COVID-19 Information and Updates

This page is designated for information, updates, and resources related to COVID-19.

January 3rd, 2022

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COVID-19 Update
Dear Hyde Families,

 

We hope you are having a wonderful Winter Break with your students and enjoying the holiday season.  We are excited to have our community come together again when students return to school on Monday, January 3rd for a productive winter term.

 

As we prepare to welcome students back to campus early next week, we are keeping a close eye on the status of COVID-19 and the spread of the Omnicron variant across the globe.  Given the rise in cases, it is essential that we take all necessary precautions to keep the Hyde community safe and healthy.  We are committed to protecting everyone on campus while, at the same time, offering our students the co-curricular character programming that is the hallmark of the Hyde education.  Thus, we have instituted the following protocols to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 on our campus.

 

Return to Campus Protocols
  • Our first priority is to get everyone back to school safely on Monday, January 3rd.  Therefore, all students are required to return to campus with a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 24-hours in advance of arrival.  Options for testing include either a rapid antigen test or, if available, a rapid PCR test.  Proof of the negative test results (this can be simply a photo or screenshot) should be emailed to Teresa Coffey, RN, Director of Hyde School Health Center, at tcoffey@hyde.edu.  In the event you are unable to secure a rapid test in a timely manner, please reach out to Teresa at (207) 443-7180, and she can help you make arrangements.
  • Should your child test positive for COVID-19 or display any COVID-like symptoms prior to returning, Hyde will work with you regarding their future return to school.
  • All community members will be required to wear masks indoors, including during athletics, until such time as we feel comfortable that we have created our campus “bubble.” Students will be allowed to be in their specific dormitory mask-free and are required to engage in hand hygiene and safe distancing.
  • Students and employees will be pooled tested on Wednesday, January 5th and again on Wednesday, January 12th.
  • Please notify Teresa if your child has tested positive since leaving campus in December.

 

Testing Positive on Campus
  • If your student tests positive for COVID-19, we will work with each family to follow your COVID plan.  Most students will be convalescing at home or at an alternative location.  We understand that leaving campus in a timely manner to get home may not be possible for every student, and we will assess these situations on a case-by-case basis.
  • Arrangements will be made for academic work while students are either quarantining on campus or recovering off-campus.

 

Campus Life
  • For the first two weeks after they return to campus, students will be required to remain on campus and will be restricted from walking off campus to Big Apple and other local establishments.  Arrangements will be made with faculty for “curbside pickup” for students.
  • Athletic contests will be determined on a case-by-case basis depending as we monitor the prevalence of COVID-19 in the community.  As of right now, we are prohibiting spectators, other than students and employees, from attending athletic events.

 

We will continue to keep you posted as the situation evolves over the coming weeks.  Our goal is to continue to create our on-campus “bubble” so that students can experience as much normalcy as possible, and we can continue with in-person learning.

 

As always, the health and safety of our community is our overarching goal, and, therefore, we will continue to closely monitor the spread of the virus, follow CDC guidelines when applicable, and update our COVID-19 protocols as appropriate.  We are grateful for your partnership as we continue to navigate our way through these challenging times.  If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to our Health Office, your Discovery Group Leader, or the Hyde administration.  We look forward to having your child back on campus!

 

All the best for a happy and healthy new year,

 

Hyde School’s COVID-19 Task Force

 

August 17th, 2021


Dear Hyde Community,

The link below is a critical update for parents, students and staff for the 2021-2022 school year, including important dates and protocols that the Hyde School is implementing. Please take the time to read it and share the information, so that we can all be prepared for the upcoming first day of school.

 

Charting Our Course — 2021-2022 School Year

 

July 13th, 2021


COVID-19 Update

Dear Hyde Summer Leadership Challenge Families,

After a successful yet challenging year balancing COVID-19 protocols with our rigorous character curriculum, we are looking forward to returning the Hyde School campus to its pre-pandemic normal.  Our overarching goal has always been, and continues to be, ensuring the health and safety of the Hyde community – students, employees, and families – while delivering our co-curricular character programming.  Given the new Maine COVID-19 recommendations, along with the development of safe and effective vaccines, we are able to lift some of our protocols while continuing others to maintain a healthy community.

COVID-19 Vaccination

We are committed to creating a normalized setting where our students are comfortable and safe.  To do so, we strongly encourage that your child arrives on campus Monday, July 12th fully vaccinated for COVID-19.   The majority of our students participating in the Summer Leadership Challenge are vaccinated which has allowed us to create a critical mass with our ultimate goal of achieving herd immunity within our community.  Because this is a recommendation, we anticipate there will be a few students who opt out of the COVID-19 vaccine.  We embrace all students on campus and will work to create a unified sense of inclusion.  Those students who are unvaccinated will be subject to additional testing so that we can ensure their safety throughout the program.  If you would like to have your child vaccinated while they are here, or you would like more information about the COVID-19 vaccine, please contact Teresa Coffey, RN, Director of the Hyde School Health Center, at tcoffey@hyde.edu.

Campus Life

Almost 100 percent of our employees have been vaccinated for COVID-19.  

Based on prevailing recommendations from the State of Maine, we have decided to lift our masking requirement this summer for all students whether vaccinated or unvaccinated. Students will be able to roam the campus and be in indoor spaces without masks.  They will, however, be required to have a mask on them at all times in the event one is needed.  

In an effort to create a unifying experience for our students, all students, both vaccinated and unvaccinated, may be co-mingled including rooming with each other in the dormitories.  All students and faculty will go through morning screenings (temperature, symptom, and exposure checks) and unvaccinated students will be tested one to two times per week.  

Arriving on Campus

All students who are fully vaccinated do not need any testing prior to their arrival.  We do require that all students who are unvaccinated arrive with a negative PCR COVID-19 test (a regular or rapid PCR test is acceptable) taken no longer than 72-hours prior to arrival.  All visitors, including students and parents, should refrain from coming to campus if they are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms.  

Additional Protocols

 

In the event a student tests positive for COVID-19, we will be following the guidelines we set in place last year.  If your child tests positive, it may be preferable to have them convalesce at home.  If that is not possible, we will work out arrangements to help them convalesce on campus, and you may be asked to come help with their care.  Accommodations will be provided by Hyde School.

We ask that you complete the COVID-19 Treatment Plan provided by our Health Center.  If your child is unvaccinated and has been exposed to an individual with COVID-19, they will be tested, quarantined on campus, and closely monitored for symptoms.  

Last year, our community came together and embraced our safety protocols, as well as Hyde’s in-person educational program.  We were able to have a year of growth for our students with no transmittal of the virus.

We are keenly aware of the ever-changing landscape of public health guidance regarding COVID-19, as well as potential variants.  Hyde is closely monitoring all state and federal recommendations and may make adjustments to our protocols as necessary.

We are excited for your child to join our Summer Leadership Challenge.  Our theme this summer is “Find Your Best.”  We look forward to welcoming you in August for the family weekend.

Dear Hyde Community,

On January 4th, 2021, Hyde School welcomed our students back to campus for in-person learning.  We put in place several protocols to create our campus “bubble” for the winter term.  All students were required to arrive on campus with a negative COVID-19 test and quarantine in their dorms for approximately ten days prior to receiving a second test.  While in quarantine, students participated in remote classes, school meetings, Discovery Groups, as well as outdoor activities in dorm cohorts.

On January 14th, in partnership with CIC Health in Cambridge, Massachusetts, we were able to test our entire student body and a group of employees.  Once we confirmed that our “bubble” was intact, in-person learning resumed on January 18th, 2021 with increased vigilance, including heightened masking, physical distancing, and hygiene protocols.

While we continue to chart our course through these challenging times, we reaffirm our  commitment to keep our community safe and healthy while delivering the Hyde education in person.  Additionally, we will continue to follow Maine and federal CDC guidelines to maintain our campus “bubble.”

July 9, 2020


COVID-19 Update

Dear Hyde Community,

After careful consideration, based on both federal and state public health guidance, we have decided to reopen Hyde School’s campus for in-person learning. Our plans to resume Hyde’s co-curricular character education learning program are predicated on all relevant public health advice, particularly that of the State of Maine and local officials, as well as the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC). As such, with a reimagined vision of life on campus, we have begun to chart our course for the coming school year… Read our full plan by clicking the link below.

See Our Plan Here

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