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2020-21 Reopening Plan

The following FAQ supports Dana Hall School’s Reopening Plan, to date. Our work has been guided by three key objectives: prioritizing the health and safety of our school community, providing a vibrant and authentic Dana Hall experience, with an emphasis on the academic program, and connecting with each other and building community, both in-person and remotely. 
 
Please continue to check this page as details are subject to change in response to evolving conditions.

FAQs

Health

List of 10 frequently asked questions.

  • How will Dana Hall screen students for COVID-19?

    UPDATED 8/6/2020

    Before arriving on campus, all faculty, staff and students will be required to monitor themselves for COVID-related symptoms and will be required to complete a health screening —  using REACH software. If the health screening suggests COVID-19 symptoms or exposure exist,  students, faculty or staff must remain at home and contact their health care professional for guidance. Afterwards, individuals should communicate with the School about their absence.  A parent/guardian must be in touch with the Health Center regarding protocol for returning to campus.
  • Do students need to quarantine before coming on campus?

    UPDATED: 8/6/2020

    We expect all students, faculty and staff to limit their risk of exposure in the 14 days before they return to Dana Hall. This includes wearing a face covering in public spaces, practicing physical distancing from anyone outside their household and adhering to excellent hand hygiene. Social gatherings should be avoided and trips outside of the home should be limited to necessities. We expect all community members  to commit to and comply with these measures, as everyone’s compliance greatly impacts the safety of our entire school community.
     
    Note: Students will be permitted to come to campus only when scheduled. To minimize the number of individuals on campus at any given time, visitors will not be permitted. 
     

  • How will students learn about the health and safety protocols and what’s expected of them before they return and when they are back on campus during the pandemic?

    All students will receive important education and training about illness prevention, new routines and protocols on campus, as well as the requirements for all of us to help protect each other by taking steps to prevent disease transmission. Our Health Center staff, faculty members, and student leaders will all be involved in this important training.
  • How will students be expected to modify their behavior on campus to minimize risk of infection to themselves and others?

    We will continue to closely follow the guidelines provided by public health officials. Minimally, all students will be required to follow the basic principles of wearing masks/face coverings, physical distancing, as well as hand hygiene and sanitization. Additional protocols will be put in place regarding movement around campus and interactions with other community members.
  • Will these protocols be in place all year?

    We can’t predict how long specific protocols will need to be in place to protect the health of our community. Dana Hall administrators will continue to closely follow the evolving recommendations of local and state health officials and modify protocols, as necessary.
  • How will Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) be handled on campus?

    We have assessed our PPE needs throughout the school based on local and state guidelines.  Based on those guidelines, we will provide the recommended items throughout campus to keep our community safe. 
  • Will students be supplied with masks?

    The expectation is that the students will bring and wear their own masks; the school will provide masks as well. When in the presence of others, masks will be required. 
  • If the Health Center determines that a student must be quarantined after arrival on campus, where will the student quarantine?

    Located in the Shipley Center for Athletics Health and Wellness, our Health Center has been reconfigured and it now includes a separate and self-contained space for COVID-19 screening, testing, and supportive isolation.


  • What if my child or a member of her family have factors that make them more vulnerable to the effects of COVID-19?

    We will support the decision of a family to disallow their daughter from coming to campus based on these concerns. In this instance, our robust distance learning program will provide students with a vibrant learning environment.
  • How will health protocols be enforced in shared spaces?

    We will help community members understand the necessary health protocols and the reasons for them. Maintaining physical distancing, hand hygiene, and mask use are elements of a social responsibility to keep all members of the Dana Hall community safe. Faculty/staff will model these behaviors themselves and modify student behaviors if they are not complying. As the year progresses, common spaces will be evaluated and reconfigured as needed for appropriate use (e.g., lowering density) in alignment with health and safety guidelines.

SAFETY ON CAMPUS

List of 6 frequently asked questions.

ACADEMICS

List of 8 frequently asked questions.

  • How is Dana Hall adjusting its academic calendar for COVID-19?

    Our Academic Year Calendar was created and shared with families before COVID-19 impacted Dana Hall.  Given the ongoing evolution of the pandemic, we must remain flexible in our ability to adjust based on prevalent conditions. At this point, we are not making adjustments to the academic calendar, recognizing that we may need to do so as circumstances warrant. Families are urged to avoid making nonrefundable or irreversible plans for travel to and from campus for proposed vacations and breaks. The school calendar is subject to change based on prevalent conditions. Updated calendar information is available to all families via DanaConnect.
  • When will the first trimester start and end?

    While opening days activities will happen before, Trimester I will begin with classes on Tuesday, September 1 and end on Friday, November 20.
  • Will all students be in class at the beginning of the year?

    UPDATED: 8/6/2020

    Dana Hall will begin the 2020-21 academic year with all students engaging with their academic classes via distance learning. 
  • How will the daily schedule work?

    UPDATED: 8/6/2020

    The daily schedules for the Middle and Upper Schools are closely aligned, and are designed to allow for smooth transitions between in-person and distance learning. In the Upper School, most 1-credit courses will meet three times per week for 60 minutes per meeting, and most ½-credit courses will meet twice per week for 60 minutes per meeting. Middle School core courses will meet three times per week for 60 minutes per meeting. Co-curricular classes will meet one or two times per week for 60 minutes per meeting.

    In our Distance Learning model, the academic day runs from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. (ET) on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays, and from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays.
     
    The Upper School and Middle School schedules include required Conference Period time and “flex time” to ensure academic support and community-building opportunities for all.

  • Will all classes be synchronous?

    UPDATED: 8/6/2020

    Yes. All students will have access to synchronous classes. For students not in the Eastern Time Zone who are unable to attend classes at certain times of the day, asynchronous learning opportunities and additional academic support will be available.

  • When will Dana Hall provide individual student schedules for the upcoming school year?

    Students will receive their individual student schedules in late August before classes begin. Further communication will be forthcoming from the Middle and Upper Schools.
  • What will be the impact on seniors’ college application process?

    Very little — our extensive college counseling process will continue this fall. In fact, college admission representatives are holding info sessions for Dana Hall seniors throughout the summer. Our College Counseling Office will continue to work closely with students and families in an in-person or remote setting to support our seniors as they begin the application process
  • What grading system will Dana Hall utilize this year?

    Students will receive traditional grades. We do not plan to return to the pass/fail system instituted as a result of the circumstances leading to our distance learning program this past spring.

ATHLETICS & THE ARTS

List of 2 frequently asked questions.

  • Will Dana Hall students be able to participate in interscholastic athletics this fall?

    UPDATED 7/24/20

    The Eastern Independent League (EIL) Heads of School and Athletics Directors have agreed to cancel interscholastic athletics during the fall. While there will be no official EIL schedule or championships for fall 2020, individual institutions do, however, have the discretion to organize practices and to consider alternate competitions, dependent on state and local health guidelines. Dana Hall values the important role of athletics in the educational experience of our students, and we will continue to work tirelessly to support the needs of our student-athletes. Practice, skill-development, strength-training sessions and other athletic training opportunities for student-athletes will be permitted in accordance with state regulations and school policies. Our goal is to resume interscholastic competition as soon as it is safe to do so. 
  • How will the performing arts be impacted?

    We are already exploring innovative and creative ways to learn and perform. With an abiding focus on the health of students, we will focus on providing ample, if different, opportunities to pursue the performing arts. The School of Music will continue to provide individual lessons with either in-person instruction or in a distance learning environment.

RESIDENTIAL

List of 5 frequently asked questions.

  • What facilities will be open to boarding students?

    When school begins, there will be strict guidance for students about access to facilities across campus. Some, but not all, shared spaces will be open to students on campus as the year begins, with appropriate density and physical distancing expectations in place. The easing of restrictions and increasing of capacity limits may eventually take place, depending on local and state guidance.
  • What about trips home or off-campus?

    As the academic year begins, in order to prioritize the safety and wellbeing of our students/community, we will restrict boarding student travel off-campus during weekdays and weekends as well as visits to and from family. This policy will be reviewed on a regular basis, and we will relax initial restrictions if and when circumstances indicate it is safe to do so, taking into account the prevalence of COVID-19 at Dana Hall, in our surrounding communities, and in the student’s destination.
  • Will visitors be allowed on campus?

    In order to keep our community as healthy and safe as possible, visitors will not be permitted.  Until health conditions change, only students and faculty/staff will be allowed in campus facilities.
  • What happens if a boarding student gets sick, is exposed to COVID-19, or must leave campus for another reason?

    All boarding families will be required to secure a guardian within eight hours driving distance from the school in the event that a student needs to leave campus due to COVID-related illness/exposure or unforeseen campus closure.
  • If my child is not able to live on campus, will there be a reduction in room and boarding fees?

    Yes, families will receive a credit for room and boarding fees.

Communications

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  • July 24, 2020

    Dear Families,
     
    Greetings from Wellesley! I am grateful to all of you who took part in our virtual sessions for families a few weeks ago. It was helpful for our team to hear the questions and ideas you have about our preparations for the 2020-21 academic year. I also wish to thank the many individuals who have reached out to all of us with your thoughts and suggestions. I am writing to share an update on our planning.
     
    On campus, we have been working tirelessly to plan for a safe, healthy, and meaningful opening of the 2020-21 academic year. I’d like to thank all of our faculty and staff who are, like everyone, experiencing a summer like none before. Their work, optimism, and genuine care for our students and our school is inspiring. Many members of the faculty have been welcoming new families to our community and connecting with our students through our Summer Enrichment Series and other programming, and we all are invigorated and energized. Simply put—we can’t wait to work with our students again.

    Academic Program

    As you know, our academic planning committee has been squarely focused on teaching and learning when classes begin, even amidst the important considerations of health protocols, facilities preparation and other practical considerations of campus life. Based on their thoughtful analysis, we have considered multiple versions of potential daily schedules, student cohort structures and class configurations. We continue to work on finalizing these plans to ensure an experience that is academically ambitious and rich with opportunity. These details will be shared in a future communication. 
     
    Through a facilities audit and examination of campus resources in the context of the health and safety guidelines, we took a thorough look at devising ways for all students to be back on campus once classes begin. In these current late July conditions, it is clear that public health guidance will disallow that from happening, as will travel restrictions. We know that some students will begin the year in a distance learning environment; however, we also know that we will also be able to have students physically back on campus for their learning. As such, we continue to refine a hybrid model where on any given day some students will be present in class physically and others will be engaged in classes through synchronous distance learning. We are developing this hybrid model to work should we need to go fully remote at some point during the year. We will share these details of this blended learning environment with our families as soon as they are finalized.

    Health and Safety

    We continue to plan with the health and safety of our community foremost in our minds. With an eye on social distancing parameters, our facilities team has done a thorough review of potential teaching and activity spaces on campus. Common spaces are being evaluated and reconfigured as needed for appropriate use (e.g., lowering density) in alignment with current guidelines. We have engaged a firm to evaluate the HVAC systems on campus and are implementing upgrades to our systems to address air filter and ventilation recommendations. Sanitizing and deep cleaning protocols are being devised, traffic patterns identified, and we are procuring PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) for faculty and staff. As you know, guidance on best practices is constantly evolving, and we remain committed to staying abreast of recommendations and acting on them to keep our community as safe as possible. Please consult our  for more information about our health and safety efforts.

    Athletic Teams

    One decision that impacts our program has already been finalized: the Eastern Independent League (EIL) Heads of School and Athletics Directors have agreed to cancel interscholastic athletics during the fall. While there will be no official EIL schedule or championships for fall 2020, individual institutions do, however, have the discretion to organize practices and to consider alternate competitions, dependent on state and local health guidelines. Dana Hall values the important role of athletics in the educational experience of our students, and we will continue to work tirelessly to support the needs of our student-athletes. Practice, skill-development, strength-training sessions and other athletic training opportunities for student-athletes will be permitted in accordance with state regulations and school policies. Although it is difficult to imagine the fall without EIL competition, this is the right decision given the existing health and safety concerns. Our goal is to resume interscholastic competition as soon as it is safe to do so. As of now, preseason tryouts have been adjusted to begin in the Upper School on September 2-4 and in the Middle School on September 8-10.

    Calendar and Events

    Usually, this is the time of the year when we roll out our detailed yearly calendar through our website, but this is clearly not a usual year. We will need to have flexibility in our calendar this year in order to most effectively respond to the environment that presents itself. The 2020-21 Academic Calendar that we created and shared last spring remains in effect for now, and is on our website for your planning. This includes all of the major dates of the year: when classes are in session, trimesters, vacations and holidays, etc. As you would expect, the current and future realities of COVID-19 will require us to reimagine the many annual events that would bring large groups of individuals together. Our planning around events such as Opening Days, Class Retreats, Harbor Cruise, and Family Weekend will continue through the summer and fall, and we will communicate how these events will unfold as they approach. Regardless, please know we recognize these events are important touchstones for our students, faculty and families, and we are committed to fostering these moments to build our community, even in this moment of uncertainty. 
     
    As always, thank you for your ongoing support and partnership. We know that the circumstances brought on by this global pandemic will present new challenges, and we owe it to our students to meet those challenges with determination and ingenuity. Please know how excited I am to move closer to a year of extraordinary growth and learning for us all.
     
    Sincerely,
     
    Katherine Bradley
    Head of School
  • July 6, 2020

    Dear Dana Hall Families,
     
    As we look ahead to the 2020-21 school year, Dana Hall School remains committed to providing excellence in teaching and learning and ensuring that each student has the opportunity to thrive. We know that this will require the commitment of our entire community to meet the ongoing challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. In collaboration with a cross-school collection of dedicated colleagues, I am confident that our thorough planning and ingenuity will allow us to engage students in a dynamic and vigorous learning environment even as the larger public health landscape evolves.
     
    Please review our 2020-21 Reopening Plan FAQs, which provides the details of our plan, to date. Our work has been guided by three key objectives: prioritizing the health and safety of our school community, providing an vibrant and authentic Dana Hall experience, with an emphasis on the academic program, and connecting with each other and building community, both in-person and remotely. 
    Highlights include:
    • A strategy for screening and following the basic principles of wearing masks, physical distancing, and heightened hygiene and sanitation
    • Space reconfiguration, cohorting, visitor limitations, modified schedules all in the name of safe interactions between community members
    • Planned return to in-person teaching and learning, with the possibility of a hybrid learning model with some students present in the classroom while other students engage synchronously online
    • Flexible alternatives for boarding families in response to evolving health and travel concerns
    While we are eager to welcome all students back to campus in person, we also acknowledge that, particularly for our boarding students, travel restrictions, health concerns or other factors may disallow this from happening until later in the year. We are firmly committed to supporting our students in distance learning, if that is the case. As always, faculty members will be responsive to students’ learning needs. Classroom teachers, learning specialists, librarians and advisors will support each girl’s individual educational experience.
     
    Although many of our modifications and strategies are described in greater detail in our Reopening Plan FAQs, further details will be forthcoming. Members of my Administrative Team and I will continue to provide regular updates throughout the summer. In the short term, we invite you to join us to share any questions or concerns with regard to our reopening plans. While we already have met with the families of international students, we hope you will join us at one of the following three sessions:
     
    • Middle School families: Wednesday, July 8,  7 p.m.  

      Password: 912342
    • Upper School Day families: Thursday, July 9,  5 p.m. 

      Password: 720170
    • Domestic Boarding Families: Thursday, July 9,  7 p.m. 

      Password: 062579
     
    Because of the fundamental complexities of this pandemic, there are some things we simply do not know at this date, and that uncertainty forces us to be hopeful, but prepared. Thank you for your partnership and support as we work together to build the best possible educational experience for each of our students. With each passing day, I am all the more assured that the strength, character and creativity of our incredible Dana Hall community will be powerful assets as we meet and prevail over these ongoing challenges.
     
    With best wishes for your health and safety,
     
    Katherine Bradley
    Head of School

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RESOURCES

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  • Dance

    Favorite Activity
  • Poetry project

    Favorite Assignment
  • Spanish III Honors

    Favorite Class

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  • Francesca

    "In my Literature Composition I class we did a poetry unit before winter break. Our poetry project was in collaboration with a school in Turkey. We created our own websites to display our works of poetry. The last day of school before winter break we were able to Skype with the kids from the school in Turkey, and it was so much fun to interact with students who were so far away. We were able to learn what their school was like, and how their classes worked."
    -Francesca