The COVID-19 pandemic requires multiple layers of protection to keep the environment safe. As such, Hawken is approaching our reopening with a layered strategy, where many small interventions are combined, simultaneously. These layers serve as safeguards for the community. When used together consistently, the weakness in any single layer of protection should be offset by the strengths of another layer of intervention. The layers are: masks and face coverings, physical distancing, screening and symptom monitoring, and hygiene protocols for handwashing, cleaning, and disinfecting our facilities.


This restart guide represents our best thinking, as well as that of experts at some of the top medical and educational institutions in the nation. Thank you to all of our medical advisors and peer schools for your guidance in helping to identify the specific protocols and resources referenced in this comprehensive plan.