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COVID-19 Update

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.
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.