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

After February 15, 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. Similar to our on-campus expectations, during these excursions students must adhere to all physical distancing rules, wear a face covering, and avoid large gatherings.

Prior to February 15, 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 this date.

Weekend Leaves

During the COVID-19 pandemic, weekend leaves may increase the risk of infection on our campus. For this reason, boarding students are encouraged to stay on campus through March 10, 2021. Students will be permitted to request a weekend leave for Long Winter Weekend from February 12 - 15, 2021, 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. If this weekend leave is permitted, there will be a strategic repopulation of the campus which will include testing.

All decisions concerning granting permission for weekend leaves are at the discretion of the School based on the overall safety and impact to the community. If a student is permitted a leave for any weekend he may be subject to repopulation quarantine and/or testing requirements.

While on leave, or at any time while a student may be at home or off campus, students and their families are asked to avoid high-risk activities such as those involving large crowds, travel to states with a high infection rate, and/or engaging with symptomatic people that might jeopardize the health and the safety of our community.

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). 

Depending on the prevalence and the overall decision of the School, the student will be required to do a 14-day self-quarantine at home and produce a negative PCR test within 3-5 days of returning to campus. The student will also be tested upon their arrival to campus through Jackson Lab and will remain in the quarantine dorm or his room until that test result is received. The cost of this test is $95.00 and will be charged to the student’s account. The approval for return to campus will be at the discretion of the Deans of Students’ Office.

Students may request to travel home for medical appointments and other extenuating circumstances deemed appropriate by the administration. These situations will be vetted with the parents/guardians, knowing that this partnership is vital to ensure that these leaves are warranted. Students may need to provide a medical note and may be subject to the quarantine/testing requirements listed above.

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 spring, we will return to our usual dress code:

Classroom Dress: For classes and most sit-down lunches, students are expected to dress neatly in sport coats, dress pants, ties, dress shirts, belts, socks, and closed-toe and closed-heel leather shoes. Shirts must be tucked in and socks, pants, and shorts must be worn at the waist or upper hip and must not reveal any underclothing. Sandals, sneakers, and jeans do not meet our dress code for classes or meals, except for casual dress meals. 

Vespers: Blue blazer (with official school patch), white shirt, school tie, dark gray trousers, socks, and shined shoes. 

Smart Casual: Classroom dress minus the sport jacket and tie. 

Prohibited Clothing: Hooded sweatshirts may not be worn under sport coats and the wearing of hats is not permitted inside any buildings. Shoes with “canvas uppers” are not allowed for classes, morning meeting, Vespers, or meals. Earrings or body-piercing jewelry may not be worn at School.