School Opening - Fall 2021

Episcopal’s Health and Safety Team continues to monitor the evolution of Covid-19, the Delta variant, local transmission and hospitalization rates, and the attendant local, state, and federal guidelines as we plan for the start of the 2021-22 school year.

With an understanding of the current challenges to creating an entirely Covid-free campus, Episcopal's risk mitigation approach is designed to focus on reducing transmission of Covid-19. The School's current risk mitigation plans may be adjusted as the local, state, and federal guidelines change.

Maintaining a safe and healthy environment for all students, faculty, and staff is our paramount focus and will continue to guide our decision making. It is our strong desire to enjoy a much closer-to-normal campus experience for all this fall as we all learn to live with the reality of Covid-19.

Information about pre-arrival and travel requirements can be found here for international students and here for students traveling to campus within the U.S.

Vaccinations Required Following FDA Approval

With the August 23 announcement of FDA approval of the Pfizer vaccine for individuals aged 16 and older, Episcopal is officially requiring all eligible students, faculty, and staff to be fully vaccinated by October 7, 2021, in keeping with our 45-day post-approval timeframe.

The CDC has reinforced that vaccination of school employees and students is the most reliable intervention for ensuring safety during the upcoming school year and returning to our cherished pre-pandemic activities. We are confident that this decision is in the best interest of our community as a whole.
    Families seeking a medical exemption for the 2021-22 academic year: Submit the request in writing accompanied by a statement from the student’s primary care physician providing documentation of the reason for the exemption to Health Services Director, Beth Blaum, at bblaum@episcopalhighschool.org.

    Families seeking a religious exemption for the 2021-22 academic year: Submit the request in writing, explaining your objection that is consistent with long-standing family belief, and this notarized Commonwealth of Virginia Certificate of Religious Exemption to Health Services Director, Beth Blaum, by Tuesday, August 17, 2021.

    While medical and religious exemptions will be considered, they are not guaranteed. Decisions about religious exemptions will take into account previous requests and subsequent demonstrable action regarding immunization requirements. A committee will review all exemption requests, with a decision communicated in a timely manner.


    Quick Facts

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    • Approximately 90% of our students will be fully vaccinated at the beginning of the school year

    • 100% of EHS faculty and nearly all staff are fully vaccinated