Due to our commitment to preserve 100% in-person learning for all students and ensure minimal disruptions to the academic year, multiple layers of mitigation are necessary. The use of masking in an educational setting recognizes the latest guidance relative to the high transmission rate of the Delta (B.1.617.2) variant, including transmission by both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals. Masking in school communities also plays a critical role in significantly reducing the number of defined close contacts required to quarantine (see updated CDC exception
, which has been adopted by the Maryland Department of Health).
The use of face masks at Loyola will be tied to the following risk levels as defined by the CDC
using case data for Baltimore County. Low or Moderate Transmission
= Face masks optional in all settings Substantial or High Transmission
= Face masks required indoors only
Current Status: The current Baltimore County case rates place us in the "High" transmission category. Note:
A federal order mandating face masks be worn by all individuals while on public transportation, including public and private school buses, is still in effect. COVID-19 Vaccination:
Loyola is not requiring a COVID-19 vaccine
for students as a condition of attendance. Vaccination is strongly encouraged by the CDC
as a means to reduce the risk of people spreading the virus that causes COVID-19 and as a critical mitigation strategy to protect members of school communities. For those who are eligible, we encourage a consultation with your health care provider to make an informed decision regarding vaccination.
All individuals are asked to refrain from being on campus if they are ill or have symptoms of COVID-19, have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, or are awaiting results of a COVID-19 test. Students may return to campus once symptoms have stopped. If COVID-19 testing is pursued, a rapid or PCR test is accepted. Contact Tracing:
All families, faculty, and staff are required to report positive household cases and any possible exposure to the School Nurse: email@example.com or 443-841-3348. Full compliance with reporting procedures enables us to track any on-campus exposure and to most efficiently partner with the Baltimore County Department of Health on necessary contact tracing and outreach. Per the Baltimore County Department of Health, persons who come within six feet of a person with COVID-19 infection for 15 or more total minutes in a 24-hour period are considered to have “close contact” and must quarantine unless fully vaccinated or if universal masking is in place. We will continue to provide timely notification of confirmed positive cases and issue quarantine instructions as needed.Learning Mode:
We will operate with daily in-person attendance for all students. A virtual mode will no longer be offered. In exceptional medical cases that preclude long-term in-person learning, accommodations may be arranged with physician documentation. Please contact the Health Suite
with any questions.
Health Department Quarantine Protocol
NOTE: Students, Faculty & Staff who are fully vaccinated are not subject to quarantine protocol per the Maryland and Baltimore Co. Departments of Health. See below for additional details
Not fully Vaccinated
Close Contact - No Symptoms: Quarantine and may test on day 5 and return on day 7 upon receipt of negative test (PCR or rapid).
Close Contact - With Symptoms: Quarantine and may test on day 5 and return on day 7 upon receipt of negative test AND if symptom-free for 24 hours.
Close Contact - No Symptoms: No quarantine required
Close Contact - With Symptoms: Quarantine and may test on day 5 and return on day 7 upon receipt of negative test (PCR or rapid).
For individuals who have had COVID-19 in the previous three months and (1) have recovered and (2) remain without COVID-19 symptoms do not need to quarantine after they have had close contact with someone with COVID-19.
Positive Test Result - Not Dependent Upon Vaccination Status
Tested Positive for COVID-19 - With Symptoms: Students who have tested positive for COVID-19 and are showing symptoms must stay home for a period of 10 days since symptoms first appeared and 24 hours have passed with no fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving.
Tested Positive for COVID-19 - No Symptoms: Students who have tested positive for COVID-19, but do not develop symptoms, must stay home for a period of 10 days following their positive viral test for COVID-19.