Coronavirus (COVID-19): Resources and Information

Thayer Academy’s top priority in addressing the COVID-19 pandemic is the health and safety of the Thayer community. This webpage offers useful resources about COVID-19 and related Thayer-specific policies and communications.

Health and Safety Policies

Thayer Academy reserves the right to revise these policies based on factors including the school’s assessment of local and state conditions (including numbers and trends of COVID-19 cases) and public health guidance.

This page has been updated with current school policies as of January 27, 2023

If you have symptoms of COVID-19:

Anyone who feels unwell should remain home, measure their temperature, and conduct a COVID-19 rapid antigen test. This includes new onset of respiratory symptoms such as runny nose, nasal congestion, or sore throat. As always, a temperature of above 100 degrees requires being out of school for at least 24 hours past this temperature without the aid of fever-reducing medications.
If symptoms continue, but the first rapid antigen test is negative and there is no fever, the individual may come to campus, but we strongly encourage wearing a mask indoors. A second rapid antigen test is recommended within 48 hours.
If symptoms develop after arrival on campus, the individual should go to the Health Center, wear a mask, and be assessed by a nurse, including conducting a rapid antigen test.

If you test positive for COVID-19:

Anyone who tests positive is instructed to:

  • Notify Thayer nurses ( and isolate for 5 days at home, with the day of the positive test or the day of onset of symptoms as day 0. One of the nurses will follow up with a phone call to the employee or the parent of the student to gather information and provide guidance. A follow-up email will be sent providing the details of the timeline for isolation and return to campus.
  • Notify your physician.

If asymptomatic or symptoms are resolving and have been fever-free without the use of fever-reducing medicine for 24 hours, the individual can return to school as of day 6 and should wear a high-quality mask (at least 3-layered, non-cloth) through day 10 while indoors. When eating indoors on days 6 through 10, at least 3 feet of distance from others must be kept while unmasked. 

After isolating for 5 days after testing positive for COVID-19, there is no requirement to conduct additional rapid antigen testing as part of returning to campus. 
Teachers of students who test positive will be notified with the specific days of a student’s absence from school.
Student-athletes of the current season who test positive are required to contact the Athletic Trainers for instructions about gradual return-to-play. The student and parents/guardians will be provided the summary of the gradual return-to-play protocol after positive COVID-19 infection.

If someone in your household tests positive for COVID-19:

Those exposed to positive residential cases are strongly encouraged to wear a mask indoors for 10 days after their last exposure. Please note that we are no longer requesting families to notify Thayer when a family member tests positive.



Contact Information for the Health Services Office

Office: 781.664.1603
Fax: 781.848.7261