St. Hilda's & St. Hugh's school year began, in person, on Tuesday, Sept. 8, for students in nursery through eighth grade.
The first day of school for our Beginners students was Sept. 14.
New York City's decision to delay the opening of the public schools does not impact St. Hilda's & St. Hugh's re-opening plans.
St. Hilda’s & St. Hugh’s is committed to reopening school in the safest and most responsible manner possible, 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.
SEPTEMBER 8: First Day of In-Person School (N-Grade 8)
SEPTEMBER 8-11: Remote Students' Transition Week (N-Grade 8)
SEPTEMBER 11: Parent Orientation for Beginners Parents
SEPTEMBER 14: First Day of Remote School (N-Grade 8)
SEPTEMBER 14/SEPTEMBER 15: Start of Beginners transition period (in-person & remote)
SEPTEMBER 21/SEPTEMBER 22: Full Beginners schedule begins (in-person & remote)
OCTOBER 9 and 12: Fall Weekend; school closed
OCTOBER 13: Option to join in-person school
OCTOBER 30: Faculty Professional Development Day; 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
FEBRUARY 15-16: Presidents Days; school closed
MARCH 1: Professional Development Day; school closed
MARCH 22-April 6: Spring Break; school closed (Easter falls into this period)
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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org). 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.
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?