COVID-19 Updates and Information
January 19, 2021
Happy new year from a very quiet Kent School! I was reflecting this morning that for the first time in my career as an educator, Martin Luther King Jr. Day passed and there were no students around to remind us of his legacy and what it means today. In the Kent School community, the celebration of Dr. King's life is just one important moment in our larger commitment to do all that we can to ensure that the "arc of the moral universe" does indeed "[bend] toward justice." I mention this as just one more reason I am looking forward to welcoming students back on February 1.
We are living day three of our shared "quiet life." During an employee town hall meeting last week, I encouraged everyone to control what we can control, which is our own behavior. Arriving on campus healthy and safe is the single most important factor in keeping our community safe for the remainder of the school year, and I thank you for your willingness to quarantine at home in advance of February 1.
As a reminder, members of the Covid Task Force are hosting a webinar for all parents tomorrow, Wednesday, January 20, at 7 pm. All parents are encouraged to attend; a summary of the meeting along with a recording of it will be emailed to all parents by the end of this week.
Michael G. Hirschfeld
From the Health Center
Student Covid Cases
With the School’s surveillance testing and emerging athletic-related guidance surrounding Covid, we need to know if your student has had Covid. If your student has had Covid at any point during the pandemic, even if we already know about the infection, please email the Health Center at email@example.com with the following information:
Negative Covid PCR Test Result Required to Return to Campus
In order to be allowed on campus on February 1, all students must have a negative Covid PCR test. The test must be performed between January 25 and January 31. A pending PCR test, an antigen test, or an antibody test will not be accepted. There will be no exceptions. Test results must be emailed to the Health Center at firstname.lastname@example.org or faxed to 860-927-6217. All test reports must include the student’s name and date of birth. Do not put your child on a plane, train, or in a car on February 1 without proof of a negative Covid PCR test.
More information about testing options will be included in next week’s newsletter.
Testing for International Travel
Starting January 26, all persons arriving to the U.S. on international flights will be required to have proof of a negative Covid PCR test within 72 hours of boarding their flight to the U.S. Families should watch for updated travel restrictions and requirements given the upcoming inauguration of President Biden on Jan 20. If travel restrictions change between now and February 1, we will communicate about how that will impact families. Online PCR testing resources:
Please schedule your testing to meet the U.S. travel requirements. If you enter the U.S. prior to January 26, you will be required to present a Covid PCR test that was obtained on January 25 or later.
From the Dean's Office
Sign Up for Travel Buses by January 25
Email email@example.com to reserve a seat
Chaperones will meet students at 1 p.m. EST on Monday, February 1, in the following locations for a 1:30 departure to campus:
A negative result to a Covid PCR test performed between January 25 and January 31 and emailed to the Health Center at firstname.lastname@example.org or faxed to 860-927-6217 is required to board a bus. All test reports must include the student’s name and date of birth. A pending PCR test, an antigen test, or an antibody test will not be accepted. There will be no exceptions.
The fee is charged to the student spending account, and includes cancellations within 48 hours of the travel date.
Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. All reservations must be emailed to email@example.com by Monday, January 25. Late requests will not be accepted due to the need to verify Covid test results.
The school does not provide adult chaperones to sign unaccompanied minors in or out of airport terminals. If traveling as an unaccompanied minor, we recommend hiring a livery company to provide this service.
Local livery services are also available for families to hire for travel assistance other than travel buses. Payments and reservations must be made directly with the car company. Kent School does not book reservations.
Move-In Day Schedule and Logistics
To provide the safest and most efficient return to campus possible on February 1, please be aware of the following:
If you have been contacted by the Dean's Office about providing guardian information, be sure to submit this information promptly. Students without approved guardians will not be allowed to return to campus on February 1.
Return to Campus FAQ
A collection of frequently asked questions and their answers is being compiled here. This document will be continuously updated as more questions arise.
From the Studies Office
Daily Schedules and Logistics During the Phase-In Period
When remote learning resumes on January 25, the remote learning schedule will be in place.
A modified schedule is being created for the first weeks of February as we return to campus. While we are hoping for a 10-day Phase-In Period, it could last 14 days based on test results and state guidance. More details will follow, but for now the basics of the schedule are below.
February 2 to February 4:
From the Athletics Office
Winter and Spring Season Schedule
As the Winter and Spring seasons take shape, please note that the last day of Winter competition will be Saturday, March 13. Spring sports begin Monday, March 15.
The Athletics Office is seeking partner schools with Covid protocols that match Kent’s in rigor to schedule Friday and Saturday games after the Phase-In period is completed on campus. More information will follow as the term progresses.