Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

Dear Parents, Students and Community Members,

This page has been created to provide a resource for our community members about the novel coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19) that was first identified in Wuhan, China, and how New Hampton School is responding to the events that are rapidly evolving. Please check back often as we will update our school communications and other applicable information.
 
We appreciate your support, understanding, and flexibility during this challenging time.

Frequently Asked Questions - For Students and Families

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  • Should International Students stay in the United States if it is feasible?

    Due to the rapid spread of illness in the United States and  the uncertain duration of our distance learning program, we are recommending that all international students who do not have long-term accommodations in the United States return home at their earliest convenience.  
  • How will an F-1 student status be affected by their distance mode of study?

    According to the most recent broadcast by The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) from March 9, 2020 [Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and Potential Procedural Adaptations for F and M non-immigrant students]: SEVP acknowledges that schools may need to adapt their procedures and policies to address the significant public health concerns associated with the COVID-19 crisis and is focused on ensuring that nonimmigrant students are able to continue to make normal progress in a full course of study as required by federal regulations. SEVP intends to be flexible with temporary adaptations.”
     
    New Hampton school will therefore provide SEVP the required notice of accommodations it is making for its F nonimmigrant population and continue to follow carefully all adjustment to the current guidance and additional information provided.
  • Is the Form I-20, which students received in February, valid for re-entry to the US?

    The current Form I-20 students received in February is valid for re-entry all the way till the end of August this year,
    before our new academic year starts.
  • How will New Hampton handle potential refunds (Project Week, travel, etc.)?

    Given the number of programs and individuals that have been impacted in recent weeks, it will take time to determine what funds might be recouped and how they will be allocated. We ask people to be patient as we work with airlines and organizations to see what refunds can be made. 
     
    Once a determination is made regarding the length of our distance learning program, we will have more information to share regarding tuition expenses. 
  • Can students leave their personal belongings in their campus rooms?

    Students may leave their personal belongings in their rooms. Items will be safely secured until such time that students can return to campus. We encourage students to bring home items of value, and items required for distance learning including textbooks and their iPad. We are not suggesting that students move out altogether. House Heads will be in student rooms to help with cleanliness and securing rooms.  
  • If campus does not reopen, how will students get their personal property?

    While it is our hope to reopen campus this spring, in the event we are not able to do so, the Student Life Office will work with families to set up a plan for students to either pick up belongings or have them shipped home.  
  • While campus is closed, may students come to campus?

    Over spring break and while we are in distance learning mode, students will not be permitted to come to campus. This includes the use of outdoor spaces, the fitness center, the student centerand beyond. A communication is being sent to our alumni and neighboring community regarding the status of our operations and that visitation is currently suspended. If students are looking to return to campus to retrieve something from their room, they should contact the Student Life Office.  
  • How will students be supported for distance learning?

    All students have been instructed to take with them their iPads, Apple Pencils, power cords, books and any other essential items to continue their learning from home. Faculty will receive training from March 30 – April 3 to prepare for our transition to distance learning. We intend to provide the full range of support services; from advising, classroom, academic support, college counseling, and more. 
  • Will we return to having in-person classes this spring?

    The health and safety of our students, faculty and staff is our top priority. Our goal is to reopen campus this spring, but we do not have a date set for return to on-campus classes. Following recommendations from local health officials, the World Health Organization (WHO), and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) will help the school determine when it is safe for students to travel back for the reopening of campus.  
  • What about courses that are very hard to replicate remotely?

    Courses that have significant hands-on or in-person elements (e.g. ceramics, science labs, improvisation) will receive special attention. Teachers will be provided with training to look at alternative assignments and experiences related to the subject matter. We are committed to ensuring all students receive full credit for the year in each of their courses, assuming their performance warrants a passing mark. 
  • Will Academic Support be available to students as we move to distance learning?

    We plan to have all courses available remotely, and this includes our Academic Support Program. All faculty will receive training for teaching their courses remotely.  
  • Are day students able to attend school rather than learn remotely?

    While all offices of the school will continue to be open and fully functioning during regular business hours, day students should not come to campus until we formally reopen 
  • What if a student forgot to bring home items essential to learning?

    Students should communicate with the Student Life Office regarding any essential items they may have left on campus.  
  • What should a student do if they want to register for the IB program?

    We will extend the application deadline for the IB. If for any reason campus does not reopen, students may email their application to Jen McMahon, Director of Studies. (jmcmahon@newhampton.org). 
  • What if a student does not have access to high-speed internet in their current location?

    We will be circulating a survey next week to collect information on internet access and will work with individual families who may not have access to high-speed internet to find solutions.  
  • What types of platforms should a student be able to access remotely?

    Currently, students will need to be able to access the following: 

  • What happens to co-curricular activities, such as athletics, arts, and clubs?

    We very much look forward to resuming these activities when campus reopens. We will work with our peer schools to adjust competition schedules as needed in athletics. When more information is available, co-curricular leaders and club advisors will reach out to students.  
  • Are there any changes to Commencement?

    There has been no decision to modify or cancel Commencement. As we collect more information in the coming weeks, we will communicate decisions once they are made. 
  • Are there any restrictions to a student’s eventual return to campus?

    While it is premature to determine what back to school protocol will look like, we will continue to follow the recommendations of WHO, CDC, and state and local agencies. 
  • What if a student is registered for the ACT on April 4?

    Because School will be closed, we are canceling the administration of the April 4 ACT. Students who are registered to take the ACT at New Hampton on April 4 will receive an email from ACT reassigning them to another test site, most likely at another school in New Hampshire /close to New Hampton. Unfortunately, the ACT will not allow students to reschedule the exam to a location of their choosing, and we recognize that this will be a challenge for students who do not live within driving distance. Students may contact the ACT directly to reschedule for the June administration. Nonstandard test takers may be granted an extension and should contact Jen McMahon, Director of Studies, (jmcmahon@newhampton.org) with questions.  
  • What happens to the college process?

     
    Our College Counseling Office will continue to support each students college process. Through online individual and group correspondence with College Counseling staff, combined with distance learning, the college process will not be interrupted. 
  • Will there be any disruptions to college acceptances?

    Every college is handling the current situation differently. It is important for seniors to monitor their email daily as some colleges may delay the release of decisions. This information can also be found in each college’s applicant portal. If you have applied to a college, you should have already received your username and password. As most colleges will release online, it is also imperative that you log into each of your portals to find this information. You are always welcome to email your college counselor if you have any questions.  
  • How can we keep ourselves safe?

    With both influenza and coronavirus causing concern, we encourage continued focus on prevention.  
     
    Steps you can take to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases (from the CDC):  

    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. 
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. 
    • Stay home when you are sick, or a member of your family is ill. 
    • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. 
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe. 
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. 

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