International Student Protocols

In light of the inherent risks with travel during Covid-19, increased transmission of the virus, and the Delta variant, it is imperative and expected that our students and families adhere to all travel recommendations and requirements.

International Families should direct all questions to Coordinator of International Students Mike McGowan: 
mmcgowan@episcopalhighschool.org

Updated August 4, 2021

List of 5 items.

  • Travel and Testing Protocols

    We encourage students and their families to seek health and security guidance from several different sources before traveling, including travel advisories from the Department of State and CDC websites. All students should be masked during travel regardless of vaccine status.
  • Vaccinations

    It is our expectation that all EHS students will become fully vaccinated with a U.S.-approved or WHO-approved vaccine. As of July 30, EHS will accept a Covid vaccination from outside the U.S. if the vaccine has obtained finalized WHO approval. Episcopal High School reserves the right to require additional vaccination(s) if any of these WHO-approved vaccines are determined ineffective in the future by the WHO or by the United States Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

    • U.S. Vaccine after arriving on campus: International students who do not have concerns regarding safety during travel and would prefer to get the vaccine in the U.S. will have the opportunity to be vaccinated shortly after their arrival to campus. EHS will assist students in obtaining the vaccine and these students will be fully vaccinated two weeks after the second dose is administered.
    • Vaccine in home country prior to arriving on campus: If students choose to receive the vaccine in their home country and two doses are required, they must be able to receive both doses before travel. Data on mixing vaccinations is unclear. Thus, if a student delays getting vaccinated now, they might receive the first dose of their vaccine in the home country but be unable to obtain the second before returning to EHS, and there may be a delay or inability to obtain the second dose in the United States.
    • We encourage students to obtain a multi-dose U.S.-approved or WHO-approved vaccination in their home country as soon as possible so that the vaccination process can be completed prior to traveling to the U.S.
    • Any student getting a second dose right before they leave their home country should travel as if they are NOT vaccinated. A student who is unable to receive a full-dose vaccine regimen will not be considered fully vaccinated by EHS and will likely be required to adhere to additional risk mitigation measures at EHS. For EHS to consider a student fully vaccinated, the vaccine they are obtaining in their home country should be listed as "finalized" in the WHO column under status of assessment. Here is the link to the WHO vaccine evaluation chart with the current status of each vaccine listed.
    • Episcopal will make certain that our international students who are vaccinated here in the U.S. under our care will receive an official government-issued card. We will strive to ensure that any other documentation required by a student’s home country is also provided.
  • Pre-arrival Testing

    • All students, vaccinated or not, must submit a negative PCR nasal swab test result, via Magnus, prior to arriving on campus. Note: antigen and/or antibody tests cannot be accepted.
    • For students flying directly to Washington, D.C., from home: The test must be obtained no sooner than 72 hours before the student leaves their home country, and the PCR test required for the air travel will suffice.
    • For students arriving in the U.S. days/weeks before coming to EHS: The test must be obtained in the U.S. no sooner than 72 hours before arriving on campus.
  • Post-arrival Testing

    All students, regardless of vaccination status, will be retested in the Health Center three days after arrival on campus; students arriving outside of the scheduled arrival dates should notify Mike McGowan at mmcgowan@episcopalhighschool.org.
  • Surveillance Testing

    All international students will be tested on the third and seventh days following their arrival on campus as part of our risk-mitigation protocols.