Health and Safety During Covid
Safety first, Raiders!
We can’t wait to have our Summer Program students and faculty on campus this summer! In order to provide the safest and best possible experience for all, our day-to-day operations are a little 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 and activities are essential for the health, intellectual growth, and social engagement of our students.
The Hun School’s Health and Safety Task Force has detailed strategies for every aspect of School life, from classroom management to summer programs. 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 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.
Hun School Summer Programs will operate in-person for the 2021 season. Virtual options are available for those who need or prefer it.
Parent Information Session on Health and Safety for Hun Summer Programs
We recently hosted a Zoom webinar that outlined our health and safety plan for all of our summer programs.
Parents should conduct a daily health screening of their child before coming to campus, including a temperature check and verbal symptom assessment for any sign of: cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea.
- Don’t feel well? Please stay home, tell an adult if you are experiencing any symptom of Covid-19, or if you are unvaccinated and have been exposed to anyone with Covid-19.
- The State of New Jersey recently lifted its indoor and outdoor mask mandate, except for schools and camps. Therefore, while on campus, community members are required to wear masks, maintain physical distance, and wash our hands often. Masks are not required while eating or during intense aerobic activity. Where guidelines permit, individual group leaders will welcome their cohorts to de-mask, such as during outdoor day and sports camp activities.
- Meals are offered but will be delivered to students or available for pick-up and take-out. Meals will be consumed in small pods, with increased attention to physical distancing.
- Some programs and events will be modified to comply with limits on crowd sizes and physical distancing measures. We will also make every effort to pod classes and groups to reduce the potential for community spread.
Community Data - Week Ended august 7, 2021
DAILY HEALTH SCREENING
Student Vaccine Eligibility
All students ages 12 and up, who live or are educated in New Jersey, are eligible for a Covid-19 Vaccine. The School encourages anyone who is eligible to receive the vaccine. In addition to the health benefits to the individual and our community, fully vaccinated individuals are exempt from testing and quarantine.
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. Use this link to register with the NJ Vaccine Scheduling System.
COVID-19 RESPONSE PROCEDURES
Please do not come to campus if ill, experiencing any symptom of Covid -19 or if you are unvaccinated and have come into contact with a known case of Covid-19. Community members who develop Covid-19 symptoms, are unvaccinated and are determined to have been a close contact of a case of Covid-19, should follow the following procedures.
- Stay home and contact the Health Center; or if you are on campus, tell an adult and proceed directly to the Health Center.
- Presumed cases will be tested and/or sent home.
- Presumed cases should contact their family physician.
- Subject to recommended testing.
- Cooperate with all contact tracing efforts.
- Return to campus based on guidance from the Department of Health and Hun School Health Center.
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 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 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 individuals and families involved in the same program will be notified; individual privacy will be maintained.
- The School will publish and maintain a dashboard of local case rates, risk profiles, and any on-campus community case data (active cases, investigations, and individuals in quarantine.)
The rest of the community may proceed normally, but should be extra vigilant about personal health monitoring, physical distancing, and personal hygiene.
- Classrooms and campus spaces have been measured for safe occupancy (average of 10 students/classroom).
- Furniture is arranged to promote 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.
- Procedures are in place for the safe use of large gathering spaces such as the library, student center, and athletic center.
- 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.
- Custodial staff has been increased to ensure we can continuously clean high-touch and communal-use spaces throughout the day in accordance with recommendations from the CDC and EPA.
The Hun School Health Center personnel have been essential in our efforts to keep our community safe during this unprecedented time. It is important for all Summer Program families to know that their expertise and compassion extend to you, your students, and campers. Please do not hesitate to contact them with a question or concern. All Health Center personnel are registered nurses and trained contact tracers.
Individuals participating in Hun School Summer Programs shall sign a Good Faith Commitment to Community Health, attesting to their intent not to come to campus 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.
Please contact the health center for questions or to report symptoms. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or call (609) 921 – 7600, extension 2116.
HUN SUMMER PROGRAMS INCLUDE
- Summer Academic Session
- Hun Adventures
- Hun Day Camp
- Hun Basketball, Baseball, and Field Hockey Camps
- Adult Summer Classes
All other programs taking place at The Hun School are independent. Please contact them directly for Covid-19 procedures and response protocols. Every effort will be made to maintain small student pods to prevent cross-program interaction and thereby mitigate the potential for community spread.