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Re-entry and Fall 2020 Guide

Welcome Back, Raiders!

We look forward to welcoming our students and faculty back to campus this fall! In order to provide the safest and best possible experience for our students, our day-to-day operations will be different, but we will still be Hun, in every way. A Hun School education is all about personal relationships and to build those, we, along with the American Psychological Association, believe that in-person learning is essential for the health, intellectual growth, and social engagement of our students. 
 
Since early this spring, twelve administrative teams have been meeting to plan detailed re-entry strategies for every aspect of school life, from health and safety to student activities. We have made significant investments in our physical campus and programs in support of this effort. As part of the process, we are consulting a multitude of resources: local, state, and federal government advisories; colleges, universities, and fellow international 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 have engaged 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 have also convened a panel of physicians and industry leaders from around the region to review our plans. 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.

Detailed information can be found on the following pages, but the salient points are as follows:

  • The Hun School will begin the year with a Blended Learning Model that supports on-campus and virtual learning concurrently. Students will be organized into two on-campus teams -- Scientiam and Honorem -- who will alternate between on-campus and virtual learning models each day.
  • Students who cannot return initially, who request virtual accommodations for high-risk medical conditions or other reasons, or become ill, will be supported through virtual learning. 

  • Boarding students and faculty will return to campus in stages this summer to allow for proper quarantining, testing, and safety procedures. Day students and faculty are asked to limit travel and unnecessary risk 14 days prior to arrival, and observe all local laws and guidelines. 

  • The Blended Learning schedule is flexible and allows us to shift between our regular schedule, full-time distance learning, and a blended format as conditions warrant while maintaining consistent drop-off and pick-up times.

  • Face coverings and physical distancing are required everywhere on campus, except in a dorm room or while eating, or for those who are medically exempt. 

  • Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center will conduct on-campus health screenings of all Hun students and staff each weekday. Hun nursing staff will perform similar assessments of the resident students on weekends.

  • Athletic offerings are modified to provide more opportunities for physically distant wellness activities. Athletic pre-season will not take place. 

  • Meals are offered but modified to incorporate an online ordering system. Lunches are delivered to “lunch classes” or available for pick-up for non-teaching staff. Breakfast and dinner in the dining hall are only be available to the resident community and take place in shifts. Grab and Go breakfast, lunch, and snacks are available for all students in the PA Café.

  • Programs and events are modified to comply with limits on crowd sizes and social distancing measures. 

  • Temporary modifications to the student dress code have been announced. 

OPENING Dates

Aug. 12 – Resident Faculty return 

Aug. 19 – International Boarding Students and Domestic Boarding Students from states with heightened spread (as defined by the State of New Jersey) return

Sept. 2 – Domestic Boarders return

Sept. 8 – Middle School Graduation, 9:00 a.m., Natale Family Field

Sept. 8 - US Honorem Team, New Student Orientation, 10:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. the Mall; MS Scientiam Team All Student and New Parent Orientation, 1:00 p.m. James M. Byer ’62 Amphitheatre; US Scientiam Team, New Student Orientation, 1:30 - 3:45 p.m. the Mall; MS Honorem Team All Student and New Parent Orientation, 3:00 p.m., James M. Byer ’62 Amphitheatre; US New Parent Orientation, 7:00 p.m., Virtual

Sept. 9 – Virtual Class Introductions and Convocation, 9:00 a.m.; Virtual 

Sept. 10 - 1st Day of Classes, Honorem Team on Campus; Scientiam Team Virtual 

Sept. 28 - School Holiday/No Classes/Offices Closed/Boarders Remain on Campus

Nov. 25 - Jan. 2 - Dorms Close

Nov. 21 - 29 - School Holiday/No Classes/Offices Closed

Nov. 30 - Dec. 18 - Virtual Classes for Boarders from Home; In-Person Classes for Day Students

These dates remain subject to change based on any updated guidelines or health concerns. 

View and subscribe to HUN'S online calendar

Of course, conditions may change quickly in the weeks and months ahead, so adaptability and resourcefulness will be key to our success. In preparation, we have created detailed contingency plans to meet a variety of emerging scenarios. As one example, the School calendar may be modified at some point to provide additional classroom time or adapt to conditions as the semester proceeds.

Health, Safety, and Physical Campus

An abridged list of the School's procedures and plans as they relate to Health, Safety, and Physical Campus. 

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Student Life and Athletics

Athletics, performing arts, and co-curriculars activities will be modified this fall, but students will have opportunities to remain active and engaged in the activities they care about.

Read More.

Academics

 

We will begin the year with a Blended Learning Model that supports on-campus and virtual learning concurrently. 

Read More.

Digital Platforms and  Resources

See the systems we plan to employ this fall, regardless of the Operational Model we implement. 

Learn More.

Boarding, Campus Life, and Dining

See some of the measures we're implementing to ensure a holistic and safe boarding experience.

Read More.

Back to School Resources

Find resources for Middle School and Upper School students, including necessary materials, handbooks, and dress code information.

COVID-19 Response procedures

Students, faculty or staff who develop Covid-19 symptoms, have contact with a person who tests positive or is presumed to have Covid-19 should follow the following procedures.

WHILE OFF CAMPUS

DAY OR BOARDING
  • Contact the Health Center immediately and communicate regularly.
  • Stay home. 
  • Contact your personal physician.
  • Subject to testing if indicated.
  • Cooperate with all contact tracing efforts if presumptive or positive.
  • Return to School based on guidance from the Department of Health and CDC guidance.

WHILE ON CAMPUS

DAY
  • Proceed immediately to the Health Center.
  • Upon arrival, you will be provided with additional PPE; assessed, and sent home if warranted.
  • Communicate regularly with the Health Center.
  • Contact your personal physician.
  • Subject to testing if indicated.
  • Cooperate with all contact tracing efforts if presumptive or positive.
  • Return to School based on guidance from the Department of Health and CDC guidance.

WHILE ON CAMPUS

boarding
  • Proceed immediately to the Health Center.
  • Upon arrival, you will be provided with additional PPE; assessed, and tested if warranted.
  • You will then remain in isolation under medical supervision pending test results.
  • Positive cases will be sent home or remain in isolation on campus if necessary.
  • Cooperate with all contact tracing efforts if presumptive or positive.
  • Return to School based on guidance from the Department of Health and CDC guidance.

positive case

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 six-feet for at least 10 minutes) 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. 
  • Close contacts will quarantine and monitor their health for a period of fourteen days.
  • Relevant spaces will be cleaned and disinfected before further use.
  • 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.
 
Please note: Testing does not preclude or reduce the fourteen day quarantine period.

 

Planning Team and Contacts

Jon Brougham, Head of School
Stefanie Connell, Chief Financial and Operations Officer
 
Diane Applegate, Director of Health Services
Tracey Arndt, Co-Director of Athletics
Marlon Bernard, Director of Business Services
Alexis Brock, Director of Advancement
Steve Bristol, Asst. Head of School, Enrollment & Strat. Planning
J. Michael Chaykowsky ’80, Director of Operations
Celeste Dirk, Director of Human Resources
Otis Douce, Director of Equity, Inclusion, and Global Diversity
Ryan Hews, Head of the Upper School
James Huffaker, Director of Technology
Maureen Leming ’95, Dir. of Strat. Mkt. and Communication
William Quirk, Co-Director of Athletics
Dr. Sonja Rasmussen, Pediatrician, Epidemiologist, and Special Medical Consultant
Jonathan Stone, Director of Resident Life
Dan Walker, Dean of Faculty
Ken Weinstein, Middle School Head

Contact Us

While The Hun School works and learns remotely, you are welcome to email any of us or call any School extension and leave a voicemail. In addition, the following offices and extensions will forward to individual cell phones during business hours. Simply call the main line and enter the extension listed. The call will ring a few times and forward to a cell phone. 

Admission Office: (609) 921 – 7600, extension 2292
Attendance: (609) 921 – 7600, extension 2232
Business Office: (609) 921 – 7600, extension 2290
Dean of Students: (609) 921 – 7600, extension 2320
Health Center: (609) 921 – 7600, extension 2116 
IT (609) 921 – 7600, extension 2155 or at HelpDesk@hunschool.org
Middle School: (609) 921 – 7600, extension 2247
Resident Life: (609) 921 – 7600, extension 2250
Upper School: (609) 921 – 7600, extension 2272