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Welcome to Sevens Hills School’s Reopening Page for 2020-21.

Adapting to Changing Conditions

As we approach the start of the 2020-21 school year, the public health situation in our nation and in our part of the country is evolving rapidly.  

We hope, of course, to be open for in-person learning throughout the year.  However, changes in the public health situation may well dictate that we transition to remote learning. 

In the event of a surge in COVID-19 cases, Seven Hills will comply with all orders of the Ohio Department of Health or Hamilton County Health Departments. We will be guided, primarily, by the directives of the Ohio Public Health Advisory System, using its Level 1-4 rating of exposure. If Hamilton County is upgraded to Level 4 (purple), we will transition to our remote learning model for all divisions.  

Furthermore: 

  • If a cluster of absenteeism should occur within a cohort of students, the other students in that cohort may be asked to attend school remotely for a period of time.
  • If a higher concentration of absenteeism occurs, it may necessitate a move to remote learning for a whole division or even the entire school.

In the pages below, we have aggregated many of the resources we have provided over the summer to help you prepare for the new school year.  Please take time to read the detail of our plans.  

We will continue to adjust our protocols and revise these pages as new research emerges and “best practices” for schools continue to evolve.

Resources

To maintain maximum flexibility, Seven Hills will support three modes of learning throughout the school year.

In-Person (Traditional) Learning

In this model, we will follow our regular school schedules, using all the safety protocols described under “Safety Protocols” on this page.

Remote Learning

In this model, all students will learn from home, using videoconferencing and other digital platforms to connect with their teachers and each other.

Pre-kindergarten for 2-year-olds

After a great deal of research and discussion, we have concluded that it will not be possible to offer a viable remote learning experience for our 2-year-olds.  

Lower School (Pre-kindergarten through Grade 5)

In general, Lower School students will use a mix of synchronous (live videoconferences, in real time) and asynchronous (learning activities that can be done on a more flexible schedule). The proportion of synchronous and asynchronous activities will vary according to the age (and attention span) of the students. Here are sample remote learning schedules for pre-kindergarten and kindergarten through grade 5

Middle and Upper School (Grades 6-12)

Students in grades 6-12 will use a fully synchronous model, attending their courses in live videoconferences and following a (slightly abbreviated) school schedule. Here is a sample remote learning schedule for Middle and Upper School.

Hybrid Remote Learning

In a hybrid model, some students will be in school, and others will be learning remotely. Though we expect the vast majority of families will wish their students to return to in-person learning, we do want to provide a remote learning experience, even while school is in session for in-person learning, for those families who may not yet be comfortable sending children back to school. for in-person learning.. 

Pre-Kindergarten for 2-year-olds

As above, during times when school is in session for in-person learning, it will not be possible to offer a viable remote learning experience for our 2-year-olds.  

Pre-Kindergarten

For 3- and 4-year-old pre-kindergarten students, at both Doherty and Lotspeich, the remote learning program will combine synchronous and asynchronous learning experiences. We will group those students whose families want a remote learning experience into a temporary cohort, which will be taught, during that period, by a dedicated teacher, combining students from Doherty and Lotspeich, if necessary, to build out a cohort group. When you are more comfortable about your children returning for in-person learning, they will join their assigned class with their assigned classroom teacher.  

Each week, the remote learning teachers will design a series of learning experiences that will mirror those in the classroom and will send home necessary materials. Those learning activities will be completed asynchronously by the student at a time when adult guidance and support is available. In addition, several times a day, at prescribed times, the teacher will use videoconferencing to provide short, synchronous whole group learning experiences for Morning Meeting and a Closing Meeting (featuring storytelling, sharing, and social activities), daily specials on a rotation, and Small Group lessons, including instruction in the following areas: Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Language Development & Social Emotional. View a sample schedule of activities here. 

Kindergarten through grade 12

In these grades, the hybrid remote learning experience will be fully synchronous, following the regular school schedule. Teachers will livestream their classes, using Swivl cameras with a Zoom interface. Remote learning students will be able to see and hear much of what is going on, ask and answer questions and participate in group activities.

Click here for more information.

Seven Hills has developed the following safety protocols for the 2020-21 school year based on current guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the American Academy for Pediatrics (AAP), the Ohio Department of Health (ODH), and the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) as well as guidance from school leaders in Europe and Asia and from our own COVID Advisory Team, infectious diseases and pediatric specialists who are also school parents.  

As is outlined in our Community Health Commitment, preventing the spread of the virus will require the diligence, sustained effort, and patience of our entire community. The school will take all reasonable steps to create a safe environment, but cannot guarantee a risk-free campus. 

Because the situation is evolving rapidly, we will continue to update the guidelines as new information becomes available.


If you have questions, please contact our school nurses.

Joy Copfer, RN, BSN, LSN – Hillsdale Campus
o: 513.728.2364 | f: 513.728.2374
joy.copfer@7hills.org

Carolyn Vincze, RN, BSN, LSN – Doherty Campus
o: 513.728.2324 | f: 513.728.2352
carolyn.vincze@7hills.org

To minimize crowding in hallways and on sidewalks and to facilitate the daily morning health screening, Seven Hills will stagger drop-off and pick-up times on the Hillsdale Campus. Times and locations for drop-off and pickup and entry points for health screening are outlined below. 

Parents with students in multiple divisions should drop off all their children at the earlier time and pick up at the later times.

Parents should be aware that because of these safety-related modifications, drop-off and pick-up will likely take longer than usual and traffic will likely become congested. We ask for your patience, especially at the beginning of the school year, as we fine tune these new protocols to get students on and off campus.  As always, we ask parents to use special care and attention when driving on campus. Click here for a pdf of the schedules.

Staggered Drop-off Schedules

Before Care Drop-off

TIME

COHORT

DROP-OFF/WAITING AREA

SCREENING LOCATION

PARKING

7:30-7:45 a.m.

Lotspeich, PK-K

ECC, Muscle Room

Exterior door

ECC Lot

7:30-7:45 a.m.

Lotspeich, 1-5

Founders

Exterior door(s)

Main Lot, if necessary

7:30-7:45 a.m.

Doherty, PK

Classroom

Exterior hallway door

Haile Hall sidewalk, Johnstone

7:30-7:45 a.m.

Doherty, K-5

Cafeteria

Cafeteria entrance

Circle Driveway Near Brooks

7:30-7:55 a.m.

Grade 6

Middle School Commons

Middle School Commons

No parking

7:30-7:55 a.m.

Grade 7

Kalnow Gym Kalnow Gym

No parking

7:30-7:55 a.m.

Grade 8

Stoehr Gym

Stoehr Gym

No parking

7:30-7:45 a.m.

Grades 9-12

Hallway outside advisory

Advisory

No parking

Regular Drop-off

TIME

COHORT

DROP-OFF/WAITING AREA

SCREENING LOCATION

PARKING

7:45-8:05 a.m.

Grades 9-12

Upper School carline

Advisory, exterior doors, if possible 

No parking

8-8:10 a.m.*

Grades 6-8

The Schiff Center Loop

Advisory, exterior doors, if possible 

No parking

8:05-8:25 a.m.

Lotspeich, PK-K 

ECC carline

Exterior Classroom doors

ECC Lot

8:05-8:25 a.m.

Lotspeich, 1-5 

Lower School carline

Exterior Classroom doors

Main Lot, if necessary

8-8:30 a.m.

Doherty, PK-K

Classroom Doors, K may use Lower School carline

Exterior Classroom doors, exterior building doors, PK playground for 3- & 4-year-olds

Main Lot, Johnstone, Keys Crescent

8-8:30 a.m. 

Doherty, 1-5

Lower School carline

Exterior entry door, classroom doors

no parking

*Middle School students who arrive after 8:10 a.m. must have their temperatures taken in the Middle School main office. 


Staggered Pickup Schedules

Pre-kindergarten Half-day Pickup

TIME

COHORT

WAiTING LOCATION

PICK UP LOCATION

PARKING

11:30 a.m.

Lotspeich, PK

Classroom

ECC carline

no parking

11:30 a.m.

Doherty, PK

Classroom

Haile carline, left side of driveway

no parking

1 p.m.

Lotspeich, PK

Classroom

ECC carline

no parking

1 p.m.

Doherty, PK

Classroom

Haile Carline, left side of driveway

no parking

Regular Pickup

TIME

COHORT

WAITING LOCATION

PICK UP LOCATION

PARKING

2:45 p.m.

Upper School (No Meeting Days)

Upper School Carline

Upper School Carline

No parking

3 p.m.

Lotspeich PK-K, (Full Day)

ECC front entrance 

ECC carline

No parking

3 p.m.

Lotspeich , Gr. 1-2 (w/ siblings)

Red Barn

Red Barn

No parking

3 p.m.

Lotspeich , Gr. 3-5 (w/ siblings)

Classrooms

Lower School carline

No parking

3:15 p.m.

Middle School

Middle School carline

Middle School carline

No parking

3:15 p.m.

Upper School (Meeting Days)

Upper School carline

Upper School carline

No parking

2:45 p.m.

Doherty PK

Classrooms

Haile carline, left side of driveway

No parking

3 p.m.

Doherty K

Classrooms

Haile carline, left side of driveway

No parking

3:15 p.m.

Doherty, Gr. 1-5 (w/siblings)

Classrooms

Haile carline, right side of driveway

No parking

Health Screening Procedure

To help prevent an outbreak of COVID-19 in our community, it is critical that anyone who displays symptoms of illness remains at home. Parents are asked to monitor for symptoms daily, including taking their child(ren)’s temperature prior to departing for school. 

All employees are required to self-screen for symptoms before coming to campus.

In addition, all students and visitors will have a temperature check prior to entering the school buildings.

COVID-19 Symptoms

  • Fever
  • 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, vomiting, or diarrhea
  • Chills/Repeated shaking with chills

Temperature Checking Procedure

All faculty, staff, students, and visitors will be screened as they enter school buildings.

  • Touch-free, infrared, forehead thermometers will be used to screen students and visitors for elevated temperature. 
  • Fever will be determined according to CDC guidelines as 100°F.
  • To avoid false positives, temperature checkers may ask those with higher temperatures to sit for a few minutes and re-test.  
  • Those with higher temperatures will be sent to the nurses’ offices to be isolated and sent home.

Faculty and Staff

  • Faculty have been assigned partners who will check each other’s temperature before they check with students.
  • Staff will have their temperature checked by a designated person in each building.

Students

  • When students arrive on campus, they should put on masks before they exit their cars and proceed directly to the location where they will be screened. 
  • Wherever possible, students should enter the rooms directly through exterior doors. 
  • They should not congregate in public spaces before a temperature check.

Before Care Students (7:30 - 8:00)

  • Students in Before Care will be screened as they enter designated gathering areas.

Doherty, PK2-K

Haile Hall, 

Doherty, 1-5

Brooks Hall cafeteria

Lotspeich, PK2-K

Taft ECC, Muscle Room, enter exterior door

Lotspeich, 1-5

Lotspeich, Encore Room, enter exterior door

Grade 6

Middle School Commons

Grade 7

Stoehr Gym

Grade 8

Kalnow Gym

Upper School 

Hallways outside advisory group, maintain social distancing 

Regular Arrival Times (8:00 - 8:30)

Lower School Students 

  • Lotspeich students will be screened in homeroom by their teachers. 
  • Doherty students will be screened in identified areas.

Middle and Upper School Students

  • Middle and Upper School students will be screened in advisory rooms by their advisor.

Late Arrivals 

  • Students who arrive late will be screened in divisional offices.  
  • No student should go to class until he or she has been screened.
  • They should not go to class until they have been screened by the administrative assistant.

Parents During Drop Off

  • During these extraordinary times, parents are encouraged to limit their visits to school buildings, wherever possible, dropping students in carline or walking to outer doors,  rather than accompanying their children into buildings.  
  • If parents do wish to enter buildings, they must be temperature checked following the student procedures outlined above, going, wherever possible, directly to exterior classroom doors rather than the entrance lobbies.

Parents and Other Visitors During the Day

  • Again, parents are encouraged to limit their visits to school buildings as much as possible, focusing on scheduled, in-person meetings with school personnel.
  • If parents do need to enter buildings, they will be temperature screened by receptionists at the building entrances.

For safety reasons, we will be limiting visits to campus as much as possible. All visitors will be asked to comply with the following safety protocols: 

  • Parents or guardians who need to drop things for their children should leave them at reception areas.
  •  Only those who have scheduled meetings with school personnel will be allowed to go beyond reception areas.
  • Before passing reception areas, they will have to fill out a screening checklist and submit to a temperature check

All Visitors:

  • Should stay at home if symptomatic of any illness.
  • Parents should check-in with the relevant building receptionist and get a visitor’s badge and additional instructions. 
  • All other visitors should check-in with the receptionist in the main administrative building (Haile Hall at Doherty and the Upper School at Hillsdale) and get for a visitor’s badge and additional instructions.
  • Bring a mask or approved face covering and wear it whenever inside buildings.
  • Limit the size of a party to a maximum of four family members.
  • Adhere to a six-foot rule for social distancing.
  • Check-out with the receptionist.

 

Though Seven Hills will continue to offer Before (7:30-8 a.m.) and After (3:15-6 p.m.) Care options, for safety reasons, we will be doing so on a much more limited basis.  

Before Care 

In the interests of safety, no student will be permitted to be on campus before 7:30 a.m. To reduce crowding in waiting areas, we ask that families drop off their children as close to 8:00 as possible. After arrival, they must be masked, go immediately to the designated, supervised area for their health screening.  All of the school day expectations for masking and social distancing will be in effect for before and after school programs.

After Care 

After 3:30 p.m., only students who enrolled in After the Bell (PK-5) and Encore Club (Middle School), and those students participating in interscholastic sports or performing arts productions will be permitted to remain on campus.  All other students are required to leave campus by 3:30 p.m.

  • Lower School students must register for After Care for the full year, allowing the school to schedule appropriate supervision and maintain social distancing protocols. Until the school year is well under way and we can get a feel for demand, these services will not be available for ad hoc, daily “drop-in”.
  • Students in Lower School Before and After Care will NOT be kept in homeroom cohorts. They will be in grade-level cohorts, as fully as possible.
  • Where possible, students waiting for afternoon rehearsals or athletic practices or games are encouraged to go home until they begin.
  • Students who do remain on campus must wait in the large, supervised areas (Lower School in Founders Hall, Middle School in the Middle School Commons, Upper School in the Study Hall Room, Doherty in Brooks Hall), which permit social distancing.  Each area will be restricted to students and grouped in grade level cohorts from a particular division, as much as possible.
  • After school enrichment teachers will be permitted to come on campus, but must comply with all safety protocols.

After Care Protocols

All of the school day expectations for masking and social distancing will be in effect for before and after school programs.

According to the CDC, two of the most effective ways to minimize the risk of community spread is to clean and disinfect surfaces and to perform frequent handwashing throughout the day.

Accordingly, we have increased the frequency of cleaning and disinfection, installed hand cleaning stations, and developed protocols to encourage students to practice hand hygiene throughout the school day

Cleaning

  • Thorough cleaning and disinfection will be performed at the end of each school day.
  • During the school day, surfaces will be cleaned frequently, with particular attention to high-touch areas (stair handrails, door handles, counters, desks, tables, chairs, lavatories, computers, etc.). 
  • Classroom cleaning and disinfection will be performed between class changes and between groups meeting in common areas (cafeteria, libraries, commons).
  • Students will be asked to clean their own work areas after each class.
  • The sharing of supplies and materials will be minimized and if items must be shared, they will be sanitized between each user.

Hand-washing 

  • The school will provide hand sanitizer in high traffic areas including entrances to buildings and classrooms  
  • Students, employees and volunteers must practice frequent handwashing for at least 20 seconds when hands are dirty, before and after eating, and after using the restroom.
  • Students and teachers will be required to wash their hands or use hand sanitizer before each class, or more frequently if warranted.

Ventilation

In addition, to minimize the risk of aerosol transmission, we have made the following changes to our ventilation procedures.

  • Tents have been purchased to facilitate holding classes outside when practical. 
  • When conditions allow, exterior windows will be kept open to provide natural ventilation. 
  • HVAC systems have been reset to maximize air circulation into our school buildings.
  • Air filters have been upgraded to MERV-13 to increase particle and droplet capture.

Face Coverings

To minimize the potential for the spread of the virus, all employees, visitors, and students must wear face coverings, most often masks, when inside school buildings (including classrooms, hallways, libraries, and common areas), on school-provided transportation, and when outside unless at least six feet apart. A few rare exceptions/alternatives are listed below.

Masks

Faculty and Staff

  • All employees must wear masks as directed above.
  • In some circumstances, where it is essential that students can see facial expressions, teachers may substitute face shields. (See below)

Students 

  • All students in kindergarten through grade 12 must wear masks, as directed.
  • Students in PK and K will wear age-appropriate face coverings, masks where possible, and face shields if not.
  • Families should provide masks for their children that are comfortable for extended wear.  
  • Students who have forgotten to bring a mask to school should obtain one from a divisional office before going to their homeroom.
  • Mask Requirements
      • Masks should be designed to stay on and cover the nose and the mouth.
      • Masks should be clean.   
      • Masks should have ear loops or straps/ties around the head.
      • Masks should not have valves.
      • Neck gaiters may not be worn.  They are NOT an acceptable alternative to masks.

Exceptions

  • Individuals are not required to wear masks if it is not advised due to health reasons as narrowly defined by the Governor’s order of August 5, 2020 
    • Children under the age of 2 years 
    • Any child unable to remove the face covering without assistance 
    • A child with a significant behavioral/psychological issue undergoing treatment that is exacerbated specifically by the use of a facial covering (e.g. severe anxiety or a tactile aversion)
    • A child living with severe autism or with extreme developmental delay who may become agitated or anxious wearing a mask
    • A child with a facial deformity that causes airway obstruction

Beyond these categories, there are no diagnoses that warrant blanket exemptions from wearing a face covering/mask.  Specifically, asthma, allergies and sinus infections are not a contraindication for using a face covering/mask.

In these cases, face shields must be worn and physical distancing must be maintained.

  • Face coverings are not required during outdoor activities, but physical distancing must be maintained.
  • A face covering is not required if an employee is working alone in a segregated workspace, such as an individual office or cubicle, or in areas where they are alone and reliably separated by more than six feet from others.
  • In some circumstances, where it is essential that students can see facial expressions, teachers may substitute face shields.
  • In circumstances when mask wearing becomes unduly burdensome, teachers may allow students to work behind face shields or desk shields to provide a brief respite.

Other Protective Equipment

  • For situations when students must sit closer together either inside classrooms, to collaborate with peers or teachers as well as in public spaces (libraries, cafeterias, music classrooms), the school has provided plexiglass dividers for another level of protection.

Employees and students must maintain six-foot distance whenever possible.  In addition, wherever possible, students will sit in assigned seats, to minimize contact with others and to facilitate contact tracing.

The following procedures have been established to maintain social distancing: 

In Classrooms/Laboratories

  • In classrooms and laboratories as well as in common areas (cafeterias, commons, and libraries) chairs and work stations will be spaced six feet apart wherever possible.
  • When students must sit closer together to collaborate with peers or teachers, they will work behind plexiglass dividers and wear masks.
  • Teachers will keep seating charts for each class to facilitate contact tracing, should it become necessary. 

In Common Areas

  • Seating in common areas (libraries, the Middle School and Hillsdale Commons, cafeterias) will be reduced to permit social distancing, and plexiglass dividers will be used, where practical, to provide additional separation.
  • Divisional assemblies will be broadcast to homerooms or advisories.
  • Grade level meetings will be held only in venues that permit social distancing. 

Circulation Between Classes

  • In the Lower Schools, we will minimize mixing of groups of students, keeping students in their homeroom cohorts as much as possible.
  • To minimize crowding in hallways, students will use both exterior doors and interior doors. 
  • When students travel between classes, they will be masked.

This flow chart describes the procedures we will use if a student (or faculty/staff member) becomes ill on campus. It also outlines isolation, quarantine and return-to-school requirements,  are based on new guidelines from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, the CDC, and local health authorities.  

Required Notification

  • Parents or caregivers and all school employees must immediately notify the school if they or if a member of their household has been diagnosed with or is presumed to have COVID-19.
  • All personnel and students with known exposure to someone with diagnosed or presumed to have COVID-19 must self-quarantine at home for 14 days and must meet conditions prescribed by the CDC, ODH, and local health departments prior to returning to school.

Communication

  • In the case of a positive or suspected COVID-19 case in a school building the school nurses will contact local health departments. 
  • The school nurses will assist local officials in conducting contact tracing for any students and employees potentially exposed, exposed or diagnosed with COVID-19.
  • In the case of a positive test, without revealing the name of the student or employee, the school nurses will inform families and staff members within a homeroom cohort, class, or grade, as warranted. 

Testing

When a healthcare provider deems testing appropriate, there are many available options to obtain a COVID-19 test. Depending on your healthcare provider, you may be able to get a test at their office, or you may need to go elsewhere for a test.
 
It is important to inquire as to the testing method your individual healthcare provider uses. The PCR/Molecular assay test is the gold standard for COVID-19 testing with high sensitivity and specificity rates, resulting in better accuracy. Rapid antigen tests are quick, but do not provide the same level of accuracy seen with PCR/Molecular assay tests. The Seven Hills nursing staff requires the PCR/Molecular assay test, we are not accepting the fast antigen tests.
 
It is also important to discuss turnaround time for test results with your healthcare provider. To expedite contact tracing at school and prevent further spread, quick turnaround time is key. Many pediatrician offices are using Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center for testing due to a turnaround time between 24-48 hours for results. 
 
If you have difficulty seeing your pediatrician on timely basis, or cannot obtain PCR/Molecular assay testing with your healthcare provider, you may use this service through Cincinnati Children’s Hospital - CINCYKIDS HEALTH CONNECT. This service allows you to see a pediatric expert right away—with 24/7 video visits from your smart phone or computer. 
 
In order to obtain your child’s results quickly you can set up a MyChart at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital
 
Parents are asked to forward test results to the school nurse as soon as they are available.
 
Joy Copfer, RN, BSN, LSN - Hillsdale Campus
o: 513.728.2364 | f: 513.728.2374
joy.copfer@7hills.org

Carolyn Vincze, RN, BSN, LSN - Doherty Campus
o: 513.728.2324 | f: 513.728.2352
carolyn.vincze@7hills.org

Preventing the spread of the virus will require the diligence, sustained effort, and patience of our entire community. We must all work together to reinforce these safety protocols.

  • The faculty and staff will be trained in protocols for handwashing, use of hand sanitizer, physical distancing, appropriate use of face covering, and plexiglass barriers, cough and sneeze etiquette, and the importance of staying home when sick or displaying symptoms.
  • Faculty and staff will model these protocols and reinforce them with verbal reminders and signage.
  • The school will incorporate signs, posters, and other methods to reinforce the important practice of frequent handwashing and sanitizing. 

To formalize our expectations of everyone in our community, all parents—and students in grades 6-12–must read and sign our Community Health Commitment, which commits all stakeholders to following these protocols the school has developed to maintain the safest possible environment.

To prevent crowding during lunch times, we will simplify the dining options. Students can either bring food from home or pick up pre-ordered box lunches, delivered to remote pickup stations near their classrooms. Doherty students in grades K-5 will pick up lunches in the cafeteria. No food mid-day food deliveries, either from home or from food delivery services (e.g. Grubhub, etc.), will be permitted.

Staggered Lunchtimes

To help maintain social distancing at lunchtimes, we also be staggering the lunch periods on the Hillsdale Campus.

  • On the Doherty Campus, there is a natural stagger in the customary lunch schedule, so that will remain as it was.
  • On the Hillsdale Campus, to reduce overcrowding, Lower, Middle, and Upper School lunch periods will be staggered.  
  • Lower School students will follow their regular, staggered lunchtime schedule, but will not use the cafeteria.  
  • The Middle and Upper School schedules have been altered to stagger lunchtimes. Upper Schoolers will eat from 11:15-11:45 a.m. and Middle Schoolers from 12:45-1:15 p.m. 

Dining Areas 

The seating capacity in large common areas has been reduced significantly to maintain social distancing, and these spaces have been outfitted with plexiglass dividers for an additional layer of protection. (See more below)

Stinger Online Café

For the 2020-21 school year, Seven Hills has redesigned our lunch program as part of our StaySafe7Hills mission. This year, students may either bring their lunches from home or families may pre-order box lunches online through our new Stinger Online Café system. Meals ordered from Stinger Online Café will be prepared by our Seven Hills kitchen teams and delivered at lunch times to designated locations for each division. For more information, click here.

Food Distribution

  • Students who bring their lunches from home can proceed directly to the designated areas for dining.  
  • Those who have ordered lunch through Stinger Online Café can pick them up at the designated locations, staggered alphabetically.

Middle School

  • Sixth Grade: Middle School Commons
  • Seventh Grade: Founders Hall
  • Eighth Grade: Stoehr Gym

Upper School 

  • Ninth and 10th Grade, Founders Hall
  • 11th and 12th Grade, Hillsdale Commons, Sports Lobby

Where to Eat

Doherty

  • Pre-kindergarten students will eat in their classrooms.  
  • Kindergarteners will eat in the small cafeteria.  
  • Students in grades 1-5 will eat in the cafeteria, in staggered shifts, and use plexiglass dividers to maintain social distance.

Lotspeich

Lotspeich students will eat in their classrooms behind plexiglass dividers.

Middle School students will eat by grade level in three large areas that permit social distancing.            

  • Sixth Grade: Middle School Commons
  • Seventh Grade: Founders Hall
  • Eighth Grade: Stoehr Gym

Students may eat their lunches either outside, in the Founders Hall cafeteria, in the Hillsdale Commons, the Study Hall Room, or in monitored classrooms (such as ones in which clubs are running). In all indoor areas, students must be socially distanced and/or behind plexiglass dividers. In outdoor areas, they should maintain strict social distancing. 

 

General Policies

Masking

  • All coaches and staff must wear masks at all practices and team events.
  • All players will wear masks during all non-competitive situations.

Social Distancing

  • Appropriate social distancing will be maintained on sidelines/bench during practices and games.
  • Athletes will not do pre-game and post-game handshakes/high-fives/fist bumps.
  • Where social distancing is not possible (buses, locker rooms, training rooms) masks are required for all individuals present.

Cleaning and Disinfecting

  • All athletic surfaces, balls, and other equipment will be cleaned before each use and prior to the next use.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available at all athletic activities.

Hydration

  • All students, coaches, officials, and staff must bring their own water bottle. Water bottles must not be shared.

Screening

  • Prior to all athletic contests, all participants (officials, coaches, students, and staff) will be screened with a temperature check. Any individual with a fever (or a symptom) identified on the screening form will be sent home.
  • As a league, the Miami Valley Conference (MVC) added to the Ohio High School Athletic Association’s (OHSAA) recommendations for both Middle and Upper School these mandates.
    • Upon entry to Seven Hills, each visiting team will provide our coach with a roster with checkmarks by each name signifying that each individual has been screened and temperature checked.
    • Seven Hill will provide a temperature checker if the visiting team fails to bring one. We will provide the visiting team with the same documentation.
    • Printable rosters and temperature checker will be provided for each team.

Attendance Requirements

  • Only family members of home and away players and coaches will be allowed to attend home contests. Siblings will only be permitted if they sit/stand with their family during the duration of their time at our Seven Hills facilities.
  • The attending family member spectators are mandated to maintain social distancing at the venue and to wear a mask or face covering at all times. Each contest will have a designated Compliance Officer who will be present to ensure these mandates are followed.
  • For indoor contests, all spectators will have their temperature assessed prior to entering the competition venue and will be denied entry if temperature is higher than 100 degrees. 

 Transportation to Away Games

  • All school vehicles are mandated to limit one student-athlete per seat.
  • Student-athletes will wear masks on all school vehicles.
  • Parent drivers are approved to transport student-athletes provided they are masked in the vehicle.

 

Public School Buses

Some of the local school districts have signaled their intention to eliminate the bus transportation they are legally obligated to provide to private school students.  At the moment, though the following districts are still providing the service.

Forest Hills

Kings

Madeira

Mariemont

Mason

If your district does inform you that they are eliminating this service, it is your legal right to contest the suspension of bus transportation. Here is the procedure for doing so.

Private Car Service

In addition, Mac’s Village, which had previously provided private van service has discontinued operations. They have been replaced by Trusted Rides Van Service.  

Contact information is: https://trustedridesusa.com/ 

Tom Gott — 513.306.4930

Carpooling

Another option is to arrange carpools with families in your area. Until the annual printed directory is released in mid-September, on request, we can provide a current list of Seven Hills families, sorted by zip code.

The Doherty Shuttle and School Vans

The shuttle between campuses and schools vans will run as usual, with the following changes:

  • Students will wear masks on all school-provided transportation.
  • All riders must distance as much as possible, no more than two to a seat
  • The afternoon shuttle at Doherty will drop off/pick up in the Kemper parking lot.

Because some students may struggle to adjust to these new protocols or worry inordinately about their own or others’ health and safety:

  • Guidance counselors will provide opportunities for classroom discussion.
  • Homeroom teachers and advisors will monitor students for signs of stress and will refer them to the divisional guidance counselors for additional support.

We encourage families to be in close touch with divisional counselors as issues arise.


Communications from Head of School Chris Garten

Aug. 7, 2020 – Soft Opening of the First Week of School

July 31, 2020 – Reopening Plans for the 2020-21 School Year

July 17, 2020 – Town Hall Follow-up

July 2, 2020 – Update