COVID-19 Policy

The public health crisis continues to demand personal responsibility, a spirit of cooperation and resilience. Exeter is committed to striking the right balance of remaining open to our students while keeping them and our full community healthy and safe. Throughout the pandemic, the Academy has sought out and responded to expert medical advice both here on campus and from the state and national level. We have been guided by three key considerations:

  1. The health and safety of our students, our employees and their families, and our local community.
  2. Providing an excellent academic and community experience for all our students.
  3. Preserving flexibility to adjust to any changes in pandemic conditions as health and safety requirements allow or dictate

Exeter requires all students and employees to be up-to-date with COVID vaccines unless they have an approved religious or medical exemption. We require that unvaccinated students (or those who have not had a booster dose) wear a mask when indoors in most settings, unless they are alone or eating and distant from others.
Protective measures such as vaccines, masks, and testing have enabled students to participate in classes activities both on and off campus. We have responded to changes in the pandemic conditions by strengthening mask protocols and implementing twice-weekly COVID testing screens during periods of increased cases on campus or in the local area.

Students who test positive are isolated at the health center or at home for 5 days, or longer until their symptoms resolve. Any unvaccinated close contacts quarantine for 10 days. If fully vaccinated, close contacts are expected to mask, closely monitor symptoms for 10 days, and report to the health center at the earliest onset of symptoms.

COVID-19 Dashboard

As part of our commitment to supporting the health and safety of our community, this dashboard contains aggregate data pertaining to COVID-19 testing and cases on campus. The dashboard will be updated each week as we conduct testing of students and adults during the academic year when school is in session.

Updates

4/7/2022: Students will undergo two rounds of pooled saliva testing, one this week and one early next week. 

3/4/2022: Students departed campus for spring break and will return 3/20/2022. After initial testing upon return, COVID testing of students and adults will only be conducted for students and employees who are symptomatic. Negative and positive results will be recorded on the dashboard for students. Only positive results will be recorded for employees, due to the use of at-home testing kits. 

1/11/22: Since Jan. 3, when students returned, we have experienced significant delays in obtaining results for pooled saliva testing, resulting in delayed reports on the dashboard. Beginning on Jan. 12, we will switch to twice-weekly screening of students via self-administered rapid antigen test kits. This may necessitate estimations for some of the negative test counts shown on the dashboard. All positive results, however, will be accurate and updated at least weekly.

12/5/21: All students returning from fall break were tested on arrival. All students and employees will participate in pooled saliva testing on 12/9, 12/13, and 12/16. Winter break begins on 12/18.

9/27/21: Surveillance continues for all students and employees who are not fully vaccinated, as well as vaccinated students who participate in some off-campus events or activities. Vaccinated employees are able to opt in to the testing pool on a voluntary basis.

9/5/21: Two students who initially tested positive prior to registration on Sept. 3 have returned to campus. After consultation with medical experts, we established a follow-up testing protocol and were able to confirm with subsequent consecutive tests over two days that the students are negative for COVID.

9/2/21: Students begin arriving to campus! Prior to registration, each student is tested, regardless of vaccination status. Once classes begin, all employees and students will participate in surveillance testing on campus for two weeks.

 

Explanation of Terms

Active cases in isolation refers to the number of students or employees who remain in isolation as a result of a confirmed case of COVID-19, either in the health center on campus or at home under medical provider supervision. This number includes both symptomatic and asymptomatic cases among vaccinated and unvaccinated students and employees.

Total tests include both symptomatic and asymptomatic individuals and will vary based on our testing protocols: rapid tests just prior to registration, rapid testing on-site for students who report symptoms, scheduled surveillance testing for students and employees. Test results are posted to the day the specimen was collected, when possible. Reporting on the dashboard may be delayed by 2-3 days, however, due to the time needed for delivery to and processing by the labs for PCR tests. 

  • Positive tests include any positive test administered or required by the Academy or reported to the Academy. “Pre-Arrival” refers to tests administered to students before registering on campus. “School” refers to tests administered to students after they’ve arrived on campus and completed registration. 
  • Negative tests include only negative results from tests administered through the Academy.
  • An indeterminate test result is always repeated and is not included on the dashboard until it has resulted in a conclusive outcome and then reported as either positive or negative.

Vaccination rates represent the separate percentages of employees (full- and part-time) and of students on campus who are fully vaccinated.

Quarantines refers to the number of students required to quarantine as of the date indicated. They consist of unvaccinated students identified as having been in close contact with a person who is confirmed or presumed to have contracted COVID-19, but who themselves have no symptoms and have tested negative for COVID-19. This includes students who have come into close contact with someone unrelated to the Academy. Unvaccinated students are required to be in quarantine for 10 days after contact, either at home away from campus, or on campus in our quarantine facility. They will receive periodic testing at the health center during quarantine. Close contacts who are vaccinated are not required to quarantine, but will wear a mask for 10 days, monitor for symptoms and receive periodic testing at the health center.

Reporting

We report any known cases of COVID-19 to the NH Department of Health and Human Services. For information about pandemic conditions in New Hampshire, see NHDHHS COVID-19.