School Reopening Task Force

A group of faculty and staff began in early May to plan for the School’s reopening. Along with her Health Center team, EHS Medical Director Dr. Adrianna Bravo is spearheading our work and aligning our plans for all elements of school life with science-based, best-practice protocols and recommendations. Local, regional, and national health authorities have guided our plans, and we also have consulted with dozens of our peer schools and studied the reopening plans of small institutions in higher education. 

Subgroups of the task force focused on every element of school life: academics; residential life and dining; student and community life; afternoon programs and athletics; and the McCain-Ravenel Center for Intellectual and Moral Courage.

Early in the planning, we developed these guiding principles for the plan:

List of 4 items.

  • Protect the well-being of students, faculty, and staff.

    Without a vaccine for Covid-19, no campus, business, or community is free of the risk of infection. But from the start of our planning, we set out to mitigate risk and take steps to protect our community, particularly those who are most vulnerable to the virus.
  • Promote community and the Episcopal experience.

    We are deeply committed to residential education and the learning and growth that naturally occur when students and faculty live together, learn together, and have fun together.
  • Deliver academic excellence.

    Our faculty are prepared to offer our program and challenge students in various formats.
  • Meet challenges with flexible, coordinated responses.

    We are prepared to adapt to changing health conditions and adjust our fall plan when it doesn’t meet the needs of the community.

Campus Safety Enhancements
Among the work completed so far this summer:

List of 5 items.

  • Audits of every class and campus space

    to determine maximum capacity with appropriate six-foot physical distancing.
  • Air quality improvements.

    A mechanical engineering firm audited circulation, ventilation, and filtration systems in our major buildings, and we will install high-efficiency filters to better trap microbes that carry the coronavirus. We are also installing additional equipment designed to help mitigate the transmission of the virus.
  • Standalone and wall hand-sanitizing stations

    added to entrances to classrooms and buildings.
  • Plexiglass shields installed

    in the school store, library, and other close-contact areas.
  • Enhanced cleaning protocols.

    Common-touch surfaces will be cleaned and disinfected multiple times a day, particularly in high-use spaces such as classrooms, dorms, bathrooms, and common areas.