The Craig School COVID 19
Reopening Plan 2020-2021
Dear Craig School Community,
The Craig School has initiated and actively participated in mission-driven strategic planning to reopen The Craig School for on-campus learning that allows for flexibility, transparency, and prioritizes the health and safety of our community. The Craig School is currently preparing the physical campuses to support students in the fall of 2020. Our goal is to provide the best overall experience for the whole child while prioritizing the health and safety of all members of The Craig School community. We recognize the uncertainty you may be facing as you make plans for next year and we are doing our best to address questions and concerns.
The Craig School is committed to preserving each family as part of our school community through these very challenging times and remains committed to providing a rich educational experience for our students. To reopen and stay open safely will be a community-wide effort. All individuals who are on our campuses (parents, students, teachers, staff, etc.) have a responsibility to follow the guidelines and policies for a safe and healthy school environment. The following document provides our plan along with answers to many of the questions that have been asked. As we prepare for reopening, we must be nimble to adjust our plans when new guidelines and laws on the local, state, and federal levels emerge. Check back often to this guide for updates to the Frequently Asked Questions section.
The Craig School is committed to providing an evidence-based curriculum that addresses the needs of the whole child.
Dr. Kara A. Loftin
Head of School
Students return for in-person education with adjustments for health and safety guidelines.
Students who are not comfortable returning to campus may continue to learn remotely.
All students shift to off-campus learning due to mandated shutdown by the state.
The Craig School is pleased to announce on-campus learning for full school days using our regular school schedule. Our intention is to limit the amount of disruption to what our students understand to be a day in the life of a Craig school student and to continue to foster a campus of care, community, and belonging.
Preparing for on-campus school operations to resume September 3rd, 2020 requires consideration for both the academic classroom experience and activities beyond the school day.
Details regarding extra-curricular activities (i.e. sports) are currently being developed in concert with the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association guidelines and in conjunction with NJDOE and CDC guidelines.
We welcome all of our students to return to campus for in-person learning. However, we understand that some students may be at a higher risk of contracting COVID-19, therefore, making a remote learning environment more responsive to their individual needs. In the event that a student must remain in a remote learning environment, whether due to being in a high risk population or after contracting COVID-19 and in mandatory quarantine, our teachers and classrooms are equipped with webcam capabilities to provide live streamed, synchronous instruction. Our learning management system, Google Classroom, is an additional tool that we will continue to use for in-person, hybrid, and remote instruction. Training protocols are in development for teachers so that they are fully equipped to instruct students who are in the physical classroom as well as learning from a remote location, all at the same time.
Remote learning will be in effect if the State of New Jersey moves back into Phase I. The Craig School faculty and staff have completed extensive training and professional development over the past few months in order to seamlessly transition to remote learning if needed.
At the beginning of the school year, parents will receive a car placard from The Craig School. Place this on your rearview mirror. This addition is intended to be one tool to increase the flow of traffic during afternoon pickup. During school dismissal face clothes coverings are required.
Lower School-Middle School students who are being picked up by car will come to the front of the Henderson Hall and Wilson Hall. Assigned teachers will call out cars and walk students to their cars. Parents are asked to remain in their vehicles.
Lower School-Middle School students who ride a bus or a van report to rooms 2 and 3. The teachers assigned will take attendance and they will walk down the hill to Island Beach
At The Craig School High School, all students will meet in the Meyer Gymnasium at the dismissal bell. We will be following the usual pick up process from past years where the car line is assembled outside the gym and dismissal teachers walk each student out individually as their vehicle makes it to the front of the dismissal line. Students are expected to have their cloth face masks on throughout this process.
Parents must remain in vehicles. Please do not come onto campus without prior permission. We need to limit the amount of potential COVID-19 exposure to our students, faculty, and staff.
In the past, we have had a small handful of students who needed to share a locker with another student. There is no sharing of lockers this school year. Student lockers will be located on the same floor as their homeroom. Students will be able to access lockers in the morning after homeroom check in and at the permission of the teacher. We are limiting how many students are allowed at the lockers at one time in order to continue to monitor the health and safety of our students. Students should limit what they bring to school to only the required/necessary items (lunch, snack, books, pencils, etc.).
For the lower and middle school, this year we will have a two bell system for lunch, with two lunch periods in two cohorts each. We have allotted time in between each cohort for extended cleaning of the lunch room tables, chairs, and frequently touched surfaces. Students may continue to bring lunches from home or receive pre-purchased boxed lunches delivered from our outside vendor, Simply Gourmet. Parents should plan on sending their child with the utensils they need for their sack lunches. Additionally, we ask that parents consider what their child can or can not easily open on their own when packing their lunch as we want to eliminate adults who may have to touch a student’s food and lunch box.
For the high school, our new location and large dining area and gymnasium allows us the opportunity to have one community lunch while respecting/following all social distancing guidelines. Our students will get to eat together! We will also be implementing a daily regimen that will allow us to clean all tables, chairs, and high touch areas after each lunch. We will also be introducing our new “Take Out” Lunch program where area vendors will deliver individual lunches daily that students order. This should make life a little easier for parents and allow The Craig School High School to support our local restaurants in our new location. More details will be shared with the high school parents on our new lunch program as soon as it is finalized.
To keep our community safe and healthy, we must be united in our efforts to socially distance, keep our nose and mouths covered with face masks and face shields, and to regularly clean our buildings and our hands. I can not express enough how important it will be that we are all following these guidelines. To that end, we have developed a community commitment agreement for our families (parents and students) to sign and an employee commitment agreement for our teachers and staff to sign. By signing, you are acknowledging that you understand the inherent risks associated with COVID-19 and that you are agreeing to do your part as a community member to uphold our health and safety protocols.
This section of our guide reflects the incredible response from parents. Thank you for sharing your thoughts, questions, and concerns and thank you in advance for your patience and understanding as the COVID-19 reopening team works out the details to your questions. As new questions arise, we will continue to update this section.
Will you test all students and staff before they return to school?
Universal SARS-CoV-2 testing of all students and staff in school settings has not been systematically studied. It is not known if testing in school settings provides any additional reduction in person-to person transmission of the virus beyond what would be expected with implementation of other preventive measures (e.g., social distancing, wearing cloth face coverings, hand washing, enhanced cleaning and disinfecting). Therefore, CDC does not recommend universal testing of all asymptomatic students and staff, and NJDOH concurs with this recommendation.
What are the requirements for NJ state mandated quarantine for summer travel out of the state?
All members of the community who travel out of state must quarantine for a period of 14 days per Governor Murphy’s executive order. Employees should plan to
discontinue out of state travel by August 17th and students/families should discontinue out of state travel by August 19th.
The Craig School will be issuing each student their own personally assigned laptop for the 2020-2021 school year.
While we plan to be together this fall, we must prepare for all scenarios. SPECIFICALLY to address safety concerns, limit shared devices and surfaces throughout the school, and provide an equitable learning environment for all students. The policies, procedures, and information laid out within the One-to-One Laptop Agreement give expectations for student participation in this program. Please see the attached One-To-One Laptop Agreement form which must be completed in order to receive your laptop.
Are masks required on buses? Masks will also be required for students riding the bus to/from school.
What will happen to school-wide and community events? The Craig School community/school events that involve gatherings of 50 people or more will be redesigned or modified to become virtual or hybrid events. This includes Back to School night, Admissions Open Houses, etc. Many events, including orientation days, will take place in a new format to allow for appropriate social distancing. Information about upcoming events will be sent via The Craig School weekly newsletter. Our goal is to provide our families with opportunities to connect as a community in a safe and healthy manner. Building a strong school community remains important.
CDC, “Implementation of Mitigation Strategies for Communities with Local COVID-19 Transmission”
CDC, “Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), Childcare, Schools, and Youth Programs” NAIS, “Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance for Schools”
NJAIS, “COVID-19 Resources”
NJDOE, “The Road Back: Restart and Recovery Plan for Education”
SAIS, “Mapping out Plans for 2020-21 School Year: Key Steps and Considerations” SAIS, “COVID-19: Medical Consideration and Recommendations for Independent Schools” WHO, “COVID-19 Advice for the Public”
The Craig Lower/Middle School Campus
15 Tower Hill Rd
Mountain Lakes, NJ 07046
Phone 973.334.4375 | Fax 973.334.2861
Craig High School
24 Changebridge Road
Montville, NJ 07045
Phone 973.334.1234 | Fax 973.334.1288