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Student Handbook Updates

The following are significant changes to the Student Handbook. This does not change the importance of reading, understanding, and discussing the content with your son.

The COVID-19 student expectations will also require that students:

  • Complete a daily “symptom check” using the SchoolSuite App
  • Self-report to the Health Center if he has symptom(s) consistent with COVID-19
  • Wear a face-covering inside all buildings and while attending class
  • Wear a face covering in the dormitory at all times, except when in their rooms
  • Students are not expected to wear face coverings when they are seated for meals
  • Students are not expected to wear face coverings when they are outside (unless they are within six feet of other people)
  • Adhere to physical distancing requirements of six feet whenever possible. Follow the hygiene rules outlined by the school: refrain from physical contact with others including shaking hands, hugging, etc.
  • Students wishing to socialize and study together should do so outside or in one of the many common areas on campus (ex: library, Student Center, Learning Center, classrooms, etc.) that have been set up for proper physical distancing and should remember to adhere to the school’s policies regarding face coverings and physical distancing

Day Passes (Local Leaves)

After September 25th, if external factors are favorable and it is deemed safe for students to attend designated and approved local establishments, the School will provide transportation to local restaurants, malls, etc. on Wednesday afternoons and on weekends. Similar to our on-campus expectations, students must adhere to all physical distancing rules, wear a face covering, and avoid large gatherings. Prior to September 25th, all students will be expected to remain on campus. Depending on the prevalence of COVID-19 in our immediate area, the School, in consultation with health experts, may extend the restriction on day passes beyond September 25th.

Weekend Leaves

During the COVID-19 pandemic, weekend leaves may increase the risk of infection on our campus. For this reason, students will be expected to stay on campus through September 24th. Beginning on Thursday, September 24, students may apply for weekend leaves if external factors are favorable, their travel and activity are deemed low risk and the school, in consultation with our health professionals, determines that the leave will not impact the health and safety of our community upon the student’s return to campus. All decisions about granting permission for weekend leaves are at the discretion of the School based on the above factors.

If a student travels to an area which the School deems to be high risk (based on local, state, and federal
recommendations), or if the student engages in activity which, in the opinion of the School’s administration,
might jeopardize the health and safety of himself or the School community (which may include off campus athletics, attending large gatherings, etc.), he may be required to quarantine for a period of 14 days off-campus and continue his studies remotely without any reduction in tuition (reference the Parental Implied Consent and Social Contract).

Residential and Day Student Responsibilities

If a student travels to an area which the School deems to be high risk (based on local, state, and federal recommendations), or if the student engages in an activity which, in the opinion of the School’s administration, might jeopardize the health and safety of himself or the School community (off-campus athletics, etc.), he may be required to quarantine for a period of 14 days off-campus and continue his studies remotely without any reduction in tuition (reference the Parental Implied Consent and Social Contract).

Depending on the prevalence and the overall decision of the School, the student may also be asked to produce confirmation of a negative COVID-19 test result or a mandatory quarantine prior to returning to campus. The approval for return to campus will be at the discretion of the Deans of Students’ Office.

Day students and their families are asked to avoid high-risk activities, including large crowds, travel states with a high infection rate, and engaging with symptomatic people that might jeopardize the health and the safety of our community.

Campus Visitors

Based on the health and safety concerns surrounding COVID-19, we are asking that parents and immediate family members limit their visitation to our campus. While parents and immediate family members may visit our campus without permission, all visitors to campus are required to wear face coverings and maintain an appropriate physical distance from students and faculty members. We also recommend that parents do not visit the dormitories and use the outside areas as much as possible. The School will communicate with families if and when conditions permit this policy to be adjusted. When visiting campus, the School asks parents to schedule visits so that they do not conflict with scheduled classes and school programs.

Visitors other than immediate family members are not permitted on campus without express approval from the Deans of Students’ Office especially through September 25, 2020. If permission is granted, the student must check the guest in with the administrator on duty at the beginning of the visit and the student is responsible for remaining with his visitor for the entirety of his/her visit.

Face Coverings/Masks

For purposes of these policies, a face-covering is defined as a cloth face covering that covers the nose and mouth of a person with the intent of reducing the spread of COVID-19 or any other respiratory virus/disease. The School will provide each student with two face coverings. Face coverings (mask type; no gaiters) must be made of cloth (at minimum two-ply), effectively cover the student’s nose and mouth, fit snug against the face, and be of a solid color. Any writing, design, or symbol other than related to Avon Old Farms School will be prohibited. 

Dress Code

This fall, the dress code for classes and meals will be smart casual. This dress standard is defined as khakis, dress pants, chinos, belt, button-up shirt, socks, and dress shoes. Shirts will be tucked into pants and will not have any overt markings, designs, etc. Sandals, sneakers, and jeans do not meet our dress code for classes or meals, except for casual dress meals.