We are looking forward to welcoming our students back to campus in September. The pandemic continues to linger, so we must plan accordingly. Following the 2020-21 school year, we continue to evolve our model in an effort to work toward a more “normal” school experience while maintaining the same level of community health and safety. As with last year, we plan to follow CDC and NYSDOH guidance for the 2021-22 school year. Layered protocols will allow us the safety and freedom to have a meaningful and enriching school year.
We strongly encourage all students eligible for the vaccine to receive both doses before the school year begins. For those of you who cannot access the vaccine at home, we can coordinate for your child to receive the vaccine locally upon arrival.
Repopulating Campus: Testing and Arrivals
With the Delta variant circulating nationwide, we have determined that all students, regardless of vaccination status, will need to submit a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 5 days of arrival on campus.
The first week on campus will be a quarantine week. Orientation, classes, dining, and activities will all take place outside. Day students will have a designated outdoor space for the first week, and residential students will have access to their respective houses.
We will test students on Wednesday, September 15 with a PCR test. Once we receive negative test results, we will begin normal programming, ideally on the morning of Friday, September 17th.
International students arrive on Saturday, September 11
Domestic boarders arrive on Sunday, September 12
Day students register on campus Monday, September 13
All student orientation will take place on Monday, September 13 after day student registration
School programming will begin on Tuesday, September 14
As we start the school year, we anticipate smaller groups at tables with outdoor options for our students. As September progresses, we aim to move towards a pre-COVID-19 family dining experience as the health of our community and guidance allows.
Masks will be worn in all school buildings at all times, except when seated at meals
Masks will not be required in residential houses for students and houseparents after repopulation week
Masks will not be required outdoors
Per CDC guidance, everyone should strive to maintain three feet of physical distancing. Classrooms and dining spaces will be organized in a way to facilitate physical distancing.
It is our goal to create a family environment for our residential students this year, one in which they can remove their masks while feeling comfortable and safe in their houses. In order to create this environment, we will ask that all residential students stay on campus for the Fall Term. We will reassess this policy month to month. Just as we did last year, families are welcome to visit students on campus, outdoors. Emergency situations will inevitably emerge, and we will assess each situation on a case-by-case basis.
All faculty, staff, and students are expected to complete an at-home health screening before arriving at school. There will not be a form this year. The expectation is that anyone experiencing any symptoms or anyone living with a person experiencing symptoms would stay home and contact the school nurse for further guidance.
Positive Case Response
Just as we did last year, if a community member has a confirmed case of COVID-19, the school would immediately and temporarily close to reduce chances of spread, to contact trace exposure, and to test the community.