Community Compact

The Foote School Community Compact is a social contract between adult members of our school community. Families and staff are asked to commit to the compact in order to have their children learn in-person on Foote’s campus during a time of heightened incidence of COVID-19.

By signing the compact, families pledge to refrain from activities outside of school that would increase the likelihood of Foote needing to close campus again, and to abide by the following safe practices:

  • Playdates, birthday parties, and social events for children should be limited to those in your child(ren)’s grade(s), and be held outdoors with proper masking, hand hygiene and physical distancing.
  • Sleepovers and other indoor activities, even among children from the same class or grade, create a higher chance for exposure to COVID-19 and are discouraged.
  • Parents will comply with all Connecticut health regulations concerning social gatherings, mask wearing, restaurants, health clubs, etc.
  • Students will participate in regular COVID-19 surveillance testing, along with testing prior to returning to campus on January 11.
  • Students will continue to screen daily for COVID-19 symptoms using the online screening tool. If the result is red, parents will keep the child home and notify the school Health Office.
  • Students will follow all health and safety guidelines established by the school.

To reduce the transmission of COVID-19 and sustain in-person learning, we must adopt behaviors that support the collective good of our community. We are asking our entire community to commit to doing their part to keep Foote School safe.

If at any point families are unable to meet the commitments of this compact, they may be asked by the school to switch to remote learning.

 

FAQs
 

What is the Foote Community Compact?
It is a social contract between adult members of our school community; families and staff will be asked to review and sign the compact prior to January 11. By committing to the compact, families and school staff pledge to refrain from activities outside of school that would increase the likelihood of Foote needing to close campus again.

What activities are covered by the compact?
The compact asks parents whose children are attending school in person to commit to the following safe practices:

  • Playdates, birthday parties, and social events for children should be limited to those in your child(ren)’s grade(s), and be held outdoors with proper masking, hand hygiene and physical distancing.

  • Sleepovers and other indoor activities, even among children from the same class or grade, create a higher chance for exposure to COVID-19 and are discouraged.

  • Students should only participate in low-risk sports and extracurricular activities that comply with best health practices and city and state regulations as outlined in the Guidance for the Operation of Interscholastic, Youth and other Amateur Sport Activities document developed by the State of Connecticut.

  • Parents will comply with all Connecticut health regulations concerning social gatherings, mask wearing, restaurants, health clubs, etc.

  • Students will participate in regular COVID-19 surveillance testing, along with testing prior to returning to campus on January 11.

  • Students will continue to screen daily for COVID-19 symptoms using the online screening tool. If the result is red, parents will keep the child home and notify the school Health Office.

  • Students will follow all health and safety guidelines established by the school. 

Do I have to sign the compact?
Families who wish to have their children learn in-person will be required to review and sign the compact. It will be posted to the parent portal prior to January 11.

What if these restrictions don’t align with our family’s values or priorities?
We understand that families have different priorities and that for some children, extracurricular activities form an important part of their identity. If it is important for your child to continue in-person activities outside of school, then you should elect to have them learn remotely.

What if someone breaks the compact?
The compact is built on the honor system. Ensuring that we can all continue to learn on-campus will require both sacrifice and trust. If the school is made aware that families are not complying with our compact, we will contact the family for a conversation. To protect the safety of our community and our ability to remain on campus, children may be asked to quarantine for two weeks and participate in school remotely, or the family may be asked to transition to remote learning.