COVID-19-information

MAINTAINING A HEALTHY COMMUNITY

Updated March 27, 2020. This web page will be updated as new information or guidelines are provided by public health officials.

The health and safety of our students, faculty and surrounding New York community is a top priority for The Knox School. In planning for COVID-19, we are providing the following guidelines and links to information about the current health situation. New York State Governor, Andrew Cuomo has extended the school closure order through April 14, 2020. That would mean that under the present order, schools may reopen on April 15, 2020.

The recommendations and decisions being made are based on information and guidelines from:


WHAT KNOX IS DOING

The cases of COVID-19 continue to rise in Suffolk County, New York and across the tristate area. More than 100 New York State Association of Independent Schools have closed until further notice and the local public school district has closed to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 by sanitizing their buildings. These closings are to encourage social isolation so that the virus does not continue to spread. As a result, The Knox School has made the very difficult decision to cancel all in-person classes and move to an online learning model until further notice.

Spring break will be extended through Wednesday, March 18, 2020, for students only. Faculty will report to work on Monday, March 16, 2020, at 8:45 a.m. to participate in three days of professional development to assist them with the distant learning model. The School’s Administration has worked tirelessly for the past two weeks to put this model in place.

All students will need access to a computer or laptop, high-speed internet, and a webcam to participate in our distant learning model. Attendance will be taken. Students who attend all lessons and complete their coursework will receive full credit for their classes and our seniors who pass their classes will receive their diplomas. I am hopeful to see all of you for a June 6, 2020 graduation on our waterside lawn.

Boarding students who would like to remain home or fly home now from the United States to complete their courses from a distance are allowed to do so. Boarding students who would like to remain on campus to continue their learning in their dormitories will have this option. Day students will remain at home and will participate in their classes via distance learning.

The plan for distance learning will be a real-time video model with live teachers in the eastern time zone. This schedule will be communicated by the end of the day on Thursday, March 19, 2020. Students who choose to fly to a time zone that is not in sync with the Eastern Time Zone are encouraged to remain on campus so that there is no interruption to their education.

Boarders should contact Ms. Van immediately to communicate their plans for remaining on campus in their dorms, or for assistance with flying home.

The front offices, school social worker, Dean of Students, maintenance staff, health and wellness staff, kitchen, business office, and residential personnel will continue their regular duties while students remain on campus.

  1. The protocols put in place yesterday will continue for anyone staying on campus:
  2. All students, faculty, and staff must fill out the Knox Health Assessment being sent out via Google Forms today, March 11, 2020.
  3. Faculty should report to the main entrance of the Dann Administration upon arrival to campus each morning for screening until further notice. Please DO NOT arrive prior to 7 a.m.
  4. All Boarding students must report to the front entrance of the Dann Administration building upon arrival from spring break for a brief medical screening and a clearance pass from the AOD. No boarder will be allowed into a dormitory without this pass from the AOD. The AOD will be available in the Dann Administration Building on Saturday from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and on Sunday from 12:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. If you arrive on campus outside of these times, please call the AOD at (631) 873-8240 and wait outside the Dann Administration Building until the AOD arrives.
  5. There are no visitors allowed on campus indefinitely. If you are dropping your child off late or picking up early, please call the main office from your car upon your arrival. Do not get out of your car or try to enter our buildings. Any scheduled parent meetings will be held over the phone. The main office number is (631) 686-1600.
  6. There are no food deliveries to the dorms allowed on campus until further notice.
  7. The Student Tuck Shop is closed until further notice.
  8. The Falcons Nest will be closed until further notice.
  9. There will be no admissions visits until further notice.
  10. Day students are not allowed to stay over or visit the dormitories until further notice.
  11. Residential faculty cannot have visitors on campus unless their apartment has a private, outside entrance for the visitor to enter.
  12. No spouses are allowed in campus community areas unless they have completed a health assessment and have been screened daily.
  13. Spirit Week, Gym Night and Grandparents Day are being postponed until further notice.
  14. The Dining Hall will be closing the self-service area (salad and sandwiches) until further notice and family-style dinner will be discontinued until further notice.
  15. All students, faculty, and staff must use hand sanitizer upon entering the Dining Hall.
  16. Dormitory hallways, restrooms, and common areas will be sanitized daily by the cleaning staff. Dorm rooms will be sanitized nightly by students under the supervision of the dorm parents.
  17. Until further notice, all boarding students will remain on campus for weekend activities.

If boarding students, residential faculty or staff are experiencing any symptoms of feeling unwell while they are on campus, they must report to the Health and Wellness Office immediately.

There will be no dormitory visits, and students are not allowed to open locked doors to let each other into the dormitories. Only a dorm parent is authorized to allow entry into the dorms.

Should there be exposure to or diagnosis of COVID-19 on campus, the school will follow the Department of Health protocols.

While the new circumstance that we are living in is difficult, it is my greatest concern that our children, faculty, staff and the community at large remain healthy and that our students’ education continues with as little interruption as possible.

The School will continue to communicate the distant learning plan over the next few days with students and families. Please check your email regularly.

Stay Well,
Kristen Tillona-Baker
Head of School


SYMPTOMS TO WATCH FOR:

Coronavirus Symptoms

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


If you have any additional questions or concerns please contact Director of Health and Wellness Aimee Roderick at aroderick@knoxschool.org