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COVID-19 Resource Page

Linden Hall is closely monitoring the outbreak of coronavirus, also known as COVID-19. We are following updates and guidance from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), WHO (World Health Organization) and the PA DOH (Pennsylvania Department of Health). We are also monitoring information from NAIS (National Association of Independent Schools) and are in communication with other schools throughout the country.

It remains our top priority to put procedures and resources in place, to minimize the possible spread of COVID-19. The Linden Hall COVID-19 Task Force continues to meet weekly regarding new developments related to the spread of COVID-19 and implement safety procedures across the Linden Hall campus. This resource page will provide you with updates every Tuesday.

COVID-19 Response Plan

  • 2020-21 School Year

As Linden Hall nears the end of classes and graduation, we know our entire community is wondering what the fall semester will look like at Linden Hall. To address these questions, Linden Hall has established a COVID-19 Task Force comprised of Administration and Board Members who are in regular communication with leading public health officials and independent school leaders across the country to inform our decision moving forward. While many uncertainties remain, we want to take this opportunity to update the community about our plans for the coming school year and to outline our process and timeline for making these decisions.

How we move forward in the fall depends on several factors, many of which are beyond our control. However, we will make decisions using the best data and information available. Linden Hall is not alone in facing these difficult decisions. Our resources and collaborations will be extremely helpful as we focus on the array of COVID-related issues and how they will impact Linden Hall.

While this situation continues to unfold, here is what we can share at this time:

Our top priority is to protect the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff. Every decision we will make will be guided by this principle. 

Our mission has not changed. Our commitment to providing an excellent all-girls education will continue and is integral to the life-transforming experience that has defined Linden Hall for 274 years. We will continue to find ways to deliver a unique Linden Hall experience either on-campus or virtually while keeping our students, faculty, and staff healthy and safe.

We will announce our plan for the fall no later than July 10th. This will allow us to see how the COVID-19 pandemic evolves and to make educated decisions based on the best data available. We have taken the last two months to thoroughly map out various scenarios and plan for the different situations each presents. We know that in order to bring students back to campus, at a minimum, we will need to have the ability to check everyone for symptoms daily, effective contact tracing for any exposures to the virus that may occur within our community, as well as a plan for caring for any student who may become exposed to or who tests positive for the virus. Although we will announce a plan by July 10th, we may have to adjust our timeline depending upon how the pandemic unfolds.

 The COVID-19 Task Force is focused on strategic “what if” thinking and implementation planning. This group of Board Members and Administrators is working to provide the greatest amount of flexibility for the upcoming school year, given the evolving nature of this pandemic. The Task Force has identified challenges, is documenting processes, and is developing communications that will be in place to bring students and faculty safely back to Linden Hall in the fall. These include conversations concerning, but are not limited to:

  • Adhering to social distancing practices within spaces at Linden Hall (i.e. classrooms, dining hall, residence halls, athletic fields, etc.).
  • Welcoming boarding students back in cohorts to adhere to quarantine recommendations as presented by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state and local health officials.
  • Adhering to CDC recommended cleaning procedures throughout the school.  
  • Testing day students and faculty for symptoms and limiting public access to school spaces and on-campus events.
  • Any necessary adjustments to our tuition and fee schedule.

Members of the COVID-19 Task Force include: chair Ralph Simpson (Trustee) and includes, Carol Dague (Trustee), Lauren Dennis (Enrollment Management), Jade Honey (Institutional Advancement), Becky Merritt (Trustee), Jakob Olree (Facility Operations), Anne Rampulla (Human Resources), Natasha Solomon (Student Affairs), Beth Teske (Academics), Michael Waylett (Head of School), Heather Wilson (Chair, Board of Trustees) and Dr. Nan Wodarz (Interim Head of School).

Collaboration with Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health network. Penn Medicine LG Health has been an invaluable partner in providing health care to our students on campus this past year. Throughout this current crisis, we have been in close collaboration with them and others in the LGH network, as we determine what we need to have in place to protect the health of our students, faculty, and staff. As we think through the details of future scenarios, it is tremendously reassuring to know that thanks to this relationship, we will have access to testing, treatments, and health care for our students.

Each week throughout the summer, the COVID-19 Task Force will provide an update to the Linden Hall community with additional information for students and parents related to opening in the fall. We look forward to continuing our important work together throughout the next academic year and welcoming our students back to Linden Hall in the fall.

  • Student Life

Thank you, parents and students, for providing feedback in last week’s surveys. Students have had the opportunity to share their thoughts at regular intervals since the start of distance learning, and that information has been used to help us hone our distance learning practice and make adjustments to workload and expectations. The parent survey data has already been used to make adjustments as we approach the end of the year and will be used as we continue to adjust and plan for future distance learning, should it become necessary. Community feedback is essential as we continue to iterate and innovate to improve our distance learning program. 

Some highlights from last week’s data include: 

  • Parents and students alike shared appreciation for the care and frequent communication from faculty members.
  • Both groups also focused on the importance of organization and consistency, particularly during distance learning. Survey results indicate that, on the whole, communication from faculty members has been clear and students understand expectations and where to find materials. 
  • In lieu of final exams this year, students are engaged in a variety of end-of-year assignments and experiences, mostly project-based. While these add a new level of creativity and a different form of engagement to the end of the year, it is also a new type of end-of-year stress on students as they manage the workload. 
  • Many survey participants acknowledged the social challenges created by distance learning. Students want to stay connected with their peers but are also trying to balance tech and tech-free time during the day while maintaining appropriate social distance. 
  • Many questions came up about the plans for next year. At this time, we are planning for many contingencies, with the strong hope that we will be back on campus together for face-to-face learning come August. 

Thank you to all of our students, families, and faculty and staff members who made this challenging adjustment mid-year and rose to the challenge of a new normal. Linden Hall girls never cease to amaze us, and that is certainly as true as ever right now. We hope that everyone enjoys a well-deserved restful summer. We look forward to sharing details about the opening of school as soon as we are able! 

 Linden Hall Closes Campus to the Public for the Duration of COVID-19
  • Safety Procedures

Linden Hall School respectfully asks the Lititz community to avoid visiting the Linden Hall campus for the duration of quarantine put in place by Governor Wolf due to COVID-19.

Linden Hall School respectfully asks the Lititz community to avoid visiting the Linden Hall campus for the duration of quarantine put in place by Governor Wolf due to COVID-19. Due to our globally diverse campus,  some of our boarding students were not allowed to travel home when the quarantine went into effect.   At this time, we have 20 boarding students living on campus participating in distance learning and social distancing. Although historically, the Linden Hall campus has been open to the public to walk around our beautiful campus, due to concerns for the safety of our remaining students, we ask community members to refrain from coming on campus for the time being. Michael Waylett, Head of School, says “Our students and faculty living on campus are taking every precaution to remain safe during this global pandemic. We are asking the Lititz community to also take these precautions and to not visit the campus during this time.”

Linden Hall underwent distance learning on Monday, March 23, and has maintained a traditional school schedule for our students. To encourage well being and promote mental health awareness, we are encouraging our students to enjoy our campus outside, as the weather allows. Because our students and faculty have been quarantined in place for more than two months, students really appreciate days to enjoy our beautiful campus, the linden trees, blooming flowers throughout our landscape, and of course, visiting from a distance our stables and horses.

Linden Hall loves its Lititz neighbors and being a part of the community, and we cannot wait to welcome everyone back on our beautiful campus as soon as it is possible. We thank you all for your understanding and for supporting our Linden Hall students!

  • 2020-21 School Year

Linden Hall creates a COVID-19 task force to prepare for upcoming school year.

We, the Linden Hall Community, are looking forward to this upcoming Fall and are continuing to plan and prepare for the start of the school year. Our main concern is, as always, the safety of our students, faculty, and staff. We have created a COVID-19 task force to help make well-informed decisions on how best to proceed. More information will be forthcoming. 

Campus Safety Updates