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TABLE OF CONTENTS

1. Introduction

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2. Communications & Community Engagement

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3. Calendar Changes & Repopulation of Campus

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Changes to the School Calendar

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Repopulation of Campus

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4. Health and Safety

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Initial Health Screening & Testing

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Boarding Student Arrivals

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Day Student Integration

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Residential Life Preparations and Protocols

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Cohorting

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Hygiene

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Cleaning & Disinfection

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Ventilation

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Masking & PPE

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Social Distancing

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Ongoing (Daily) Health Screenings & Outcomes

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Positive COVID-19 Tests and Contact Tracing

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Containment

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Isolation

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Quarantine Shutdown

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5. Facilities

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Utilization of Space

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Safety Drills

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6. Nutrition & Dining Hall Operations

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Reduction of Capacity

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Staggered Meal Times

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Traffic & Service

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Drinking Water

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7. Transportation

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School Vehicles

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Off-campus Bussing Services

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8. Social Emotional Well-Being

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Support Structure

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Curricular Activities Focused on Emotional Health

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Support for Teachers/Staff

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9. Academic Program Delivery

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Teaching and Learning

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Health and Safety Considerations

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Visual & Performing Arts Provisions

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School Schedules

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Grading & Assessment

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Attendance & Chronic Absenteeism

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10. Academic Support • •

Structure of the Academic Support Program (ASP) ASP Across Different Learning Scenarios

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11. Athletics and Extracurricular Activities

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12. ESL Education & World Languages

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13. Conclusion

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1. Introduction Established in 1867, The Storm King School is a coeducational, college preparatory boarding and day school for students in grades 8 through 12. Enrollment for the 2019-2020 academic year was 195 students, with 55 day students and 140 boarding students. The Storm King School is accredited by the New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS) and the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) and The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS). Located on the west bank of the Hudson River near the crest of Storm King Mountain, the school campus includes 51 acres and 21 buildings. With our mission of preparing students for academic success and confidence in an inclusive and diverse learning environment that embraces character, balance, and trust, The Storm King School educates students from nearly 25 countries each year. Our small size and diverse, family-like community presents advantages for reopening of schools during the pandemic, as well as its own unique challenges. This Fall 2020 Reopening Plan was prepared under the joint efforts of the School’s Coronavirus Reopening Task Force, which is made up of administrators, staff members, and faculty representing each section of the School. Also taken into consideration has been input from other constituents including students, parents, alumni, and trustees through emails, phone calls, individual conversations, online surveys, Zoom Meetings, and faculty feedback. Questions regarding the plan may be directed to the Head of School Mr. Jonathan Lamb (jlamb@sks.org), and the School’s Reopening Task Force Co-Chairs Mr. Alan Lewis (alewis@sks.org) and Mr. Ray Hecht (rhecht@sks.org).

2. Communications & Community Engagement The Storm King School maintains continuous dialogue with its constituency and will utilize all of its usual communication methods as appropriate to disseminate our Reopening Plans, as well as safety information pertaining to mitigating the risks of COVID-19 infection. A COVID-19 Updates and Reopening section has been created on the school website as the hub to house all information, announcements, resources, and protocols. Weekly updates from the Head of School and other administrators posted on these pages are sent to parents, students, faculty, staff, alumni, and trustees via community-wide e-blasts. These Reopening Plans will also be published there and updated as they evolve. A Reopening FAQ is also housed here that reflects ongoing changes and provides answers to questions posed by students and families.

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Additional community-wide e-blasts and social media channels including Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter will also be used to disseminate important messaging where appropriate throughout the school year. To enhance engagement of the community during the spring and into the summer, several Zoom meetings with international and domestic parents, parents of newly-accepted students, the Parents Association, and several alumni groups have proven successful in building trust and keeping the community informed. These meetings, whether in person or online, will continue throughout the school year. Important events such as Fall Parents Weekend and Parent-Teacher Conferences will be carried out online as important opportunities for facilitating dialogue between teachers and families regarding the progress and emotional well-being of students. Other Communications Considerations Schoolwide Alert System – The School will establish a Green / Yellow / Red color-coded system intended to reflect the level of concern regarding the presence of COVID-19 on campus. The color will be updated nightly on the school website, and any change to the rating will be communicated directly to all campus stakeholders through our One Call Now communication system, e-blasts, and notifications through the School’s Blackbaud portal. The color system will reflect the following situations: Green – no positive COVID-19 tests among community members (excluding parents), low levels of infection in the local area; low levels of general illness. ● Yellow – an isolated case or cases of COVID-19 in the community, but no indication of community spread OR concerning levels of infection in the local area; some general illness in the area (presence of flu on campus). ● Red – Multiple COVID-19 positive tests in the community with apparent community spread OR dangerously high levels of COVID infection in the local area. ●

Each color will correspond to a different set of guidelines on campus ranging from Green (least restrictive) to Red (most restrictive). It will also correspond to the level of activity on campus. Yellow would correspond to caution and give teachers and families the option to work remotely until all COVID-19 positive cases are resolved, and the campus returns to a Green rating. A Red campus would mean that all classes are occurring online, and all activities are suspended on campus. Students would essentially be quarantined in their dormitory rooms. PA System – The campus PA system will be utilized to reinforce student behaviors by reminding all to wear masks, wash their hands, maintain social distance, report any symptoms, and other important behaviors.

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Additionally, according to NYS DOH guidance, joint coordinators have been appointed as the main contacts upon the identification of positive COVID-19 cases and to carry out all subsequent communications. Asst. Head of School for Student Life Mr. Alan Lewis (alewis@sks.org) and Asst. Head for Finance Mr. Ray Hecht (rhecht@sks.org) will be responsible for answering questions from students, faculty, staff, and parents or legal guardians of students regarding the COVID-19 public health emergency and plans implemented by the School.

3. Calendar Changes & Repopulation of Campus Changes to the School Calendar During a regular school year, The Storm King School begins its fall semester in late August with a week-long break for Thanksgiving, followed by a 3-week-long Winter Break. The spring semester typically begins in early January and runs until a 3-week Spring Break in March. Students then return to finish the semester at the end of May. The school year normally concludes with commencement which takes place during the first weekend in June. To accommodate the changes required for the 2020-2021 school year, the School has made significant revisions to its School Calendar in parallel to the calendars adopted by many other boarding institutions, with students returning home after Thanksgiving to an extended winter break, and the elimination of a long spring break in the middle of the spring semester. In more detail, the first day of fall classes has been pushed ahead to September 14 to allow for the staggered arrival of students, testing, and other protocols; classes will now run from September 14 through December 11, with only a very brief break for Thanksgiving. There will be an extended winter break from December 11 through February 1. While we will encourage our boarding students to leave campus during the extended break to return home or to stay with guardians here in the US, the campus will remain open throughout this time for those students who are not able to return home. The Spring Semester will begin on Monday, February 8, 2021 and continue until graduation with no long breaks. Repopulation of Campus As a boarding and day school, repopulation of the SKS campus involves accommodating the arrival of students and faculty members from many countries, several US states, as well as the local area. To safely return these different groups, the School will utilize both a phased and a rolling approach. Faculty/Staff: Before students arrive, faculty and staff will be returning to campus throughout the month of August, culminating in Faculty Orientation which will take place the week of August 17-21. Orientation for faculty will be a hybrid of Zoom meetings and in-person, socially

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distanced meetings in the School’s theater. Many of these meetings will focus on COVID-19 related protocols in preparation for the arrival of our students. Boarding Students: Boarding students will arrive in three waves: • •

Group 1– New International Students: Approximately 25 international students are scheduled to arrive on August 25. Group 2– Domestic Boarding Students requiring a 14-day quarantine & Returning International Students: Approximately 60 students are scheduled to arrive on September 1. Group 3– Remaining Domestic Students: Approximately 15 students are scheduled to arrive on September 8.

4. Health & Safety Initial Health Screening & Testing Upon their initial arrival to campus, students will receive both a health screening and a test for COVID-19. Any students presenting as symptomatic for COVID-19 will depart with the person(s) who brought them to campus and quarantine off-campus until asymptomatic. If this is not possible, the symptomatic student will be placed immediately in isolation in Stone Hall– a space that has been designated solely for this purpose. After testing, asymptomatic students will begin their 14-day quarantine in their dormitory rooms beginning with all students in Group 1 (New International Students) who will be placed in single occupancy rooms. Aegis Labs will be providing and processing all of our COVID-19 testing kits. The School will employ the CDC-recommended nasopharyngeal swab, which will be administered by a member of our medical team on campus. We expect to have test results back within 72 hours of testing. Aegis Labs reports all test results to the Department of Health and to the School. All students, faculty, and staff will be given the same COVID-19 test described above. Boarding Students will be tested as they arrive at school, and re-tested within 7-14 days of the original test. Day students will be given the test 2-4 days prior to the start of classes. After initial testing, students will be tested only when symptomatic, or after returning from an extended absence or break. Faculty and staff will be tested during faculty orientation week. Daily, continual self-screening will also be required of students and faculty using a screening questionnaire prepared according to NY DOH guidelines. All constituents will be trained in selfscreening during their respective orientation processes. In addition, all students, faculty, and staff will be asked to sign a Community Health Pledge.

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Boarding Student Arrivals Group 1: Group 1 represents the School’s new international students. Upon arrival, these students will be directed to the basement multi-purpose room in our Athletic Center, which will function as the intake point for all boarding students to the School. Through our Admissions team, we will ascertain how each student is planning to arrive at the School. Only the arriving student will be permitted to exit the car at the gymnasium. Family members, taxi drivers, etc. will be required to remain in their vehicle at this time. If necessary, the School will provide a ride in one of our vehicles. If transportation is provided, it will operate in accordance with Interim Guidance for Public Transportation Activities during the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency. Group 2 Arrival Group 2 includes Domestic Boarding Students requiring a 14-day quarantine & Returning International Students, and will represent the largest of the three waves of arrivals. Students in this group will be determined by the most current information on the NYS DOH travel advisory page: https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/covid-19-travel-advisory The arrival of Group 2 on campus will mirror Group 1 in that they will report directly to the gym to be screened and tested. Domestic Boarders arriving from US states with high COVID-19 infection rates will automatically be placed in 14-day quarantine whether symptomatic or asymptomatic. Other students who are asymptomatic will be placed in their respective rooms to await their test results. Group 3 Arrival Group 3 includes the remaining domestic boarding students who do not require a 14-day mandatory quarantine. This group will arrive on campus in the identical manner as the preceding two groups. If symptomatic for COVID-19 and with her/his parents, the student will be required to depart immediately and return when asymptomatic. As with our international students and those domestic boarders from states with high infection rates, we will institute 14-day quarantine if the student has had potential recent exposures. Otherwise, Group 3 students will quarantine in their rooms until their test results are reported. Late Arrivals Any student arriving on campus more than 24 hours later than the intended reporting day for their group would not join an existing cohort. Instead, this student will serve their quarantine in Spy Rock House before joining a cohort.

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Day Student Integration In a typical year, day students represent approximately 30% of the School’s student population. For our day students to be present on the first day of classes on September 14, we will conduct COVID-19 testing for all day students on Wednesday, September 9 and Thursday, September 10. Each day student will be given a specified testing time to report to the testing area in the gym. Results will be reported in time for students to begin classes on September 14. Orientation videos and Zoom meetings will be utilized to orient day students to campus life prior to the start of classes. Residential Life Preparations and Protocols Boarding students will be assigned rooms based on a series of strategies including de-densifying and cohorting. During the 2019-2020 academic year, the School had 143 available beds for boarding students and 95+% occupancy. For the upcoming year 2020-2021, we will begin with space for approximately 100 boarding students on campus, representing a 30% decrease in this population. Additionally, 21 beds will be designated as isolation and quarantine spaces. Stone Hall, a 6-room, 11-bed, 3-bath dormitory, will be the isolation space dedicated for students who test positive for COVID-19 or who are symptomatic and awaiting results. The second floor of Spy Rock House, with its 4 rooms, 10 beds, and 3 baths, will be a quarantine space for recently-arrived students or those who may have been exposed to a COVID-19 positive individual. We have further de-densified our dormitory spaces by turning some of our smaller double-occupancy rooms into singles, and triples into doubles. In addition to decreasing dormitory capacity by approximately 30%, SKS will utilize cohorting as a strategy to further decrease the likelihood of COVID-19 infection on campus. Cohorting Cohorts will be groups of students who live together on a specific floor of one of our dormitories. The use of cohorts will enable our boarding students to maintain a sense of normalcy and social interaction. In an effort to create cohort groups that will be cooperative and manageable, students have been sent a description of what campus life will be like this fall, as well as a survey of questions designed to ascertain rooming and roommate preferences. Students will be placed in a specific dorm and floor with others with whom they are likely to share classes, activities, and social bonds. Initially, rooms will be single-occupied and then larger rooms will become double occupancy. During the initial 14-day quarantine of Group 1, each student will quarantine in their individual room. During this time, the School’s focus will be to orient and train students in this initial

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cohort via online meetings and videos, as well as socially distanced cohort meetings in the dormitory. Students arriving in Group 2 will be placed in a new cohort. Regarding room assignments, no student in Group 2 will be placed into a cohort that has students from Group 1, who will already be 7 days into their 14-day quarantine (introducing a student into the cohort would restart the 14day clock as well as present a potentially positive COVID-19 student into a “clean” cohort). If all Group 2 students cannot be placed in new cohorts, the Spy Rock House quarantine spaces will be used for individual 14-day quarantines as needed. After completing their quarantine in Spy Rock, a Group 2 student would then be added to an existing, healthy cohort. As with Group 1, the 14-day quarantine will be used to orient students in Group 2 to campus life and health protocols. Group 3 students, as with those in Group 2, will either join a new cohort, or quarantine in Spy Rock House until they can safely join an existing cohort. Any positive test in any group would initiate that student being moved into isolation in Stone Hall. Remaining students in that cohort who test negative will continue to quarantine for the full 14 days. If every student in a specific cohort tests negative, these students will be allowed to quarantine together as members of the same cohort. Meals will be delivered to students in isolation and quarantine. Operational aspects of cohorts are as follows: •

Cohorts will be assigned a color to assist with the identity of the group, as well as making signage easier to follow. For example, this is a “purple bathroom” or “purple evening in the lounge.”

Students will not be permitted to enter the space of another cohort. These cohorts are determined by floors and access to bathrooms. We will be converting four of our emergency exits into functional entrances and exits equipped with our keycard technology. Therefore, each cohort will have its own entrance/exit, and through keycard programming, will not be able to gain access to another cohort’s space.

When a boarding student is within her/his cohort space, the student will not be required to wear a mask, and social distancing restrictions will be relaxed. Student cohorts will vary in size between 5 and 15 students.

Dormitories will create schedules for the usage of shared spaces. Specific cohorts will only be allowed to use the laundry or lounge on specific evenings.

Dorm-parents and other residential faculty will be assigned to monitor one specific cohort, thus minimizing the number of faculty members involved with each cohort.

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Student cohorts will be considered when our Director of Academics schedules classes. When possible, students who share common classes will be placed in the same cohort, thus minimizing potential exposures.

Afternoon activities, athletics, theatre, and other extra-curricular activities will also be considered when creating cohorts, enabling students to live with other students having shared activities.

Day students will be members of separate cohorts with students having similar activities

Hygiene All students, faculty, and staff will be trained in proper hand washing techniques, sanitization, and use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). This will be a special emphasis in our Faculty/Staff and Student Orientation programs this year. Signage in dormitories, lavatories, classrooms, and other shared spaces will reinforce necessary hygiene practices. Wall-mounted hand sanitizing machines exist in each dormitory hallway and near each entrance. Additional hand sanitizing stations will be strategically placed near all entrances and exits, adjacent to shared machinery such as washer/dryer units and microwaves. Additional hand sanitizing dispensers will be placed in the dining hall, theater, and other school restrooms. To further enhance proper hygiene in classrooms, restrooms, and other shared spaces, students and faculty will be provided with disinfectant sprays and/or wipes and hand sanitizer to wipe down surfaces such as desks, chairs, and door handles and a special emphasis will be put on room tidiness and cleanliness. Cleaning & Disinfection Campus Common Areas – Orr Commons, Theater, Dining Hall Campus common areas will be cleaned daily by the School’s hired cleaning contractor, Crystal Blue, and supervised by the School’s Grounds and Maintenance Department. SKS also will dedicate one employee to regularly disinfect all frequently touched surfaces on campus, including bathroom fixtures and door handles. All contracted and in-house housekeeping staff will be trained and instructed to regularly disinfect all frequently touched surfaces on campus, including bathroom fixtures and door handles. These procedures will occur throughout the day and evening. The School has acquired several electrostatic spraying machines that will be used daily to further disinfect all surfaces in classrooms, common areas, and air ducts as needed. Classrooms In addition to daily routine cleaning as explained above, handwashing/sanitization will be required before and after each class or activity for students and faculty. Faculty and students will 11


also clean and sanitize surfaces such as desks and chairs in each classroom space as part of the standard class protocols. Log sheets will be kept in each room detailing the cleaning done by students, faculty, and our cleaning service each day. Restrooms All campus restrooms and showers, with the exception of faculty apartments, will have capacity limits and these areas will be cleaned and disinfected regularly using FDA-approved products according to their application standards. In addition, a member of the School’s housekeeping staff will be dedicated to cleaning commonly-touched surfaces including bathroom handles and sink fixtures. All restrooms will include signage related to proper handwashing, masking, and social distance as well as indicating maximum allowed capacity. Students will be expected to adhere to these guidelines when possible. Where appropriate, restrooms will have floor markings, both inside the space, and outside in the hallway, to indicate proper standing positions to maintain social distancing. Bathrooms will be monitored by faculty when appropriate, including during study hall and lunch. Students will also be required to use disinfectant to wipe down any restroom surfaces they touch after each use. Each dormitory will have a rotating schedule of cleaning and disinfecting responsibilities in place. All restrooms will be stocked with anti-bacterial soap and paper towels. Students will not be permitted to leave any personal belongings (soap, toothpaste/brush, towels, etc.) in the dormitory restrooms. Dormitory Common Areas Prior to students arriving on campus, all dormitories will be thoroughly cleaned using FDAapproved products. After student arrival begins, the School’s in-house and contracted housekeeping staff will clean the common spaces in the dormitory such as hallways, bathrooms, lounges, and laundry areas daily. Individual Student Rooms Students will be charged with cleaning their own rooms, and special emphasis will be placed on room cleanliness and tidiness. The School will provide approved cleaning products for each student room. Students will use supplies from individual kits and not use shared supplies. Offices Offices will be cleaned daily by in-house and contracted housekeeping staff that will do their normal cleaning routine after hours. Electrostatic sprayers will also be used in each office to further reduce any germs or traces of virus on surfaces. Administration and staff will be 12


responsible for keeping their desks and working areas tidy and free of clutter, and will be required to sanitize their own working areas during the day. Ventilation When appropriate, use of open outside doors and windows to increase air circulation will be encouraged in classrooms, common areas, and in living spaces where possible. Boarding students will be asked to bring a window fan along with their other belongings this year. When weather permits, teachers will make use of the campus’ outdoor areas for class instruction. In addition, all AC filters have been replaced in campus buildings with high performance filters, and will be changed regularly by the School’s maintenance team. Air ducts will be cleaned and disinfected periodically using the School’s electrostatic machines. Masking & PPE All students, faculty, staff, and visitors will be required to wear a mask while on campus. This includes while walking in transit across the campus. In our communications with incoming boarding students, we will ask that families supply their children with a minimum of a 7-day supply of washable masks to facilitate laundry scheduling. The proper washing and wearing of masks will be one of the training emphases during Orientation. Day students will be required to wear a mask when arriving on campus for health screening. A supply of masks will also be available for incoming day students, in each dormitory, and in all shared-space buildings. When in their dormitories, boarding students will be required to wear masks and practice social distancing when using the lounge or laundry facilities that are common to multiple cohorts. Masking rules will be relaxed when eating, while in dormitory rooms, or together with members of their cohort. Removal of masks may also be permitted at the responsible faculty/staff’s discretion during amply social distanced outdoor activities. The same masking rules also apply to all faculty and staff who will be offered masks in accordance with the Governor’s mandate. Employees may choose to wear their own masks provided they are in compliance with the CDC guidance on cloth face coverings. Any visitors, scheduled or unscheduled, will be required to wear masks while on campus and when outside of their vehicles. In accordance with the masking requirement, each building on campus will be required to post clear signage stating the rules regarding the use of masks once inside that space. Where appropriate, such as the Administration Building, Business Office, and Dining Hall service counters, Plexiglas barriers have been added to mitigate potential exposure. 13


When administering COVID-19 testing or delivering meals to students in isolation, all health care staff will be required to wear full PPE as specified by CDC guidance in working with COVID-19 positive individuals. Social Distancing Social distancing will be a requirement throughout campus at all times. SKS has taken the following steps to ensure that community members keep a six-foot distance from other community members when at all possible: •

Each existent classroom space has been measured and the capacity at each room set so that social distancing can be maintained while students are seated and working.

Alternative spaces in which classes can be conducted have been redesigned to accommodate learning. These spaces include outdoor options as well as converted shared spaces such as the SKS Student Center.

The Dining Hall has been redesigned to safely seat community members with appropriate social distance observed.

The gymnasium cardio and fitness rooms have been redesigned to place more distance between machines. These changes, coupled with a policy on capacity, and an appointment-use only system, will help to ensure socially distant usage of this facility.

Each exterior door on campus will be designated as either an entrance or exit and will have clear signage indicating whether it is an ingress or egress. The School’s swipe keycard system will also be reprogramed to reflect these designations. Signage will continue within many buildings to direct foot traffic and minimize bottlenecks.

Distance and seat markers will be utilized in the Dining Hall, Theater, and other spaces on campus to facilitate social distancing while potentially waiting in lines.

Signage consistent with CDC and DOH guidelines will be posted throughout the dormitory shared spaces, and within each dormitory room. This will include arrows for entering, exiting, and when appropriate, movement throughout each building.

Administrative staff and faculty will be assigned various supervisory roles expressly to enforce social distancing and masking behaviors.

Ongoing (Daily) Health Screenings & Outcomes SKS will conduct daily health screening for all its students. Day students will be screened in the Gymnasium upon arrival in the morning, and boarding students will be screened by their dorm parent or another faculty member who works with that cohort. Faculty and staff will be required to self-screen and attest to passing.

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One of the School’s software packages, Reach, will log and store all daily screening results. Select administrators and health center staff would have immediate access to these results so they can react appropriately. The software also stores the results indefinitely for future reference. The following protocols will govern each constituent group: Boarding Students: The same screening questionnaire and temperature scan conducted by our health staff to day students will be conducted by our residential life staff to our boarding students each morning. Cohorts will have staggered departures from the dormitory. For example, the blue cohort would depart together from Dempsey at 7:45 am and the yellow cohort at 8:05 am. This would stagger breakfast attendance and help maintain social distancing guidelines. All health screenings will be completed with masks and appropriate social distancing precautions. Morning medications will also be given by residential staff at the morning health screening. Boarding students symptomatic at the morning check-in or some other time of day would be required to return to their dormitory room and wait for the nurse to respond and evaluate. The entire boarding cohort would be required to remain in their rooms as well. If the symptomatic student has a roommate, the roommate would spend time in another student’s room or the lounge area until the evaluation is complete. If the nurse confirms that the student is symptomatic for COVID-19, the student will be placed in an isolation room in Stone Hall. All other cohort members would then remain in quarantine until a negative test result is reported for the student in isolation and no cohort members are symptomatic. Day Students: Day students will arrive in a staggered sequence to campus between 7:30 and 8:30 am. The approximate arrival time will be assigned based on parent input. The screening questionnaire will be administered by a member of the health center staff. Day students may arrive on campus in one of three ways. Their transportation mode would determine what would happen in the case of a student who was presenting COVID-19 like symptoms or had answered affirmatively regarding possible exposure. •

Parent/Family Drop-off – The vehicle dropping a day student off will be required to remain in the parking lot until the student has passed the health screen and accompanying temperature scan. If symptomatic, the student will be required to leave in the same car.

Bus– The drop-off/pick-up point for busses will be changed this year from the Orr Commons parking area to the front of the gymnasium. Students will disembark and go directly into the gym for their health screening. If symptomatic, a student would be placed in an isolation or quarantine space, until he/she can be picked up by a parent or guardian.

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Self-driving – Students with permission to drive to campus, and then present with symptoms upon arrival, will be asked to return home. Their parents would be informed immediately before the student departs.

Any day student presenting symptoms at the morning screening will be required to return home. Parents will be instructed to contact their doctor for further evaluation. Depending on evaluation, the doctor and family will determine if testing is required. If a day student is tested, a student should not return to campus until a negative test result is reported and the student is asymptomatic.

Faculty/Staff: Employees will be required to self-administer the health screening and temperature scan before interacting with students or colleagues on campus each day. Infrared forehead thermometers will be placed in key spaces around campus to enable employees without proper equipment to conduct an accurate scan. Any faculty member with a fever (defined as >100.0) or other COVID-19 symptoms will be required to return home immediately, or to remain home if the health screening was conducted remotely. Faculty and staff will be trained on all health screening protocols as part of the Faculty Orientation process. Visitors: Any visitor, scheduled or unscheduled, will be screened by the School’s health center staff before being permitted to enter any other school building or interact with community members. Consistent with the NYS mandate, delivery personnel will be asked to wear a mask, but not be subject to screening. Positive COVID-19 Tests and Contact Tracing As stated in our testing protocols, all COVID-19 positive test results will be reported to the local Department of Health by Aegis Labs. This will trigger the NYS Contact Tracing Corps. The School will work in close communication with the NYS tracers. We will also employ our own contact tracing agent who will be assigned to a particular student case (positive result) in the community. The School’s contact tracer will have completed the Johns Hopkins University contact tracing course available online prior to the arrival of students. He/she will trace all campus contacts as quickly as possible so that we can notify all close contacts of the potential exposure. The School’s contact tracers will also inform school administrators so that the proper steps can be taken to place the appropriate students in quarantine. School administrators will follow up with families to inform them of their child’s potential exposure and the appropriate steps to be taken. Any student/faculty member who was within close contact with the individual who tested positive will be required to quarantine for 14 days before returning to in-person classes. A positive case for a boarding student would automatically trigger 14-day quarantine for all members of the student’s cohort.

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Various apps that would assist us with contact tracing are currently being reviewed. The School may require all community members to download a chosen app that may assist in providing an objective way of determining “close contacts” in the case of a positive COVID-19 test. According to NYS DOH guidance, joint coordinators have been appointed as the main contacts upon the identification of positive COVID-19 cases and to carry out all subsequent communications. Asst. Head of School for Student Life Mr. Alan Lewis (alewis@sks.org) and Asst. Head for Finance Mr. Ray Hecht (rhecht@sks.org) will be responsible for answering questions from students, faculty, staff, and parents or legal guardians of students regarding the COVID-19 public health emergency and plans implemented by the School. Containment In the event of one or more cases on campus, the following containment measures including isolation and quarantine will inhibit wider community spread of the virus. To enhance containment measures, the School will establish a Green / Yellow / Red color-coded system intended to reflect the level of concern regarding the presence of COVID-19 on campus. The color will be updated nightly on the school website, and any change to the rating would be communicated directly to all campus stakeholders through our One Call Now communication system, e-blasts, and notifications through the School’s Blackbaud portal. In general, the color system would reflect the following situations: • •

Green – no positive COVID-19 tests among community members (excluding parents), low levels of infection in the local area; low levels of general illness. Yellow – an isolated case or cases of COVID-19 in the community, but no indication of community spread OR concerning levels of infection in the local area; some general illness in the area (presence of flu on campus) Red – Multiple COVID-19 positive tests in the community with apparent community spread OR dangerously high levels of COVID infection in the local area.

Each color will correspond to a different set of guidelines on campus ranging from Green (least restrictive) to Red (most restrictive). It will also correspond to the level of activity on campus. Yellow would correspond to caution and give teachers and families the option to work remotely until all COVID-19 positive cases are resolved, and the campus returns to a Green rating. A Red campus would mean that all classes are occurring online, and all activities are suspended on campus. Students would essentially be quarantined in their dormitory rooms. Isolation Any boarding student who tests positive during their initial test or re-test during the first two weeks of school will be placed immediately in isolation in a room in Stone Hall. During isolation, students will receive contactless food deliveries by health or residential staff wearing 17


full PPE. Our health care staff will perform virtual check-ins and maintain close communication with our local DOH and the students’ family. Medications independent of COVID-19 will be self-administered or administered by health staff in consultation with the family of the student and the campus doctor. COVID-19 students in isolation will also be supported by counseling check-ins and academic tutoring when appropriate. Isolation rooms will be fully stocked with snacks and beverages, as well as health monitoring equipment such as a thermometer and pulse oximeter/blood oxygen saturation monitor. If symptoms worsen and the School’s physician, in consultation with local authorities, mandates hospitalization, we will call 9-1-1 or Mobile Life directly for transport. In making this call, we will clearly state that the patient has, or is suspected of having COVID-19 so that the responders can prepare accordingly. A student will be released from isolation and returned to his/her dormitory cohort in direct consultation with the School’s physician and the local health department. In general, The School will follow a symptom-based strategy, and students will stay in isolation a minimum of 72 hours after recovery. When determined appropriate by the School’s physician, students may be tested for COVID-19 as part of the process of being released from isolation. After a student is cleared to leave isolation and return to the general population, the occupied room and restroom in Stone Hall will be cleaned according to guidelines laid out by the CDC, including waiting a minimum of 24 hours to clean the occupied spaces, the wearing of full PPE, and the use of FDA approved products. Quarantine All international boarding students as well as domestic students arriving from states with high infection rates (as per the most recent NYS DOH travel advisory) will be placed in 14-day quarantine upon arrival on the Storm King School campus. These students will be quarantined in their own rooms provided they arrive on the intended reporting day. Once all students in a specific cohort receive negative COVID-19 tests, they can continue their quarantine together as residents of the same floor. While awaiting test results, students must stay in their own dormitory rooms. If an international student arrives more than 24 hours after his/her expected arrival, this student will be placed in quarantine in Spy Rock House until clear to join a cohort. Domestic boarding students from states not on the DOH’s travel advisory will be placed in quarantine in their respective rooms until receiving a negative COVD-19 test. Once their initial quarantine has ended, boarding students will be placed in quarantine only as a result of potential exposure to a person known to be positive for COVID-19, or as a precaution when a symptomatic student is in isolation awaiting test results. Boarding cohorts will function as a unit regarding quarantine, meaning that the entire group will be quarantined if any member of that cohort is symptomatic and in isolation. If students remain asymptomatic in quarantine, 18


the entire group will be released from quarantine when the student is released from isolation. Boarding cohorts will also be placed under quarantine when contact tracers deem that a student within that cohort had close contact with a COVID-19 positive case. In these instances, the entire cohort will be required to quarantine for 14 days. Similar procedures for quarantining also apply to faculty/staff that are part of a cohort, in a classroom or office, or other situations involving closer contact with other community members. Faculty and staff living on and off campus will quarantine at home until they are cleared to return on a case-by-case basis as determined by their doctor. The School’s doctor will be consulted regarding decisions to remove students and on-campus faculty from quarantine and isolation. Shutdown Decisions made about suspending in-person classes, closing the School campus partially, or altogether will be made according to NYS mandates, DOH guidelines, and in conjunction local health officials. The School is prepared to be flexible in all possible scenarios and will seek specific guidance from local health officials to determine if, when, and for how long to take these steps. The nature of these actions (e.g. geographic scope, duration, etc.) may change as the oncampus or local outbreak situations evolve. With the School’s large international population, suspension of in-person classes is the most viable scenario for keeping our students and faculty safe in the event of a spike in infection rates in the local community. In this case, the campus would remain open, with students studying and faculty teaching remotely from their rooms and homes. If a complete shutdown is warranted or mandated, the campus would still have to remain open for a period of time to accommodate the safe departure of international students. In this case, a similar procedure would be followed to what the School implemented during the initial COVID19 outbreak in the spring: Once the decision to close is made, students and families would be notified immediately to arrange for travel to their home country, if possible, or to a guardian living in the United States. Departing students would be encouraged to take only necessary study materials and belongings with them and the School would provide options for pick-up or shipment of remaining items at a later date. Those students who are not able to travel or have no alternative places to go would remain on campus under strict health and safety protocols for the duration of the closure or until their families can ensure a safe place for them to travel or return home. The School is prepared to house students for extended periods of time in the case of such a scenario.

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5. Facilities Utilization of Space The School has taken the following steps to ensure campus spaces are configured and maintained in a way that provides the maximum possible protection from spreading the Coronavirus and ensures that community members keep a six-foot distance from other community members when at all possible. ●

Each existent classroom space has been measured and the capacity at each room set so that social distancing can be maintained while students are seated and working.

Alternative spaces in which classes can be conducted have been redesigned to accommodate learning. These spaces include outdoor options as well as converted shared spaces such as the SKS Student Center.

The Dining Hall has been redesigned to safely seat community members with appropriate social distance observed.

Where appropriate, spaces such as the Administrative Building, Business Office, and Dining Hall service counters will be fitted with Plexiglas barriers to mitigate potential exposure.

The gymnasium cardio and fitness rooms have been redesigned to place more distance between machines. These changes, coupled with a policy on capacity, and an appointment-use only system, will help to ensure socially distant usage of this facility.

Each exterior door on campus will be designated an entrance or exit and will have clear signage indicating whether it’s an ingress or egress. The School’s swipe keycard system will be reprogrammed to reflect these designations. Signage will continue within many buildings to direct foot traffic and minimize bottlenecks.

Distance and seat markers will be utilized in the Dining Hall, Theater, and other spaces on campus to facilitate social distancing while potentially waiting in lines.

Signage consistent with CDC and DOH guidelines will be posted throughout the dormitory shared spaces, and within each dormitory room. This will include arrows for entering, exiting, and when appropriate, movement throughout each building.

Administrative staff and faculty will be assigned various supervisory roles expressly to enforce social distancing and masking behaviors.

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Safety Drills In accordance with NYS guidelines, we will carry out all required fire and safety drills. This includes practicing full-school evacuations, active-intruder situations, and shelter-in-place scenarios. In carrying out these drills, we will create additional protocols to ensure social distancing is observed and masking is worn. The designated meeting area for fire and evacuation drills is the School’s main athletic field which is large enough to accommodate appropriate social distancing during meetings and head counts. Masking and social distancing will be observed during lockdown drills, and students will be instructed during orientation and trainings to put on a mask, if possible, when having to evacuate their dorm rooms. Regarding overall safety and adherence to the behavioral expectations during the COVID-19 pandemic, each building leader’s role will be expanded to include oversight of these expected behaviors, as well as monitoring the supplies of sanitization equipment in the building. All dormitories have been configured so that each residential cohort has its own dedicated entry/exit. Therefore, our fire drill evacuation routes have been modified so that drills can be conducted and social distancing observed. Each dormitory will conduct a total of 12 fire drills throughout the duration of the school year. As is our custom, the importance of these emergency responses will be discussed in our smaller advisory and cohort groups as part of the orientation process early in the fall. All necessary health protocols will be integrated into the training and plans for safety drills this year.

6. Nutrition & Dining Hall Operations Reduction of Capacity The dining hall has been reconfigured resulting in a decrease in total capacity from 244 to 78. The tables have been placed in particular spots to allow for proper distancing of at least 6 feet between all seats. Plexiglas screens have been added to our 8-seat tables which will allow four individuals to sit and be protected from airborne particles. Masks will be required at all times in the Dining Hall and kitchen unless sitting at a table eating. Signage will be ubiquitous throughout the Dining Hall and will include messages about masking, social distancing (including floor markers indicating where to stand in the various lines), hygiene, and traffic flow. The Dining Hall will be closely supervised, including faculty/staff members monitoring capacity, social distancing, masking, and proper clean-up and sanitization. To supplement routine cleaning and disinfection between meal services by the dining hall staff, 21


students will be required to clean the immediate area in which they were seated with products provided by the supervising adults. Staggered Meal Times To reduce the number of diners present at any one time, breakfast service for boarding students will be scheduled and alternated between individually boxed continental breakfast provided in the dormitories (organized by cohort) and hot breakfast served in the Dining hall. The number of lunch periods will be expanded from two services to four and evening Dinner service will be expanded from one service to two. Traffic & Service Students and faculty will enter the Dining Hall through the main entrance only. The side door will be designated as an Exit only. During lunch periods, there will be two food lines; one for the sandwich bar and the other for the kitchen. Proper distancing will be ensured through signage and markings, and Plexiglas barriers have been installed on both lines to protect both the servers and the diners. Diners will enter the kitchen and pick up a tray. They will be handed a cup and silverware by a kitchen team member wearing PPE. Salad and soup will be provided by the kitchen staff in place of the previous self-serve options. Hot food including vegetarian and gluten-free options will be plated and served by the kitchen staff. Any condiments will also be provided by the kitchen staff. Diners will exit the kitchen hot food line by the far doors and proceed directly to sit at their table. Trays, plates, and silverware will be returned to the kitchen and placed in their designated locations for the kitchen staff to pick up and wash them. The previous salad bar will be stocked with labeled, To Go containers for diners to pick up. The coffee station and the drink stations will remain self-service during meals, but will be wiped down with a sanitized cloth after each use by the dining hall staff dedicated to that station. Information regarding food allergies will be available in dormitories and vehicles to supervising faculty. This information is also available in our Blackbaud and Reach databases. The Dining Hall will be closed when meals are not being served. Drinking Water Students and faculty will use their own water bottles each day. Everyone will be directed to use the touchless water coolers located in the common areas on campus by using the bottle itself to push the lever to dispense the water rather than using their fingers. These levers will also be sterilized regularly throughout the day by the housekeeping staff. Push-button water coolers are 22


being eliminated or switched for touchless machines. Water and beverages will also be available in the Dining Hall during meals at the drink stations which will be sanitized by dining staff after each use.

7. Transportation School Vehicles In creating a transportation plan for the upcoming year the School used the NYS Guidelines for Public Transportation presented in the Reopening New York plan. The following changes have been made for the upcoming year for vehicles owned and operated by the School: • • •

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All drivers and riders will wear masks throughout the duration of any ride in a School vehicle. Every vehicle in our fleet will be equipped with PPE including extra disposable masks and disposable gloves. Each vehicle will have a decreased maximum capacity of at least 50% so that appropriate social distancing can be maintained by all riders and the driver. The specific numbers depend on the type of vehicle in usage. Each vehicle will have its capacity clearly displayed in the vehicle Vehicle keys will no longer be kept in a public lockbox. All vehicle keys will be kept in a private office, and placed in faculty mailboxes before usage. After returning from a trip in an SKS vehicle, the vehicle will be parked parallel in front of the maintenance building for cleaning. Each vehicle will be cleaned by maintenance personnel before being returned to the fleet for its next trip. When possible, rear door entry will be utilized to help maintain social distancing. Windows will be kept ajar when possible during usage to aid in ventilation. The majority of SKS drivers are full time faculty and staff members who will be subject to daily health screening each morning. Any part-time drivers will be screened by our health center personnel before departing campus on any trips.

Bussing Services Storm King’s Day Student population includes a small group of students who use bussing services provided for private & parochial schools by their local public school districts as required by state law. The following steps will be taken to ensure the safest possible travel when using outside bussing:

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Changing the drop off and pick up location of school busses from the Orr Commons parking area to the larger parking area in front of the gymnasium. This larger parking area will allow easier turn arounds and ample space for social distancing while waiting, embarking, and disembarking from the bus.

Requiring all students who ride on external busses to wear masks when waiting for the bus; when seated, standing, or getting on and off the bus.

Educating students and families who utilize external busses or taxis about safe ridership, including mask wearing, social distancing, and complying with other health and safety guidelines.

Providing staggered parking/waiting spaces for busses to the best of our ability.

Ensuring staff members who coordinate bussing are properly trained in any new procedures and requirements.

8. Social-Emotional Well-Being According to the NY State Education Department, “Social emotional well-being must be a school’s top priority in supporting school transitions, not at the expense of academics, but in order to create the mental, social, and emotional space for academic learning to occur.” To that end, the School continuously works to support the social and emotional health of our students, and will continue to do so as the COVID-19 pandemic evolves. Support Structure The School has an established support system overseen by the Office of Student Life which promotes social and emotional well-being of both students and faculty/staff already in place. The School functions with an Advisory System, where small groups of students meet with their advisors each morning for attendance and weekly as a group. Advisors, similar to homeroom teachers, get to know the students and their families well, and trust is actively cultivated through communication via the School’s academic platform Blackbaud as well as during Parent-Teacher Conference times. Advisors monitor each student’s overall progress in school, as well as their moods and emotional state at any given time. Such meetings continued via the Zoom platform this past spring, and in the event of another move back to remote learning, will continue to be conducted online. As a small school with small class sizes and strong sense of family and community, teachers are also in front-line positions to monitor a student’s emotional well-being and are often the first to detect students who seem to be struggling. If a teacher or anyone in the SKS community (staff, 24


peers, peer counselors, coaches, school nurses, and parents) has a concern about a student’s mental or emotional well-being, they are instructed to reach out to the Office of Student Life or the school nurse. After a “check in” session conducted by one of the Deans that aims to gather information, engage the student in active, supportive listening, and ask clarifying questions to grasp a sense of the problem, alternative paths of continued support are discussed with the student and family. These can include pairing with a Peer Counselor, follow-up sessions with the Deans or other trusted faculty member, a recommendation for ongoing counseling with the School’s licensed psychologists Dr. Mark Guido or Dr. Sandy Regis, or another licensed professional in the area. Recommendations for a full psychiatric evaluation are arranged through Student Health Services at the discretion of the doctor and the family. Advisory groups and cohorts will continue to provide an important support structure and line of communication for students who may be having issues throughout reopening and during the 2020-21 school year. This support structure which continued successfully throughout the spring period of online instruction via Zoom, Google Meet, email, and telephone will continue this year whether students are present on campus, or must study remotely from their rooms or homes again this year. Curricular Activities Focused on Emotional Health As a general rule, faculty, staff members, and students alike will be encouraged to take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories about COVID-19, including those on social media if they are feeling overwhelmed or distressed. Healthy eating, exercising, getting enough sleep, and finding time to unwind will be promoted and constituents will be encouraged to talk with people they trust about their concerns and how they are feeling. During the normal school year, the Office of Student Life also organizes several school events such as guest speakers, films, and other events focused on emotional and physical health and teen-related issues, among others. For the 2020-21 school year, the commitment to curricular events focused on emotional health will continue. In-person events will be organized where it is possible to follow health protocols, and others will be delivered in an online format. Affinity groups and support groups will be offered on an optional basis via Zoom. Mindfulness and meditation sessions will also be offered weekly, along with remote presentations from experts in the mental health field which will be scheduled throughout the year. The Covid-19 Anxiety Workbook: A Tool to Build Resiliency During Difficult Times, along with other Emotional Intelligence workbooks and exercises, will also be rolled into the Advisory Curriculum throughout the year. 25


Support for Teachers/Staff In addition to the support structure for students, the School will offer similar support and counseling focused on the emotional health and well-being of faculty and staff as they continue to process the changes and stresses caused by the pandemic, while providing support to their students and their own families. In addition, professional development focused on mental health, supportive listening techniques, identifying signs of depression, anxiety, and trauma in students of different ages, and how to appropriately refer them to support staff for follow-up, as well as how to work with students in class after a prolonged crisis will be offered and administered over the course of the school year.

9. Academic Program Delivery Teaching and Learning The School is committed to start the 2020-21 school year with in-person instruction. At the same time, we understand the need for flexibility in the face of today’s ever-changing parameters and the need to provide all of our students with equitable access to our program regardless of their location or situation. Using important lessons learned from the sudden move to remote learning this past spring, the School has created plans to deliver its academic program to interact remotely and synchronously as the situation requires. With the basis being a Hybrid Model, classes and teachers will be available to students who cannot be present, and delivery can move flexibly between remote (asynchronous) and in-person (synchronous) instruction as the situation requires. The School outlines the Hybrid Model as teaching and learning that takes place in a classroom setting that involves a live class where some teacher(s) and students are present in the physical classroom space while one or more students or teachers is participating from a remote location via Zoom. Software and technology, namely the “Owl,” Zoom, and Blackbaud will play key roles in implementing the Hybrid Model and maximizing the communal experience of classroom teaching and learning as much as possible. “Owls” installed in classrooms combined with Zoom will allow for the simultaneous broadcasting and recording of classes. Through the “Owl,” remote students will be viewable and audible on the classroom screen (projector, smart TV, etc.) in conjunction with presentation materials. The “Owl’s” microphone and video technology will enable the teacher, in-person students, and remote students to see, hear, and interact with one another in real time. Zoom’s chat feature will facilitate managing questions and comments during the class, and its record feature allows classes to be recorded and then posted on YouTube, Vimeo, Wistia, or other channels for viewing on the same day by students in different time zones or who cannot be present in person or remotely. 26


This hybrid setup allows classes to continue synchronously while teachers and students inhabit physically separate locations, whether it be during isolation or quarantine in their dorm rooms, homes, or locations around the world. This flexibility is particularly important for students planning to physically return later in the school year who can stay synchronous with their class schedule. The School’s Blackbaud platform will remain the central point of communication between students and teachers and will house the following: • • • • •

Class content ( i.e.– digital texts, video lectures, class handouts, syllabi) Zoom meeting schedules and links to Zoom conferences Links to recorded classes Digital assignment turn-in instructions Messaging and e-mail correspondence between teachers, students, parents, advisors

To further ensure all of our students have equitable access to our academic program, the School is also offering remote learning as an option for students who may not be able to travel to New York, or whose families prefer that their children remain at home during the pandemic. This option will be available to students on a temporary basis until they can return, or for the entire academic year. The remote option will, of course, be available immediately to all students in the event of the need to suspend in-person classes or a full campus closure. Health and Safety Considerations Classroom instruction will proceed with several adaptations added to help maintain the health and safety of students and teachers. Classrooms will be set up to allow for appropriate physical distancing between students according to federal and state guidelines for reopening schools. When possible, alternative spaces and outdoor venues will be used for class instruction. Further details can be found on page 20, Section 5: Facilities under the subheading Utilization of Space. Visual & Performing Arts Provisions As in the School’s other classroom buildings, cleaning and hygiene protocols will be followed in the School’s Art Center and Theater. Signage marking traffic flow, restroom use, and the designation of exits and entrances will be present as in other academic buildings. The School’s acting and dance classes, performance ensembles, and visual arts classes will be staggered in size to allow for ample social distance, and physical barriers will be used to allow for appropriate protection of our students when needed, i.e.– when playing an instrument or reciting dialogue.

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Important lessons were learned during the spring semester when the School successfully delivered dance and acting classes online, and this option will remain in place for those students who cannot be present or in the event of a suspension of classes or campus closure. Materials and supplies for in-person visual arts classes will be provided to each student individually in the form of kits; materials will not be shared. This kit will include everyday items such as pencils, erasers, rulers, sharpeners, paint brushes, markers, etc. Before and after using these items, they will be wiped clean with wipes. Some bulkier items (i.e.– watercolor pans, linoleum blocks) will be set aside per project with individual student names, handed out by the teacher, and cleaned by the student after each use. Students will be responsible for upkeep of the items in their kit–cleaning them between use and making sure appropriate items are kept in their box, and not left on the table. Upkeep of their supply kit will be graded. In cases where shared supplies cannot be avoided, all supplies will be washed with disinfectant between uses. Students taking visual arts classes remotely or in a hybrid situation will be provided with a complete list of supplies before the start of classes for use at home as they participate in instruction via Zoom. Students using the AP studio, digital or large art room on campus outside normal class times to complete assignments will do so by appointment and be closely monitored to make sure social distancing and other health protocols are maintained. School Schedules In addition to the redesign of classroom spaces, SKS has made other changes to its program with the intention of safeguarding every member of the community. These changes include: • •

Options for high-risk teachers and immunocompromised students to participate in classes remotely. Restructuring of the Daily Schedule  Staggered class dismissals and more lunch periods  Extending the academic day to include possible evening classes  Boarding Students returning to their dormitory rooms between classes for study hall to be conducted via Zoom  Changing large-school meetings to online meetings and smaller advisory or grade meetings.  Both staggered and extended passing times between classes to institute cleaning protocols and to avoid students congregating. 28


Grading & Assessment The School did not change its grading and assessment methods during the move to online learning this past spring. As a small school with small class sizes and an individualized approach to teaching and learning, faculty were attuned to the possible effects the pandemic could have on academic performance. Remedial work and attention was provided to students on an individual basis. For the fall 2020 semester and beyond, the School does not plan to alter its grading and assessment system due to the pandemic, even if another move to remote learning is required. Grades will continue to be issued according to the 4.0 GPA scale and teachers will continue to provide students with the individual support needed for their academic success whether in-person or remotely. Attendance & Chronic Absenteeism The School collects attendance data every day, both in-person and via our online Blackbaud platform. Attendance records are collected and maintained as outlined in the School’s Student Handbook. The School will work continuously to identify any students at risk of becoming chronically absent due to sickness, family situation, or other circumstances. School administration and faculty will reach out to families and provide educational support services which include: • • •

Check-ins with the class teacher(s) to provide work and support at a rate and level that is appropriate to the student’s situation Additional support from our Counseling and Academic Support teams, if needed Help in obtaining the necessary technology to ensure continuity of learning

To achieve these goals, the School will use phone, email, and online meet-ups to communicate with family members and students who are experiencing difficulties

10. Academic Support Structure of the Academic Support Program (ASP) The Academic Support Program (ASP) works to assist students with various documented learning differences. ASP courses follow the same curriculum as SKS’s traditional classes and offer individualized attention and implement organizational strategies and flexible pedagogy designed to boost academic confidence and performance. ASP students also have access to SKS’ traditional college preparatory elective courses which include 11 AP courses.

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ASP across Different Learning Scenarios In periods of in-person learning, our regular Academic Support plans will proceed as usual. In periods of hybrid or remote learning, our Director of Academic Support will continue to provide services for teachers and students both in-person and/or remotely, ensuring the smooth continuation of attention to the best degree possible in each scenario.

11. Athletics & Extracurricular Activities Our ability to provide extracurricular athletics and activities will be guided by NYS DOH guidelines as well as common sense preventative measures. At the time of this writing, interscholastic sports are prohibited. Both the New England Prep School Athletic Conference (NEPSAC) and the Hudson Valley Athletic League (HVAL), in which the School participates, have cancelled the regular and postseason activities for fall 2020. The School’s Athletic Director is developing low-risk alternatives to interscholastic sports, such as intramural training and competitions, running clubs, and other sports where required health protocols including masking and social distancing can be achieved. Other after-school activities and clubs will follow suit, move online if possible, or will be offered on a rotating basis to specific cohorts. Students participating in extracurricular activities, whether indoors or outdoors, will be required to wear a mask. Students participating in active aerobic exercise will be required to maintain the recommended 12’ distance from other participants.

12. ESL Education and World Languages The goal of the School’s ESL Program is to provide students with sufficient instructional and social support that would enable them to successfully develop a set of skills necessary to participate fully in the School’s academic and social activities, as well as in all spheres of local and global English-speaking communities. Approximately 20-30% of the student body is enrolled in the ESL classes each year. ESL courses typically use a variety of texts, videos, literature, and communication resources. This fall, our in-person classes will incorporate the outside environment to broaden the student's knowledge of the area and provide ample social distancing. Hybrid and remote learning will follow a modified syllabus and schedule, due to time differences, if necessary. Ongoing communication and technical abilities will be ascertained to determine the level of assistance needed for individual students. ESL faculty (as they will with in-person classes) will continue to 30


individualize the curriculum and support for each student across all possible teaching and learning scenarios. In regard to communicating with the families of international students, most of the School’s international families are bilingual in English, even if it is not the first language spoken at home. In the past, we have relied on professional translators, students, faculty and staff members fluent in other languages, and our own World Language teachers (who teach Spanish and Mandarin) to communicate orally and in writing with these families. The School will continue to use these methods for important communications regarding their child’s academic progress, health-related information, and important announcements from the School.

13. Conclusion The Storm King School is currently well-positioned to reopen and return to an in-person teaching and learning scenario in the fall. At the same time, the School has the systems, planning and technology in place to face multiple scenarios and the flexibility to deliver its academic program and sense of community equally with students who are not physically present, using both synchronous and asynchronous modes. Revisions to our campus, buildings, and outdoor spaces and the establishment of detailed health, safety, and testing protocols based on state guidelines lend themselves to a hygienic and safelydistanced campus where students and faculty can teach, learn, and move about in the healthiest possible ways. Special focus on the emotional and social well-being of our community and plans for keeping active, healthy, and connected will also serve to enhance the overall experience for everyone. Our commitment to transparent, open communication with our constituency using all available channels will remain a constant and unifying factor. In anticipation that state guidelines will continue to evolve, the School will maintain updated copies of this Reopening Plan and other important documents and protocols on our school website and continue to inform our community as changes arise.

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The Storm King School's Reopening Plans for Fall 2020  

Published July 31, 2020

The Storm King School's Reopening Plans for Fall 2020  

Published July 31, 2020