Reopen Ready Plan - July 6, 2020

Dear Oak Hill School Community,

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday weekend and you and your family are enjoying the slower pace that summer affords.

At school, our focus remains on planning for the school year ahead. Our COVID-19 subcommittee of the Board of Trustees, administrative team, and faculty have all spent a tremendous amount of time and energy plotting our path forward. As someone who appreciates athletics, especially soccer, it feels as though the rules of the game are changing while we have already taken the field. With Nashville’s step backward into a modified Phase 2 plan and the Governor’s extension of the current state of emergency until the end of August, we continue to watch, monitor and make adjustments as needed to begin our school year in a safe and healthy way for our families, students and employees. 

Attached to this email, you will find our Reopen Ready Plan for the fall. It provides a high-level overview of three proposed plans for reopening this fall. The plan that we choose will be based on current state and local COVID-19 guidelines and will also reflect a number of established best-practices to ensure a safe and productive return to campus. 

As we get closer to the start of school, we will provide more specific details about new policies or procedures that are likely to be implemented. For example, in our recent survey, a number of parents asked about our use of face-coverings during the school day. We expect that we will require them during transitions and during arrival and dismissal but not in the classroom or outside on the playground.

In the meantime, I ask for your partnership. Our operational plans depend on the control of the virus in the community. Out of caution and respect, please maintain social distancing, wear a face-covering when social-distancing is not an option, and maintain a small group of friends and family for social interactions. These steps will help us get back to what we all want—to have our students back on campus to begin the 60th year at Oak Hill School.

Enjoy the rest of your summer. We will be in touch with you in early August.

With gratitude,
Hart

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