September 28, 2021
Dear Members of The Benjamin School Community,
Thank you for your support throughout the COVID-19 pandemic as we navigate this landscape as a school community. The past several weeks have shown a substantial decrease in the overall number of new cases as well as a declining positivity rate in Palm Beach County and at school. As local conditions have seen significant and steady improvement, we have made the following change, on the advice of our Medical Directors, to our campus policy.
Effective October 4, 2021: All students, faculty, staff, visitors, and guests are encouraged, but not required, to wear face coverings while indoors.
Our COVID-19 policies are intended to safeguard the health and safety of our school community and mitigate, not eliminate, risk. We have regularly reviewed these policies with the ultimate goal of removing our mask mandate as soon as conditions showed steady and significant improvement. We continue to recognize and honor the differing and passionate opinions surrounding mask use. Our core Benjamin values call upon us to show respect and kindness to all, and we will keep those values at the forefront of our school culture as we make this transition.
A copy of our complete campus policy can be found below.
David C. Faus Darren Lowe
Head of School Chairman, Board of Trustees
COVID-19 PoliciesEffective Monday, October 4, 2021: Face Coverings:
All students (grades PK3 - 12), faculty, staff, visitors, and guests are encouraged to wear face coverings while indoors. Cloth or surgical face masks without a valve or vent are the recommended facial coverings. Images or graphics on face coverings must be school appropriate and should not include political statements. Physical Distancing:
To the greatest extent possible, students and workspaces will be kept at least 3 feet apart. Students will be encouraged to maintain physical distancing throughout the day. Sanitizing/Cleaning:
Hand sanitizing stations will remain on our campuses, and healthy hand washing protocols will be encouraged. Our professional team will continue to clean and disinfect our campuses each day. Visitors and Guests:
Our campuses are open to visitors; masks are encouraged while indoors. COVID-19 Management:
All students and faculty/staff must adhere to the management policy for suspected cases of COVID-19, known exposure to COVID-19, and confirmed cases of COVID-19. We are committed to regularly reviewing these policies. Please keep in mind that should conditions surrounding COVID-19 change at any point, the School reserves the right to update our policies.