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The Calhoun Community Care Commitment

The Calhoun community will reconvene in-person under unprecedented circumstances, with the pandemic highlighting the important relationship between families and the school. The Calhoun Community Care Commitment is an acknowledgement that parents, caregivers and employees have a shared responsibility in shaping a productive and positive experience for our students that is both physically and emotionally safe. Our priority is the health and safety of everyone in our community. Meeting this objective will require collective action and commitment to care for each other. Each of us and our actions will impact the health and safety of our entire community.

The Calhoun community is a strong one, grounded in values of mutual care and responsibility. Now is the time for us to live out those principles for the good of ourselves and our community. The Commitment has been crafted with that spirit in mind.

The Commitment outlines a set of mandatory commitments and strongly recommended guidelines, based on city, state and federal recommendations and requirements, with the goal of equitably prioritizing the health and safety of our students, families, caregivers and employees. The Commitment serves as a code of conduct for all families, employees and caregivers returning to Calhoun in-person for the 2020-21 school year. It will be updated to reflect additional guidance from the city, state and federal governments. These commitments and guidelines are crucial for the health and safety of our community members. We ask that families share the information below with caregivers responsible for Calhoun students.

Part I. In and Around Calhoun Facilities: 74th Street, 81st Street and 83rd Street

For your safety, and for the health and safety of all members of our Calhoun community, the following guidelines must be adhered to by students and adults at all times when on Calhoun campuses or in alternative in-person learning spaces (e.g., parks, off-campus athletic spaces, etc.):

COVID-19 Education & Documentation

  • All community members shall participate in reopening and COVID-19 educational activities as requested by Calhoun, which may include watching video tutorials or webinars.
  • Employees and families shall carefully review all school communications regarding the in-person reopening and families shall share relevant information with caregivers.

Attendance, Access & Visitation

  • Families will follow Calhoun’s protocols for morning drop-off & pick-up
  • Families agree to collect students promptly at the end of the school day and understand that students will not be permitted to remain in the building unsupervised at the beginning or end of the school day.
  • Families will let the school know when their child(ren) plan to be in school or remote, following the school’s guidelines. 
  • Community members understand that no visitors (including parents/caregivers) are permitted inside the 81st building until further notice, and that no visitors (including parents/caregivers) are permitted inside 74th Street classrooms until further notice.
  • Families and caregivers may enter the 83rd St. building lobby as space permits for drop-off and pick-up of students only.

Hygiene, Masks & Physical Distancing

  • Community members will follow Calhoun’s directives for physical distancing in and around the school’s buildings and educational facilities.
  • Community members shall wear a mask covering mouth and nose while on or near Calhoun facilities, except during meals and approved / supervised student “mask breaks” (periods in which individuals are permitted to remove their masks while physical distancing). Face coverings must be adequate (2-3 ply woven cotton and securely cover the face from the nose to the chin without any gaps). Gaiters, vented masks and bandanas are not permitted. 
  • All community members will follow Calhoun’s directives for hygiene, including hand washing / use of hand sanitizer.
  • Students are permitted to bring lunch to school. Any food items brought onto campus must be peanut and tree nut free. Upper School students may not leave campus during the school day, to purchase food or otherwise, until further notice.

Screening / Preventative Health & Quarantine

  • All students and employees coming to campus must complete a daily at-home temperature check and complete a daily screening questionnaire (online or via app). Families understand that if this is not done, students will be subject to spot temperature checks at school and that repeated violations will result in suspension of in-person school privileges.
  • All employees and students shall agree to participate in a regular COVID-19 testing program developed by the school to enable rapid isolation of infectious individuals and prevent transmission of the virus.
  • Any community member experiencing symptoms of illness, COVID-19 or otherwise, is expected to stay home, either taking a sick day or connecting remotely.
  • Families agree to provide information about symptoms when students are out sick and agree to abide by guidance from the school nurse as it relates to a return to school.
  • Community members understand that in certain circumstances, the school may mandate a period of at-home isolation and/or a diagnostic test when COVID-19 is suspected.
  • Any community member receiving a positive test for COVID-19 shall notify the school office immediately and shall abide by guidance from the school regarding a period of isolation and quarantine. Community members also understand that they will be asked to supply details about contact with members of the Calhoun community beyond their child(ren)’s cohort/pod.
  • If any community member is notified by the State Health Department that they were in contact with an individual infected with COVID-19, they shall notify the school immediately and comply with isolation protocols as outlined by the school.
  • In order to limit exposure of the community to a potentially contagious individual, families commit to being able to collect a student from school in the event of illness within 1 hour of receiving notification from the school. Families shall provide contact information for at least 3 individuals who can pick up student(s) from school if needed (may include parents or legal guardians).
  • All community members are strongly urged to receive a flu shot, ideally before October 1.

Part II. Beyond Calhoun Facilities

For your safety, and for the health and safety of all members of our Calhoun community, we strongly encourage students, families, faculty and staff to follow these guidelines beyond our facilities:

Travel, Socialization & Extracurricular Activities

  • Community members understand that Calhoun highly recommends that families refrain from travel to high-prevalence areas. Community members shall abide by mandated requirements for quarantine if traveling to areas covered by state or federal travel advisories.
  • Community members understand that virtual extracurriculars are the safest option for the Calhoun community at large. When students engage in extracurriculars or other in-person socialization outside of Calhoun, families are urged to verify that proper social distancing and disinfection practices are observed to ensure the safety of the Calhoun community. Adults in the community should take care to avoid crowded indoor spaces and other environments that could put the community at risk.

Hygiene, Masks & Physical Distancing

  • When not in or around Calhoun facilities, all members of the Calhoun community are asked to wear masks or face coverings that cover the mouth and nose in public, practice physical distancing, observe good hand hygiene and follow any other city, state and federal guidelines, for our safety and the safety of others.

Part III. Statement of Agreement & Community Responsibility

Community members commit to following the required and recommended guidelines outlined in The Calhoun Community Commitment, for the health and safety of our community. Community members understand that while it is not possible to entirely eliminate the risk of contracting COVID-19 at Calhoun, we can lessen the risk for ourselves and each other through collective action and commitment to the safety and health guidelines above. 

If a student or family is unable to comply with the Commitment, they should notify the school (an advisor, cluster teacher, division director or member of the administration), either to ask for support in complying with the Commitment or to commit to fully remote learning. If an employee is unable to comply with the Commitment, they should contact Calhoun’s Director of Human Resources.