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Residential Life

FAll 2020: Student LIfe

We are committed to establishing policies and procedures which will maintain the health and safety of our community while providing a rich, fulfilling experience.

Over the course of the summer, we will develop plans and implement programs which will strengthen our community and improve upon the experience of our students. Every aspect of student life will be considered carefully to ensure that students minimize the chances of becoming ill. And, of course, we are committed to maintaining our strong sense of community.

 

Social Contract: The School’s “Social Contract” is a partnership with our students, parents, and  community members. This understanding is a holistic approach, which is designed to provide a foundation for the health and wellness of our school community as we enter into the fall semester and beyond. By agreeing to the social contract, students and community members commit to abide by the health standards as defined in the revised Student Handbook, which will be available in early August.

Closed Campus: In order to build a strong foundation for the academic year, the school will be  limiting weekend requests and day passes for at least the first three weeks of school, through September 19, 2020. The School will then examine external factors, disease prevalence, and individual requested leaves to determine the risk and possible impact on the community.

If a student chooses to participate in an off-campus activity that is determined by the School to be of high risk or would impact the community, the student will be directed to become an online learner for two weeks and then return to school per the direction of the Dean of Students Office.

Meals: We will create staggered meal times and, in many cases, multiple dining options so students can safely enjoy healthy food options with appropriate physical distancing. 

Community: Students can safely enjoy healthy food options with appropriate physical distancing.   While we may not be able to gather in the chapel for all-school morning meetings and for Sunday evening Vespers services, we will have more time and opportunities for smaller subsets of our community to assemble.   ( For example, we will have more time for dormitory meetings, club meetings, and 
grade-level meetings which, we expect, will enrich the bonds between these groups.)

Social Activities: During the fall, we will use our beautiful campus to hold large gatherings and outdoor, school-wide activities.  We have improved outdoor lighting so the boys can  enjoy activities in a safe space. During the winter time, we will  use the field house to conduct school-wide activities with  appropriate safety precautions.

COVID-19 presents us with an awesome challenge and we understand that we need to consider everything that we do, where we do it, and how we do it. Nonetheless, we are confident that we will not only overcome the obstacles presented by this challenge, but emerge a stronger school and even tighter community.