2021-22 COVID-19 Protocols

Updated masking protocols go into effect Wednesday, September 1.
Keeping the school open and learning in person remains our number one priority as an educational institution. For that reason, we will continue to monitor pertinent data and reserve the right to adjust the risk mitigation protocols based on public health guidance and community transmission rates, in order to protect the health and safety of our entire campus. 

Heritage Hall will require indoor masking for all faculty, staff, students, volunteers, and visitors in all divisions effective Wednesday, September 1, 2021. This includes all school-sponsored events held indoors on campus.

Risk Mitigation Protocols include increased air filtration, high-rated filters, and the routine disinfection of learning spaces. Handwashing stations and hand sanitizer will remain available and their use encouraged. School nurses will continue to monitor campus health and local infection rates. 

On-Campus Learning
Students learn best when they participate in a dynamic interactive classroom environment. Classes engage in deeper learning when students are present and social-emotional learning is also enhanced when our community is here and interactive. For this reason, Heritage Hall will not offer a live, virtual learning option as long as the campus is open. Our policy regarding virtual learning and synchronous Zoom classes is stated to give teachers flexibility that does not impact the in-class experience. In the unlikely event that we have to transition to virtual learning for everyone, our protocols will be modified and shared with the community.

See 2021-22 HH COVID-19 Protocols and Procedures for more details regarding COVID exposures, positive test results, and quarantine guidelines.

Division-Specific Guidelines
For all three divisions, HHSPA-sponsored activities that require parental assistance will be coordinated with the respective division head. Large gatherings that are traditionally held in the fall – Fall Carnival, Grandparents and Special Friends’ Day, MS Hall of Heroes, Western Village Holiday Party, etc. – are being evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Details will be shared in the coming weeks.

List of 5 frequently asked questions.

  • Lower School

    • Students, faculty and staff, volunteers, and visitors are required to wear a mask while indoors.
    • Students may be unmasked while outside at arrival and departure and during outdoor activities.
    • Parents must use drop-off lanes before and after school; no walking students up to the building. 
    • Scheduled parent meetings may take place in person.
    • Charger Shine will continue to be live-streamed for parents who wish to tune in.  
    • Students will resume grade-level activities such as PE, music, and recess without being restricted to class cohorts. 
    • We will continue to encourage outdoor learning and activities so that students may remove their masks.
    • If parents must visit their child’s division, they should call ahead for more instructions. In the case of a forgotten lunch, the School has made arrangements to ensure that Venue will provide lunch, whether or not that child participates in the school lunch program. Parents may not deliver lunches for students.
    • Charger Kidcare protocols will align with the Lower School. Students from different grade levels may be grouped together.
    • We hope to resume field trips in the spring.
  • Middle School

    • Students, faculty and staff, volunteers, and visitors are required to wear a mask while indoors.
    • Scheduled parent-teacher meetings may take place in person. 
    • We will continue to encourage outdoor learning and outdoor community time activities so that students may remove their masks.
    • Lunch will take place in the cafeteria without the use of acrylic dividers – 5th and 6th will eat together, 7th and 8th will eat together. 
    • If parents must visit their child’s division, they should call ahead for more instructions. In the case of a forgotten lunch, the School has made arrangements to ensure that Venue will provide lunch, whether or not that child participates in the school lunch program. Parents may not deliver lunches for students.
    • We hope to resume field trips in the spring.
  • Upper School

    • Students, faculty and staff, volunteers, and visitors are required to wear a mask while indoors.
    • Scheduled meetings between parents and faculty (college and other counseling, teachers, etc.) may take place in person.
    • All Upper School activities, including assemblies and announcements, will resume with attendance limited to students, faculty, and staff. Parents will be notified when this policy expands to allow parents to attend assemblies. 
    • The After School Activities and Service Learning requirements will be in effect this fall.
  • Performing Arts

    • The first major performing arts event, Honk! The Musical, is scheduled for October 1, 2021, and will be held in the Howard Theatre. COVID-related audience/performer protocols will be determined as the date approaches. The community will be notified when tickets go on sale. 
    • The first major performing arts event for the Lower School, the 4th grade musical, is scheduled for October 21, 2021. A determination of location and protocols will be made as that date approaches.
  • Athletics

    • To minimize the transmission of COVID-19, masks are required while indoors for everyone in attendance. 
    • Athletes are not required to mask while competing.
    • No limits on spectators at this time.
    • Concessions will be available for home events.
    • Middle school volleyball and basketball games will be held in the Boghetich gym when the schedule permits.
    • We will continue to use GoFan Online Ticketing. Tickets will be available for all home athletic events online and at the gate through credit card purchases only. Links will be sent out prior to all home games. In addition, spectators can log on to: https://gofan.co/app/school/OK21060 to purchase tickets. Tickets will have a notification that states “masks are required when indoors for unvaccinated individuals.”
    • ChargerVision will be available for those who prefer to watch from home.

Risk Mitigation Task Force

Co-Chairs
Jenny Campbell, RN, School Nurse
Jay Freeman, Director of Operations and Security

Committee
Jan Bradford, Assistant Head of Lower School 
Craig Brown '78, Dean of Students, Middle School 
Matthew Carolan, Middle School Head 
Nick Carter, Head of School 
Keith Cassell, Upper School Head 
Steve Chard '88, Dean of Students, Upper School 
Jennifer Ephraim, HR Liaison
Jay Ferguson '96, Director of Performing Arts 
Aaron Fetrow, Heritage Hall President 
Chris Gfeller, Athletic Director 
Betsy Horn, Lower School Head 
Genifer Ring, Vice-President 
Dylan Sullivan, Assistant Athletic Director

Advisors
Hilary Allen, JD, Board President 
Tom Blalock, JD 
Bill Bondurant '84, MD 
Noel Williams, MD

Implementers
Roger Bates, Maintenance 
Sgt. David Baxter, Security  
Mallery Gannaway, Athletic Trainer 
Jeff Gibson, Director of Technology 
Van Ho, Cleaning Service 
Nina McPherson, Middle School Counselor  
Derek Nettle, Venue Catering/Food Service 
Ami Steelman, Director of Academic Technology 
Audra Wilson, Director of Communications
1800 NW 122nd Street, 
Oklahoma City, OK 73120
PHONE 405.749.3001   FAX 405.751.7372
Heritage Hall is a co-educational college preparatory school in Oklahoma City. As one of the few secular private schools in the state, we offer a challenging academic curriculum for students from preschool through grade 12, as well as unique leadership opportunities, a wide spectrum of athletics, and a well developed fine arts program.