Shared Community Norms
A challenging aspect of being a community is that community members’ off-campus behavior impacts other members of the community. Yet, as a community, we also have the opportunity to commit to a set of shared norms which can strengthen the foundation for our Plan.
Educate and Communicate
The School will seek to provide clear and scientifically-valid information regarding how to understand and manage risks associated with the Coronavirus as it pertains to being a member of the Shipley community.
School medical staff maintains regular communication with state and local authorities.
Hand sanitizer stations will be located at entrances to all buildings and athletic facilities. Use of these stations will be required upon entry and exit.
The School may provide personal hand sanitizers for all students and colleagues.
Opportunities to wash hands with soap and water will be provided in alignment with other prevention measures. For instance, Lower School classrooms are all outfitted with sinks.
In order to adhere to CDC-recommended 6-foot physical distancing guidance the following steps have been taken.
All rooms on campus have been measured to determine new maximum capacities.
Classroom layouts are being adjusted to reduce the potential for spread, e.g., reducing the number of desks, facing desks in the same direction.
Spaces not traditionally used for academics (e.g., Avery Silverman Dining Hall, Riely Theater, Yarnall Gym, outdoors, etc.) are being made available to meet programmatic needs (e.g., study halls).
Hallways will have floor markers indicating 6-foot spacing between people, as well as a required walking direction or side of the hall.
Where possible, stairwells will be designated with either an up or down requirement.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
The School has developed both the general PPE guidelines as well as Context-Specific Norms
to direct colleagues in use of PPE and other prevention measures.
In compliance with state mandates, wearing a face covering is the default expectation on campus. Everyone on campus will be required to wear a face covering when:
Moving from place to place on campus,
In public indoor spaces (e.g., hallways, bathrooms) and not eating or drinking,
Within 6-feet of another person and not separated by a barrier,
A high risk student or colleague is present.
Time and space will be provided for colleagues and students to remove face coverings in a safe environment (e.g., outside).
If a student is not able, or chooses not, to properly wear a face covering, that student may be compelled to learn remotely.Eye Protection
Anyone who chooses to wear protective eyewear may choose to do so at any time. While eye protection will not be required to be worn at all times, certain activities (e.g., close collaborative or physical work) may require its use by students and/or colleagues. In such instances, the School will provide these items.
All students and colleagues will take developmentally appropriate responsibility for disinfecting areas after use. For instance, Middle and Upper School students will be expected to disinfect their own space following lunch. Lower School students will help colleagues wipe down communal tables.
Colleagues and coaches will be responsible for directing students’ use of prevention measures based on activity/learning mode and location.
Four additional factors will shape context-specific norms:
The duration of an activity, and therefore the length of exposure is a factor in viral transmission.
Students’ developmental capacity to adhere to prevention measures is a real factor.
Circulation of fresh air has a beneficial effect on reducing viral load.
In several cases, colleagues or students may have documented health conditions which call for additional, physician-recommended accommodations.
Families with concerns about such a condition should contact the School’s medical staff or Dr. Sharron Russell to begin the process of confirming the condition and exploring possible accommodations.
Heating, Ventilation and Air-Condition (HVAC)
The School is reviewing its HVAC systems to provide indoor spaces with as much fresh and highly filtered air as is feasible.
The School ramped up cleaning protocols in the spring, including new medical-grade cleaning devices and materials as well as additional staffing. In addition to these efforts, which will continue, the School is taking the following measures to enhance cleaning:
The School is taking steps to reducing the number of incidents when people touch the same object or surface.
The use of shared objects (e.g., pens, art supplies, athletic equipment) will be curtailed or eliminated.
Students will bring their own supplies (pencils, rulers, calculators) with them to class.
Students will be given equipment packs for PE to bring to class and for remote learning.
When elimination may not be practical (e.g., library books, scientific/STEAM equipment) students will wear gloves and/or equipment will be disinfected after use. Each discipline will develop and post “Cleaning Expectation” in each classroom for reference.
Across campus low/no-touch systems are already in use (e.g., bathrooms) or being implemented (e.g., boxed or grab-and-go lunches).
Plexiglass barriers are being installed around campus in high traffic and high contact areas such as reception desks, the business office, the school store, as well as on dining tables in Avery Silverman Dining Hall and Yarnall Gym.
Managing Groups & Adjusting Schedule
The School’s efforts to manage group size and interaction as well as use schedule to reduce exposure are extensive and outlined above. In addition, the School is
See the full plan for complete details.
Closely managing access to campus for all visitors (e.g., admissions, job candidates),
Conducting full Board of Trustee meetings and committee meetings exclusively online,
Eliminating the use of all campuses by outside groups.