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Siena's Mission Driven Reopening Plan

Last updated: 3/12/2021

At Siena, we have taken an extremely cautious approach to re-opening for inbuilding instruction. Our understanding of COVID-19 is greatly advanced compared to even a few months ago and research, as well as the success of area independent schools, demonstrates that with an emphasis on safety protocols (e.g., masks, physical distancing, and hand washing) schools can re-open. 

Decisions have been informed by:

  • Ongoing review of available data, research, and publications on schools
  • Numerous conversations with local and national independent school leaders
  • Extensive discussions with our consulting epidemiologist
  • Significant input from the Siena COVID committee, including several faculty
  • Individual discussions with each member of Siena’s faculty and staff.

Our first day of in-building instruction was Tuesday, February 16th.

Please understand that everyone in the Siena community—teachers, students, parents, and others—is responsible for our collective health and safety. Healthy practices such as mask-wearing and physical distancing don’t stop at the end of the school day. We are relying on the entire school community to begin (and then continue) in-person instruction and other activities safely. All community members are expected to comply with State and local laws and health orders.  As always, we will continue to monitor the situation and may adjust this plan if necessary.   

We look forward to seeing the students on-campus soon!

See here for our HyFlex Inclement Weather Policy

The Siena School Reopening Plan

As always, we will continue to monitor the situation and may adjust this plan if necessary.

View Our COVID-19 Building Updates

Community Pledge

We are asking our entire community to sign the Community Pledge and keep our community safe. 



Prevention and Preparedness

In addition to establishing a traditional workspace for your child, we encourage a variety of options to be provided so that students may have a choice of spaces for different types of activities.  A lap desk can be a helpful resource for flexible seating.

  • Sit on an exercise ball
  • Bean bag chair
  • Work on the floor
  • Sit on a cushion
  • Couch
  • Standing desk
  • Stadium seating (sent home with elementary students)
  • Low table
  • Outside if suitable space is available

Why offer different options?

  • Prevents extended sitting
  • Allows for varied postures and positions
  • Can help with focus

Siena’s planning and response strategies reflect our commitment to an inclusive and caring school community. We remind our community that any sign of harassment, bullying, or exclusion will not be tolerated. Please review Speaking Up Against Racism Around the New Coronavirus


  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizers.
  • Wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth. 
  • Practice physical distancing and stay 6 feet apart.
  • Avoid touching eyes, mouth and nose with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with individuals who are sick.
  • Cover coughs or sneezes with a tissue, then immediately discards the tissue in the trash.

If you think you may need to self-isolate or are not sure what to do.

If you or a family member believe you’ve come in contact with anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, or has been diagnosed themselves, please contact the school. Please follow any instructions that you receive from the Department of Health or other authorities. Symptoms outlined by the Centers for Disease Control.

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