The Hun School is pleased to confirm that we will operate fully in-person this fall, with a normal daily academic schedule, and a very full menu of extracurricular activities.
In order to provide the safest and best possible experience for our community, some protocols and restrictions remain in place, but we assure you, School life will once again include all of the opportunities, activities, and connections we know and love.
Please take the time to review the following amendments to our Student Handbooks for the 2021-2022 academic year and then … Raider up, Hun School! We’re ready for you!
We expect every eligible day student to be fully vaccinated before returning to school activities. Individuals who are ineligible due to age, medical contradiction, or have a strongly held religious or personal objection, must advise of their decision using this form before August 1st. All others must file proof of vaccination with the Health Office through the Magnus Health Portal before August 15th. We will accept any CDC or WHO approved vaccine. Parents and guardians of unvaccinated day students must sign a waiver, also located in the Magnus Health Portal, acknowledging the added risks of remaining unvaccinated in a school setting and attesting to follow any added protocols in place as a result.
All members of the boarding community and all eligible student-facing faculty and staff are required to be vaccinated. In accordance with Governor Murphy's Executive Order No. 253, all other School personnel must also be vaccinated or be subject to weekly testing.
In addition to the health benefits to the individual and our community, fully vaccinated individuals are exempt from exposure quarantine and physical distancing.
Our medical advisors will continue to monitor public health and although we are not requiring vaccination for all day students for the start of school, this may change at any time.
If your student has ever experienced a severe side effect from a previous vaccination, please contact your health care provider to determine the best setting in which to receive your vaccine. Please note that 12 to 18-year-olds are only eligible to receive the Pfizer vaccine.
“In developing school safety plans for fall 2021, we need to acknowledge that the risk of COVID19 to any one individual is most influenced by their vaccination status. Vaccination of school staff, students (currently ages 12 and above, and eventually all children), and family members is the most reliable intervention for ensuring safety during the upcoming school year and quickly returning schools to pre-pandemic activities. Schools with high vaccination rates will navigate this school year much more easily than schools with lower vaccination rates..."
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Policy Lab
New! Masks REQUIRED indoors
New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy recently announced that all K-12 students and staff in New Jersey will be required to wear face masks in school buildings this fall, regardless of vaccine status. After reviewing the newly released guidelines with our advisors, we have confirmed that the mandate is inclusive of independent schools.
Accordingly, The Hun School will open the 2021-2022 academic year requiring that all students, employees, and visitors wear masks while indoors during the academic day. Due to our projected campus vaccination rates, vaccinated individuals will be permitted to forgo physical distancing and members of our boarding community, once fully vaccinated, will be permitted to remove their masks in resident spaces at the conclusion of the academic day.
The CDC offers the following information on mask selection. The Hun School expects students, employees, and visitors to wear masks that fit snugly, cover the nose and mouth, are comprised of one or two layers of breathable fabric, and free from exhalation valves. Gators and bandanas are not permitted.
UNVACCINATED DAY STUDENTS
We will do as much as we can to support the educational experience of our unvaccinated students; however, government and medically indicated requirements impose a number of necessary restrictions on unvaccinated students at school, for their safety and the safety of their peers. It is also important to note that these imposed differences are to protect, not isolate, unvaccinated individuals. Restrictions for unvaccinated students include:
- Masking indoors and physical distancing at all times on campus.
- Separate dining locations with furniture arranged to support physical distancing, so unvaccinated students can safely remove their masks.
- Quarantine upon exposure (duration determined by regional case rates).
- Restrictions on school-related travel and activities, as specified by New Jersey and the CDC or dictated by our ability to reasonably accommodate them. For example, unvaccinated freshmen and sophomores will be included in daytime activities in their class retreats, but under CDC protocols will not be permitted to stay overnight.
- Regular Covid testing, based on case rates and student activities, such as high risk athletics or performing arts. Hun will subsidize half the testing cost for vaccine-eligible students and the full cost for our younger, ineligible students.
Vaccinated individuals are exempt from exposure quarantine, unless experiencing symptoms. However, the CDC does recommend that vaccinated individuals who are exposed to a case of Covid-19 receive a Covid-19 test. Unvaccinated individuals who develop Covid-19 symptoms, share a household with a symptomatic individual, or are determined to have been a close contact of a case of Covid-19, should stay home and contact the Health Office. You will be subject to recommended testing, expected to cooperate with all contact tracing efforts, and required to observe between a seven and fourteen day quarantine depending on regional risk level. You will also be advised when you may return to school based on guidance from the Department of Health.
All students, faculty, and families are encouraged to conduct a daily at home health screening. Any member of our community experiencing any symptom of Covid-19, regardless of vaccination status, should stay home and contact the Health Office.
Regardless of vaccination status, when a student, faculty, or staff member is presumptive or confirmed positive for Covid-19, the School will work directly with the Princeton Department of Health to determine next steps; which will likely include:
- The individual will immediately begin isolation.
- Individuals determined to be close contacts (within close proximity for fifteen minutes or longer) will be identified. It is critically important that all members of our community willingly and truthfully comply with the School’s and Health Department’s contact tracing efforts.
- Unvaccinated close contacts will quarantine. Vaccinated and unvaccinated contacts will be advised to monitor their health for a period of seven to fourteen days, depending on the regional risk level.
- If a community member tests positive, the School community will be notified; individual privacy will be maintained.
The rest of the community may proceed normally, but should be extra vigilant about personal health monitoring, physical distancing, and personal hygiene.
The School's Health and Safety protocols are determined in consultation with a multitude of resources: local, state, and federal government advisories; colleges, universities, and fellow international boarding and day schools, with the intention to meet or exceed all federal and state guidelines. For medical expertise, along with our own School physician and health staff, we consult with Dr. Sonja Rasmussen, a professor of pediatrics and epidemiology at the University of Florida and a twenty-year veteran at the Centers for Disease Control. We will continue to rely on their collective guidance, and adjust our plans and procedures as new information is released by the CDC and the New Jersey Department of Health.
For More Information
More information was provided to parents in a webinar on September 1, 2021. A recording of that webinar is available online and outlines some of the most frequently asked questions.