COVID Communications

ULS is planning to hold in-person classes with all students on campus five days a week for the 2020-21 school year. This web page will have the latest information about our plans for a Healthy Return to Hawk Hill.

Health & Safety First

Our Healthy Return to Hawk Hill Plan is intently focused on the health and safety of our ULS community, as well as maintaining academic excellence during the COVID-19 pandemic.

See the most current version of the Healthy Return to Hawk Hill Plan.

> Daily Health Screening Form

> Hot Spot Map

The ULS Advantage

ULS is in a unique position to offer on-campus learning thanks to our small-by-design class sizes and amazing 180-acres of land. We plan to use outdoor spaces for learning and activities as much as possible in the coming year. The campus provides many outdoor learning spaces among the trees, in the prairie lands, on the Michels Campus Green, at the Hawk and Eagle Nest open-air classroom, or even on a circle of tree stumps.

Pandemic Planning

In order to re-open school this fall, decisions are being made based on the science available; NAIS best practices for independent schools; parent survey responses; as well as federal, state and local guidelines.

Special task forces are working to ensure that ULS is as safe as possible for our students and employees for in-person learning. The operations team includes volunteers from the leadership team and faculty. The health and safety team develops plans with the expert guidance of four physicians, as well as members of our ULS community (they will not deal with individual cases if they arise). The task force members are:
- Dr. Rania Dempsey
- Dr. Rebecca Gallagher
- Dr. Ben Hostetler
- Dr. Jack O'Horo '03
- Tim Horner, Interim Head of School
- Martin Ditkof, Trustee
- John Griner, Vice-President, Board of Trustees
- Adam Rix, President, Board of Trustees
- Joan Shafer, Trustee
- Paul Verdu, Trustee

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I use the hot spot map?
Click on the specific county under the dropdown “7 day % positive.” If that number is greater than 10%, it’s a hotspot. The color scheme adjusts by state since some states are all a hot spot, and it’s supposed to distinguish which are “hottest.” Hot Spot Map.

Do students need to wear face masks?
Masks will be required inside ULS school buildings at all times. This includes students in grades SK5-12, faculty, staff, parents and visitors. Masks are not required for JK3 and JK4 students. Mask tips and resources.

Will you be taking temperatures every day?
Parents, students, faculty and staff must self-monitor their own health, including taking temperatures at home every day before coming to school.

Do I need to socially distance while on campus?
Social distancing of the recommended 6 feet will be followed in and out of the classroom, and anywhere on school grounds. This will also apply to drop-off and pick-up routines.

Can I come inside to drop something off?
Parents and visitors are asked to remain outside of school buildings during times of congestion (i.e. pick up and drop off)​. Parents may briefly enter the school offices to drop something off if necessary at other times.

Will there be assemblies?
Large group gatherings will be avoided for the first semester and will be re-evaluated for second semester. Events such as assemblies, concerts and plays will be re-imagined to be held outdoors or online.

Will there be fall leadership trips to Camp Manitowish?
All field trips and leadership trips are postponed until further notice. US fall leadership trips will be re-imagined to include alternative local activities.

What if my student is unable to attend class due to health concerns?
For the 2020-21 school year, we will offer a blended​ ​learning option for those who are unable or uncomfortable with attending on-campus learning at any time during the school year in grades 1-12.

Will you go back to full-time distance learning?
It is possible that school may need to be closed due to a rise in cases or state mandated shutdowns. We are a private school, but we still must adhere to state health mandates. If that occurs, we would return to full-time distance learning.

Please refer to the Healthy Return to Hawk Hill Plan for further information.