Fall 2020 Reopening Plans

The Academy’s Crisis Management Team continues to monitor the virus outbreak as we work to best support our students, families, faculty, and staff. We are closely following the Center for Disease Control (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH), a range of independent school consortiums, and news outlets daily for global, as well as North American, infectious disease news. This is an unprecedented situation and our response is evolving as with new developments.

Below is an update on the latest actions that we have taken with regard to academics and co-curricular programming, off-campus travel, and visitors to campus. We will continue to post updates here. Students, parents, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends will continue to receive email updates from Head of School Dr. Peter H. Quimby.

Steps we have taken thus far in response to the COVID-19 outbreak:

May 20 - We shared several different scenarios with our community for our academic program and student life for the opening of school in the fall. Planning is underway, and will continue to be guided by recommendations from the state government, the CDC, online learning experts, and independent school consortiums. Click here to read the email sent to our community.

April 13 - We shared our decision to not return to campus this spring. We will continue with online instruction for all students through Thursday, May 28. Click here to read the email sent to our community.

April 2 - We shared plans with alumni and friends to postpone Reunion for classes ending in 0s and 5s. 

March 26 - The Academic Office shared details on distance learning with students and parents including class schedules, technology details, and expectations for students.

March 23 - We shared an update on planning for virtual learning beginning on Monday, March 30 and announced our plans to cancel the Spring Student Film Festival (Sunday, March 29) and ACT (Saturday, April 4). Click here to read the email. We also canceled the trip to Belize in June.

March 17 - We shared our COVID-19 response with alumni and friends and announced our plans to cancel the Student Symposium co-sponsored on campus with Museum of Old Newbury (Thursday, April 16), Grandparents and Grandfriends Day (Friday, April 24) and Boston Business Leaders Luncheon (Thursday, May 7). Click here to read the email.

March 13 - We shared plans to extend March break by one week (to Monday, March 30) and begin two weeks of distance learning (Monday, March 30 to Friday, April 10). For this period, we will limit access to campus for all students and guests. We have also committed to reassessing the situation in early April and determining when we will be able to resume normal operations on campus. The Afternoon Program will be suspended for as long as we are offering distance learning. The Academy will be operating on a normal schedule starting on Monday, March 23 for faculty and staff who will be using best practices of social distancing while completing their work on campus. We are taking precautions on campus including additional cleaning and making disinfecting supplies available. We have suspended all Academy-related business travel. Click here to read the email sent to our community.

March 12 - We updated the community on our Crisis Management Team's meeting and plans to share details of post-March break period with the community on Friday, March 13. Click here to read the email sent to our community.

March 11 - We canceled the boys lacrosse team's on-campus preseason.

March 10 - We canceled the baseball team's trip to Florida.

March 7 - We canceled the girls lacrosse team's trip to Costa Rica.

March 3 -  We reached out to Korean families regarding alternatives to returning home for March break.

March 2 - We updated precautions for March break travel per CDC guidance. All students, faculty, and staff were asked to fill out a Google Form with their intended domestic and international destinations. Click here to read the email sent to our community.

February 27 - We canceled school-sponsored trips to France and Italy.

February 25 -  We shared general precautions for March break travel. Click here to read the email sent to our community.

February 3 - We reached out to Chinese families regarding alternatives to returning home for March break.

We will continue to update this page with our response to this quickly-evolving situation.


Please reach out to these individuals with specific concerns or questions:

Elaine White
Assistant Head of School & Academic Dean

Jed Wartman
Dean of Students

Kacie Fyrberg
Health Center Director

Elizabeth Ruhl
Director of Counseling

Yvonne Abenante
Director of Human Resources

Claudia Barcomb
Director of Afternoon Programs & Athletics

Aaron Mandel
Director of IT

Ola Russell
Acting Director of Marketing & Communications