Reopening Plans

Message from Head of School, August 10, 2020

Reopening Plan 8/28/20

Reopening FAQs

List of 11 items.

  • What are the new arrival/dismissal procedures?

  • What are the school's protocols as it relates to large gatherings, including athletic competitions off-campus?

    Click here to view our policy.
  • I have questions about RUVNA...

    We've collected several FAQs about our health-screening procedure. See the questions below and please contact us if you have any concerns or issues that are not addressed.

    • How does the RUNA pre-screening work? 
    Each morning RUVNA will text and email a link to all parents to bring them to a secure web page. The webpage will contain a series of pre-screening health questions about each Portledge student (parents will not be on campus and do not have to submit the form for themselves). Once the pre-screening questions are completed, you will receive automatic approval to come to campus that day or a request to stay home with further instructions. Please note, RUVNA is not an app and does not require download. All employees and students must have a completed pre-screening questionnaire to enter campus that day. 

    • Where is the app available? Is it available from the usual Apple and Android app locations?
    Ruvna is not an app.  Parents and employees will receive a text or email every morning regarding the students or employees that will stay on campus.

    • Since several people reported that their attempts to download the app led to the discovery that it did not recognize Portledge as a school, has that issue been resolved?
    There is no app to download. You will be linked to a secure website that you will record information about your child or yourself if you are an employee.

    • Who needs to download the app: students, parents, or both?
    No one, it's not an app.

    • If parents don’t need to download the app but only need to connect with the application via text messages or emails it was said will be sent to them each morning, are parents answering the questions they connect to as they pertain to their student or as they pertain to themselves?
    When a parent (all parents)clicks on the link they will see a list of their children that will be attending a school that day. they submit a survey for each student. Parents will not remain on campus so the survey will not pertain to them.  Please note that the survey questions may refer to family activities.

    • If parents are answering for their students, why would both student and parent(s) need to provide the same information? And if parents aren’t answering for themselves, why not if they are driving onto the campus?
    Each parent will get the family link. Each parent can respond to any or all of the student's surveys. Once a survey is complete it will be green-checked in the list. Other parents will now know that a particular survey is complete.

    • If parents are answering the app for themselves, do both have to answer the app every day or only the parent who will be entering the campus as a driver?  
    Parents are not completing the survey on their behalf, the responses are for their children attending Portledge.
  • Are masks mandatory?

    As face coverings are “strongly recommended” by the New York Department of Health at all times, except for during meals and during instruction that includes appropriate social distancing for all parties, any individual who is at least three (3) years old will be required to wear a face covering at all times while on campus at Portledge School, with the exception of time during meals and designated mask breaks. 
    • Acceptable face coverings include but are not limited to cloth-based face coverings (e.g., homemade-sewn or quick-cut) and surgical masks. Face coverings must cover the nose and mouth and follow the guidelines outlined in the Portledge School dress code in order to be deemed acceptable. Disposable masks or reusable masks may be worn; reusable masks must be cleaned before being worn in school again. 
    • Students will have periodic and frequent mask breaks; students will maintain social distancing during mask breaks.
    • While engaged in indoor classroom teaching, instructors will be required to wear appropriate face coverings, as described above. Additionally, each faculty member will have access to protective face shields, which the school will provide to each faculty member, along with disposable masks and gloves, as needed.
    • Disposable masks and gloves will be readily available in all locations for use by anyone who is on campus at any time.
  • We opted for fully-remote learning but want to switch to on-campus learning - what do we do?

    Click here to read our procedures to make the switch from fully-remote learning to on-campus return.


    Don't see a question you want to be answered? Fill out the Reopening Feedback Form on this page with your question.
  • We recently traveled out of NY state - what is the school's policy on returning to campus?

    Click here to read the school's policy on out-of-state travel.


    Don't see a question you want to be answered? Fill out the Reopening Feedback Form on this page with your question.
  • What are the community Notification Protocols for confirmed and unconfirmed cases of COVID-19?

    Click here to view the policy for Notification Protocols for confirmed and unconfirmed cases of COVID-19? 
  • What are the daily cleaning protocols for classrooms and common areas?

    In the Middle and Upper School, Portledge faculty members will teach students the proper way to wipe down their own space before the end of each class. Students will be provided with gloves and antibacterial cleaning wipes to facilitate this cleaning. Additionally, a designated cleaning staff member will rotate throughout the buildings during the day (and at the end of each day), sanitizing surfaces and objects that are touched often, such as desks, countertops, doorknobs, computer keyboards, hands-on learning items, faucet handles, phones, and toys.   

    In the Lower School, teachers will have access to gloves and antibacterial cleaning wipes in each classroom and will wipe down surfaces periodically throughout the day and as needed. Additionally, a designated cleaning staff member will rotate throughout the building during the day (and at the end of each day), sanitizing surfaces and objects that are touched often, such as desks, countertops, doorknobs, computer keyboards, hands-on learning items, faucet handles, phones, and toys.   

    All areas and buildings will receive a thorough deep clean each Wednesday afternoon. 
  • What are the protocols if my child has had a positive COVID-19 infection or was exposed to COVID019?

    Click here to view the policy if my child has had a positive COVID-19 infection or was exposed to COVID019?
  • Will school be full-day?

    Portledge School intends to open with a reduced-density schedule that provides full-time, on-campus academic instruction daily for grades N - 5 and a hybrid on-site and remote model for grades 6 - 12.  School hours will differ slightly by division, as described below, but all divisions will dismiss early on Wednesday of each week:
    • Early Childhood hours will be from 9:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. for full-day students and from 9:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. for half-day students on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday each week. Early Childhood hours will be from 9:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. for all Early Childhood students every Wednesday. 
    • Lower School hours will be from 8:30 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday each week and from 8:30 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. every Wednesday.
    • Middle School hours will be from 8:10 A.M. to 3:10 P.M. or 3:35 P.M. (depending on student grade level and schedule) on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday each week and from 8:10 A.M. to 12:35 P.M. every Wednesday.
    • Upper School hours will be from 8:10 A.M. to 3:35 P.M. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday each week and from 8:10 A.M. to 12:35 P.M. every Wednesday.
  • Will the dress code be relaxed this year?

    Yes. The dress code will be focused on comfort this year. Details can be found in each divisional handbook and in the resources section of MyPortledge.