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.
Click on the link below to download the Hampshire Country School COVID-19 Safety Policies & Procedures Guide.