October 27, 2021

Dear Families, 
 

As a complement to our continued COVID-19 mitigation efforts and as a requirement of the Independent School Athletics League, we are resuming full community-wide PCR surveillance testing and conducting weekly PCR testing of our Winter athletes. We have partnered with Virant Diagnostics in Bethesda, MD to administer the testing, which requires collection of a nasal swab sample. Virant brings an expert team of sample collectors to campus, as well as their own management of billing your family’s insurance directly.  
 

We will begin testing the entire community next Tuesday morning, November 2, and will test again following the Thanksgiving and Winter breaks as we re-populate the campus. Winter athletes will begin their weekly testing November 30th in time for competitions that begin December 1st.  
 

Click here to access the parent consent form needed by Virant Diagnostics. This form allows Virant the permission to test, Madeira the opportunity to efficiently coordinate, and ultimately have the family’s insurance company to be the guarantor for costs associated with the testing process. Please complete the document by Friday, October 29.  
 

As noted prior, we really appreciate the parent community’s support as we work daily to have not only a healthy community but maintain in-person learning throughout the school year.  
 

Sincerely, 
 

Andre’ D. Withers 
Assistant Head of School