Community Expectations

The necessity of a strong home/school partnership has perhaps never been as critical as it is today, as we work together to protect one another during this pandemic. In preparing for our return to campus, the following expectations pertain to all members of the Key School community:

  • Adhere to Federal, State and Local Guidelines. It is incumbent on each of us to follow directives designed to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 including active social distancing in public, use of face coverings, and regular hand washing and sanitizing.
  • Practice Social Distancing. Strongly consider limiting your exposure to individuals outside of your immediate family, particularly during the last two weeks of August.
  • Stay Home When Sick. Adults and students experiencing a cough, fever, sniffles, or any other cold-like illness (view CDC list of symptomsmust stay at home and seek guidance from their physician.  
  • Stay Home If Exposed. Adults and students who are aware a member of their household may have been exposed to COVID-19 must contact Key’s Health Office before coming to campus. You may be required to stay home based on the circumstances. 
  • Notify School If Testing For COVID-19. You must contact Key’s Health Office as soon as possible if you, your child or a member of your household is being tested or tests positive for COVID-19.
  • Avoid Unnecessary Travel. All members of our community are asked to avoid unnecessary travel and to be aware of Maryland and CDC travel restrictions and CDC considerations for travel. Adults and children who have traveled by air within the US or internationally are required to notify Key’s Health Office and may be required to stay home for 14 days post return. If another member of your household has traveled by air within the US or internationally, you also must notify Key’s Health Office.
  • Assess Health Daily. Prior to arriving on campus all faculty, staff and students must complete a pre-screening checklist, including a temperature check. Per Maryland State Department of Education Office of Child Care regulations Key-Wee, Pre-School and Pre-Kindergarten children must undergo an on-site temperature check upon arrival each day. Health assessment details are provided below.
  • Wear Face Coverings. All faculty, staff and students (except Key-Wee and younger, per CDC guidelines) are required to wear face coverings when coming onto campus and entering buildings and classrooms  See below for further clarification about face covering protocols by grade level.
  • Practice Healthy Hygiene. Everyone should actively practice healthy hygiene with particular focus on covering coughs and sneezes, regular handwashing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, and use of hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Limit Personal Items Brought to Campus and Sharing. It is important to limit the personal items your child brings to campus each day and reinforce the importance of not sharing personal items, food/drink and supplies with other students.
  • Review and Reinforce Health & Safety Measures. Everyone must review, embrace, adhere to, and reinforce Key’s COVID-19 school-wide protocols.
  • Ensure Medical Forms & Emergency Contacts are Updated. Parents must complete and submit all required student medical forms prior to the first day of school. Parents must provide at least 2 emergency (non-parent) contacts who are able to pick up your child from the School within one (1) hour of receiving a call from the School if your child presents with a temperature or becomes ill during the school day.