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Reopened Campus Updates

Dear Families:
As we prepare for our return in January, it is important to note that New Hampshire -- and the United States -- continues to see significant increases in community transmission of COVID. Please, as you enjoy this holiday season, be mindful of and continue to practice the guidelines and behaviors that were so critical in our success this fall.  Remaining safe and healthy over these next weeks will be key to our ability to safely repopulate campus in January.

Below are different return-to-school options for your child.  Prior to your child’s return to campus and to ensure community safety, please do the following:
  • Smart-quarantine for 10 days prior to arrival.  A smart-quarantine involves staying at home as much as possible, limiting contact with people outside of  immediate family members, no participation in team athletic events, no use of public transportation, wearing masks in public, and practicing social distancing when possible
  • Return to campus with a negative PCR COVID test taken 3-5 days prior to arrival (5-7 days is okay if that is the only option in your area). Rapid test results won’t be accepted.
  • Drive to campus in a personal vehicle
  • Students must check-in at the Health Center between 8:00 AM and 6:00 PM for a health screening and to show documentation of a negative COVID test.

January 2 - Eastern snow sports athletes may return to campus. Snow sports coaches have already invited eligible athletes back to campus for on-mountain training, fitness training, video review, and more. Students returning on January 2 will be tested for COVID on January 5 and 11.

January 2 or 3 - Students who take public transportation back to campus must quarantine for 10 days. We define public transportation as travel by air, train, or bus.   These students will be housed in “quarantine dorms” until January 14. Unfortunately, quarantining students won’t have access to the gym, weight room, or have the ability to train with their teams. Students will be able to go outside for exercise and fresh air. Students returning on January 2 or 3 will be tested for COVID on January 5 and 11.

January 14 - All other residential students and day students are welcome to return to campus on January 14 between the hours of 10:00 AM and 6:00 PM (Arrival instructions will be sent out in early January). Students will be tested for COVID upon arrival. We are asking day students to return home until we receive the results of their on-campus COVID test. All residential students will quarantine in their dorm PODS until we receive results. Students returning on January 14 will be tested for COVID on January 14 and 19 (with all community members).

Note: If you are driving long-distance back to campus with your child, please take all safety precautions to stay healthy - including limiting contact with others in restaurants, hotels, and public places.

We also have the option for students to continue with remote learning during the third quarter. Students who choose this option will have the ability to return to campus after Special Programs on or around March 20th. Any student who chooses this option (and takes public transportation back to campus) will need to make their own arrangements to quarantine near campus. 

If your student has tested positive for COVID while at home, please contact the Health Center at (603)779-5367 or nurse@holderness.org.


Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions

List of 5 frequently asked questions.

  • What is the status of COVID-19 in Holderness?

    COVID cases are rising in New Hampshire like the rest of the country.  Holderness School has been very fortunate to have had no cases on campus.  We attribute this to the Holderness community's adherence to mitigation strategies.  We hope to continue this trend and we are prepared to isolate any future cases.
  • What resources/guidance will Holderness follow if any changes are made to the spring semester plan?

    Holderness School is adhering to the guidelines and recommendations established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the State of New Hampshire while preserving, as best we can, what makes the Holderness experience so special.  Throughout this process, we are in constant communication with School Physician Dr. Ollie Salmon and experts in public health and epidemiology to make certain that our planning is consistent with best practices. 
  • What if I am restricted to travel to Holderness from where I live?

    For students unable to travel to campus, Holderness School has upgraded technology infrastructure to ensure the efficient delivery of a synchronous hybrid learning environment. Holderness School will work closely with families to support the safe return to campus as soon as feasible.
  • What is the procedure to return to campus for the spring semester?

    Below are different return-to-school options for your child.  Prior to your child’s return to campus and to ensure community safety, please do the following:

    • Smart-quarantine for 10 days prior to arrival.  A smart-quarantine involves staying at home as much as possible, limiting contact with people outside of  immediate family members, no participation in team athletic events, no use of public transportation, wearing masks in public, and practicing social distancing when possible
    • Return to campus with a negative PCR COVID test taken 3-5 days prior to arrival. Rapid test results won’t be accepted.
    • Drive to campus in a personal vehicle
    • Students must check-in at the Health Center between 8:00 AM and 6:00 PM for a health screening and to show documentation of a negative COVID test.
  • What if my child doesn't want to spend the 3rd and 4th quarter on campus?

    We are offering the option for students to continue with remote learning during the third quarter. Students who choose this option will have the ability to return to campus after Special Programs on or around March 20th. Any student who chooses this option (and takes public transportation back to campus) will need to make their own arrangements to quarantine near campus. 

Reopening 101

Contact Information

Academics:
Kelsey Berry, Director of Teaching & Learning, kberry@holderness.org 
Peter Durnan, Academic Dean, pdurnan@holderness.org

Residential: 
John Lin, Dean of Students, jlin@holderness.org
Tyler Cabot, Assistant Dean of Students, tcabot@holderness.org

Mental, Emotional, and Physical Health, Wellness, and Support:
Carol Dopp, Counselor, cdopp@holderness.org 
Ginger Comstock, Sports Counselor, gcomstock@holderness.org
Karen Penny (Director of Health Services), kpenny@holderness.org

Access:
Jini Rae Sparkman, Director of Office of Equity & Inclusion
 
Technology:
Help Desk, helpdesk@holderness.org
 

Academic Program

List of 3 frequently asked questions.

  • What will the daily expectation look like for students?
     

    The Academic Committee has developed a new schedule that allows for staggered start and end times of classes. This supports decreased density in hallways and staggered meal hours in Weld Hall.  Holderness is also planning alternative Saturday programming to provide time and space for health and wellness initiatives, equity and inclusion programming, service-learning opportunities, and the college process.
  • What will determine if Holderness moves forward with a hybrid or online learning program? 
     

    For students unable to travel to campus, Holderness School has upgraded technology infrastructure to ensure the efficient delivery of a synchronous hybrid learning environment. In the case of a community outbreak, Holderness will be prepared to close campus and continue programming online. We will revise our academic schedule and school calendar accordingly.
  • Will instructional support still be available to students?
     

    Yes, students who are enrolled with Knower Academics will continue to receive instruction with their tutors.

Residential Life

List of 6 frequently asked questions.

  • Will students have a roommate?
     

    Yes, most students will have roommates. Students will be placed in cohorts we’re calling “pods” -- contained dormitory groups that allow for relaxed social distancing protocols once all students have tested negative within their pod. Hygiene and room cleanliness will be regularly enforced. Dorm pods will also gather for advisory meetings, Assemblies, and Chapel service.
  • Will a student be allowed to take weekends? 
     

    Campus will be closed to all visitors until February 1. Weekends will not be allowed unless there are extenuating circumstances approved on a case-by-case basis by the Health Center. If a student must leave campus, they will be required to self-quarantine for 10 days and get a negative PCR COVID test before resuming on-campus activities.
  • Will parents be able to visit campus?

    Parents may come to campus for outdoor visits at this time. Before you arrive please answer the following questions.
    • Have you been in close contact with a confirmed case of Covid-19?
    • Have you had a fever or felt feverish in the last 72 hours?
    • Are you experiencing any respiratory symptoms including runny nose, sore throat, cough, or shortness of breath? (Symptoms that are not caused by another condition.)
    • Are you experiencing any new muscle aches or chills?
    • Have you experienced any new change in your sense of taste or smell?  
    • Have you had a positive COVID-19 test for the active virus in the past 10 days?
    Please follow the guidelines below if you wish to come to campus.
    • Wear a mask.
    •  Keep your distance. Stay six feet apart outside.
    •  Do not enter any school buildings.
    •  Share a meal as long as you keep your distance.
    •  Students cannot get into cars and/or leave campus.
    •  Parents can deliver things to kids but can’t go into dorms to set anything up.
    •  If a bathroom is needed, use Lower Weld only.
    •  Please drive slowly on campus
    •  Have a great masked, socially-distanced, outdoor visit!
  • Will there be social distancing protocols for other campus facilities?
     

    Yes, there will be social distancing protocols for all spaces on campus. These will be communicated through signage and other means.
  • Will students be allowed to go into downtown Plymouth?

    Students must remain on campus.  We will make adjustments to this policy in consultation with our School Physician and Health Center Director.
  • Will interscholastic athletics happen?

    The Lakes Region Athletic Directors worked together all fall to plan a safe athletic season. Based on lessons learned, increased access to COVID testing, and a review of our facilities and policies including ventilation, testing of referees and more, we have scheduled a full winter athletic schedule starting on January 29th. 
    • Weekly competitions will take place if both school communities are healthy
    • We will implement similar protocols as the fall season. Holderness will compete against one school each week. Competitions will take place on Fridays and Saturdays.
    • Sorry, No spectators will be allowed at games.
    • We will continue to deliver a robust and substantive athletic program focused on strength and conditioning, sports psychology, nutrition, coaching development, and character and leadership development.  Students will have the opportunity to remain active, healthy, and take advantage of the outdoors surrounding campus.

Student Life

List of 3 frequently asked questions.

  • What kind of afternoon activities will be available?
     

    The Student Life Committee is working to ensure that Holderness students have a variety of afternoon activities to choose from, including athletics, the outdoors, community service, and the arts.
  • What will weekend activities look like?

    Students will be able to participate in weekend activities. Activities will include safe and fun on-campus options as well as outdoor activities (hikes, fishing, etc) in the White Mountains and Lakes Region.
  • Will the student experience be different for day students and how?
     

    Day students will be expected to fully engage in the academic day, athletics or art in the afternoon, and Saturday programming. The expectation is that day students “will be boarders who sleep at home.” Day students will have full access to meals on campus, and we encourage them to participate fully in the life of the school, including weekend activities. Similar to our residential students, day students will need to adhere to specific expectations and behaviors to help keep our school community healthy and safe. More information will be communicated with day students and families in early August.

Health and Medical Planning

List of 4 frequently asked questions.

  • What level of testing will we require upon return and how frequent?  
     

    All students will be required to be tested for COVID-19 before their return to school in January.  
    • Students must get a PCR test 3-5 days prior to their arrival. (5-7 days will be accepted spending on testing times in your area.)
    • Students will be tested weekly after their return.
  • What type of regular screening will be implemented?  
     

    Each morning, all Holderness community members -- students and adults -- will complete a health assessment that will include a daily temperature check. If signs of illness are present, that community member will be asked to visit the Health Center or contact their primary care provider, refrain from interaction with others, and begin work virtually. The entire Holderness School community of students and adults will be tested weekly.
  • What types of new policies and protocols will be implemented to help prevent transmission?  
     

    Masks and face coverings will be required at all times in buildings and public spaces.  All-School gatherings will be conducted either virtually or outdoors to ensure adequate space for social distancing. Daily health assessments will be required for all community members, including any visitors to campus.  Our schedule is designed in such a way to limit student density in hallways and public areas, and our classrooms will be arranged to limit student density. Hand sanitizing stations will also be available throughout campus. Holderness School will adhere to public health best practices and recommendations and carefully monitor any developments relative to the spread of COVID-19. 
     
  • Is the school in consultation with health professionals on the protocols for student support?
     

    Holderness School is in regular communication with public health professionals.  The school’s physician, Dr. Ollie Salmon, serves on several planning committees and is in direct communication with Speare Memorial Hospital. Further, Holderness School consistently seeks counsel from members of experts within our parent and alumni community as well as local and state public health officials.

Campus Safety and Operations

List of 6 frequently asked questions.

  • How will classrooms be arranged to be responsive to physical distancing requirements?
     

    The Academic Committee will audit all academic spaces to ensure that classroom assignments are consistent with public health best practices relative to classroom density and social distancing protocols.
  • Will there be social distancing protocols for other campus facilities?
     

    Yes, there will be social distancing protocols for all public spaces on campus. These will be communicated through signage and other means.
  • How will Holderness manage the dining plan? 
     

    Meal times will be staggered to decrease density in Weld Dining Hall.  The servery will be modified in such a way that self-service is no longer an option; however, meals to go will be available.  Seating in the dining hall will implement social distancing protocols, and community members can also choose to eat outdoors.
  • Will there be All-School gatherings?
     

    All-School gatherings will take place either virtually or outdoors. For virtual all-school events, students will gather in their PODs to view and participate in assembly, chapel, etc. Outdoor events may allow the whole school to assemble in various locations from the quad, to the turf field and the outdoor chapel.
  • Will students be required to wear masks at all times? Faculty/staff/visitors?
     

    Yes, all community members and visitors will be required to wear masks at all times while in public spaces.  Students may remove face coverings when in their dorms, when in their dorms, practicing outside with their teams, and outside when social distancing is possible. 
     
  • What is Holderness’s cleaning plan?
     

    In accordance with public health guidelines and best practices, Holderness School will implement stringent cleaning protocols to ensure that public spaces are disinfected. Students will be expected to disinfect their work area after each class; cleaning supplies will be available in each room to support this.

Travel and Campus Visitors

List of 3 frequently asked questions.

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