Until further notice, MCI is not permitting school-sponsored travel (defined as those trips funded directly or indirectly by MCI) by students/faculty to countries with a CDC travel-advisory warning Level 3.
In addition, we are monitoring US states and cities that have declared emergencies.
For our boarding students, we are restricting destination travel to areas impacted by COVID-19. Because this may change daily, we will regularly review and update the list of U.S. cities with travel restrictions.
Students, faculty, and staff are asked to complete this Travel Form to let MCI know immediately if they travel to any country with Warning Level 3 CDC travel advisories; to Seattle, Los Angeles, Washington D. C., New York City, or Boston; or if they have been in one of these countries or U.S. cities during the last 14 days.
MCI is asking students, faculty, and/or staff with an upcoming trip to a country with an Alert Level 2 CDC travel advisory to postpone travel until the hazard has subsided.
If a student/family makes the decision to travel and is unable to return to campus due to a travel ban, they will not be able to continue their studies long-term while away. This may result in the loss of an academic semester.
Additionally, if a long-term absence occurs due to a travel ban, tuition will not be refunded.
Families of day students must make their own decisions about traveling over April break vacation. That said, we respectfully ask that all MCI families help protect our community’s health by using the following guidelines.
- Do not travel to places where the risk is high. This includes international travel and domestic travel to cities such as Seattle, Boston, Los Angeles, Washington D.C., and New York. This list is constantly changing. Updates can be found here.
- Take common-sense precautions while traveling, even to places with low risk. Avoid public transportation, large gatherings, and enclosed venues and events with many people.
- Monitor symptoms vigilantly, and self-quarantine immediately if fever and cough are present.
- Contact Mr. Bertrand at (207) 487-3355 ext. 220 (email: email@example.com) with any concerns about travel or re-entry to the school community.
Keeping our community safe requires that we all consider the public good when making decisions. While healthy teenagers are at low risk for serious illness or death from COVID-19, they can be carriers and infect higher risk populations, including older people and those with underlying health conditions like asthma and diabetes. For the sake of our neighbors, relatives, classmates, and colleagues, we ask all members of the school community to exercise an abundance of caution at this time.
MCI is currently making arrangements with parents living in high-risk areas for their children to stay in the United States during the April break vacation. We are extending that offer to all parents of international or/and domestic boarding; if parents prefer their child not travel over the break, we will provide assistance in finding alternatives (e.g. home stays).
Therefore, for those traveling over the April break vacation, MCI requires the following:
- All students/staff traveling to high-risk areas over break will be obliged to remain in off-campus quarantine for a 14-day period upon return, which will result in academic and attendance consequences. We do NOT recommend any travel to these areas in April, nor does the government of the United States.
- All students/staff who display COVID-19 symptoms or have contact with anyone displaying COVID-19 symptoms must contact school nurse Rebecca Geagan at (207) 487-3355 ext. 136 (email: firstname.lastname@example.org) immediately upon return to school.
As of now, we have no plans to change the school routine. Nonetheless, everyone in our school community should remain vigilant in watching for symptoms and be mindful of preventive measures. These include frequent handwashing, coughing into your arm (not your hands), disposing used tissues properly, avoiding contact with symptomatic people, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
As the situation continues to develop, we will be monitoring and reviewing our policies regularly before and during the break. Parents are encouraged to check the website for any changes to the travel policy. Rest assured our top priority is the safety and security of your children.