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Health and Wellness

Trinity Hall has an advantage over many area schools with our newer building and our commitment to health and wellness in our plans. Where practical, Trinity Hall adhered to the Well Building Standard in building our school. The Well Building Standard is a new program currently applicable to corporate and industrial office spaces. For more information about the Well Building Standard, click here.

In building Trinity Hall, health and wellness were at the center of our design and this adherence to wellness has put us one step ahead of other schools. We have also added COVID-19 related safety measures and initiatives to help keep our students and teachers safe.
 
Most important of all, we ask for families to communicate, honestly and clearly, with our school health team and school leadership. Please be vigilant as you monitor the health of all family members every morning.

  • Our bathrooms have many touchless features such as the faucet, soap dispensers, paper towel units and toilet flushing controls. The hand air dryer units have been shut off to avoid aerosol spread.
  • Our water fountains are filtered and hands-free. All water fountains provide a container- sized fill station.
  • Plexiglass shields have been placed in high-traffic spaces like the front office, security desk, and health office. We are also adding desk shields to the science labs.
  • Every classroom has hand sanitizers, disinfectant wipes, and other appropriate cleaning supplies. This has been and remains the standard at Trinity Hall.
  • Touchless hand sanitizer units are located throughout the school building and in the hallways.
  • Our cleaning contractor will continue to thoroughly clean the classrooms, hallways, and all spaces nightly. Cleaning of all surfaces is routine with washing of all floors and deep cleaning of the carpet with a HEPA-filtered vacuum each day.
  • A day porter will continue to remove garbage during the school day and surface clean bathrooms and any areas where students gather to eat lunch. This additional daytime cleaning will support disinfection practices.
  • We will use outdoor spaces where possible for classes and daily for lunch. Portable tents and lunch tables will add to the available outdoor seating. All community meetings will be held outdoors or virtually from classroom depending on weather.
  • The HVAC systems provide fresh air exchange and filters are replaced frequently during the school year.
  • By partnering with Delos, the global pioneers in bringing wellness to the indoor environment, Trinity Hall has installed advanced air purification systems that can help eliminate airborne bacteria and pollutants. Teachers and students returning to Trinity Hall this fall will be happy to find that our classrooms, offices, music and art rooms, and the Commons are now equipped with Delos advanced air purification units designed to capture and reduce ultrafine particles in the air.
    Some of the benefits of this advanced air purification system include:
    • 4-stage filtration that efficiently removes particulate matter and harmful gases and odors
    • 99.99% particle efficiency @ 0.007 micron
    • Substantial reduction in airborne microorganisms, chemicals, harmful gases, odors and smoke
    • Efficiently remove airborne dust and dander, pollen, mold and fungi.
    • For more information about Delos in schools, watch the video below.
  • All students and employees will wear face coverings. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends face masks cover both the mouth and nose with a 3-ply material. Additional face masks will be available but we ask that everyone commit to bringing your own freshly-cleaned face covering to school. Students will be asked to keep an extra face mask in their locker or bookbag.
  • Social distancing will be maintained where possible with student desks positioned 6 feet apart and facing in the same direction. Science labs will have desk shields to protect students seated closer than 6 feet apart. Students will be reminded to social distance and they should be prepared to adhere to this standard.
  • Traffic will move throughout the campus in one direction. In the east wing, the south stairway (near the front entrance) will be up only and the north stairway (near the studio) down only. We will use the outdoor sidewalks to maintain the one-way movement.
  • Seniors will enter the one-way traffic pattern through the Commons doorway. Faculty may enter through the front or south side door way. All other students will enter through the main front doors. The front hall of the east wing will be divided for two-way movement within that hallway only.
  • Social distancing space of 6 feet should be maintained when moving throughout the campus.
  • Trinity Hall has many handwashing sinks included in both studios, each lab space, and in the bathrooms strategically placed throughout the building.
  • Student orientation will include proper handwashing technique, importance of social distancing, etiology of COVID-19 as known, and healthy behaviors all to mitigate the risk of disease spread.
  • In order to return to campus and stay there we need every member of every family to their part. Families are reminded to follow personal protection practices at home and in your daily lives – the 3 Ws – wear a mask, wait as you maintain social distance, and wash your hands!
  • The STEM team has incorporated new protocols to allow investigation, experimentation, and design to continue in our science labs and engineering design spaces.
    • Each lab will be equipped with two sets of toolboxes containing the regularly used equipment for that lab; these sets will be cycled throughout the school day to allow for individual use during a class, followed by a full class period after use to disinfect.
    • In addition, barrier film, a medical-grade self-adhesive plastic that can be cut or molded into different shapes and sizes, will be used on handles and switches of larger instruments or equipment as an added layer of PPE.
    • All labs already contain germicidal cabinets which disinfect goggles after each use. In the Biology and Chemistry labs, plexiglass barriers will be added to the stations.
    • Each student will also receive a small individual whiteboard which can be used in all classes throughout the day.
  • Prior to arrival on campus, all students and employees must complete their daily screening using Safety App, a mobile app customized for Trinity Hall. The Daily Screening Form on Safety App will be used to assess your readiness for attendance and the absence of COVID-19 symptoms.
  • It is essential that all Trinity Hall families report new positive COVID-19 results to the school nurse, Susan Almeida at salmeida@trinityhallnj.org. If you test positive following a Trinity Hall event or campus visit, this reporting is all the more necessary to protect our community.
  • We remind families to check the NJ Gov site for a list of quarantine states and avoid travel to these states; click here for updates to the list. Any student traveling to a hotspot must quarantine for two weeks before attending events/classes on campus.
  • The CDC has solid information for schools, families, and the community. Click here for more information.
Trinity Hall will:
  • Designate an area or room away from others to isolate individuals who become ill with COVID-19 symptoms while at school. This isolation room will be Room 100, the health office.
  • Designate a wellness area for non COVID-19 related symptoms such as medication administration, injuries and personal needs. This wellness room will be Room 107, the fitness studio, and will be used for band aids, sanitary needs, or other health support. 
  • Furnish both health spaces with air-purification units and available disinfection supplies. 
  • Ensure there is enough space for multiple people placed at least 6 feet apart.
  • Ensure that hygiene supplies are available, including additional cloth masks, facial
    tissues, and alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Ensure school nurses will use Standard and Transmission-Based Precautions based on the care and tasks required.
  • Have two health personnel on campus during the school day. The school nurse, Mrs. Susan Almeida, and the Athletic Trainer, Ms. Miranda DeRobertis, will work together in response to illness vs. wellness visits to the health office. 
Parents/guardians are strongly encouraged to monitor their daughters for signs of illness every day as they are the front line for assessing illness in their children. Students who are sick should not attend school in-person.
 
The New Jersey Department of Health (see appendix for full document) has shared guidelines for screening and monitoring for COVID-19 in schools. The overlap between COVID-19 symptoms and other common illnesses means that many people with symptoms of COVID-19 may actually be ill with something else. There is not a single symptom that is uniquely predictive of a COVID-19 diagnosis. A COVID-19 viral test is needed to confirm if someone has a current infection.
 
COVID-19 Symptoms
Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus and include the following:
  • Fever or chills;
  • Cough;
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing;
  • Fatigue;
  • Muscle or body aches;
  • Headache;
  • New loss of taste or smell;
  • Sore throat;
  • Congestion or runny nose;
  • Nausea or vomiting
 
The CDC offers the following additional guidance regarding a need for medical follow up:
 
Need Two or More And / Or One of the Following
fever, chills, aches, sore throat, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue, congestion, headache    cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, loss of taste, loss of smell
 
Be aware of health complaints that are normal for the student vs. new symptoms. Examples include migraines, asthmatics, allergies, etc. Students may come to school if experiencing “normal” health complaints. 
 
Illness Not Identified as COVID-19 Illness Identified as COVID-19 Identified close contact with COVID-19 positive person
Stay home Stay home and isolate. Quarantine for 14 days
Report symptoms when notifying attendance email. Contact school nurse via email or phone further guidance and assistance with contact tracing. Report to school nurse via email or phone after notifying attendance email of absence.
Stay offline and care for self. Stay offline and care for self while sick. Obtain PCR COVID-19 test.
Call health office for further guidance.   Continue with classes remotely if health permits.
 
 Students and staff should consult with local public health authorities and refer to CDC guidance on when it is appropriate to return to work or school:
  • If they have been sick with COVID-19
  • If they have recently had a close contact with a person with COVID-19
Students/staff who are experiencing signs or symptoms of COVID-19:
  • Must self-quarantine and contact their doctor for further instructions.
  • All members in close contact (within 6 feet for more than 10 minutes) must be extremely vigilant in checking for signs or symptoms multiple times a day.
  • Classmates are allowed to attend school until COVID-19 test results of the symptomatic individual are known, provided they experience no signs or symptoms of COVID-19.

 
 
  

Trinity Hall will follow procedures for routine cleaning and disinfecting with an EPA-registered product for use against SARS-CoV-2. This means at least daily sanitizing surfaces and objects that are touched often, such as desks, countertops, doorknobs, computer keyboards, hands-on learning items, faucet handles, and phones. Trinity Hall will increase the frequency of cleaning when there is an increase in respiratory or other seasonal illnesses.
 
In addition, Trinity Hall will clean and disinfect after:
  • Notification of a confirmed case of COVID-19:
  • A student/staff member reports any signs or symptoms of COVID-19
  • Any suspected case(s) of COVID-19

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.