policies for the start of school (August 26, 2021)
- Mask Recommendations
- NYC Covid-19 Testing Sites
- Guidelines/Recommendations for Keeping Children Safe After School (October 2021)
- Current quarantine and isolation policies
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.