December 19 – January 8 (All School)

Posted on: Dec 18, 2020

In this issue of Dutch Weekly, you will find information on:

  1. Campus health
  2. Athletics  — Basketball vs Cascia live stream
  3. All-School news — 57th Lessons & Carols, Virtual Learning
  4. Upper School News
  5. Middle School News
  6. Primary School News


Nursing staff schedule

The nursing staff will be available to take phone calls and answer emails about COVID-19 exposures and positive tests until Wednesday, Dec. 23, but will be taking a break for the holiday on Thursday, Dec. 24-Sunday, Dec. 27 and again on Thursday, Dec. 31-Friday, Jan. 1.

If you or anyone in your household has a positive test result over the school break, please email Linda Christensen by Jan. 4.

If you have health questions

Although the nursing staff is glad to answer your COVID-related questions, your doctor should always be your first call. And the staff has put together this Q-and-A for more guidance.

Q. What qualifies as direct exposure/close contact?

A.  “You are a close contact if you are within six feet of an infected person (a diagnosed COVID case) for a cumulative total of 15 minutes within a 24-hour period, starting from two days before illness onset or two days prior to a positive COVID test.”  — Oklahoma State Department of Health

Direct exposure is not …

    … being around someone who has had direct exposure to a known positive COVID case. (That is a secondary exposure and no action is required)

    … being around someone who is ill unless and until they receive a positive COVID test. (They might have the flu or a different illness as opposed to COVID)

If you have had direct exposure to a known positive COVID case: 

    • First — Call your primary care physician for guidance.

    • If your primary care physician is unavailable, please follow these guidelines.

      • Immediately separate yourself from the known positive COVID individual.
      • If they are a member of your household, they must be isolated in a separate bedroom and use a separate bathroom from the rest of the household. You should not have any contact with the individual for 10 days.
      • Remain separated from the known COVID individual and obtain a COVID test five days (or more) after your last contact with the individual.
      • If your test result is negative, you may resume your normal activities, however, you must remain separated from the COVID positive individual for 10 days after their diagnosis.
      • If your test result is positive, you will need to quarantine for 10 days from the date of your positive test or the development of COVID symptoms.
      • If you are unable to separate from the COVID positive individual in your household, you must quarantine for 15 days and then obtain a COVID test.

Travel concerns

“CDC officials announced new guidance for testing before and after traveling: Someone planning a trip should get a test one to three days in advance and then be tested again three to five days after returning. The agency reiterated its recommendation against travel this holiday season amid a massive spike in coronavirus infections nationwide that is filling hospitals with COVID-19 patients.”

Here is the link to the CDC travel recommendations:


Here is the link to the Washington Post article referenced above:



Transparency and COVID-19

Holland Hall is committed to transparency. This spreadsheet on the school’s website is updated daily with any positive cases on campus. The numbers — if there are any — are reported by branch (Upper School/WAC; Middle School/Tandy; Primary School). Nurse Linda Christensen is responsible for contact tracing this year and informs anyone with direct exposure personally.


Home varsity basketball game tickets & live stream

The Holland Hall vs. Cascia Hall basketball game on Friday, Dec. 18, is sold out.

To watch the girls play at 6 p.m. and the boys at 7:30 p.m., go the livestream at go.hollandhall.org/stream.

All HOME varsity basketball games are limited to 150 fans.


Football wins 3A OSSAA State title

Congratulations to the football team for winning its first OSSAA state title by defeating Lincoln Christian 35-7 this past Friday night in Edmond.

Click here to watch highlights from the game by Fox 23.

Click here to watch senior Owen Ostroski’s post-game interview.


Wallace Clark earns multiple player of the week honors

Wallace was honored with FNL player of the week by KJRH Channel 2.

Click here to watch the video interview.

He was also honored by the Tulsa World with staff choice player of the week.



57th Lessons & Carols service

Click below to watch the 57th Lessons & Carols service.


Spring 2021 School Lunch Survey

Tell us what you think about lunch options

Please fill out our survey about possible changes to lunch service.



Virtual Learning: January 5 – 8

Students in 4th-12th grades will be in At-Home learning on Jan. 5-8. The Primary School will attend classes in person.

In the Middle School

If you need childcare for your 4th-, 5th- or 6th-grade student, it will be provided in a central location on campus. Students will work through their virtual classes under the supervision of  teaching assistants and the extended day staff. If you need childcare those days, please let Debbie Almohandis, dalmohandis@hollandhall.org, know as soon as possible — preferably by today — to allow for adequate staffing. Students must be dressed in uniform and bring their own lunches, snacks and water bottle.


In the Upper School

Because we will be returning to school virtually January 5 – 8, US students can access their 2nd semester schedules online and that we have posted both written and video instructions on the Commons on PSL. Advisors went through these directions with students this week, but in case anyone missed it, we wanted students to know where to look for instructions! Parents, please remember to continue contacting Mrs. O’Neil if your child has to miss class (whether due to an appointment, illness, etc.).

Here are the expectations for virtual learning that we have been teaching the US students about since the beginning of school:

  • Be in school uniform
  • Be seated in a chair at a desk or table (please do not join the Google Meet while in transit)
  • Have all books/supplies/assignments ready (just as if you were coming to campus)
  • Begin class with microphone muted and then turn it on when you speak
  • Join each class session on time (per schedule) via Google Meets for synchronous classes (links will be shared by teachers). Be careful of the special timing on Wednesdays!
  • Follow teacher instructions about use of texting function
  • Be actively present for each class session, this includes having camera on and being visible to teachers throughout the class time
  • No food, pets, funny faces, music, or other “home” distractions during class — these Meets are treated as much like classroom classes as possible
  • No other screens should be open, such as cell phones, ipads, or televisions
  • Use a neutral background and make sure the teacher can see your face
  • Complete all assigned work with posted deadlines/due dates
  • Email teachers if you have questions that cannot be answered during a live class
  • Stay in class until the end of the class period

Snow days

As winter approaches, there may be the need to call Snow Days. Make sure you have updated your contact information in the Parent Portal, go.hollandhall.org/parentportal.

If school is delayed or canceled, we may send that information by text or email and it will be on the school’s website, hollandhall.org. So please make sure you have a good cell phone number listed, as well as an email address that you check often.

We appreciate your help!


Come check out all the new cozy gear in the Dutch Zone!

Blankets, hats, hoodies, water bottles, long sleeved shirts and more.

We are open open back up January 15, 8-10 a.m. & 2-4 p.m.


Dutch Exchange

The Dutch Exchange will be open for shopping on January 20 from 3-4 p.m.

Click here for more information about the Dutch Exchange.


Middle School visual arts virtual gallery

Click here to view the Fall visual art gallery.



Primary School Updates

The Primary School Faculty and Staff want to thank the PS families for your support and patience this semester. We weathered a fall semester full of challenges and faced them head-on with the indomitable Dutch spirit. The students have excelled at mask-wearing, being flexible, and adapting to the “new normal.” We could not be more proud of them! Thank you for trusting us with your children. It has been an incredible semester.

The PS will resume in-person learning on January 5. Before and after-school program will be available as normal.