Boarding STUDENTs: What you need to know


Campus Arrival/Pre-start of School


Prior to Campus Arrival

 

All students should quarantine at home for seven days, followed by a negative COVID-19 test result, or for 14 days with no test. Please refer to Vermont’s at-home quarantine rules for further information. If traveling from a safe county as designated by the Vermont Department of Health, no quarantine is needed. Safe county information is updated weekly on Fridays. Please be sure to check the information frequently before departure.

 

Campus Arrival

 

New boarding students who do not need to quarantine should plan to arrive Wednesday, August 26, between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.  Please be sure to contact DormTravel@stjacademy.org for further details.

 

Returning boarding students who do not need to quarantine should plan to arrive on Sunday, August 30, between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. unless you were notified to arrive earlier.  Please contact DormTravel@stjacademy.org for exact details.

 

New and returning boarding students who require quarantine should contact DormTravel@stjacademy.org if you haven’t done so already. 

 

If traveling by car from a safe county, no quarantine is needed upon arrival on campus.

 

If traveling by car, and the student quarantined for seven days followed by a negative COVID-19 test result, or for 14 days with no test, the student can drive straight to campus without a stop along the way. Upon arrival, no quarantine is needed on campus.

 

If traveling by air, St. Johnsbury Academy will arrange socially-distanced airport transfers to campus. Upon arrival to campus, students will quarantine for seven days in a single room with a bathroom. On the seventh day the student will be tested. Once a negative test result is received, the student will be moved into their permanent dorm room.

 

If traveling by car with stops in unapproved counties, the student will be required to quarantine for seven days in a single room with a bathroom upon arrival to campus. On the seventh day the student will be tested. Once a negative test result is received, the student will be moved into their permanent dorm room.

 

All students in campus quarantine will be monitored by our health and wellness staff.

 

Meals will also be delivered by our health and wellness staff.

 

Online activities will be set-up for students during the quarantine duration.

 

 


Orientation


Due to staggered arrivals, student leaders and dorm council members will be planning many activities, over the course of a few weeks, to orient new students. Returning students will have the opportunity to try some new and exciting Vermont adventures! More details will follow. 

 

 


Weekly Morning Routine


Breakfast will be served in each individual dorm.

 

Students will be screened each morning before leaving their respective dorm.

 

 


Daily Schedule


August 31st is the official first day of school. During that week, students will work with teachers and advisors to become accustomed to the new norms and expectations, as well as be reminded of the standards of campus culture we will continue to expect. Academic classes will begin in full on September 8th. Many elements of the school day will remain the same, as will the contours of the fall semester schedule.

 

Boarding students will report to campus daily and attend classes on campus daily. Day students will be divided alphabetically into “green and white” cohorts so roughly 50% of the student body will be on campus on a Monday/Wednesday schedule, and half on a Tuesday/Thursday schedule. When they are not at school,  day students will attend school online, joining their classes using a hybrid model of combined in-class and virtual attendance.

 

On Fridays, boarding students will attend a half day of short period classes, followed by a flexible afternoon with opportunities for teachers to have individual meetings with students, or for students in sciences, arts, and/or CTE courses to come to campus on alternate weeks to work on projects and other enrichment activities.

 

Teachers have developed a robust and engaging fall curriculum. All classes will be taught in a hybrid model meaning students can be in person or virtual. This hybrid model will allow for an easy transition if classes need to be taught 100% online.

 

During advisory block, announcements will be read and lunch orders will be taken.

 

During C block, students will pick up their meal and return to their classrooms to eat.

 

All walking traffic will follow specific patterns. A plan is in place to limit movement around campus during the school day. 

 

Dinner in the dining hall will be attended in sessions to accommodate all boarding students, while still practicing social distancing. 

 

Evening study will remain; again, practicing social distancing. 

 

 


Activities


Daily screening will continue during the weekends.

 

Weekend brunch and dinner will be attended in sessions to accommodate all boarding students, while still practicing social distancing.

 

New programs are being developed for after school and weekend activities to enhance the students overall Academy experience.

 

Interscholastic fall sports will practice and scrimmage. Decisions about formal competition will come at a later date.

 

 


Health and Safety


Faculty and staff have been working to develop a thoughtful, responsible, and balanced plan for the reopening of school in accordance with the Vermont Department of Health and Agency of Education Guidance for A Strong and Healthy Start, CDC guidelines, and other official and expert advice from across the world.

 

An orientation will take place for all students outlining key health and safety measures.

 

Those safety measures include:

 

Mask wearing
We will require all faculty, staff, and students to wear facial coverings while in buildings, as well as in other settings or outside where reasonable physical distancing cannot be maintained. Adults dropping off and picking up students should wear facial coverings. Instructions for making, wearing, and washing facial coverings can be found on the CDC website.  We ask that students bring their own masks.  Reusable masks will be given out during orientation and disposable masks provided throughout the year as needed.

 

Hand washing
Additional hand-washing stations and hand sanitizer will be installed in classrooms, dorms, and other public spaces.

 

Social distancing
We will expect all to practice social distancing. We are reconfiguring classrooms and other spaces to allow for reasonable distancing and analyzing what that means for our dining hall, field house, buses, and larger public spaces.

 

Limited gatherings
We will follow evolving state guidelines and consider the limitations of our physical spaces in limiting the number of people allowed to gather.

 

Dorm Living
We are looking carefully at the density of dorm populations to allow for social distancing. We are configuring residents and dorms  into “family groups” or “pods” who can live together with some eased restrictions while providing exceptional faculty and staff support to take care of students at all times.

 

Those students who do not wish to return home for breaks will be permitted to remain on campus.

 

Should a student become ill, we have created dedicated, isolated infirmary spaces away from the center of campus with private baths, proctor presence, and access to pediatric care.

 

All dorms will have refrigerators stocked with breakfast food. Dinner and other meals will be made available in safely configured spaces. Food service staff will follow additional protocols for working safely.

 

Use of outdoor spaces
Our faculty and staff are looking at options for conducting classes and activities outdoors when possible as research shows being in fresh air mitigates the spread of the virus.

 

Air quality
Studies are being done to upgrade and adjust air quality systems.

 

Increased disinfecting and cleaning
Our facilities team has already put protocols in place for cleaning and disinfecting at the recommended levels and frequencies.

 

Daily screening
All resident students will be screened daily for temperature and symptoms of COVID-19 in their dorms before arriving on campus.

 

Encouraging staying home when sick
We will insist that boarding students with any symptoms related to COVID-19 be isolated in our designated infirmary space and treated and cared for by our health and wellness staff.

 

Testing, quarantine, and travel restrictions
Staggered arrival of resident students will allow students to quarantine according to state mandates.

 

Response to infection on campus
We are finalizing our response to infection on campus, and we will work closely with the Vermont Department of Health on these protocols.

 

Traffic flow and campus signage
We are analyzing how to limit movement during the day, control traffic flow through campus, and post clear signs across campus and in buildings to guide students to follow the health and safety protocols.

 

Transportation
We will be limiting off-campus trips and most field trips.

 

Visitors
We will be strictly limiting visitors to our campus.

We’re here to help!

 

Beth Choiniere
Assistant Headmaster for Campus Life
bchoiniere@stjacademy.org
(802) 751-2024

 

Jamie Ryan

Director of Resident Life

jryan@stjacademy.org

(802) 751-2007

 

John Robillard

Dean of Resident Life

jrobillard@stjacademy.org

(802) 751-2357

 

Kendra Brazeau

Dean of International Students

kbrazeau@stjacademy.org

(802) 751-2129

 

 


Questions about our school opening plans?

 

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