Health, Safety, and Physical Campus
No single measure can guarantee protection against a Coronavirus such as Covid-19, but we can significantly mitigate individual and community risk with a series of protective measures and community cooperation. These guidelines may be updated as more information and updated public health guidelines are issued. The following is a list of procedures in place at this time. We understand that some of our students and faculty may be considered high-risk; we have crafted our plans with you in mind. However, should you have additional concerns, please contact our Health Center, for students; Human Resources for faculty. We will work together to support your health.
HEALTH AND SAFETY
Students and faculty shall sign a Good Faith Commitment to Community Health, attesting to their intent not to come to school when ill; if experiencing any symptoms of Covid-19; if they have been exposed to someone with Covid-19; or subject to a mandated or voluntary quarantine. Community members will commit to notifying the Health Office of any exposure or positive Covid-19 test result and following all instructions given.
GET THE APP!
NJ COVID ALERT
All Hun students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to download and enable the Covid Alert NJ App. The free and secure app anonymously alerts users if they have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19. It will never record any identifying data and all users will remain anonymous. Download Covid Alert NJ on the App Store or Google Play Store. Opt-in to receive "Exposure Notifications."
KNOW YOUR RISK
Covid-19 Risk Assessment Tool
This web-based app from Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University is a useful tool for assessing the risk associated with various activities. It was created by emergency room physicians to give you the ability to make informed decisions for your student and family.
DAILY HEALTH PROTOCOLS
- Do not come to school when ill; if experiencing any symptoms of Covid-19; if you have been exposed to someone with any symptom of Covid-19; or subject to a mandated or voluntary quarantine.
- While on campus, community members are required to wear masks, maintain six feet of physical distance from others at all times, follow all health safety protocols, and practice good hygiene. Masks are not required while eating, when students are given express permission to remove them during intense aerobic activity, or when boarders are alone in their dorm rooms with the door closed. For masks to be compliant with The Hun School dress code, they should be free of slogans, political statements, or any logos larger than 2 inches.
- Community members must follow all federal, state and local health mandates and quarantines; notify the Health Center if anyone in your household travels outside the tri-state area; and cooperate fully with any contact tracing efforts.
- While off campus, please avoid any unnecessary risks such as, crowded places, close-contact settings, confined or enclosed spaces. Please wear a mask and maintain physical distancing when in public or indoors with anyone outside your immediate household.
Contact the Health Center
Please contact the health center for questions, to notify us of travel, symptoms, or physician clearance for campus return.
Contact: email@example.com or call (609) 921 – 7600, extension 2116
Students and faculty returned to campus in stages this summer and will do so again following any breaks, to allow for proper quarantining, testing, and safety procedures.
- Day and Boarding faculty, staff, and students are asked to limit travel and unnecessary risk ten days prior to arrival, and observe all local laws and guidelines.
- Pursuant to the New Jersey Travel advisory, non-transient interstate travel is strongly discouraged at this time. Any day student or faculty member returning from out-of-state travel is required to notify the Health Center and quarantine at home for ten days prior to community re-entry.
- Any student, faculty, staff, or group may be tested periodically or as circumstances warrant.
- Programs and events will be modified to comply with limits on crowd sizes and social distancing measures.
- Although the Department of Health will take the lead on all Contact Tracing efforts, every member of our health staff, as well as designated administrative staff will be fully trained as contact tracers to support their efforts.
- In anticipation of the year’s challenges, we have increased our health care staff by 50% and expanded our Health Center to include separate isolation and quarantine spaces.
INFORMATION ABOUT MASKS
The most effective homemade,store bought, or disposable masks fit snugly to the face, cover the nose and mouth, have a moisture resistant outer layer and an absorbent inner layer. Filters can be inserted between the layers for added protection. Click here for information about how to wear and care for a mask.
- Wash your hands before and after touching your mask. Touch only the bands or ties when putting on and taking off your mask. If you must remove your mask during the day, place it carefully in a ziplock bag to avoid cross contamination of any surfaces, items, your hands or the mask.
Masks with exhalation valves or vents of any kind may not be worn. Face shields are primarily worn for eye protection, are not known to aid with source control, and therefore may not be worn as a substitute for a face mask.
- There is signifigant concern around the efficacy of bandanas or gators and therefore, they are not recommended.
- Masks with clear windows are only recommended for students with speech or hearing deficits.
- Each office and classroom has been measured for safe occupancy (average of 10 students/classroom).
- Furniture is arranged to enforce physical distancing.
- Signage is in place to promote healthy behaviors and safe navigation.
- The School has added ten new outdoor classrooms, strategically placed hand washing stations, and plexiglass barriers in restrooms.
- New procedures have been implemented for the safe use of large gathering spaces such as the library and computer lab.
- The airflow in every campus space has been professionally evaluated and is monitored on an ongoing basis. Solutions and improvements have been made where necessary to increase ventilation.
- For the safety of the community, restrictions of campus access for visitors, family members, and vendors are in effect.
- Thirty dorm rooms are designated as quarantine or isolation spaces for the year.
CLEANING and disinfection
- Custodial staff has been increased to ensure we can continuously clean high-touch and communal-use spaces throughout the day.
- Staff are in the buildings all day, continuously disinfecting bathrooms and high-touch surfaces.
- Classroom surfaces are wiped down between each class period. Each classroom and office is equipped with cleaning wipes, gloves, paper towels, tissues, and hand sanitizer.
- Buildings are completely disinfected each night, in accordance with recommendations from the CDC and EPA.
- Bathrooms are thoroughly disinfected at least twice per day with spot cleaning in between.
- We are utilizing products recommended by the EPA for use against Covid-19 and have invested in new cleaning equipment.
Counseling and Wellness
To further support overall student health, our counselors, grade-level deans, advisors, teachers, and health services will take a team approach to closely monitoring the well-being of each student. We have increased programming and resources around counseling outreach programs and are hosting small-group discussions on topics related to resilience and psychological health in stressful times. As always, we will strive for open communication with families, and 24-hour availability for assistance when needed.
hun zoom Webinar on demand
Topic: Health, Safety, and Physical Campus
Date: July 28, 2020
Topic: Counseling and Wellness
Date: Sept 1, 2020
- Are masks required, and if so, what kind?
- Will all students be tested for COVID-19 prior to arrival on campus?
- Are there travel restrictions in place for students and their families?
- Why are flu shots required?
- What measures have you taken to ensure the facilities meet new safety requirements?
- Have you made any staff changes to ensure the safety and health of the campus community?
- If my child tests positive for antibodies, can she go to school every day or when a quarantine is required for others?
- If someone is exposed to COVID-19, when do you recommend they get tested?
- If, and when, we have a positive case, how much information will be shared with the community?
- How many cases does it warrant before a more aggressive mitigation policy is put into effect?
- If one student tests positive, does that mean the entire Academic Team will be quarantined?
- If we have a positive case on campus in our boarding community, where will they be quarantined or isolated?
- If a student does not comply with safety protocols, will disciplinary action be taken?
- When will the School return to pre-COVID conditions?