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Return to School Plan | 2020-2021

Proctor’s COVID-19 Task Force, made up of the Administrative Team, Director of Health Services, Director of Human Resources, and Campus Safety Coordinator, continue to collaborate with staff and faculty across all departments to develop a Return to School Plan, a plan we believe will safely and responsibly allow Proctor students and employees to return to campus at various points throughout the school year.  

While this plan outlines a return to in-person education, should the local and national situation evolve to a point where we believe the repopulation of campus to be unsafe, we will postpone our return until it is deemed safe to do so. 

The information in this Return to School Plan asks each of us to step into this community with greater intentionality than ever before. Thank you for partnering with Proctor as we navigate the 2020-2021 academic year.

Section 1: Proctor's Community Agreement

The Proctor community (all faculty, staff, students, and parents) must embrace the shared responsibility necessary to keep our school and local community healthy. This will require a departure from patterns we have been used to at Proctor in the past, including, but not limited to, travel off-campus on the weekends and openly welcoming visitors to campus. Active participation in all elements of Proctor’s return to school protocols is essential to being a part of the on-campus Proctor Academy community this year. In addition to following Proctor’s Return to School Plan, each individual will agree to the following:
  1. I understand taking responsibility for my own health through my actions is paramount to keeping the Proctor community safe. In doing so, I agree to take part in Proctor’s COVID-19 testing protocol, daily self-screening checks, personal hygiene practices, including hand washing before entering group settings, and partnering with Proctor’s Housekeeping Team to do my part to keep high traffic areas sanitized.

  2. I agree to follow Proctor’s face covering policy and to follow physical distancing protocols in all classrooms, dining spaces, and community spaces, abiding by stated room capacity numbers.

  3. I agree to follow the Covid Visitor Policy when having guests on-campus, including parent visitation when allowed, and agree to follow new weekend travel guidelines for boarding students per Proctor’s Student Handbook.

  4. I understand as a boarding student, day student, or faculty/staff member, I must work to limit social interactions outside of the Proctor community, which will include limitations on traveling outside the state and participation in athletic club teams, and agree to follow Proctor’s return-to-campus protocols as laid out in the Return to School Plan below.
* All of these agreements are subject to change based on guidelines from the NH Department of Health and the CDC. Should a community member be unable, or unwilling, to follow this Community Agreement, they will be asked to participate in remote learning in order to ensure the health of the greater Proctor community.

Return to School Planning Details

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    The responsible repopulation of Proctor’s campus remains the school’s greatest initial responsibility to both the Proctor and local Andover communities. In order to repopulate campus safely, and to provide the best testing available to the community, shifts in start of school dates are necessary. We ask all community members to strictly follow the below protocols.
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    Staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by a registered nurse, Proctor’s Health Center will serve as the hub for all return to school health and safety measures. The Health Center staff will coordinate daily with Proctor’s Housekeeping Team, operations personnel, and faculty to support the on-going monitoring of the health and safety of the community.The following protocols are in place for the 2020-2021 school year, and are subject to change per federal, state, and local guidelines.
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    As a residential community, interactions among faculty, staff, and students sit at the core of the Proctor experience. Understanding there is inevitable social mixing that will occur on-campus, the following protocols seek to mitigate risks, while retaining the sense of community we all seek.
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    The delivery of Proctor’s educational model spans all aspects of life on campus from academic courses to afternoon programming to advisory and off-campus programs. The following protocols and precautions will guide Proctor’s faculty as they shape the educational program for the 2020-2021 academic year.
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    Inevitably, a positive case of COVID-19 will appear on Proctor’s campus. When we have a positive case on campus, the following protocols will be enacted:
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    Understanding a population of students will begin the academic year engaged in remote learning, and others will need to shift to remote learning throughout the course of the year, Proctor’s academic courses will be available remotely, as well as in-person. If at some point in the year, we need to shift to remote learning, we will follow the below guidelines.
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    As we navigate our return to school for 2020-21, it is important to be as transparent as possible regarding tuition and fees for the year. This past spring, Proctor refunded $6,700 to boarding families in response to the school’s shift to remote learning. As far as we are aware, this was the largest refund of any independent boarding school. Our finance team and board of trustees have approved a similar measure should Proctor be required to shift to remote learning during the 2020-2021 academic year. Additional details related to finances and contracts are as follows:
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Located in  Andover, NH,  Proctor Academy is a private coeducational day and boarding school for grades 912. Students benefit from a rigorous academic program, experiential off-campus programs, fine and performing arts, competitive athletics, and a wide selection of extracurricular activities.
204 Main Street  .  PO Box 500  .  Andover, NH 03216
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