Students will resume classes on Wednesday, September 8 (late start Wednesday/9:25 a.m.) and the on-campus protocols will largely be the same as those we practiced in the Spring. Important protocols of note:
- All students, regardless of vaccination status, will be required to be masked indoors except while eating.
- While we are happy to report that 100% of all eligible faculty and staff are vaccinated, they too will also be masked indoors.
- Vaccinated students will be permitted to remove their masks outdoors.
- Lower Schools students will be permitted to remove their masks outdoors when being supervised (i.e. recess, P.E. class, etc.).
- Visitors will be limited and will be required to complete a wellness screening with security prior to entering the building. No unscheduled visitors will be permitted in the building.
- While we are on track to re-open the dining room for breakfast and lunch, at this time, no visitors or parents/guardians will be permitted to join students for meals due to the prolonged period of time without a mask.
- Lower School students will be required to continue to submit daily wellness screenings through SchoolPass. New Families will receive more details about registering for SchoolPass in a separate email this week.
- If a student shows signs of infectious illness consistent with COVID-19 while on campus, regardless of vaccination status, they will be evaluated by the School nurse and they will remain in isolation until a parent or guardian picks them up immediately. Symptomatic individuals must submit a negative result of a PCR OR Rapid Antigen test to the School nurse and be symptom-free for 24 hours in order to return to School.
- If a student shows signs of infectious illness consistent with COVID-19 while off-campus, regardless of vaccination status, they should notify their Division Director and School nurse. In consultation with their health care provider, they must submit a negative result of a PCR OR Rapid Antigen test to the School nurse and be symptom-free for 24 hours in order to return to School.
- If a student tests positive for COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status, the student begins home isolation and may return to school when they are 10 days out from the start of symptoms, fever-free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication, AND symptoms have improved. A negative COVID-19 test is not required for a student to return after their isolation period, given they may test positive long after the 10-day period or symptoms have improved.
- Unvaccinated individuals who have close exposure to someone who tests positive for COVID-19 must quarantine for 10 days after the last contact with the infected person. Additionally, they should consult with a healthcare provider for evaluation and possible COVID-19 test. Individuals who are fully vaccinated and are not symptomatic after exposure to someone with COVID-19 do not need to quarantine or get tested for COVID-19.
Please review Holton’s Fall 2021 Health & Safety Protocols for a full listing of protocols and additional details. As with all things related to COVID-19, the situation is evolving and we each need to exercise patience and agility around future operational changes going forward. The current protocols are based on today’s data and guidelines. If the public health landscape improves or worsens, we will revisit these protocols and adjust accordingly.
As a reminder, Holton-Arms added the COVID-19 vaccine to the list of required vaccines for students this year -- all eligible students are required to be vaccinated for COVID-19 before returning to campus. This includes pre-season, orientation, Convocation and the first day of classes.