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Health and Safety During Covid

Safety first, Raiders!

We are pleased to have our students and faculty on campus this year! In order to provide the safest and best possible experience for our students, our day-to-day operations are different, but we are still 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. 
 
The School's Health and Safety Task Force has detailed health and safety strategies for every aspect of School life, from classroom management 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 continuously consulting 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 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 is operating in a Blended Learning Model that supports on-campus and virtual learning concurrently. Students are organized into two on-campus teams -- Scientiam and Honorem -- who alternate between on-campus and virtual learning models each day.
  • Students who cannot attend, who request virtual accommodations for high-risk medical conditions or other reasons, or become ill, are supported through virtual learning. 

  • Boarding students and faculty returned to campus in stages this summer, as well as following winter break and spring breaks to allow for proper quarantining, testing, and safety procedures. Day students and faculty are asked to limit travel and unnecessary risk 10 days prior to their return from any break, 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.

  • Masks and physical distancing are required everywhere on campus, except while eating, when given express permission during intense aerobic activity, or when boarders are alone in their dorm rooms with the door closed. 

  • The Hun School is offering athletic activities in conjunction with state and local guidelines. Outdoor, physically distanced, and masked practices and training are underway for Middle School and Upper School teams. 

  • Meals are offered but modified to incorporate an online ordering system. Lunches are delivered to advisory 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 are in place.

Of course, conditions are changing rapidly as we navigate an unprecedented global pandemic, 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 year proceeds.

Health, Safety, and Physical Campus

Learn about some of the changes we made before re-opening school in September 2020 

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Student Life and Athletics

Hun is offering modified athletics, performing arts, and co-curriculars activities, but students have plenty of opportunities to remain active and engaged in the activities they care about.

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Academics

 

We are currently offering a Blended Learning Model that supports on-campus and virtual learning concurrently. 

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Digital Platforms and  Resources

See the systems we employ to support our Blended Learning Model, virtual and on-campus learning. 

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Boarding, Campus Life, and Dining

See some of the measures we have implemented to ensure a holistic and safe boarding experience.

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COVID-19 Response procedures

Students, faculty or staff 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 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 recommended testing.
  • 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 recommended testing.
  • 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 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. 
  • Close contacts will quarantine and monitor their health for a period of ten to fourteen days, depending on the regional risk level.
  • Relevant spaces will be cleaned and disinfected before further use.
  • 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.
 
Please note: Testing does not preclude or reduce the ten 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 in a blended or virtual format, 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