From the Head of School
 Dear Miss Hall’s School Community,
 
I write to let you know that on Saturday afternoon we learned that an MHS community member, who has not been on campus since March 13, has tested positive for the coronavirus/COVID-19. This is the first confirmed case in the Miss Hall’s community that we are aware of. This adult member of our community is self-quarantined and has not been on campus — or in contact with other members of the MHS community — since before Spring Break. 

Please know that members of the School’s Health Services team are in contact with local and state health officials regarding next steps. Understandably, there will be concern regarding potential exposure, but we will not share information about the individual’s identity or condition, out of a respect for privacy. Should there be developments that affect specific community members or the community as a whole, we will provide whatever information is necessary to protect public health.
 
This new development is an important moment to remind everyone of the importance of maintaining social distancing, practicing thorough hygiene, and paying close attention to any symptoms that may develop. We urge all community members to follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations to keep themselves healthy and prevent the spread of illness, and the CDC provides this guidance regarding coronavirus/COVID-19 symptoms.
 
As of today, we have no students reporting symptoms consistent with those associated with COVID-19. On campus, students who have stayed at MHS during the break are encouraged to check in daily, whether symptomatic or not, regarding their health and well-being, and we continue to have a daily presence by our Health Services team. You may also reach out to Health Services Director Christie Puz, R.N. — 413-395-7074, or cpuz@misshalls.org with any health-related questions or concerns about your daughter.
 
Our Housekeeping team remains fully staffed during the break, and regular, diligent cleaning of campus has continued, with increased attention to areas of group congregation — the Dining Room, Living Room, Humes Euston Hall Library, the Student Center, and common spaces in residence halls.
 
I recognize that this news may be disconcerting. At the same time, I assure you that we are doing all we can to protect the health of our students, faculty, and staff. Our Incident Response Team continues to meet regularly and pay close attention to local, state, and federal advisories and updates. We consult frequently with cohort schools and professional organizations regarding best practices we can take to minimize risk. Please know that we are committed to communicate with you as this situation evolves. 
 
As always, please do not hesitate to reach out to me with questions or concerns.
 
Best,

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 questions about counseling resources: Teresa Gentile, School Counselor, 413-395-7073,  tgentile@misshalls.org
 
For academics questions: Lisa Alberti, Dean of Academics and Faculty, 413-395-7108,  lalberti@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