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General Information

At the Co-op we believe that our students’ academic, emotional, social and physical well-being are best served by being physically in school when possible. We are fully prepared to shift to distance learning should it become necessary.

We are living in a time where facts and updates are occurring on a daily basis. Our guide attempts to capture most if not all of the issues that are important to families, students and staff members based upon feedback we have received from our Co-op families and the advice and guidelines from our Covid Response Team and the wider medical community. Please refer below to the compilation of all Health & Safety Protocols, Practices, and Guidelines for full details.

Are you open for in-person instruction?

The Co-op is open for full time in-person instruction. Our relatively small class sizes provide us with the flexibility of creating small, stable cohorts in each class and some classes will be relocated to accomplish this task.

The school enforces adherence to all health and safety guidelines spelled out in greater detail in our Covid Response Plan, as well as communications by our Medical Subcommittee.

What are the safety protocols the school is following?

Our teachers and staff  adhere to strict safety protocols to insure their personal safety as well as those of their students. We have put many safety measures in place to support reopening and mitigate risk from the virus, including:

  • Weekly testing for all individuals
  • Enhanced hygiene and cleaning practices
  • Opened windows, doors and window fans to ventilate and provide airflow
Face Coverings
Masks will no longer be required; however, anyone who would like to continue to wear a mask may do so.
We will honor and support the choices our community members make and ask everyone else to respect others’ circumstances and their different levels of comfort regarding their decision.
We have left the choice to our families regarding masking with the following exceptions:
The NJDOH advises that masks are to be worn during periods of elevated transmission, during active outbreaks and or 6-10 days after isolation or quarantine. At this time, we will be following these guidelines.
Field Trips

Due to the risks involved in traveling and visiting unfamiliar places, daytime field trips will be limited to open outdoor areas such as parks and forests. 

Overnight trips will be reviewed by the COVID response team on a case by case basis. We will review the safety protocols in place at the trip location.

We understand that field trips are an integral part of a Co-op education and we look forward to the possibility of resuming all field trips once it is safe to do so.

Hygiene & Cleaning Protocols

Careful and consistent personal hygiene is critical to fighting the spread of infectious disease. All members of the Co-op should wash their hands frequently with soap and water or hand sanitizer (especially before and after classes, meals, or using the restroom), Hand sanitizer is available in all classrooms and in various locations throughout the school.

The Co-op follows cleaning and disinfecting protocols provided by the CDC to reduce the transmission of COVID19. This includes:

  • Daily thorough cleaning of the facility and daily frequent wipe down of high touch areas using the EPA approved disinfectants.
Testing and Contact Tracing

Weekly saliva batch testing will continue to be required for all students and staff members.

The CDC recommends that anyone with any signs or symptoms of COVID-19 get tested, regardless of vaccination status or prior infection. 

In the event of a positive case, contact tracing and response protocols laid out in our guidelines will be followed.

Do you require the COVID-19 vaccine?

In an effort to guard against the possibility of an outbreak at MCS and its potential consequences, MCS, in consultation with our COVID19 response team and our Medical Sub-committee, has decided to require all faculty, staff and eligible students to be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus.

“Vaccinated” means that the individual has received either the second dose of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine or the single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

MCS will only consider approved legal exemption to this mandatory vaccination policy.

Health and Safety

For full details on our health and safety procedures please refer to our 2021-2022 Reopening Plan document. Updates to the plan and latest information on school-specific health and safety procedures are communicated to families via e-mail and posted on our website as well as the Scoop.