For those planning to travel, the School's suggestion is to consider the risk to your family and others when selecting a destination and adhere to the same health and safety guidance we have been abiding by, such as wearing a mask at all times except when eating or drinking, avoiding close contact by staying at least 6-feet apart from anyone not in your household, practicing good hand hygiene, and avoiding contact with anyone who is sick. For more specific guidance on international travel, please refer to the CDC website on holiday travel, https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/travel-during-covid19.html.
If you choose to travel outside the United States, your student will be required to complete a travel questionnaire, quarantine for 14 days, and be cleared by the EHS nursing staff before returning to school. Instead of quarantining for 14 days, you may choose to have your student take a COVID-19 test (PCR only) on day five (5) after your return from international travel. If your student remains asymptomatic and receives a negative test result, he/she may be cleared by our nursing staff to return to school as early as day eight (8). Even if your student's test is negative, stay home and self-quarantine for seven (7) full days. Please note that your student is still at risk for 14 days after your return trip, so he/she should continue to wear a mask, practice good hand hygiene, and be monitored for symptoms.
We are pleased to announce that in-person learning will commence at EHS beginning the week after Labor Day with a staggered start, outlined below. Details will be forthcoming on Friday, September 4, and will be substantially similar to the plans already published by the school with the addition of a community contract emphasizing the need for students and families to adhere to all health and safety protocols both on and off campus.
Because health and safety protocols are critically important for a safe return to school and for mitigating the risk of spreading COVID-19, students will return to campus starting on September 8 as follows:
Tuesday, September 8 (Monday schedule): Seniors on campus, grades 9-11 remote
Wednesday, September 9 (Tuesday schedule): Seniors and grade 9 on campus, grades 10 and 11 remote
Thursday, September 10 (Thursday schedule): Seniors and grades 9 and 10 on campus, grade 11 remote
Friday, September 11 (Friday schedule): All students on campus
Those students who opted for remote learning will continue to participate remotely next week through the end of the first remote period. A separate email for this group will follow.
As we've learned in bringing smaller groups of students back to campus with fall athletic conditioning, a gradual increase in the student population allows staff and students time to review and practice required health and safety protocols such as arrival, departure, and passing time traffic flow; meal protocols; and daily health screenings. Strict adherence to these protocols is essential if we are to remain together and in person for any amount of time this year, and practice makes perfect.
It is the responsibility of all of us, faculty, staff, students, parents, and family members, to do our part to keep EHS open for in-person learning. Please help us by adhering to public health best practices. Wear your masks whenever out or among individuals beyond your immediate family, keep social distance, wash your hands often, and avoid large gatherings, in particular this Labor Day weekend, recalling that the last local spike in cases came on the heels of Memorial Day weekend. Most important, please self-isolate away from others, even your family members, if you think you are ill or show symptoms of COVID-19.
Thank you for the incredible patience and support you have exhibited as we launch the 2020-2021 school year. We are all new again this year, and we must remain open to the opportunities that present themselves, as we must remain patient in the face of the challenges.
We look forward to our virtual Back-to-School Knight this Thursday, and Go Knights!
This method of learning and instruction involves a lot of self-discipline, maturity, patience, flexibility, and a high level of responsibility. With your cooperation and focus, we will be able to have productive and engaging classes with high levels of participation as we would if we were on campus! To help you understand what is expected of you, here are some guidelines.
Be available to return to campus within one day for the reopening.
Check your EHS email at the start of the school day at minimum. An email will be posted each morning at 7:30am that will provide the day’s schedule and any announcements. Use only school email and school-approved text services.
Meet each class by period, following the normal daily schedule, unless otherwise specified. Attendance will be taken at the start of class and during advisory, Chapel, and class meetings. Students should remain available during class, though teachers may not require students to actively participate in a meeting for the entirety of the class period.
Participate in Chapel, advisory, extracurricular, and grade level meetings.
Appropriate clothing should be worn at all times, especially whatever may be visible in video conferencing. For instance, pajamas are not acceptable.
During class, students should be seated in an appropriate workplace (such as a desk or table).
During class, teachers will check in with students periodically. Students should remain available for chat or video conferencing and respond as quickly as possible when prompted.
In general, students should mute their microphone during meetings and video conferences unless asking a question or responding to the discussion. If the camera is on, it is recommended that all participants utilize the “blur background” feature in video conferencing.
Abide by the EHS Honor Code and Code of Conduct at all times, especially in regard to appropriate computer use and cyber-security.
At the start of class, sign into Microsoft Teams and join our class “meeting” (video conference) for attendance and to receive instructions for class that day.
The teacher may request that your camera be turned on or off. He/she may ask that you turn your camera on at different points in the class or to share your screen so that we may collaborate.
Your microphone should be muted and remain muted during class, except when you are actively talking (i.e. asking or answering a question).
Throughout class your teacher will periodically check in with you and will be available for you to direct chat or video conference to ask questions.
Stepping Away During Class
It is best to take care of your needs outside of class time, but if you must step away for a moment, please choose an appropriate time to do so and change your availability status by clicking on your profile icon in the top right corner of the Teams screen and setting your status to “Be Right Back”. Reset your status to “Available” when you return.