From the Head of School
 March 7, 2020

Dear MHS Community,

This evening, we have learned of a “presumptive case” of the COVID-19 virus reported in Berkshire County. Please know that, at this time, there are no incidents of COVID-19 infections within the Miss Hall's School community, and the School’s Incident Response Team is monitoring the situation closely.

Massachusetts authorities remain vigilant and are in communication with towns, cities, and schools. Currently, the only directive that state officials have given is that schools cancel any overseas trips. Miss Hall’s does not have any overseas trips planned for the spring, and we will make an assessment about the Tanzania trip scheduled for June in a few weeks. 

We are also taking full stock of student travel for the upcoming Spring Break, and all students, faculty/staff and families are asked to follow the official CDC guidelines regarding travel. We encourage faculty, staff, and families to carefully consider travel plans in light of CDC recommendations. Any community member who travels to a Level 3 warning country may be asked not to return to campus for a specified period of time.

Further, we are coordinating and communicating with local and state officials and will implement all recommended precautions to keep students and staff safe and healthy. We continue to implement recommended best practices for cleaning on campus to prevent the spread of illness, and the School’s Leadership Team and faculty are making plans for remote learning in the event that we need to suspend classes or modify the academic program due to health concerns.

As we continue to monitor this situation and to follow guidance from federal, state, and local health authorities, we urge everyone to please follow these procedures from the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to prevent COVID-19 from spreading. There are also links below to contacts at Miss Hall's School and additional helpful resources.

We will be in touch again before Spring Break to provide more information about the most current travel and health guidelines and school plans. 

Please do not hesitate to reach out to us. 

Sincerely,

Contacts and Resources

For health questions and concerns: Christie Puz, R.N., Director of Health Services, 413-395-7074, cpuz@misshalls.org   
 
For travel arrangements and Spring Break info: Mary Bazanchuk, Asst. Dean of Students and Director of Residential Life, 413-395-7045, mbazanchuk@misshalls.org
 
For general questions: Miss Hall's School Main Number, 413-443-6401 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
 
The World Health Organization
 
The U.S. Department of State
 

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