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COVID-19 Updates

COVID-19 Dashboard

  • Number of Students Enrolled: 786
  • Number of Students in On-Campus Community: 782
  • Number of Current Positive COVID-19 Cases (Students/By Division):
    • ECLC: 0
    • Lower: 0
    • Middle: 0
    • Upper: 0
  • Number of Employees: 185
  • Number of Current Positive COVID-19 Cases (Staff): 0
  • Number of Students in Observational Quarantine (By Division):
    • ECLC: 0
    • Lower: 0
    • Middle: 0
    • Upper: 0

Information about above quarantine and positive case numbers:

Families at Oak Hall can count on transparent communication if contact tracing leads us to believe that any student, faculty, or staff has had an exposure that could jeopardize the safety and well-being of our on-campus community.

*as of November 29, 2021 at 7:44 AM


Update - November 5, 2021:

Dear Oak Hall Community, 

On behalf of the Re-Entry Committee, we want to thank our community for its overwhelming cooperative spirit! Together we have worked hard to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 on our campus. This has not been an easy time for our community, and in this month of thankfulness, we are thankful for you. We are also thankful for many encouraging signs as it relates to COVID. The community at large (Gainesville and Alachua County) is experiencing significantly lower positivity rates, the Oak Hall Community has had tremendous success navigating the virus with limited quarantines and virtually no spread, and we now have vaccine availability for children ages 5 & up! 

Please take note of the following changes in school-related COVID protocols: 

  • Effective December 7, 2021, 35 days after vaccine availability, all COVID-related protocols in Preschool-Grade 6 will be lifted except for “Stay at Home Guidelines.” This update includes the requirement of wearing face coverings. Starting December 7, the choice to wear a face covering will be just that, a choice. Face coverings will become optional, and it will not be necessary to declare an intent on our “opt-out form.” Should you desire your student to wear a face covering while at school, please make those expectations clear to your child as faculty and staff will not be enforcing any usage of face coverings. 

  • Effective immediately in Grades 7-12, all COVID-related protocols will be lifted except for “Stay at Home Guidelines.” This update includes the requirement of wearing face coverings. Starting November 8, the choice to wear a face covering will be just that, a choice. Face coverings will become optional, and it will not be necessary to declare an intent on our “opt-out form.” Should you desire your student to wear a face covering while at school, please make those expectations clear to your child as faculty and staff will not be enforcing any usage of face coverings. Until December 7, face coverings will be required of students in grades 7-12 who are visiting an unvaccinated classroom or setting with students in Preschool-Grade 6. 

The option for Flexible Online Learning, even in the case of precautionary quarantines, will no longer be available following the conclusion of the first semester on December 17, 2021. Should your child be placed in a precautionary quarantine by the school, they are encouraged to stay current with their work in Grades 6-12 on Canvas or work directly with the teacher and Lower School Administration for the ECLC and Lower School level. 

As mentioned, what has not changed is the requirement for students to stay at home should they develop any symptoms. Return to school is not permitted until 72 hours have passed following symptom resolution. Students may return 24 hours following symptom resolution with a note from their pediatrician. In all cases, if a child is in the COVID testing protocol, they should stay away from campus until a negative result is known. 

The strongest tenet of our Re-Entry Policy has been the ability to review and revise. This will continue as COVID-19 evolves and should the need to reinstate any COVID-related protocol, including the use of face coverings, Oak Hall School reserves the right to update our policies accordingly for the safety and wellness of our community.  

Please feel free to reach out should you have any questions. Again, our thanks for partnering with us during this tremendously difficult journey. Here’s to hoping better and brighter days are ahead. 

Best- 

Dr. James Hutchins, Head of School

Jeffrey A. Malloy, Director of Operations/ Re-Entry Committee Chairman