January 2021 Repopulation Instructions / FAQ

January 2021 Repopulation Instructions / FAQ

Emergency Contacts

All students are required to have an emergency contact that lives within 300 miles (five hours) driving distance from the school and who agrees to pick up and assume care for the student if the parents/guardians are unavailable or can not do so within eight hours of notification. 

Students may need to be picked up because they are required to isolate due to testing positive for COVID-19, the flu, or another communicable disease because they are considered a close contact of a positive COVID-19 person and are required to quarantine, if school shuts down, or for other medical or mental health issues.   

Please log into Magnus and make sure that your son’s emergency contact is up to date and is still able and willing to pick up and assume care of your son if you are unable to do so.  

Pre-Arrival Quarantine Instructions

All students and employees are being asked to self-quarantine at home for 14 days prior to the repopulation of our campus on January 16, 2021.

When should my son start his pre-arrival quarantine?
The self-quarantine period should start on January 2nd and continue until your son arrives at school.

What does self-quarantine mean?
During the 14-day quarantine period, your son and immediate family members should:

  • Remain at home as much as possible
  • Avoid nonessential trips out in public (restaurants, gyms, shopping, etc.)
  • Avoid large gatherings
  • Refrain from in-person interactions other than with immediate family members
  • Do not participate in any team sports
  • Do not travel other than to school
  • Avoid public transportation if possible

If you do have to go out, always use universal precautions: wear a mask, wash your hands often and stay 6 feet or more away from others.  

Pre-Arrival Testing Requirements, Instructions & Resources 

Every student planning to return to campus in January (boarding and day students) is required to have a negative PCR SARS-CoV-2 test prior to their physical return to campus.  We are well aware that, for some students, access to testing and timely results are significant concerns. We encourage families to start planning now for getting a test done in the required time frame.  

What test is required?
A SARS-CoV-2 molecular test (PCR test) is required. 

* A SARS-CoV-2 antibody test is not acceptable
* An antigen test is not acceptable

When should my son get tested?
All students must plan to have their test administered on or after Friday, January 8th, 2020. 

How do I get a test for my son?
Below is a list of options for testing prior to coming to campus in January.

**We highly recommend OPTION #1: Wheeler Lab. We recommend that you purchase the test NOW and hold on to it until January 8th.  Please see the instruction sheet for more details.

  1. Wheeler Lab - at home option

a. To order your at home test, click here. 
b. Ordering instructions/FAQ for Wheeler Lab’s at home test can be found here.
c. Order the test now.
d. Have your son take the test in the morning on Monday, January 11th.
e. Put the sample in the mail on January 11th, after your son does the test in order to ensure results prior to January 16. 
f. Make sure to include the Authorization for Release of Protected Health Information form with the sample so that results are also emailed to the school.

  1. Schedule an appointment at a testing center near you. Please be aware of turn around times for results. To find testing options near you:

a. In CT, dial 2-1-1 or go to:
b. Perform a web search for “COVID testing sites near me.”
c. Call your local health department.

     3.  Obtain an approved test via other means (ex. your son’s PCP, Urgent Care Center, etc.)

     4.  If you need a doctor’s order for a COVID test, Dr. Gilroy’s order can be found here.

How do I ensure results get to the Health Center?

  • Wheeler Lab—if you include this consent form with your test when you send it back to the lab, results will automatically go to you and to the school. 
  • If you use Dr. Gilory’s order—results should get faxed directly to our Health Center.  Please be sure to ask for a hard copy of the results for your records just in case we don’t get them via fax.
  • If you receive a hard copy of your son’s test results, please scan and upload the result to the Magnus January Pre-Arrival Test Requirement
  • Test results must be in English.

How do I know that my son’s negative result has been received?
Log in to the Magnus Health Portal. You can check the status of your son’s COVID Test requirement.  Once it has been approved by one of our nurses (the requirement will have a green check mark), you will know that the result has been received and accepted.

What if my son’s test result is positive?

  • Follow the guidance of your son’s primary care provider.
  • Notify the Health Center to discuss criteria to come to school.

What if my son previously tested positive for COVID-19?
If your son has tested positive for COVID-19 (not just assumed positive but had a confirmed, positive test) and you have not yet contacted the Health Center, please email our Director of Nursing, Heather Callaghan at It is important that the school has a record of students who have tested positive so that we can create an alternative testing plan for those individuals.  A positive test result will need to be emailed to Heather Callaghan before any alternative plans are made.

Who do I contact if I have additional questions regarding AOF’s pre-arrival testing requirement?
Pre-arrival testing questions can be emailed directly to the Health Center at: