An Independent School • Grades 5-12

by Bernie Noe, head of school

We have two important pieces of information to share with you concerning COVID-19 testing from now through the end of the 2020-2021 school year, and about vaccination requirements for the 2021-2022 school year. Please read this information closely. 

COVID-19 protocols through the end of the 2020-2021 school year

Fully vaccinated Upper School students (14 days past their last shot) whose parents/guardians have uploaded the student’s vaccination record into Magnus Health no longer need to be tested for COVID-19 on Fridays. Instructions on how to upload student vaccination records are below and are posted on Lakeside’s reopening website. To opt out of testing, a student’s vaccination record must be uploaded by 3 p.m. the Thursday before that Friday’s testing. Families need to do this only once. For example, if a student’s vaccination record is uploaded by 3 p.m. on Thursday, May 20, they do not need to be tested on Friday, May 21, or moving forward. 

This policy will hold for summer programs, including Lakeside Summer School Programs and the Upper School outdoor trips.  

No other changes will be made to protocols through the last three weeks of this school year. Due to the high number of unvaccinated students at school, everyone (students and adults) will continue to wear masks on campus and maintain physical distance even if they are currently fully vaccinated. We will revise our safety protocol as we learn more about the potential spread of the virus through the summer months.

Vaccination requirements for 2021-2022

We are excited to share that Lakeside School will be fully reopened — with all students on campus — for the 2021-2022 school year. To make this possible, and to protect the health and safety of our students, employees, families, and the larger community, Lakeside School will require all eligible students to be vaccinated against COVID-19, with medical and religious exemptions allowed. 

All Lakeside School employees will likewise be vaccinated unless they have a medical or religious exemption. 

FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccines are based on technology that has been under development for more than 20 years and is being used now to stop this deadly virus. These vaccines are safe, effective, and now increasingly available to most members of our community.

We encourage families to discuss the COVID-19 vaccines with their student’s doctor or medical provider. Lakeside also requires students to receive the following vaccines: DTaP, Tdap, IPV or OPV, MMR, Hepatitis B, and Varicella (chickenpox). While not a state requirement, Lakeside’s Medical Advisory Board strongly recommends that students receive Hepatitis A, Meningococcal, Influenza, and HPV vaccines as well. Your student’s medical provider can give guidance as to the timing of any other necessary vaccines. 

Given full participation of faculty, staff, and eligible students in becoming vaccinated, we will not offer the remote or hybrid format in the coming school year.

We are also excited to see vaccinated parents and guardians on campus next year. Parents and guardians who wish to come on campus will need to submit proof of vaccination status. We will share more information this summer on the submittal process. 

Vaccine requirements for the 2021-2022 school year, by age

Students, ages 16+

  • Lakeside students age 16+ must be fully vaccinated before the start of the 2021-2022 school year. Immunization information must be submitted to Lakeside by Aug. 1, 2021.
  • Exemptions will be granted for medical or religious reasons.

Students, ages 12-15

  • The FDA recently authorized emergency use of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine in adolescents 12 to 15 years.
  • Lakeside students ages 12-15 must be fully vaccinated before the start of the 2021-2022 school year. Immunization information must be submitted to Lakeside by Aug. 1, 2021.
  • Exemptions will be granted for medical or religious reasons.

Students, under age 12

  • Clinical trials are currently underway to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of vaccines in people under age 12.
  • As of May 17, 2021, Lakeside students under the age of 12 will not be required to be fully vaccinated before the start of the 2021-2022 school year.
  • During the 2021-2022 school year, Lakeside students under the age of 12 will be required to be tested weekly for COVID-19 until they are fully vaccinated. Testing will happen during the school day. 

To discuss the process of claiming a medical or religious exemption, please contact Director of Experiential Education/COVID-19 Health and Safety Officer Bryan Smith at

How to submit vaccination status (updated)

There are two ways to upload a student’s vaccination record. Please upload the information as soon as possible after the final dose of the vaccine. 

  1. Through the Magnus Health portal: After a student receives their last dose of the vaccine, their parents/guardians should log into Magnus Health and upload the student’s vaccination record. Scan or take photos of the front and back of the student’s COVID-19 vaccine card and upload the documentation into the immunization section of the Magnus Health portal. Access the Magnus Health portal here. You can also access it through the Lakeside School parents and guardians webpage.
  2. Through the Magnus app on a mobile device: This is the easiest way to document a student’s vaccine record. See this file for screenshots. On the app portal, go to the Student Health Tracker.  Select “Immunization Form” tab. Select “Add Files.”  Choose from your photo library or take a photo of both the front and the back of your student’s vaccination card. You will need to upload two separate photos. Once you have uploaded the photos, select the photos and hit “Submit.” If more than one student in your household is vaccinated, you can submit all of their vaccination card photos at the same time. Once we have processed your upload, on Magnus Health your student's COVID-19 vaccine will be marked as “Series Complete.” If additional information is needed you will receive an email.

If you have questions regarding the use of Magnus Health or uploading records, please contact Student Billing Accountant/Family Information Manager Sarah Damm at All other questions can be addressed to Director of Experiential Education/ COVID-19 Health and Safety Officer Bryan Smith at

Thanks, everyone!