The safety of our students, employees, and families is paramount in our planning for this school year. We were optimistic that this school year would reopen with less restriction and a return to pre-pandemic school life. However, due to the current surge and increased case counts in our area, we are opening this school year with covid protocols based on recommendations from DESE, CDC and AAP.
The School’s Health & Safety Advisory Committee, comprised of senior administrators, School Health Director, School Consulting Physician and outside medical experts reviews and advises the school on matters of safety and health during the pandemic.
Shady Hill has mandated that all employees receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Shady Hill strongly encourages all eligible students to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Currently, the COVID-19 vaccine is not mandated for children. Shady Hill will follow State requirements regarding mandating the vaccine for our students.
All students and employees regardless of their vaccination status will be required to wear masks while indoors on Campus. Students and employees have the option to wear masks outside and on the path. All guests and visitors must wear masks while indoors and outdoors while on campus. Students are expected to bring their own masks.
During the school day, students will wear masks indoors for classes and will wear them in tents when used as a classroom. Masks may be removed when walking to and from classrooms, but will be put back on before arrival indoors. Masks will be worn for indoor PE and gym classes.
It is most important for students to wear masks correctly. Masks should cover the nose and mouth and be comfortable for kids to wear while indoors. Masks should have at least 2 layers of fabric. Please send extra masks to school in case they get soiled or lost during the school day. The School has extra masks available if needed.
Students will be spaced at 3 feet social distancing between student work stations or desks. Classrooms will be set up to allow group work and collaboration between students even with social distancing.
We encourage students to eat outside for lunch and snack. Students will practice good hand hygiene before and after eating lunch and snack. When students eat indoors they will eat at their desks or tables allowing for maximum distancing between students while eating.
All students and employees will participate in a school-run COVID-19 testing program.
All families and employees will use the mobile app, SchoolPass, to report daily wellness screenings. See chart at right for protocols if a community member presents with illness. Click to enlarge.