COVID-19: Information for the Trinity Hall Community

Updated March 21, 2020
 
After discussion with the Board of Trustees and the School's Leadership Team, we have decided to institute remote learning on Monday, March 16 and remain online until Friday, April 3. All athletic practices/competitions and extracurricular activities are canceled during this time period. 
 
Beginning Monday, March 23, our new timetable will include the following changes:
1. A later start time of 8:30 a.m.
2. Periods 4 and 6 will be shortened to 60 minutes.
3. Lunch – “grab your lunch” will precede the lunch meeting.
4. The lunch meeting will be shortened to 45 minutes.
5. The school day will end at 3 p.m.
6. We will run our online school on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Yes – 4 days!
7. Wednesdays will be a “break” day. Teachers will find time to grade, plan and relax. Students can use this day to catch up, relax, exercise, or read a book. Reducing screen time is important for all of us.
 
We continue to use Schoology, PowerSchool, Albert, Google Chat, Voice Thread, and Zoom for all academic work. Check your email for more details about the remote learning schedule.
 
Know this: We've got this. Working together we will be even stronger as we meet this new challenge.
 
Attendance expectations during remote learning period:
Relationships are an essential part of this community. All students are expected to attend classes online and to participate fully in the educational experience. The daily schedule is sent each week and can be found in the Community Notes.
 
If a student is unable to attend online classes by 8 a.m. or for her first class, a parent must email the school using the attendance@trintyhallnj.org address. During this campus closure and move to online learning, communication is just as important and student presence online even more so. We appreciate your cooperation in ensuring the learning continues for our entire student body. 
 
Students are expected to attend all classes and meetings. Students must use video and audio when accessing Zoom classes or meetings, using their full names when logging on so proper attendance is noted.
 
Students will continue to be graded and assessed during this remote learning period. Failure to attend classes and/or submit assigned work will result in a loss of credit. Much effort has been taken to provide a rich educational experience for our students. Being present is essential to learning.
 
 
 
March 14, 2020
 
AP Exams:
As of right now, the Advanced Placement (AP) Exams will be administered from May 4 -15 as originally scheduled. We are confident that our AP teachers can provide sufficient instruction during our two-week remote learning period. If the remote learning period is extended beyond March 27, we will re-evaluate and may request an alternate testing period with College Board. We do expect our AP students to work during spring break to continue their preparation for the May exams.
 
One Schoolhouse:
One Schoolhouse classes will continue as usual through May 1 with no spring break. Students must plan accordingly and communicate with their teacher (and Alyssa Morreale) if they will not have internet access during our spring break so they can complete work ahead of time or request an extension if needed. The third quarter ended on Friday, March 13. Report cards will be mailed to students and parents between Wednesday, March 18 and Friday, March 20 (the school receives report cards by March 23).
Updated March 29, 2020
 
  • All practices and competitions are canceled until April 20.
  • Coaches may not provide workouts to student-athletes.
  • Please be safe and stay healthy during this time.
  • Optional Student-Athlete workshops: Workshop Schedule 
  • Schoology Code for Trinity Hall Athletics Folder: SDMM-3GWK-WZRN6
  • Coaching Seminars: Workshop Schedule 
  • Team Virtual Meeting on Fridays at 3:30 pm.
 
 
NJSIAA
 
NJSIAA FAQ’s

Can a school, school district, or coach continue with practices, scrimmages, or games during the statewide shutdown of all schools?
No. During the governor’s statewide shutdown of all schools, no NJSIAA member school, school district, or coach may conduct practices, scrimmages, or games (which includes all official interscholastic contests). This is a mandatory, no-contact period for all coaches and student-athletes.

Can practices, scrimmages, or games for spring sports be organized or directed by parents or student-athletes?
No. During the governor’s statewide shutdown of all schools, practices, scrimmages, or games may not be held. This includes any event organized by a parent, captain, or other student-athlete.

Can school facilities be used for practices, scrimmages, or games?
No. During the governor’s statewide shutdown of all schools, school facilities may not be utilized in any manner for practices, scrimmages, or games.
 
Additional News Articles
 
 
NCAA
* The following statement was posted to the NCAA's Twitter and Instagram accounts.
 
“Due to the evolving COVID-19 public health threat, Division I Council leadership agreed that NCAA member schools should make the best decision for the health and safety of their coaches, staff, student-athletes, recruits and communities. In addition, the Council leadership put in place an immediate ban on in-person recruiting for Division I coaches. Additionally, the group advised schools to suspend any official and unofficial visits to campus from prospective student-athletes. The recruiting dead period will be in place until at least April 15, at which time the Division I Council Coordination Committee will evaluate. Telephone calls and written correspondence are allowed during dead periods.”
 
“The Division II Administrative Committee implemented a recruiting dead period in all sports at least until April 15. The committee provided flexibility for schools to assist student-athletes with travel, in addition to the already permitted housing and meals."
 
Updated March 17, 2020
 
We understand this is a challenging time for many students and families navigating the college process, especially for those students who were hoping to finalize their college decisions after visiting colleges and universities. While visiting online virtual tours and social media sites of admitted student groups may not fully replace an on-campus visit, these are great ways to learn more about a college you are interested in attending. Our college counseling team is with you all the way and we are here if you have any questions!
 
Niki Mendrinos, director of college counseling: nmendrinos@trinityhallnj.org
Christina Bergamo, college counselor: cbergamo@trinityhallnj.org
Reina Guerrero, college counselor: rguerrero@trinityhallnj.org 
 
SAT/ACT Update:
  • The in-school SAT scheduled for March 25 at Trinity Hall has been rescheduled for April 28. We will keep everyone informed if that changes. 
  • ACT has rescheduled its April 4 national test date to June 13. All students registered for the April 4 test will receive an email from ACT in the next few days informing them of the postponement and instructions for free rescheduling to June 13 or a future national test date.
  • The SAT has canceled the rescheduling date for the March 14 test and has canceled the May test. The June test as of right now is still scheduled to happen. The College Board is looking to add more test dates, possibly in July and August, for students.
  • Please visit www.collegeboard.org and/or www.act.org for updates about the SAT and ACT test sites that are closed or have relocated to other areas.
  • Chris Cho’s SAT/ACT workshops will be offered through Zoom and will begin the week of March 23 for our sophomores. The College Counseling Office will email the list of students by section and dates this week.
 
College Fairs and Visits:
  • All National College Fairs (NACAC) for the spring have been canceled. Please visit www.nacac.org for more information.
  • NACAC is providing an online tool as a central resource for information about changes in college admissions due to COVID-19. Please check this website daily as more schools will be added. Please note that some colleges have extended their enrollment deposit to June 1 (from May 1).
    https://www.nacacnet.org/college-admission-status-coronavirus
  • Many colleges across the US have closed their campuses and have therefore canceled their campus visits, admitted student days, and shadowing events. While you are not able to physically visit the campus, we suggest doing the following:
    • Take a virtual tour of the campus via a link on the college's website to remember (or see for the first time) what the campus looks like, and/or visit www.campusreel.org to view over 300+ college videos.
    • Join an admitted students group on Facebook or other social media, if applicable, to get to know your potential future classmates and the culture of the student body.
    • Review the list of your most important criteria for choosing a college and assess (via a spreadsheet, if necessary) which of your choices best matches your list.
    • Go back to college websites, or reach out to college personnel (admissions, faculty, athletics, accessibility office, etc.) to answer any remaining questions you have about the college.
    • Know that one of the most important determinants of your college experience is you, and what you make of your time there. Trust that you can have an amazing four years at any of the schools you're considering.
 
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued guidelines for “community mitigation strategies” to limit the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, which include recommendations for “social distancing”—a term that epidemiologists are using to refer to a conscious effort to reduce close contact between people and hopefully limit community transmission of the virus.

"Social distancing means remaining out of congregate settings, avoiding mass gatherings, and maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet or 2 meters) from others when possible." - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
 
As a community, we have a responsibility to practice good health. To do what we can to contribute to the protection of oneself and for others especially for those compromised by their own health.
 
“This is really about depriving the virus the opportunity to move from one person to another.” - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Students are reminded that this 14-day closure of the school is important. Please respect this time as one step you can take to diminish the spread of the coronavirus. Engage in your online classes, communicate with your teachers and each other using Zoom, and use other sites such as FaceTime to stay in touch. Social gatherings, even small ones, work against the purpose of social distancing and disrespect the goal of this school closure. Stop asking to visit with your friends in person and start stepping up and meeting this challenge with strength of character, fortitude, empathy for others, and the faith that you can make a small difference just by practicing social distancing and good health habits.
 
Resources:
 
March 16, 2020
 
During these unprecedented times, it is imperative for everyone to take care of themselves not only physically but mentally and emotionally as well. Feelings of stress and anxiety may be elevated and coping with new and existing issues may become difficult. Taking time for self care is important during these times. This can be done by taking breaks, going for walks outside, meditating, practicing mindfulness, breathing exercises, etc. Mrs. Zink and Mrs. Levitt are available to meet through Zoom for one-on-one meetings and will be holding group sessions to address these concerns on a larger scale. Please see the below resources for additional information and support.
 
Alicia Zink, school counselor: azink@trinityhallnj.org
Kristen Levitt, school counselor: klevitt@trinityhallnj.org 
Suzy Almeida, school nurse: salmeida@trinityhallnj.org
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Monday, March 30
  • 12:20 p.m. Lunch Meeting: 
  • 3:30 - 4 p.m. Afternoon Athletic Workshop for Trinity Hall students (schedule found in section REMOTE LEARNING ACADEMIC/COMMUNITY RESOURCES above)
 
Tuesday, March 31
  • 12:20 p.m. Lunch Meeting: 
  • 3:30 - 4:15 p.m. Afternoon Athletic Workshop for Trinity Hall coaches
 
Thursday, April 2
  • 12:20 p.m. Lunch Meeting: 
  • 12:20 p.m. Lunch Meeting: 
  • 3:30 - 4:15 p.m. Afternoon Athletic Workshop for Trinity Hall and CBA students
 
Friday, March 27
  • 12:20 p.m. Lunch Meeting: 
  • 3:30 - 4 p.m. Afternoon Athletic Workshop: Team Huddle
 

Notice of Nondiscriminatory Policy as to Students: Trinity Hall admits students of any race, color, national, and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.