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COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 Update - April 13, 2021

 

Spring has come to campus and along with the warmer weather, some seasonal allergies and a cold virus have also surfaced. A few of our students and staff members have been exhibiting minor cold and allergy symptoms - mostly runny noses, sneezing, and minor nasal/sinus congestion. These symptoms are not COVID-19 related.

As a precaution, we tested adults and students exhibiting symptoms and all tests came back negative. As a new service to families, we are now offering COVID-19 testing on campus for their children. We are using Abbott’s BinaxNOW COVID-19 Ag tests. These are reliable and affordable rapid tests that are done in the nurse's office with results in 15 minutes.
 
In terms of COVID-19 vaccination statistics, 85% of employees working on campus have either been fully vaccinated or have received their first shot and have their 2nd shot scheduled. 
COVID-19 Update - February 12, 2021
 
The HCS COVID-19 team met to discuss ways we can continually improve what we do on campus to provide the most protection for HCS faculty, staff, and students. Here are a few highlights:
 
Visitors on Campus
We are working to define exactly what visitors are necessary to our program. Necessary visitors include families of potential students touring the campus. Other necessary visitors may include delivery people, general maintenance/repair people, courier delivery drop-offs, and food service deliveries. 
 
Non-necessary Visitors on Campus
Until further notice, at this time non-necessary visitors include parents & families of students, family & friends of HCS faculty and staff, HCS board members, donors, and local residents who wish to hike, fish, or walk on our property. We will continue to discuss if visits this spring will be possible.
 
Volunteers on Campus
Although volunteers have been a big part of our program this year, we will only utilize volunteers through online means for the remainder of the school year.
 
Testing and Vaccines
To date, approximately 70% of HCS faculty and staff have received their 1st COVID-19 vaccine and have appointments scheduled for their 2nd vaccine dose. We will continue to ask all non-vaccinated faculty & staff to obtain a PCR test either twice a month or monthly (depending on how often they have left campus) and will only require fully vaccinated individuals (10 days after their 2nd vaccine dose) to test if they are either symptomatic or if there are known COVID-19 cases on campus. We will continue to ask family members of fully vaccinated individuals, who are unable to vaccinate themselves, to continue to follow our testing protocol.
 
There is hope – keep going strong! It’s been a tough year, a strange year, and at times a very isolating year. On behalf of the COVID-19 team, we are so very thankful to each and every person on campus for being immensely kind, supportive, and diligent in adhering to our COVID-19 guidelines and procedures. Thank you to the entire community for your ongoing high spirits in dealing with the pandemic. We have been so fortunate to have NO COVID-19 cases detected on campus in the past year. There is hope around the corner. We’re moving, albeit slowly, toward normalcy. Keep the hope high.
COVID-19 Update - January 12, 2021

In order to remain a safe and healthy campus through to the end of the school year, we are updating our protocols and procedures. Here is a brief explanation of COVID-19 safety plans for the campus from January 12, 2021 - June 12, 2021, as determined by the HCS COVID-19 task force.
 
Vaccinations
For faculty and staff members who receive both doses of the vaccine, 10 days after your second vaccination, you are required to still wear a mask and social distance in public, but will no longer be required to continue to be tested or quarantine (unless you choose to be tested periodically as an extra precaution).
 
Faculty and Staff Community Members are part of one of the following groups:
 
Group 1: Self-sequestration Mode
For faculty and staff members who plan to stay on campus or in your off-campus home, you are requested to make only one trip (maximum per week) to an essential service (such as medical appointments, pharmacy, grocery store, etc) and that you receive a COVID-19 test once per month.
 
Group 2: Non-Self-sequestration Mode
For faculty and staff members who plan to make more than one trip per week to utilize community services (such as visits to beauty salons, barbershops, etc) or any other non-essential trips, you are asked to receive a COVID-19 test twice per month (every other week).
 
Masks & Face Coverings
For those faculty and staff members who live off-campus, you may choose to mask while on campus. If you choose to not mask on campus, you are part of Group 2 and required to receive a COVID-19 test twice per month.
 
Cleaning & Disinfecting Spaces
All faculty and staff members must check your offices, classrooms, and personal space to ensure you have an adequate supply of hand sanitizer, hand soap, and disinfecting spray, or wipes.

All faculty and staff members may refer to the COVID-19 Guide which outlines how to remain safe when making trips off-campus, including limiting trips to both essential and non-essential services, masking, and social distancing.
COVID-19 Update - October 26, 2020
 
In an ongoing concern for the health and safety of the Hampshire Country School campus, we have moved into "self-sequestration" mode, with faculty and staff making minimal trips off-campus for essential services only.
 
We have suspended family visits and replaced them with virtual visits. Our campus will remain closed to visitors (aside from deliveries), and faculty and staff who reside off-campus are masking while on campus as an added safety precaution. This also includes guest speakers for our Sunday Forums or other occasions.
 
We are asking hikers who normally access the Wapack Trail from Hampshire Country School property to find other routes, even if they do not normally encounter students. Thank you for your understanding during this time as we work to ensure our campus stays a safe haven.
COVID-19 Update - October 20, 2020
 
Click on the link below to download the Hampshire Country School COVID-19 Update. 
 
COVID-19 Update - August 7, 2020
 
During the spring of 2020, the novel coronavirus forced schools across the world to respond to historical health and safety challenges in a very short period of time. Schools worked with their communities to embrace new approaches to learning and safety. Uniquely situated to stay open, HCS quarantined until the end of the 2019-2020 school year. We began developing protocols and procedures specific to our student population while other schools closed or introduced online schooling.
 
Private schools throughout the country have since joined together to develop a shared understanding of what it takes to safely re-open schools in the fall. Open and meaningful collaboration and a rigorous approach to planning led to the development of shared commitments and the creation of this document: a plan to open Hampshire Country School for the 2020-2021 school year in a safe, calm manner built collectively with the support of other schools and organizations.
 
This document represents a collective vision for opening Hampshire Country School for its 2020-2021 school year. Recommendations & considerations were borrowed from sources such as the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), New Hampshire Dept. of Education, Independent Schools Association of Northern New England (ISANNE), New England Association of Schools & Colleges (NEASC), and Monadnock Community Hospital, among others. This document and the guidance within is dynamic and, as circumstances and data change, it may require updating throughout the school year.