COVID-19 Protection Planning for Current and Prospective Families and Students

Last updated 03/10/22

Rock Point School is committed to in-person learning for the 21-22 school year! We are thankful that the State of Vermont has done a wonderful job with the vaccine roll-out and we have been able to vaccinate all of our staff and eligible students.

We will continue to follow all the state and the CDC’s recommendations and, as we all know, the guidelines for best practices are evolving so we will adapt our plans as recommendations change. 

Visitors to campus

Visitors are welcome on campus! All visitors must show proof of vaccination and wear masks inside the school. If you are interested in a visit or interview, please contact Hillary Kramer, Director of Admissions.

Before students arrive

We strongly encourage students to get vaccinated, which they can do in Vermont if they cannot in their home state. All community members (staff and students) regardless of vaccination status should have a COVID test and be able to show their negative results before they join the school and before they return from vacations. Here are the details from the Vermont Department of Health regarding traveling to Vermont from out of state.

On-Campus

As of March 14th masks will be optional for all members of our community. Students and staff may choose if they wear a mask at school. The exceptions to this rule are for specific events when we may be hosting a larger group of guests indoors (i.e. the school play).

Our activity planning prioritizes safety and is very creative so that we can avoid crowds as much as possible. We will use the boarding school guidelines provided by the Vermont Agency of Education to determine our activities and programming.

Throughout the year, we regularly take students and staff for COVID testing. Currently, faculty members are testing biweekly and we are using antigen tests in the school for students who present with any COVID symptoms. 

Day Students
As of March 14th, day students will no longer be required to wear masks at school. We will be following the guidelines from the Vermont Agency of Education.

Dorm Rooms and Classrooms

We redesigned our classrooms based on the physical distancing guidelines for classrooms.  For larger classes, we are able to use bigger spaces such as the library, the computer lab, the chapel, and the dining room if needed.  This allows for more distance between students and staff, as well as more air circulation.

When possible, students are assigned single rooms. If students share a room, both may need to quarantine until they can test if one roommate presents with symptoms of COVID-19.

Cleaning and disinfecting procedures

Hygiene and cleaning procedures will be posted in each room of the school building. Students also participated in training to keep shared spaces clean as well as important practices regarding personal hygiene and staying safe from COVID-19. Students will continue to participate in work crews by organizing and cleaning. Staff and professional cleaners are responsible for the sanitizing of the school building.

In response to a positive COVID test

If a boarding student needs to be isolated due to a positive test, we will house them in a private area. If needed, Rock Point School has access to additional housing on campus nearby. Staff will take care of boarding students that need to be isolated. We will work with parents on a plan that is the most effective and comforting to the family. 

Covid-19 Resources

The U.S. COVID-19 Community Vulnerability Index (CCVI) from Surgo Foundation
https://precisionforcovid.org/ccvi

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

World Health Organization