January 27, 2022
Dear Members of The Benjamin School Community,
In the words of Paul McCartney, it has been a “long and winding road.” And while there have been bumps along the way, I am proud of the way our school and community have navigated the course of this pandemic.
We have seen significant improvement on campus over the last two weeks, and we are reassured by improving local and national trends. The COVID-19 Task Force has updated our campus policies; the most notable change is the removal of a mask mandate. We continue to fully encourage and support the use of masks on campus, but masks will no longer be required for students, faculty, staff, or guests. In order for this policy change to be effective, we must have strict compliance with our management plan which includes mandatory mask wearing for five days upon the return to campus after an exposure or positive case of COVID-19.
The following COVID-19 policies will be in effect on January 31, 2022:
Face Coverings: All students, 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.
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.
Remote Learning: Temporary remote learning will only be offered to students who are quarantined for a known exposure to COVID-19 or who have a confirmed case of COVID-19
Thank you for your continued commitment to our school.
David C. Faus