Head of School Virginia Connor sent the following message on Wednesday, Nov. 18. St. Hilda’s & St. Hugh’s will remain open for in-person learning for as long as it is safe to do so. Currently, independent schools are not required to close; Mayor de Blasio’s announcement only affects New York City Public Schools.
To remain open for in-person learning, we as a community must limit our potentials for exposure outside of school. We have amended our health compact to include two important changes: to avoid spending time with people outside of your cohort, and to eliminate completely any non-school athletics activities. We are sensitive to the challenges that this presents, and so families who are unable to observe these measures may attend school remotely.
Per the health compact: Refrain from any involvement in sports outside of school. If you choose to continue with outside sports programs, your child and his or her siblings must attend school remotely. This includes all athletics, including one-to-one coaching, individual and team sports, and indoor and outdoor settings.
St. Hilda's & St. Hugh's sent the following message on Friday, Nov. 13, to prepare parents for the possibility that rising infection rates in New York City would necessitate the suspension of in-person school and transition to our online learning program.
St. Hilda’s & St. Hugh’s is committed to holding in-person school for as long as it is safe to do so, in accordance with local, state and national guidelines. The school’s first and abiding priority is the health and safety of every student, parent, faculty member, and staff member in our community. The goals of our re-opening program are to provide an exceptional academic program, to facilitate the optimal growth and development for every student, and to provide vital connection and support for every member of the community, which is particularly vital during this period of isolation.
In addition to guidelines from New York State, New York City, and the CDC, the school has sought guidance on reopening from several experts including local infectious diseases physicians, an epidemiologist, and a team of architects and engineers. The expertise of these professionals has bolstered the work of our community, including the head of the school, the nursing staff, the director of technology and other key administrative leaders, and the Board of Trustees.
We will keep this page updated with any developments.
Dates are subject to change.
NOVEMBER 25: School closed
NOVEMBER 26-27: Thanksgiving Break; school closed
DECEMBER 21-JANUARY 3: Christmas Break; school closed
JANUARY 4: Classes Resume, option to join in-person school
JANUARY 18: Martin Luther King Jr. Day; school closed
JANUARY 29: School closed
FEBRUARY 12-16: Presidents Days; school closed
MARCH 1: Professional Development Day; school closed
MARCH 22-April 6: Spring Break; school closed (Easter falls into this period)
MAY 31: Memorial day; School closed
JUNE 9: Graduation
Any family or child who travels outside of the tri-state area to a state on the restricted list is required to self-quarantine for 14 days before returning to campus, and self-monitor for symptoms. Anyone who travels internationally is also expected to self-quarantine for 14 days before returning to campus, and self-monitor for symptoms.
Update: New York State Travel Advisory
Despite Gov. Cuomo's new travel guidelines, St. Hilda's & St. Hugh's continues to require that families traveling out of state and beyond the contiguous states (New Jersey, Connecticut) must quarantine for 14 days before returning to school.
If you chose for your child to ride the bus this year and would like to receive a MetroCard instead, please reach out to Kat Thompson (email@example.com). MetroCards are only available to students in SK-Grade 8 who live a certain distance from school.
- MUSIC: Throughout the school, music is remote for everyone and takes place synchronously after school hours.
- SECOND LANGUAGE:
- Lower Division: Language instruction takes place synchronously, after school hours. Lower division language instruction involves a lot of singing and chanting, and due to respiratory hygiene guidelines, this makes online instruction preferable.
- Upper Division: Language instruction takes place during the school day, at school.
Regina Hannon, R.N.,
Shauna Volson, R.N.
Joyce Hu, L.P.N.
Frequently Asked Questions
- How is St. Hilda’s & St. Hugh’s monitoring COVID?
- What preventative measures is the school taking to decrease the spread of COVID-19?
- Will testing be required—would this be a helpful precaution?
- What can I do to ensure the safety of my child?
- What should I do if my child or someone in our household is diagnosed COVID-19?
- Will the school close if there is a diagnosed case of COVID-19 in the school?
- Will the school close if there is a new wave of COVID-19 in New York City?
- How can I prepare my child for in-school learning in September?
- Do you have any links to any other helpful resources about COVID that I can read?
- Given asymptomatic transmission and poor calibration of many thermometers, do temperature scans have much utility?
- How should the data on COVID-19 mutations in children similar to Kawasaki's disease influence our decision-making?
- What if children have allergies or asthma that might mimic symptoms, like coughing or sneezing often. Will children be isolated because they’re coughing?
- Should children be required to quarantine if an outbreak occurs at a family member’s work or school?
- There seems to be some evidence that children are not as likely to get or transmit Covid-19. Can you give us more specifics on this front? How does this help inform what new protocols are necessary for the fall?
- In the community health compact, all members of household must receive flu shot. Does that include babysitters and caregivers?
- How will fire drills and similar routines be handled?
- Should there be additions or modifications to the air handling systems to filter and/or sterilize the air in the building?
- What will isolation rooms look like? Will children consider it scary?
- What will arrival and dismissal procedures look like?
- Will there be physical barriers around each student’s work area?
- What are the school’s plans for the water, food, and hygiene facilities?
- Will students share classroom materials?
- Have daily school hours been altered?
- Will P.E. and Upper Division Athletics be offered?
- Will nursery and JK students be able to switch between half-day and full-day sessions for in-person schooling?
- For early childhood students staying the full day, how will rest time be handled?
- Will Early Room and Afterschool be offered?
- Will there be Chapel?
- Are there any websites with at-home activities for children that you can suggest?
- Do uniform requirements remain the same?