Far Hills Country Day School 2021–22 Back-To-School Plan, Volume 1

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Far Hills Country Day School

2021–22 BACK-TO-SCHOOL PLAN Volume 1

“We all have the common goal of ensuring that our children are continuing to grow through these challenging times.” Georgia S. Zaiser, Head of School

Dear Parents, Far Hills Country Day School is a place where we take great pride in teaching our students our Five Pillars: respect, responsibility, leadership, kindness, and honesty. These Pillars also help guide us as we consider many important decisions that impact all members of our community, including what “back to school” looks like for the 2021–22 school year. The truth is, we all want this global pandemic to be over. However, another truth is that it’s not. It is our responsibility to provide a safe learning environment for our students, faculty, and staff, as well as a safe community for our families. With this in mind, we have crafted the 2021–22 Back-To-School Plan. As you carefully read through this plan, please remember we all have the common goal of ensuring that our children are continuing to grow through these challenging times. We also ask that you be respectful and kind to yourself, your family, and our community as we navigate this ongoing and ever-changing crisis. Remember, the Far Hills community is #falconstrong, but we’re even stronger together. On that note, we acknowledge that circumstances change, often and quickly. We will continuously evaluate what is best for all constituencies and update our plan as appropriate. Let’s make the 2021–22 school year the best yet!

WHAT’S INSIDE 3 On-Campus Learning 5 Health and Wellness 6 Food Services and Activities 8 What’s Next


Our plan promotes the safety, health, and welfare of our entire school community. This plan is subject to change as new information becomes available and as government mandates are imposed or lifted.

On-Campus Learning

Far Hills Country Day School will return to full in-person teaching and learning for the 2021–22 school year. All students, Preschool– Grade 8, will be expected to be on campus every day. We do not intend to offer hybrid instruction (remote instruction and in-person instruction simultaneously). If quarantine regulations require that an entire class switch to remote, we will activate our remote learning protocols as quickly and seamlessly as possible, but it may take 24 hours to do so. We will return to the grade-level class model, which means we will no longer gather in cohorts.

Drop Off and Pick Up

Our regular pick-up and drop-off procedures will return this school year. There will no longer be assigned parking spots.

Drop Off Main Entrance

All Grades

Starts at 7:30 a.m.

Piazza Entrance

Preschool–Grade 1

Starts at 8 a.m.

Upper School Entrance

Grades 5–8

Starts at 8 a.m.

Main Entrance

Grade 2–4

Starts at 3:25 p.m.

Piazza Entrance

Preschool–Grade 1

Starts at 3:10 p.m.

Upper School Entrance

Grades 5–8

Starts at 3:40 p.m.

Pick Up

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JUMP INTO ON-CAMPUS LEARNING continued Community Compact All Far Hills Country Day School families will be required to sign our 2021–22 Community Compact. The Community Compact is a document that outlines the expectations for students, employees, and families. We are relying on our families to maintain our shared commitment to the health and safety of our community.


All students, faculty, and staff will complete the SchoolPass health screening prior to arrival daily. More information about how we will be using SchoolPass will be shared in Volume 2.

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Dress Code

As announced in an earlier communication, the Far Hills Country Day School Dress Code will return for the 2021–22 school year. However, students can continue to wear sneakers. Please visit fhcds.org/dresscode for more information about our Dress Code.


Due to the rising Delta variant spread, face masks will be required in the school building. This is in accordance with Governor Murphy’s announcement on August 6, 2021. All faculty, staff, students, and campus visitors—regardless of vaccination status— will be required to wear a mask indoors. However, masks can be removed for any and all outdoor activities. We will continue to review mask-wearing guidelines as warranted.

Mask Off

Mask Up

Nature exploration walks

Indoor classes

Outdoor classes


Physical Education when outside

Locker rooms

Athletics practices and games


When eating

Athletics Center

Scheduled mask breaks

Performing Arts Center


The CDC indicates that vaccination is the leading public-health strategy to end the COVID-19 pandemic. We strongly encourage all employees, parents, and students who are eligible for the vaccine to receive it. We are working hard to ensure that all of our employees who are eligible are vaccinated.


Classrooms will be configured to provide at least three feet of physical distance between students to the extent possible.


Handwashing will continue to be emphasized, and hand sanitizer will be provided throughout the campus.


We will comply with local, state, and CDC regulations concerning quarantine. Please stay tuned for more information.

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We are pleased to announce the return of the Cafe! Students will be able to order lunch and eat together in our Cafe and Arcadium. Details about lunch schedules and food ordering will be provided in the coming weeks.


Contingent on our leagues’ decisions, we plan to run our full interscholastic athletics program this year. Families will receive additional information about athletics in the coming weeks.

Adventure Trips

We look to schedule a late fall Adventure Trip for our students and, if not, Spring 2022. More information about these trips will be provided to families as it becomes available.

Music and Performing Arts

Music and theater arts are a tremendous part of our co-curricular programming. We plan to bring back performances this school year in the safest ways possible. More information about this will be available in the coming weeks. fhcds.org | 6


Our morning and after-school Extended Day Program will continue. Students can be dropped off at the Cafe starting at 7:30 a.m., using the front entrance. EDP will continue to be available until 6 p.m. daily. Returning this school year will be enrichment classes and Homework Club! For more information, visit our registration page.

Vistors and Campus Access

Far Hills will welcome visitors back on campus this school year. All visitors must wear a mask indoors and will be required to answer health screening questions. We are planning to host as many events outdoors as possible. We will remain flexible and ask the same of our families. All students will be expected to be on campus and in person unless formally certified by the school and by a medical professional for a temporary absence. Given the challenges and complications of teaching at-home learners and our in-person learners, we will not offer at-home learning options for convenience (i.e., for a doctor’s appointment or illness), reserving at-home learning only for those who are formally quarantined or have a COVID-related circumstance.

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JUMP INTO WHAT’S NEXT When will we know more? Parents can expect another update at the end of August with any additional information we might have. Where can I find more information? Visit the Parent Portal for updates and back-to-school information. What can I do? Stay informed. Bookmark the State of New Jersey’s COVID Information Hub.

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