Spring 2021 Day Student Letter

Dear Day Student Families,

I hope this letter finds you doing well, staying healthy, and excited to return to campus in a few weeks. Much like the Autumn Session, we have a phased opening plan and corresponding Campus Wellness Levels to ensure a safe return to on-campus activity. While the situation remains fluid based on national, state, and local directives, our goal is to move out of Opening Conditions as soon as we safely can, and work to gradually expand campus access to day students as soon as possible.

Please carefully read the updated Health Compact for Day Students to ensure your family is in genuine compliance in limiting exposure when off campus to best maintain the health and safety of our entire community. Accordingly, during the upcoming quarantine period - and while we are in Opening Conditions and likely beyond - day students should continue a quarantine mindset while off campus. The School will continue to respond to reports of students in violation of the Health Compact.

A few reminders about our return to in-person learning:

  • Day students are to begin a 10-day pre-arrival home quarantine on Monday, February 22.
     
  • During this pre-arrival quarantine, please understand that we expect you to stay at home; avoid all contact with anyone outside your immediate household no matter how limited; resume daily WAVE checks; report any illness or symptoms to the Wellness Center immediately; and use masks and physical distancing indoors with household members who must leave home for work, school, or otherwise. You may not attend any gatherings or events, visit fitness or athletics facilities, or compete in any club sports practices or competitions during this time. Quarantine violations will continue to result in a delayed return and a disciplinary response.
     
  • Day students are to come to campus on Wednesday, March 3 for pre-arrival COVID-19 testing. Each student will have a scheduled appointment, which is included in the email you received on Friday, February 19.
     
  • Day students’ first day of in-person learning is Thursday, March 4.
     

In terms of campus access, the start of the Spring Term will look much like the start of the Autumn Session:

  • The CFTA Welcome Tent remains the only entry point to campus. Day students will have their temperature checked and WAVE status verified before heading to the Ryan Library or to their first period class.
     
  • District bussing remains prohibited; however, carpooling is permitted provided all individuals follow proper mask wearing protocols.
     
  • Day students may have lunch in the Dining Hall; breakfast and dinner are reserved for boarding students only.  Please plan to depart campus after your co-curricular commitment. As was the case in the Autumn Session, we plan to expand meal access for day students once out of Opening Conditions. This timeline is dependent on weather conditions and limited outdoor seating.
     
  • There will be no access to campus on the weekends (weekend activities or athletics facility usage) or before the academic day (athletics facility usage), unless attending a required practice or co-curricular commitment.
     
  • The Ryan Library remains open to day students only from 7:30 a.m.- 6 p.m. Evening hours will expand as day student campus access expands. Snacks will be available.
     
  • The Headmaster’s Garden, including the heated tent, remains available to day students during the day.
     
  • Day students must go to the Ryan Library or Headmaster’s Garden during their free, unscheduled times throughout the day.

We are confident that with the safeguards we have had in place all year, and the continued cooperation of our community members, we will re-integrate Dining Hall and weekend access for day students in due time. I will be in touch with any adjustments as those happen. We remain steadfast in our commitment to the health and safety of our entire community while being mindful of the many sacrifices needed during this challenging time for people across our nation and the world.

While it certainly doesn’t feel like spring break where I am (currently in Rhode Island surrounded by snow), I hope you all enjoy some down time before returning to campus.  I am looking forward to welcoming all of you back in early March. Thank you all for your continued commitment to The Hill School and “Whatsoever Things Are True.”

Best,

Donna Eilberg