This plan was updated in April 2022, taking into consideration current mandates, recommendations, and requirements. The guidelines outlined below are subject to change in alignment with changes to mandates and the prevailing COVID-19 public health situation.
With no state mandates or executive orders to the contrary, Ridgefield Academy and Landmark Preschools will provide a comprehensive educational program of full-time in-person teaching and learning, clubs, activities, and sports.
Parallel Remote Learning
RA/LP will continue to offer Parallel Remote Learning for families that either want or need to explore alternatives to in-person instruction. Details, including a link to a Parallel Remote Learning Request Form, can be found on the Patriot Portal.
Social Emotional Learning
The faculty and administration will continue to partner with the school counselor to support students in their social and emotional well-being.
No LS/MS students will change for PE. Upper School students will participate in interscholastic athletics and will use locker rooms to change; appropriate distancing will be maintained. Mask-wearing will be optional for all students on Ridgefield Academy buses/vans. Prior to contests hosted on other campuses, the Athletic Department may provide families with school-specific details regarding spectators and players if needed. US students are required to purchase PE uniforms for athletic practices.
ON CAMPUS PROCEDURES
- Mask wearing is now a matter of personal choice or health needs. Whatever choice each family or community member makes will be treated with respect and kindness, in line with our values as a school.
- Mask-wearing is now optional for all students on Ridgefield Academy/Landmark Preschool buses/vans. As we move toward more high-density events this spring, there may be some occasions where masks will be required.
- Masks will be required when returning to school after isolating from being COVID positive.
Visitors on Campus
Essential visitors, including consulting paraprofessionals, approved renters, admissions visitors, vendors, and emergency visitors, will continue to have supervised access in buildings. Pre-scheduled 1-on-1 meetings with teachers or administrators are permitted, as is attending indoor student events and performances, for those individuals who are vaccinated individuals or who have a negative result from a COVID test on the day of their visit. Parents and caregivers are not permitted to enter the building during drop-off and pick-up.
Mask-wearing is now optional for all students on Ridgefield Academy/Landmark Preschool buses/vans.
Parents will be notified of positive COVID cases in their children's grade(s) by email. On the Westport campuses, all families on the campus will be notified. Changes in COVID protocol or requirements by the state or region will be communicated to all enrolled families.
The school will continue to track and report positive cases to the local health department
Ventilation rates or the percentage of outdoor air circulating in ventilation systems will remain at their maximum circulation. Efforts to improve air filtration, reduce recirculation, and disable demand-controlled ventilation remain in place.
Normal daily and routine cleaning practices will be in place. All classrooms will be provided with hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes.
Faculty and staff will continue to participate in any state-required professional development concerning any health and safety protocols.
HEALTH & SAFETY
To maintain a safe learning environment, parents and caregivers should keep students home when ill and follow the Parent-Student Handbook guidelines for a safe return to school. See Addendum for returning to school after experiencing COVID symptoms. Parents should notify school staff if students are out ill.
The school has required its faculty and staff to be vaccinated, unless they were granted an exemption. Vaccination of eligible students is not currently required but is strongly recommended.
- We will no longer cohort any grades
- There will be no contact tracing
- If you are notified that your child’s grade has a positive case, we ask that you watch for symptoms
- At-home COVID tests are available from the school upon request
See chart below.
Experiencing COVID Symptoms
Students should still stay home if they are experiencing COVID symptoms and should not return until receiving a negative COVID test result.
Symptoms, as designated by the CDC:
fever or chills • cough • shortness of breath or difficulty breathing • fatigue • muscle or body aches • headache • new loss of taste or smell • sore throat • congestion or runny nose • nausea or vomiting • diarrhea
Positive COVID Tests
- COVID positive students will be required to isolate for 5 days, when they return to school, they will be asked to wear a mask for another 5 days.
- You will continue to receive communications when someone in your child’s grade tests positive for COVID.
- If the situation warrants, additional COVID protocols may be implemented such as:
- required masking at the grade, division or building level,
- social distancing reducing interaction across grades during meals or other gathering times may be put in place temporarily
- Limiting guests to include only essential visitors