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Community Resources

Campus Safety Protocols Updates & Reminders

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  • UPDATE

    • Concerning out-of-state travel as holidays approach, we expect families to adhere to Governor Baker’s Massachusetts travel guidelines, including either a 14-day quarantine or a negative COVID-19 test result (PCR only, not antigen) prior to rejoining the CH-CH community in person if travel has taken you to a higher risk state.  You should check the Massachusetts site regularly as the list of states changes frequently.
  • REMINDERS

    • Again, all members of the community are asked to renew their commitment to the Charger Pledge and a safe, healthy campus.
    • Specifically, within the Pledge, we ask all students, faculty and staff members working on campus to:
      • Record and report daily symptoms through the Magnus mobile app.
        Stay home or immediately report to the Health Center if not feeling well.
    • If a student, teacher or staff member develops symptoms consistent with COVID-19:
    • Before seeking medical care and/or testing for COVID-19, call Ashley Jones at 781-434-9824 or your doctor before making face-to-face contact with the medical professional.

Health & Wellness Updates & Reminders

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  • UPDATE

  • REMINDERS

    • Students, faculty and staff members should arrive on campus with fresh water each day. 
    • Ensure you have a back-up face covering in your possession each day.
    • Teachers and students should wear jackets and dress in layers to support the continuation of using outdoor spaces for teaching and learning as long as we can this fall.
    • Every student should have the Magnus Mobile app installed on their iOS devices to verify morning health attestation with their first period teachers.
      • If you are a parent who opted to send in a screenshot with your student, please ensure you are sending in the correct date for that day.
    • If you are a parent and missed the first PGA Coffee & Conversation program on Health & Wellness, you can view the recording by emailing our Chief Advancement Officer, Leslie Jacobson Kaye P'20 at lkaye@chch.org. It featured a clinical director, Hallie Riggs, along with the CH-CH Health team: Kenna Weber, Cory McDinger and Ashley Jones.
      • The next Coffee & Conversation is on October 20, featuring Nikki Turpin, our new Director of DEI, and our Strategic Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging Plan.
      • Additionally, on November 12, we welcome back Dr. Mark Kline P’16 to discuss the impact of social media and technology on teenagers and society.

Academics Updates & Reminders

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  • UPDATES

    • The long awaited Swivl robots have arrived and are now living in many of our classrooms. The Swivl robot rotates to follow the teacher automatically. Use of the Swivl will enhance the experience for our distance learners to better see and hear life in the classroom and interact with their teacher and classmates. The School has purchased eight of these transmission robots to begin the experiment.
    • Teachers are also starting to use new and different methods, including Bluetooth speakers, to connect the audio from their computers and monitors to Zoom. This is a work in progress as we work to address the audio set-up in a wide variety of learning spaces.
    • The Curriculum Committee has finalized a formal teacher curriculum self assessment for use during the fall and spring trimesters, with a specific look at how often POC and other marginalized groups are discussed in our daily lessons. This includes an examination of what additional resources teachers may need to continue work in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. The purpose is to foster a diverse, equitable, and inclusive curricula.
  • REMINDERS

    • Progress Notes are published for students on Tuesdays for review with advisors, and on Wednesdays for parents and guardians to access. Please reach out to your student’s advisor, class dean or program director if you are unable to access your student’s weekly Progress Notes from their teachers.
      • Parents & Guardians Virtual Fall Conference Day will take place remotely on Tuesday, October 13.
      • Meeting registration will open on Friday, October 1.
        Parents and guardians can schedule meetings with their students' teachers.
      • Parents and guardians received registration information on Monday, September 28.
      • All questions should be directed to Stephanie Daniels at sdaniels@chch.org. 

Student Life/Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Updates & Reminders

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  • REMINDERS

    • We will be offering a Civics and Voter Education Workshop on October 1.
    • We are currently re-imaging the delivery of an Indigenous Peoples’ Celebration discussing the fight for climate justice, voting rights activist Zitkala-Sa, and the beauty of native cultures.
    • We are designing a “Talking about Race” forum with Gretchen Cook-Anderson.
    • We continue to develop our very own CH-CH Community Fridge project.  More information coming soon about the CH-CH community refrigerators.
  • UPDATES

    • Advisors will be offering alternative Advisory meeting times to their distance learners to accommodate differing time zones and other conflicts.
    • Club times are expanding during the school day and week. Club leaders are also encouraged to hold evening sessions. Similar to advisory, we recognize the critical importance of our student-designed and -led clubs.  
    • Dorm parents are offering evening Zoom Study Halls to all students. This will enable remote students to secure discipline-specific help from Monday through Thursday nights.
    • There are also evening dorm bonding activities being created for student camaraderie and entertainment; for instance, virtual Bingo games and Scattegories. Moreover, the WIN (Worcester Improvement Nights) and HYPE (Harrington: Your Personal Experience) groups from previous years will continue for our contracted boarding students.

The Charger Pledge

Chapel Hill-Chauncy Hall’s mission as a college preparatory, day and boarding school is to embrace differences in learning style and culture in a richly diverse and supportive community. We challenge our students to realize their individual potential, experience academic success, and develop moral strength and personal integrity.

At the heart of a CH-CH experience lies the development of engaging passions, demonstrating personal pride, securing respect, and establishing profound responsibility for one another.

As we prepare to confront the challenges associated with navigating our school year during this global health pandemic, we are reminded that we always do our best, we look out for each other, and we take pride in the success of ourselves and our school.

Take care of yourself. Take care of each other. Take care of your place in the world.

To this end, we ask all CH-CH community members to commit to a new pledge entering the 2020-21 school year.

The 2020-21 Charger Pledge - “I will…”

  • complete the required health protocol training sessions at the beginning of the school year.
  • quarantine for two weeks before starting the school year if traveling outside the United States or New England (RI excluded), New York, New Jersey and/or Hawaii.
  • record and report daily symptoms through the Magnus mobile app.
  • stay home or immediately report to the Health Center if I’m not feeling well.
  • isolate and self-quarantine (per CDC and MDPH guidelines).
  • maintain appropriate physical distancing.
  • wear an appropriate face covering at all times on campus except for teacher-directed outdoor mask break times or while dining.
  • wash my hands frequently.
  • participate in COVID-19 testing and contact tracing, as required by the School.
  • be receptive and agreeable to safety reminders and suggestions.
  • be attentive and helpful to anyone in need of support or assistance while maintaining proper social distance.

Key Health & Safety Requirements and Updates for Massachusetts Schools

The MDPH and DESE issued a joint memo on August 18, 2020 providing refinements and updates to previously released guidance, with a particular focus on protocols for responding to COVID-19 scenarios in school, on the bus, or in community settings.  These refinements and updates were the result of questions concerning the practical implementation of both DESE and MDPH guidance, as well as from evolving medical and scientific findings related to COVID-19.   Please note that DESE and MDPH intend to collaborate throughout the school year to conduct periodic reviews of guidance for schools and issue additional updates as necessary.  CH-CH will review updated guidance and share with our school community when appropriate and/or necessary.

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  • Definition of a close contact

    If a student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19, their close contacts will be defined as only those who have been within six (6) feet of distance of the individual for at least 15 minutes, while the person was infectious.  The infectious period begins two (2) days prior to symptom onset.  If someone is asymptomatic, the infectious period is considered to begin two (2) days prior to the collection of their positive test.
  • Policy of when a close contact may return to school

    All close contacts should be tested but must self-quarantine for 14 days after the last exposure to the person who tested positive, regardless of test result.  After further consultation with the medical community, MDPH and DESE updated this guidance as the virus can cause illness from 2-14 days after exposure and even asymptomatic individuals can transmit the virus.  Going forward, even if an individual identified as a close contact receives a negative test result, they must continue to self-quarantine for the full 14 days as the virus may take up to 14 days to cause illness.
  • Policy of when a student/staff person may return to school after COVID-19 symptoms

    If a student or staff member has COVID-19-like symptoms, they may return to school after they have tested negative for COVID-19, have improvement in symptoms, and have been without fever for at least 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medications.  If a provider makes an alternative diagnosis for the COVID-19-like symptoms, the individual may return to school based on the recommendations for that alternative diagnosis (e.g., influenza or strep pharyngitis).

    If a student or staff member presents COVID-19-like symptoms and chooses not to be tested, they may return to school 10 days from start of symptoms, as long as their symptoms have improved and they have been without fever for at least 24 hours prior to their return to school without the use of fever reducing medication.
  • Definition of COVID-19 related fever

    Over the summer, the threshold for a COVID-19 related fever by the CDC has been updated from greater than 100.4 ̊F to greater than 100.0 ̊F.  As a result, going forward, a fever as a COVID-19 symptom will be defined as 100.0 ̊F or higher.
  • Students wearing masks

    Masks or face coverings are among the most critical components to reduce the transmission of COVID-19.  Students are required to wear a mask/face covering that covers their nose and mouth at all times, with the exception of meals and mask breaks.  Even if students are spaced six (6) feet apart in classrooms, the use of masks is still required unless students are eating lunch or taking a mask break.
  • Physical distancing guidelines

    Physical distancing is a critical tool in preventing the spread of COVID-19. The CDC and MDPH recommend six (6) feet of distance between individuals.  The World Health Organization and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend a minimum of three (3) feet of distance.  DESE recommends that districts aim for six (6) feet of distance where feasible.  When six (6) feet is not feasible, three (3) feet is an acceptable minimum as long as staff and students wear masks covering the nose and mouth at all times.  Please note that decisions to apply a three (3) feet minimum will likely increase the number of close contacts associated with the occurrence of a case.
  • Immunizations required in all models of learning

    Previously released guidance emphasized the importance of maintaining school immunization requirements and obtaining the flu vaccine as students return to in-person school.  This is equally important for students who are enrolled in remote or hybrid schooling models, like CH-CH.  Immunization requirements must be met in all models of learning.  CH-CH will be following the recent executive order from the Governor and MDPH requiring all students to receive a flu vaccine before the end of the calendar year.  CH-CH will be conducting a school-wide flu clinic on Tuesday, September 15, 2020, and all faculty, staff and students will be expected to participate.  More information will be coming out from the CH-CH Health Office on this.
  • Medical waiting room

    As noted in previous DESE guidance, schools must establish a separate room for students exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms or who may have learned about a positive test result while at school, while waiting to be picked up by a family member.  At CH-CH, this space will be Allen House (near Peebles and the Barn), and this space must and will be supervised when students are in the space and relatively isolated.  If more than one student needs to share the same space at a time, each student will be at least six (6) feet apart and wearing a surgical mask (non-N95 and non-cloth) while in Allen House.

    If a student does not already have a surgical mask, the School will provide one.  CH-CH will be equipping our health staff with proper personal protective equipment (PPE) when involved with supervision of the waiting room.
  • Supporting the safe application of hand sanitizer

    Handwashing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds is the best practice.  However, hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol should be substituted when handwashing is not available.  Hand sanitizer stations will be set up where school staff are typically present, such as common areas, hallways, and classrooms.

Important Dates To Know

August 7
Initial CH-CH Return to Campus Plan released

August 11
Evening discussion via Zoom for boarding families concerning the Host Family Program

August 17
Family Responses to the "CH-CH Return to Learning” Form Due

August 17
Third community letter of the summer released

August 18, 9-10AM
Zoom with International Families and the Chinese Parents’ Association

August 19, 8-9AM
Zoom with Domestic Families

August 19, 9-10AM
Zoom with the Student Body

August 20, 9-10AM
Zoom with the Faculty and Staff

August 28

August 31, 7:30-8:30PM 
Evening virtual meet & greet for new students and parents

September 7, 11AM-1:30PM
On-Campus COVID-19 Testing. Sign-Up for Testing on the CH-CH Campus on 9/7 (Please Complete by 9/1)

September 9
Orientation Day


September 10

First day of classes for Fall Trimester

September 15, 9AM-3PM
On-Campus Flu Clinic for all students, faculty, and staff. Please complete Consent Form before arrival. *Copy of your insurance is also needed*

September 29
CH-CH Return to Campus Plan Chapter 3: Updates & Reminders released

October 2, 12:30-1:30PM EST
"Town Hall" Zoom call for CH-CH parents & guardians.

October 8, 9:00-10:00AM EST
"Town Hall" Zoom call for international parents & guardians. 

Community Expectations

All members of the Chapel Hill-Chauncy Hall community have a shared responsibility to prevent the spread of illness when they are aware or suspect that they have contracted a communicable disease.

It is imperative that all members of our school community remain committed to the safety policies and procedures listed in this and future communications to help keep students, staff, and faculty safe. By enrolling your student at CH-CH, you agree to the following requirements:

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  • Follow Federal, State, and Local Orders

    All families are expected to adhere to the directives of applicable federal, state, and local government health departments, including the CDC and MDPH, regarding social distancing in public and other measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
  • COVID-19 Testing and Notification

    If your student or someone in your household tests positive for COVID-19, you must notify the CH-CH Health Center nurse, Ashley Jones (ajones@chch.org or 781-314-0826), as soon as possible. At this time, the School is still determining the shape and scope of on-campus testing this fall.
  • Stay Home if Showing Symptoms

    If your student is showing symptoms, you are expected to keep them home from school. To promote this behavior, we will take a more flexible approach to our attendance policies for classes and co-curricular activities during the pandemic.  Necessary policy changes, such as attendance, will be released with an updated Community Handbook at the start of the School year.
  • Stay Home if Exposed

    If anyone in your household has been notified by the MDPH that they were in contact with an individual infected with COVID-19, you are asked to notify the Health Center. Based on the circumstance, you may be asked to keep your child home from school for 14 days. During this time, your student will be able to continue classes via distance learning.
  • Travel

    Please avoid unnecessary travel. Following Governor Baker’s travel restrictions as of August 1st, if your student has traveled outside of the United States or New England (RI excluded), New York, New Jersey and/or Hawaii within two weeks of the start of the school year, you are required to notify the School and keep your child home inside these designated states for 14 days prior to campus arrival or take and provide a negative COVID-19 test result during a 72-hour waiting period. If anyone in your student’s household has traveled outside this region and has tested positive for COVID-19, you must also keep your student at home for 14 days. Your student will be able to engage in classes via distance learning.
  • Temperature Checking

    The School will check temperatures of students as necessary and needed. If your student presents with a temperature that is higher than 100.0’F, your child will need to be sent home.  All students should have their temperatures checked at home; these shall be recorded by students in the Magnus app each morning.
  • Face Coverings

    Students are required to wear face coverings that cover the mouth and nose at all times on campus. Teach your student how to properly use and remove a face covering or mask. If using fabric masks, ensure that your student’s mask is cleaned regularly. Face coverings will be available in the School Store for purchase, should a student need one. There will also be free, disposable masks available through the Machen Health Center.
  • Hygiene

    Practice and reinforce good hygiene practices at home. In particular, the importance of frequent hand washing and hand sanitization cannot be overemphasized. The School will be placing additional hand sanitizing stations in buildings on campus.
  • Students’ Personal Items

    Limit the items your student brings onto campus each day. Students should avoid sharing food, supplies, and other items with other students.
  • Medical Forms; Emergency Contacts

    Parents and guardians must complete and submit all required student medical forms via Magnus prior to the first day of school. Parents and guardians must be prepared to pick-up ill students from CH-CH soon after receiving a call from the School if the student presents with a higher than 100°F temperature or becomes ill during the school day. Families will be expected to pick-up by academic day’s end.

CH-CH Student and Support Services

Grade Level Program Directors
9th & 10th: Kelly Walsh kwalsh@chch.org or 781-314-0844 
11th & 12th: Ben Riggs briggs@chch.org or 781-314-0892

Class Deans
9th: Kasey American Horse kamericanhorse@chch.org
10th: Jacquie MacDonald jmacdonald@chch.org
11th: Cassandra Dinkel cdinkel@chch.org
12th: Sarah Orban sorban@chch.org

Director of Residential Life
Lori White lwhite@chch.org or 781-314-0850 

Director of Health Services
Kenna Weber kweber@chch.org or 781-314-0825

School Nurse/Machen Health Center
Ashley Jones ajones@chch.org or 781-314-0826 

School Counselor
Cory McDinger cmcdinger@chch.org or 781-314-0824

Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Nikki Turpin nturpin@chch.org

Director of Technology
Jon Andruchow jandruchow@chch.org

Executive Assistant for School Leadership
Stephanie Daniels sdaniels@chch.org or 781-314-0800

Attendance Line
(Notify CH-CH of student tardiness/absence): 781-314-0900 

*Please note that phone numbers are on-campus office numbers. Individuals are able to remotely collect messages.

Campus Closure Metrics

CH-CH may be required to close campus on a short- or long-term basis this school year.  Campus closing metrics are those data points that inform if, and when, we must close campus, as well as when we may be able to reopen campus, due to COVID-19 outbreaks and/or health monitoring/quarantining in our own school community.

There has been much discussion about COVID-19 health and safety metrics that can be helpful guidelines for when schools reopen, stay open, close, and then perhaps re-open again during the upcoming school year.  Such metrics serve not only as a guide to both public and independent schools as to whether schools should open the academic year using full-time in-person, hybrid, or remote models, but also to support future decision-making if the impact of COVID-19 requires schools to switch between learning models throughout the school year.

Each Wednesday, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) releases its Weekly COVID-19 Public Health Report that contains critical metrics for each municipality in the Commonwealth.  There is also a color-coded indication posted for each municipality calculated on a rolling two-week basis. 

Because the impact of the virus is local, the concept of this particular COVID-19 health/safety designation is focused on the municipal level.  Following the release of these updated metrics, the MDPH and DESE will be providing districts and schools with initial guidance on how to interpret the data for various school settings.  These guidelines were developed in consultation with the DESE infectious disease physicians and other public health experts.

As for general guidance for interpreting these metrics, DESE recommends that while average daily cases per 100,000 over a two-week period is the metric that determines the color-coding for each community, districts and schools should also monitor whether cases are increasing or decreasing as compared to the prior period.  The local test positivity rate also remains an important metric to monitor.  In consultation with the Waltham Health Department, CH-CH will consider whether these additional metrics and underlying data may indicate other concerning trends.

CH-CH will study multiple consecutive weekly COVID-19 reports to assess trends in order to inform any changes to our learning model for the start of the school year or to make any changes during the year.  Since we draw students from over 35 different towns and cities in the Commonwealth, we will look to the MDPH and DESE for additional guidance that points to the appropriate data to view in our context.

Based on these updated weekly COVID-19 metrics from the MDPH, CH-CH will be in a position to best determine the most appropriate learning model to pursue as the school year forges ahead.  We will follow the Commonwealth’s color-coded metrics unless there are extenuating circumstances identified after consultation with the Waltham Health Department.  This includes reviewing additional metrics, such as whether cases are increasing or decreasing, the local test positivity rate, and other contextual factors taking place on campus and in our transient school community.  Updated metrics and related guidance will support our decision-making throughout the year if and when we encounter changing circumstances.

To be certain, we will close campus and switch to 100% remote learning (either long-term or short-term) if Massachusetts’ Governor Baker executes a State of Emergency executive order closing campuses throughout the Commonwealth.  This would be a similar situation as experienced this past spring.  Most notably, if there is an order universally closing public school campuses around the state, CH-CH would follow said order and close our 42-acre independent school campus while pivoting to a 100% remote learning model.

Regardless of what the weekly, local, town-based COVID-19 metrics from the MDPH determine, we may be required to close the CH-CH campus if an impactful percentage of our full-time, on-campus teachers are unable to instruct due to COVID-19 related monitoring/illness.  To note, this is not necessarily due to the actual COVID-19 disease, but rather related monitoring or other illness that prevents our faculty from teaching, even remotely.  We suspect that there will be occasions when teaching faculty will need to be quarantined at home but still be able to remotely instruct their classes.

In regards to our on-campus, in-person student body, if 25% of our on-campus students are out due to COVID-19 related monitoring/illness, we will plan to close campus on a short-term basis.  Again, this is not necessarily the COVID-19 disease but, rather, a monitoring and quarantining situation for observation purposes and/or actual illness.  Similar to our teaching faculty, it would be our hope and expectation that students quarantining at home will still be able to engage in remote learning unless their illness prevented them from such learning.  As such, we do expect students needing to pivot from on campus to remote learning, and back again, during the upcoming school year.  A student’s return to campus will be arranged in concert with health approval from the CH-CH Health Office.

To be clear, there is not an exact predetermined number of positive COVID-19 cases within the CH-CH community that would force a school closure.  There is simply no current guidance concerning this metric because it is highly contextual for each particular school community.  With one case, the School will seriously consider the possibility of closure, but one case alone may not necessitate closure.  Much would depend on what our contract tracing protocols, procedures and outcomes reveal.  CH-CH would be in close communication with the Waltham Health Department to secure additional health guidance and determine the most appropriate course of action for the School to pursue.

Related, the Magnus Mobile v2 app will provide access to the Daily Parent Screening/Attestation feature for families to conduct student health screenings.  It will be critically important to each member of the on-campus learning community each day.  We expect that before community members arrive to campus (or walkabout campus, if they are faculty/staff campus residents), they will engage in a quick COVID-19 symptom self-assessment using this mobile app. Download on Apple iOS or Download on Android

This self-assessment will become a habitual part of our daily regimen before school each day.  It will allow the School to track the general well-being of the campus community.  Earlier this week, the CH-CH Health Office released guidance to community members on securing and using this mobile app.  Click HERE for guidance on how to download and set-up your credentials for the Magnus Mobile v2 app.
Located 10 miles from Boston, Chapel Hill-Chauncy Hall is a coeducational college preparatory school that teaches the way students learn. The School welcomes students with diverse learning styles and helps them to develop self-confidence and achieve academic success through personalized, integrated learning. Chapel Hill-Chauncy Hall offers 180 boarding and day students a richly diverse cultural and academic environment and opportunities to engage in the arts, athletics and community service.