Health & Safety

During the COVID-19 pandemic, each of us needs to express a heightened level of concern for the health and well-being of each member of the community. We all - families, students, faculty, staff -  need to reframe our outlook on community health and make it a top priority to keep one another safe. While the risk of the infection from the virus can never be fully eradicated at the School, every reasonable effort and precaution will be taken to prevent this from occurring. The School expects that all members of the community comply with the rules, policies, and expectations created to protect the safety and health of the community, even when it may be inconvenient to ourselves. The following guidelines will be in place for the 2020-2021 school year and are supported by local, state, and federal guidelines. They may be altered throughout the year to reflect new guidelines and information.

List of 10 frequently asked questions.

  • Daily Health Monitoring of Students & Faculty/Staff

    KO will utilize Ascend, a web-based HIPAA compliant application. All members in the community - students, faculty and staff will enter their health status on a daily basis. Users will answer a few short questions regarding COVID-19 symptoms recognized by the CDC before heading to school. Based on the information entered, the app will let students, faculty, and staff know whether they may come to campus or must stay home. If you have any COVID-19 symptoms or are otherwise sick, do not come to campus. Students will be able to attend the class online at home if they choose.
  • Face Masks

    Health experts have determined that wearing face masks is a vital part in stemming the transmission of the COVID-19 infection. Therefore, the school is adopting a robust mask-wearing policy for all members of our community. Face masks must be worn at all times indoors and must be worn outdoors whenever social distancing cannot be maintained. Face masks do not need to be worn during lunch; therefore strict six-feet social distancing in the dining hall will be enforced. Face mask use for sports and training can be found in the Athletics section of the Reopening Plan. The School recommends that the students obtain at least five reusable masks (one for each day of the week) and that the masks are washed frequently.
  • Social Distancing

    Health experts recommend that all students and employees respect the six-foot distancing guidelines wherever possible between one another to mitigate the spread of the virus. All classrooms and common spaces have been measured and optimized to allow the appropriate number of students to be present while observing these social distancing guidelines as best as possible. Some classes usually held in smaller rooms may move to larger spaces (common areas or other, repurposed areas) to more safely accommodate the students. All seats in the classes will be forward facing.
  • Drop Off

    Middle School students will enter through the front lobby of the Estes Family Middle School; Upper School students will enter through the Roberts Building lower lobby (Trout Brook entrance) in the morning. We are planning on creating a staging area to queue students six feet apart while waiting to be checked in. The earliest that students may be dropped off is 7:00 a.m. Students will be greeted by a faculty or staff member who will check the student’s Ascend app for an ‘all-clear’ to attend school that day and to ensure the student is wearing a face mask. If the app shows that the student may not attend school on that day, they must return home.
  • Cleaning & Disinfecting

    The School will follow the cleaning and disinfecting guidelines for schools provided by the State of Connecticut Department of Public Health, paying particular attention to “high touch” surfaces. Additional wall-mounted and free-standing hand sanitizers will be installed and placed throughout campus in high traffic areas. The School will add additional staffing resources during the day to increase the frequency of restroom disinfecting while paying special attention to high touchpoints in common areas. Teachers will disinfect desks, chairs, and high touchpoints prior to another class entering.
  • Air Circulation

    Wherever possible, the School will work to increase air circulation in indoor spaces by opening windows in classrooms. In addition, we will use outdoor spaces for academic instruction as often as the class content and the weather permits it.

    Ventilation systems are continuously maintained at the KO campus. Prior to re-populating campus, ventilation systems daily schedules will be adjusted to start two hours prior to the arrival of students and faculty and will continue to run one hour post occupancy while building exhaust systems will be set to run 24/7 to increase building ventilation.
  • If Your Child Becomes Ill At School

    Students who show COVID-19-like symptoms while at school will report to the school nurse and will stay in one of three isolation rooms to protect themselves and others, monitored and cared for by the school nurse in full PPE and regularly disinfected after use. A parent, guardian or other parent-designated caregiver will be expected pick up their child promptly if they are sick at school. A physician's note will be required for return to campus after recovery and/or the appropriate quarantine period. (Note: The Ascend app enables physicians' notes to be uploaded and verified by the nurse.)
  • Communication & Education

    Communication is vital to the success of the Reopening Plan so that parents, students, employees and other key stakeholders feel reassured that our plan is comprehensive and that we are centering on the health and well-being of our community. Education regarding health protocols will be continually reinforced prior to school reopening and throughout the school year through digital billboard reminders, posters, short videos and advisee group discussions. Signage and reminders of health protocols will be placed throughout campus, and short videos about handwashing, social distancing and other safety protocols will be made available to instill a culture of safety and ‘care beyond self.’
  • Mental Health

    Due to the uncertainty of the pandemic, we are concerned about the social and emotional health of our community. Our school counselors and our dean of students will coordinate education, resources, and mental wellness strategies to navigate the current situation and proactively check-in with our students. The School is augmenting its advisory program by partnering with The Social Institute, a resource for social-emotional support tools. See our School Life section in our Reopening Plans for more information.
  • COVID-19 Taskforce

    A designated team of administrators will meet weekly to access our response to the pandemic and modify our plans when necessary. The Ascend health app will collect all the data necessary for contract tracing. In the event of a positive COVID-19 test at school, the school nurse will report the data to the department of health. The School will abide by the state’s health recommendations and temporarily close campus for 2 to 5 days or longer if needed in order to investigate, contact trace, and clean.

    Please note that the app data is only as reliable as the information that is being input from our community members. It is critically important that all community members are transparent about their health status of a probable or confirmed case of COVID-19 at home.
Located in West Hartford, CT just steps from Blue Back Square, Kingswood Oxford is a private school inspiring co-ed day students in grades 6-12 with a college preparatory curriculum. Empowered students become clear confident communicators, resourceful problem-solvers, and ethical leaders. KO: where unlimited potential meets endless opportunities.
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