Reopening Hopkins

Health & Safety

Our success this fall and in the year ahead depends on each member of our community abiding—and encouraging others to abide—by our safety and hygiene policies and protocols. Our community members must pledge to mitigate risk for themselves, and for each other, in all aspects of school and home life. While on campus, and under the guidance of health professionals, we are prioritizing safety through sound protocols and prevention efforts involving population reduction and distancing, health screening and monitoring, enhanced cleaning and hygiene, and modifications to allow for responsible use of our physical spaces.

Physical Distancing

Hopkins is implementing protocols designed to reduce person-to-person contact to the greatest extent possible. Occupancy and capacity limits are in place throughout campus and are based on the prevailing six-foot physical distancing health standard. We expect all individuals to adhere to distancing protocols while on campus.


Wearing a face covering helps limit the spread of COVID-19, and helps to protect your health and the health of those around you. As such, we have created the following policy to provide clear and consistent guidance for mask wearing for everyone while on campus.

All students, faculty and staff are required to wear a face mask at all times (i.e., during and outside of school hours) that wholly covers one’s nose and mouth. The School has provided all students, faculty and staff with three reusable cloth face masks at the start of the school year. Individuals may also use their own mask. 

Only 2-ply (or higher) cloth or paper masks with loops will be permitted, and all masks must fit snugly. Gaiters, bandanas, masks with valves, and single-ply masks may not be used on campus. If a plastic face-shield is used, it must be accompanied by a face mask. 

If a student or faculty/staff member forgets their mask or their mask becomes damaged, the School will provide them with a disposable mask. Masks can be obtained from the reception desk in Baldwin Hall, the administrative offices in Heath Commons and Thompson Hall, and the Athletic Training Office in the Athletic Center.

Classrooms and Indoor Spaces
Masks are required at all times in all indoor spaces. Masks may be removed briefly in classrooms or common spaces to allow for drinking. Drinking is permitted as long as the mask is removed briefly and only if there is at least six feet physical distance from the nearest person.

Offices and Faculty Workspaces
Faculty or staff who are alone in workspaces do not need to wear masks. However, if another individual enters that space, everyone should wear masks.

Lunch time
Masks may be removed during lunchtime only when seated and eating. Because students will be unmasked while eating, we ask that students refrain from speaking. While unmasked and eating outdoors, students may speak if at least six feet physical distancing is maintained.

Passing Time
Masks shall be worn at all times when traveling from one space to another.

Masks must be worn by all participants when traveling to and from athletic venues, during stretching, and close proximity situations (i.e., team talks, cool downs). Athletes must wear masks when they are not engaged in vigorous activities that cause heavy breathing, and are encouraged to wear masks when engaging in vigorous activity if it does not interfere with the athlete's ability to breathe. Athletes must keep their face masks on their person and easily accessible at all times. Coaches are required to wear masks at all times unless also engaged in vigorous activities. Masks must meet Hopkins mask policies (i.e., no gaiters, no mask with a valve, no using a shirt to cover your face, etc.).

Mask-Free Zones
We understand that prolonged use of face masks may be difficult for some; therefore, we have established mask-free zones in several outdoor areas around campus. These areas include the Patio Tent between the Library and Hopkins House, Pratt Field (adjacent to the WCAC) and the Quad (open area between Thompson Hall and Heath Commons).  Masks can be removed in a mask-free zone only if the area is supervised by an adult and if a minimum of six feet physical distance is maintained. Talking is permitted while unmasked in mask-free zones. Please note that masks cannot be removed at any time during passing time between periods.

Compliance and Enforcement
Face masks may not have words, images or logos that do not comply with our Attire Policy as written in the Hopkins Handbook. For the safety and security of our community, students who repeatedly do not comply with our face mask requirements will need to continue the school year through virtual learning.


We encourage frequent hand washing and provide hand sanitizer throughout campus. Portable hand washing stations and hand sanitizers are installed for additional capacity.


Every work space on campus receives a deep cleaning at the end of each school day. In addition, cleaning supplies are readily available in all shared spaces, including classrooms and bathrooms during the day. Dining spaces are sanitized between lunch periods.

Daily Health Screenings

Any individual who is experiencing COVID-like symptoms should not come to campus. For the 2020-2021 school year, parents are required to complete a COVID-19 screening assessment of their child prior to 7:30 AM every morning that their child will be on campus. Hopkins employees will also complete this assessment daily. 

To complete this daily task, parents and employees must utilize the Magnus Mobile app on their smartphone. Following the completion of this quick assessment each morning users receive either a green “Go” to school message or red “Stop” and stay home message.

Isolation Policy

Any person who is symptomatic while on campus will be taken to a designated isolation space for further evaluation and dismissal.

Quarantine and Testing Policy

Click here to view the Quarantine and Testing Procedures. Students are still be able to participate in classes remotely during this time if they are well enough to do so.

Contact Tracing

Staff members, trained and certified through Johns Hopkins University’s COVID-19 Contact Tracing program, will work with the Department of Health on contact tracing and quarantine protocols for any individual who is diagnosed with COVID-19 as well as their contacts.


Our success this fall and in the year ahead depends on each member of our community abiding—and encouraging others to abide—by our safety and hygiene protocols. We began our year with a (re)orientation for all students, faculty and staff to review these protocols, and we regularly reinforce them throughout the year.


Faculty and staff provide supervision during students’ unstructured time during the day to reinforce our community's health and safety protocols.

Travel Advisory

Any member of our community who travels out of state at any time, including over school breaks, will need to follow the regulations set forth in the State of Connecticut’s travel policies. Currently, anyone who has spent more than 24 hours in a state included in Connecticut’s travel advisory will need to either quarantine for 14 days upon return, or provide proof of a negative COVID test. The test, which must be a PCR test, can be taken 72 hours prior to arrival in Connecticut or at any time following arrival.