HAMPTON — Superintendent Dr. Lois Costa and the Hampton School District wish to share plans for the beginning of the 2021-2022 school year.
The district will continue following a full-time in-person learning model during fall 2021 and will no longer offer a fully remote learning option for students.
The district is currently following the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) recommendations for face-coverings which include mandating mask-wearing for students and staff while inside school buildings. This requirement is subject to change pending guidance from the CDC and DHHS. Following guidance from the state, masks are not required at schools when students are outdoors.
In order to protect students and faculty, the school will continue to adhere to CDC and DHSS recommendations and make changes when necessary. Currently, this includes requiring three feet of social distancing between students in the classroom and six feet of distance when eating. It also includes placing students in cohorts whenever possible and avoiding large group gatherings for students age 11 and under. Custodians will also continue to regularly clean and sanitize shared spaces.
“With COVID-19 cases declining across the country, I am so pleased to bring a sense of normalcy back to our school with full days of completely in-person learning,” said Superintendent Dr. Lois Costa. “Our goal is to keep our staff, students and community members safe. As national and state guidance around the pandemic shifts, we too will shift and make changes to our plan whenever necessary, but we hope to make the district look more like it did pre-pandemic.”
Prior to the start of each school day, parents and staff will be asked to complete health screeners to assess any COVID-19 related symptoms.
Additionally, the district will continue to offer free breakfast and lunch to all students.
The following updates apply to specific schools in the district:
For Centre School and Adeline C. Marston School:
- School will be held during regular hours from 8:20 a.m. – 2:52 p.m.
- Students will be placed in cohorts, meaning separate classes will not be mixed.
- Shared spaces for Integrated Arts’ classes will be cleaned in between classes.
- Lunch will take place in the classroom.
For Hampton Academy:
- School will be held during regular school hours from 7:35 a.m. – 2:20 p.m.
- Integrated Arts’ classrooms will be used for instruction.
- Lunch will be served in the dining hall. Outside dining areas will continue to be utilized.
- After school clubs and activities will resume.
- Camp Merrowvista will not offer overnight camps this fall.
- Fall sports programs will run on an abbreviated schedule.
Residents are encouraged to keep an eye out over the summer for any updates regarding the district’s plan.
For the latest updates, please visit the district’s website here.