Reopening Plans | School Year 2020-21


 

As communicated to families on July 3, we plan to invite all students back to campus in the fall. While we have planned carefully and in close consultation with outside experts, the pandemic is highly fluid, and we must remain flexible. In May, the State of Connecticut announced a set of gating conditions that must be met in order for schools in the State to reopen. These require a flat or declining rate of infection in the local area as well as the availability of testing, among other specifications. More information is available here 500 Internal Server Error

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Since the onset of the pandemic, our foremost guiding principle has been to prioritize the safety of students and all members of the Hotchkiss community. When we return to campus, every one of us will have a role to play. We will rely on each member of the community -- students, families, faculty, and staff -- to comply with the safety protocols we are putting in place.

Please use the following FAQs to answer questions about the new expectations of campus life. We will continue to provide further information over the weeks ahead. 

Important information about COVID-19

COVID-19 is an illness caused by a virus that can spread from person to person. The symptoms of COVID-19 can range from mild to severe, typically appearing 2-14 days after exposure to the virus and may include, among other symptoms, fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea. Some individuals with COVID-19 may not show symptoms and it may be spread even by people who are not displaying signs of illness.

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Due to the contagious nature of this virus, it is possible that contact with others, as well as with surfaces that have been exposed to the virus, can lead to infection. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) currently advises that individuals stay home as much as possible, avoid close contact with others, and engage in social distancing. The CDC further advises people to wear a cloth face covering in public settings, particularly when social distancing is not possible; to clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces; and to wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

Due to this virus, The Hotchkiss School plans to have a number of protocols and preventative measures in place consistent with current and applicable guidance to minimize risks associated with this virus. These safety measures may include, but are not limited to, requiring cloth face masks, social distancing, regular handwashing, avoiding the use of shared items, and mandating regular screening of participants. Despite these protective measures, however, it remains possible for a student participating in on-campus or in-person programs to contract COVID-19 or to infect others, even if a student is asymptomatic.

Additional information regarding COVID-19 is available on the following websites:

• CDC’s website at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html

• CT Department of Public Health website at portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus

• COVID-19 page from the American Academy of Pediatrics: www.healthychildren.org/English/healthissues/conditions/COVID-19/Pages/2019-Novel-Coronavirus.aspx

COVID-19 testing location finder at 211ct.org
 

FAQs

updated: July 3, 2020

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Health & Safety During the Pandemic

Safety Measures

Visa Delays, Travel Restrictions, and Travel from the Airport

Prevention & Mitigation

Treatment & Containment

Campus Life

Academics 

Residential & Community Life

Athletics & Arts

Enrollment and Attendance

Contract & Tuition

Contact Us

Medical Director:
Jared Zelman M.D. P'04 / (860) 435-3230

Director of Health Services:
Danielle Shippey B.N.S., R.N. / (860) 435-3232

Dean of Academic Life:
Jared Hall / (860) 435-3186

Dean of Community Life:
Steve McKibben P'22 / (860) 435-3739

Director of International Programs:
David Thompson / (860) 435-3179

Director of College Advising:
Richard Hazelton P'19,'22 / (860) 435-3180

Dean of Admission and Financial Aid:
Erby Mitchell, Jr., P'21 / (860) 435-3116

Chief Financial Officer:
Sandra Lynch / (860) 435-3158

COVID Coordinator:
Richard Davis / (860) 435-3185

Deans' Office: (860) 435-3739 or (860) 435-3189

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