It is very important that we all have a safe place to learn and work, and Hawken has worked hard to add additional resources and cleaning protocols to make sure our facilities meet the recommendations for safety. These include:

Housekeeping and custodial staff:
Our staff will be providing frequent cleaning and sanitizing of the public areas, bathrooms, bus seats, and high-touch areas such as door handles, light switches, and elevator buttons. In addition to daily cleaning protocols, classrooms and common areas will be deep-cleaned every night. Additional sanitization and deep cleaning equipment has been purchased for our campuses.

Frequent cleaning and sanitizing:
In addition to our staff cleaning, we will teach faculty and older students how to appropriately clean surfaces, including keyboards, phones, printers, and copy machines throughout the day. They will be provided with supplies to supplement the cleaning by housekeeping, so that desks, tables, and chairs can be sanitized frequently, especially when multiple persons may have contact with those surfaces. Additional cleaning protocols for lunch spaces will be in place for housekeeping, faculty, and older students.

Bathroom hygiene:
We have replaced most of the paper towel dispensers and soap dispensers with hands-free versions. We have also taken measures to limit capacity in multi-stall bathrooms. This includes blocking off stalls and sinks to promote distancing, posting hygiene signs to remind everyone about proper hand washing technique, posting capacity signs to let people know how many people can be in the bathrooms at one time, and encouraging staggered bathroom breaks during the school day.


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.