BUA COVID Protocols

In partnership with BU’s Medical Advisory Group and BUA’s Parent Health Advisory Team, we have tracked the news and reviewed the data surrounding the rise of the highly transmissible delta and omicron variants, and are continuously revising our COVID protocols for the 2021-2022 school year accordingly. 
Our priorities this year remain the same: learning in person in a way that keeps us all safe. We will start the year with a fully in-person learning experience, five days per week. To minimize risk of transmission, we will retain many of the protocols that kept us in school last year, including indoor masking, hand washing/sanitizing, enhanced ventilation, attestation, and testing. Adding the vaccine and booster requirement gives us both added protection and the latitude to begin the year without the strict six-foot distancing requirement in place for our classrooms (although we encourage distancing generally and will still require it in specific instances).
These protocols, even when perfectly executed, minimize risk of transmission; they do not eliminate that risk. As circumstances evolve, in our community and more broadly, we will adapt — doing everything we can to give our students a joyful and healthy school year. We will continue communicating with families  about positive cases and changes in protocols. 
For more details about BU’s campus-wide COVID protocols, please visit Back2BU.
COVID Task Force

The BUA COVID Task Force and BUA Parent Health Advisory Group are spearheading the planning for campus safety protocols and programming for the 2021-2022 academic year.

Community & Family Expectations

Vaccination & Booster Requirements

BUA requires all students ages 12+ to receive a COVID-19 vaccination prior to the start of the 2021-2022 academic year. Medical and religious exemptions to this policy will be accommodated. Faculty, staff, and visitors are subject to the same requirement.

Following the University’s protocol, and in line with the advice from BU’s health professionals and BUA’s Parent Health Advisory Team, BUA will require boosters for all individuals 12 years of age and older as soon as their eligibility allows.

Health & Safety Protocols

While we cannot eliminate risk of transmission, BUA has implemented the following protocols and made the necessary investments to mitigate risk of transmission and assess the health situation on campus. No one strategy is sufficient. The following strategies are designed to work together to reduce risk. They have been developed in accordance with state and local regulations for public health and school safety and in partnership with Boston University’s Medical Advisory Group.

Screening, Testing, & Contact Tracing

As a unit of Boston University, BUA adheres to and benefits from the University’s multi-pronged approach to safely resuming on-campus activities. In addition to incorporating public health protocols to drive down the rate of transmission of the disease, the University has instituted its own COVID-19 screening and testing program for all students, faculty, and staff.

Response Protocols

Campus & Building Preparations

Academic & Extracurricular Program

In the 2021-2022 academic year, classes will meet in person five days per week, implementing the new BUA Master Schedule with later start times and fewer class meetings per day. Sample schedules for each grade are available here.

School Logistics

Questions & Contacts

If you have any questions or concerns about BUA’s health and safety policies or reentry planning, please contact academy@bu.edu and a school administrator will respond as soon as possible. If you have questions particular to any of the following areas, please use the contact information below.

Additional Resources

The following websites provide important information about COVID-19, health alerts and updates, symptoms and testing, and guidelines for staying healthy:

The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Boston University’s Back2BU Plan
Massachusetts Department of Health
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
World Health Organization (WHO)
American Academy of Pediatrics
MBTA Ride Safer