Stuart Hall School’s COVID-19 Response FAQ

A message from Head of School, Michael Robinson:

A critical element of the Stuart Hall experience is personal interaction—students with their teachers and with one another. We are a close-knit community. We are fully committed to our distinctive model of personalized education.  In our response to the impact of COVID-19, we will apply skill and creative thinking to enable the continuation of academic work, employing remote educational technologies that Stuart Hall teachers have used for some time, now deployed on a larger scale. I appreciate the spirit of partnership and cooperation that has inspired teachers’ response to this challenge and know that students and families will similarly commit themselves to positive outcomes. This is the Stuart Hall way!

Remote Learning

Why Remote Learning

Will Stuart Hall remain open during remote learning?

Who do I contact with questions regarding remote learning?

What are the technical needs for students in order to participate in remote learning?

What if I am having technical issues with remote computer learning?

When will Remote Learning Begin?

How Long will Remote Learning Continue?

Are Day Students allowed on campus?

What if my child left something they need at school?

 

Health Considerations

What if a student is suspected of having the COVID-19 virus?

What if my student is in a high risk category?

Are any faculty or staff at higher risk?

 

Prospective Students

Can Prospective Students visit campus?

Boarding Students

Can Boarding Students remain on campus?

What safety precautions are in place for students remaining on campus?

Are Boarding Students allowed to leave campus?

Can Boarders meet Day Students off campus?

Who do I contact with questions about my boarding student?

What other cleaning and hygiene practices are being used?

 

Events

Alumni Weekend

Graduation

Lower School Events

 

Athletics

Are teams practicing or competing during the remote learning period?

How can students train at home?

Will games be rescheduled?

Who should I contact with questions regarding athletics?

Remote Learning

Why Remote Learning?

Governor Northam has ordered all K-12 public and private school campuses closed for the remainder of the school year. In order to continue to provide your children with a Stuart Hall education, the safest - and only - option, is remote learning.

Will Stuart Hall remain open during remote learning?

Yes, Stuart Hall will remain open. Whether working remotely or on campus, all administrators, staff, and faculty will be available and working with students and families.

Who do I contact with questions regarding Remote Learning?

Sharon Arne, Academic Dean sarne@stuart-hall.org
Cindy Patton, Head of the Lower School cpatton@stuart-hall.org

What are the technical needs for students in order to participate in remote learning?

  • Internet access
  • A device (laptop, Chromebook, or tablet) with a camera and microphone
  • Access to Google calendar for Meet (Google Hangouts Meet) invitations for Lower School
  • Access to Zoom and ParentsWeb for Middle/Upper School 

What if I am having technical issues with remote computer learning?

Please reference this Technical Issues document for general troubleshooting and answers to common questions. Sunni Veney is our technology specialist. She can offer suggestions for how you can better connect to on-line learning if you are having difficulties. helpdesk@stuart-hall.org

When will Remote Learning Begin?

Remote learning began on Wednesday, March 25. For the remainder of the 2019-20 school year, Stuart Hall’s classes will be conducted online or via other alternative modes.

How Long will Remote Learning Continue?

Governor Northam's executive order on Monday, March 23, stated that all K-12 public and private school campuses must remain closed for the remainder of the school year. Therefore, remote learning at Stuart Hall will continue through the scheduled year-end.

Are Day Students allowed on campus?

In order to control the environment on campus as much as possible, day students will not be allowed on campus

What if my child left something they need at school?

As much as possible, we will try to find left items and have them waiting at the front desk. Please contact Sarah Sale at 540-885-0356 or ssale@stuart-hall.org

Boarding Students

Can Boarding Students remain on campus?

We strongly recommend families bring their children home as soon as possible. Our dorms will remain open; however, the possibility of travel bans in the coming weeks could make it harder for students to fly to their home countries. Therefore, we encourage families to act sooner rather than later. 

 

What safety precautions are in place for students remaining on campus?

For those boarding students who remain on campus, we have implemented practices that reinforce social distancing, including changes to dining hall practices and seating, and decisions regarding events. Campus areas used by boarders are cleaned thoroughly on a daily basis, and boarders themselves are required to sanitize their rooms, computers, and phones on a daily basis.

 Are Boarding Students allowed to leave campus?

We have restricted students from signing out to most locations. This is effectively keeping most students on campus at all times and enabling us to ensure good social distancing practices.

Can Boarders meet Day Students off campus?

No, for the safety of our students we have limited contact with those living off campus. 

Who do I contact with questions about my boarding student?

Samantha Hughes, Director of International Engagement, shughes@stuart-hall.org
Jason Coady, Director of the Staunton Campus, jcoady@stuart-hall.org

What other cleaning and hygiene practices are being used?

Both campuses have undergone deep cleanings. The areas used by boarders are cleaned thoroughly on a daily basis, and boarders themselves are required to sanitize their rooms on a daily basis.

Athletics

Are teams practicing or competing during the remote learning period?

There will be no team practices or competitions during the remote learning period for the soccer, tennis, and golf teams. The eSports teams may continue to practice and compete as long as they can do so remotely. The teams will not meet on campus during the remote learning period.

How can students train at home?

Coaches may send practice routines for players to do at home to stay in shape for when team sports resume next school year.

Will games be rescheduled?

No, all spring sports have been canceled. 

Who should I contact with questions regarding athletics?

Your child’s coach or Tim Lawrence, Athletic Director, tlawrence@stuart-hall.org

Events

Please watch this page for future postings on event cancellations and postponements.

Alumni Weekend

Alumni Weekend 2020 has been postponed; new date TBA.

Graduation

We will continue to use remote learning while simultaneously developing ways in which we can gather together virtually for some of our special events.

Lower School Events

We will continue to use remote learning while simultaneously developing ways in which we can gather together virtually for some of our special events.

Health Considerations

What if a student is suspected of having the COVID-19 virus?

Any student, day or boarding, suspected of having or having been exposed to the virus should immediately contact school nurse, Brooke Cason, R.N., School Nurse bcason@stuart-hall.org, (540) 213-7807

What if my student is in a high risk category?

Any student, day or boarding, in a high risk category should contact school nurse, Brooke Cason, R.N., School Nurse (bcason@stuart-hall.org or (540) 213-7807). For Staunton Campus students, they should also coordinate with Jason Coady, Director of the Staunton Campus (jcoady@stuart-hall.org) or Sharon Arne, Academic Dean (sarne@stuart-hall.org) if these issues will prevent them from returning even after school operations have returned to normal. For Verona Campus students, please contact Cindy Patton, Head of the Lower School (cpatton@stuart-hall.org).

Are any faculty or staff at higher risk?

Stuart Hall employs many individuals who are considered to be at higher risk for complications from COVID-19. Since their health is a community priority, their in-person availability to students is limited. All teachers have "office" hours through Zoom (Staunton Campus) or Google Meet (Verona Campus). 

Prospective Students

Can Prospective Students visit campus?

No. Since visitors are not allowed on campus and many businesses have been closed by Governor Northam's executive order, in-person meetings are not possible at this time. However, we are happy to speak with prospects on the phone or through Zoom. 

Stuart Hall Communications and Updates

March 11, 2020: Important Update to Our Coronavirus Response
March 9, 2020: Dorms to remain open during spring break
March 5, 2020: Coronavirus Update 

Contact Information for Key Staff & Administration

Staunton Campus Main Number: 540-885-0356 or 888-306-8926
Verona Campus Main Number: 540-248-2404

Michael Robinson, Head of School (mrobinson@stuart-hall.org)

Jason Coady, Director of the Staunton Campus (jcoady@stuart-hall.org)

Sharon Arne, Academic Dean (sarne@stuart-hall.org)

Cindy Patton, Lower School Director (cpatton@stuart-hall.org)

Samantha Hughes, Director of International Engagement (shughes@stuart-hall.org)

Tanya Farrell, Director of Parent Engagement (tfarrell@stuart-hall.org)

Brooke Cason, R.N., School Nurse (bcason@stuart-hall.org)

Connor Gwin, Chaplain, (cgwin@stuart-hall.org)

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