COVID-19 COMMUNITY UPDATES
With a community vaccination rate of 95 percent, Canterbury students, faculty, and staff have, once again, demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to one another and to embracing a safe, successful year of learning, living, and playing on our hilltop. We could not be more excited to be together again and are ready to make the most of the promising year ahead.
Date of TESTING
TOTAL NUMBER TESTED
TOTAL NUMBER POSITIVES
Week of Oct. 7-13, 2021
Week of Sept 30-Oct 6, 2021
Week of Sept 23-29, 2021
- Staged Approach
- What to do if experiencing symptoms?
- Quarantine for close contacts
- Isolation for positive cases
- Off-Campus Activities
- School Meeting and Mass
- Performing Arts
- Remote Learning
The availability, safety, and efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccine have allowed us to plan for a fully on-campus, in-person learning experience this year, complete with full athletic seasons, arts performances, community and residential life gatherings, and many other aspects of life on our hilltop that were deeply missed last year. To that end, and like many independent schools in Connecticut and across the country, Canterbury requires COVID-19 vaccination as a condition of enrollment for the 2021-2022 academic year.
As was the case last year, we remain hopeful that the fluid conditions of the pandemic and evolving public health guidance will allow for a staged approach to our campus protocols. Canterbury is a small community with a high vaccination rate and proven measures in place for those who have been approved to receive a vaccine exemption. To that end, we opened the 2021-22 school year with confidence that Canterbury will remain an extraordinarily safe environment. Furthermore, we hope to reach a point where we can consider a mask-optional approach once the Delta variant presents a less significant risk to the health and safety of our Canterbury community.
In accordance with Gov. Lamont’s Executive Order signed on September 28, 2021, a universal mask mandate remains in effect inside K-12 public and private school buildings in the State of Connecticut. Therefore, at this time, all Canterbury community members, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear masks indoors except:
- While eating or drinking
- When inside dorms
- When actively exercising or participating in physical activity during athletic practices or while using the fitness center
- For fully vaccinated faculty, when actively teaching in front of the classroom, per state guidelines
- For faculty/staff, when in one’s own private office or in faculty housing
Masks are optional for all community members when outdoors.
We remain hopeful that a future revision to the State mandate and/or conditions of the pandemic will allow us to minimize the requirement for wearing masks indoors. We will update our community in the event any changes to our mask protocols become possible.
Canterbury’s testing protocol includes:
weekly surveillance of all community members who have been approved for a vaccination exemption
those returning after an approved off-campus activity (e.g., college visit, external athletic event, family gathering), regardless of vaccination status
any community member presenting symptoms of COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status
any community member determined to be a close contact of a positive case (see Quarantine for Close Contacts below)
For the month of September, as we establish our “campus bubble” following our full community’s return, we will perform weekly surveillance testing of our entire campus community, regardless of vaccination status. Each week, a random sample of our students, faculty, staff, and faculty families living on campus will be tested. We will reevaluate the need to continue surveillance testing of vaccinated community members going forward as we receive updated guidance from the Connecticut Department of Health and based on the medical landscape locally and on campus.
Once conditions permit, vaccinated individuals will no longer be required to submit to our weekly testing protocol. If surveillance testing becomes necessary for vaccinated students to participate in school-sponsored activities, the expense of testing will be covered by the School. If testing of vaccinated individuals is required for other reasons (e.g., attendance at high-risk events), these costs may be at the family’s expense.
Any community member experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, regardless of vaccination status, must immediately alert the Health Center. In most cases, individuals will be required to take a rapid antigen test before returning to class/work.
In accordance with current CDC guidelines, close contact is defined as being within six (6) feet of a positive individual for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period.
Vaccinated students identified as close contacts of a positive case of COVID-19 are not required to quarantine as long as they remain asymptomatic. These students are required to wear masks inside all campus buildings, including dorms, until negative results are received from a PCR test administered 3-5 days after exposure. Students are permitted to continue participation in school and extracurricular activities while awaiting test results.
Please be aware that household/family members (e.g., the sibling of a positive case at home or the roommate of a positive case in the dorm) may be required to quarantine based on an assessment of the close contact exposure.
Unvaccinated students identified as close contacts of a positive case of COVID-19 are required to quarantine for a period of 10 days without testing or after day 7 having received a negative test result from a test administered on day 5 or later.
In accordance with current CDC guidelines, any vaccinated or unvaccinated student who tests positive for COVID-19, whether symptomatic or asymptomatic, will be asked to leave campus with a parent, guardian, or caregiver for a period of at least 10 days from the date the test was obtained. Students will be cleared by the Health Center in order to return to campus.
The State of Connecticut provides an exception to the current mask mandate, allowing students and faculty to be unmasked when inside dormitories.
Boarding and day students are permitted visitation in all dorms, by invitation only of a dorm resident and in compliance with policies stated in Dorm Visitation Protocols 2021-22; however, we continue to ask parents, family, and visitors to refrain from entering dormitory buildings.
Vaccinated students only need approval to attend high-risk events (e.g., gatherings involving large crowds, large-scale athletic events) and will be required to test 3-5 days after their return to campus. Testing will be administered by Canterbury’s Health Center.
Unvaccinated students, with the exception of home visits, must request approval to participate in all other off-campus activities, including but not limited to one-time athletic events (e.g., showcases), large-crowd gatherings, large-scale athletic events, and college visits. This protocol applies to day students and extends to part-time jobs held during after-school hours. Conditions of approval include additional PCR testing at the family’s expense following campus return; testing will be administered by Canterbury's Health Center. A period of quarantine prior to campus return may also be required.
Students are permitted to depart campus for shopping and dining in downtown New Milford and, regardless of vaccination status, must wear masks when entering buildings.
We are offering a full program of sports and extracurriculars, including interscholastic competition. Student-athletes at schools with which we compete are either fully vaccinated or will have been cleared through testing before any competition.
As teams are also considered “family units” and sustained close contact situations are avoided while actively moving—coupled with the high vaccination rate of our entire campus community—student-athletes, regardless of vaccination status, are not required to wear masks during indoor or outdoor athletic practices.
The fitness center and weight room are accessible to all community members. Masks are not required to be worn during physical activity. Locker rooms are permitted for use during limited times before and after athletic practices and games.
We are offering full, in-person instruction in all arts and music disciplines. Extended physical distancing (six feet or more) between students will be maintained when possible, especially where increased respiration is likely (e.g., wind instruments, singing). Droplet control measures will be implemented during activities of increased respiration (e.g., bell covers for wind instruments, masking during singing). Sharing of equipment will be limited, and instruments must be cleaned frequently.
In accordance with the current CDC mandate, masks must be worn by all community members, regardless of vaccination status, when traveling in buses or other vehicles to athletic events or off-campus activities.
All visitors, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear masks when inside all Canterbury buildings, including dormitories and athletic facilities. Please note that access to dorms will be restricted for at least the first two weeks of the school year (see Dormitories section above).
Spectators are permitted at games and must be masked when indoors.
- September 15, 2021: Communications, Expectations & Visitor Policy Updates
- August 20, 2021: Arrival Information & COVID-19 Protocols
- August 5, 2021: Important Community Update
- July 23, 2021: Student Life Updates
- July 1, 2021: COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement
September 15, 2021
Dear Canterbury Community,
With our second week of classes now well underway, we are writing today to share a few updates for the weeks and months ahead.
Community Surveillance Testing
For the month of September, as we establish our “campus bubble” following our full community’s return, we will perform weekly surveillance testing on a random sample of our entire campus community. This surveillance testing will begin on September 16.
We will reevaluate the need to continue surveillance testing of vaccinated community members going forward as we receive updated guidance from the Connecticut Department of Health and based on the medical landscape locally and on campus.
COVID-19 Communications and Community Expectations
For the 2021-22 school year, we will be using an online dashboard to keep families informed of positive cases of COVID-19 among our students, faculty, and staff. Data will be updated every Friday afternoon by 5:00 pm EST and will report testing results (surveillance and symptomatic) of that week. Broad email notifications will only be sent if we are implementing a change to campus operations or if there is other pertinent information necessary to share with the community.
Also throughout the school year, we will maintain an archive of all protocol updates and general COVID-19 communications on our COVID-19 Community Updates webpage.
Parents/guardians will be contacted directly by Canterbury’s Health Center if their student tests positive for COVID-19 or is identified as a close contact of a positive case. (Current CDC guidance pertaining to isolation and close contact quarantine can be reviewed here.) Beyond notifying families, a student’s results will be only communicated on a "need to know" basis to the relevant department of health and a very limited number of faculty/staff essential to supporting the student (e.g., dorm parent, advisor, Donovan Center for Learning faculty, etc.). Students' identities will never be revealed to the general community.
While it is understandable to be concerned about the spread of COVID-19 in our small community, it is paramount that we respect the privacy of our community members and not speculate about positive cases. Likewise, we ask students and families alike to refrain from disclosing to others if you are aware of an affected individual’s identity.
Updated Visitor and Spectator Policy
We are delighted to welcome parents, families, and guests to visit campus and attend athletic contests this fall. Regardless of an individual’s vaccination status, masks are optional outdoors; however, all visitors must be masked when inside Canterbury buildings, including our athletic facilities. To that end, spectators of any indoor competitions (e.g., volleyball) must remain masked at all times. Importantly, please be aware that these plans are made with the best intentions for providing our students with as much normalcy as possible but are subject to change should conditions of the pandemic and/or the medical landscape locally or on campus deteriorate.
UPDATE: At this time, we ask parents, regardless of vaccination status, to refrain from entering dormitories, as we are continuing to allow boarding students to move about in their dorm "family units" unmasked. Please also note that we are currently unable to welcome visitors to Mass on Sunday due to physical distancing and capacity limitations of the Chapel. Should you have any questions, please contact Assistant Head of School for Student Life Peter Lavigne.
Expectations for Day Students, Home Visits, and Off-Campus Activities
As the Delta variant continues to be a pervasive, growing concern for both unvaccinated and vaccinated individuals, we remain grateful for the cooperation and partnership of our families while students are not on Canterbury’s campus. Regardless of your student’s vaccination status, we ask parents/guardians to be especially mindful of any risks of exposure and encourage your student to make good decisions and adhere to the same health and safety practices that we have in place on our campus.
As a reminder, boarding students must use the REACH app to request permission for an off-campus departure and include as much information/detail as possible regarding the activity so that we can make an accurate determination about the level of risk. As stated in our 2021-22 Campus Protocols, high-risk activities include large-crowd gatherings and large-scale athletic events.
Thank you, as always, for your support and cooperation as we collectively work to ensure a safe, successful school year for our Saints.
Head of School Rachel Stone P ‘23, ‘24
Assistant Head of School for Student Life Peter LaVigne P ʼ14, ʼ16, ʼ17, ʼ20, ʼ23
Director of Health Services Colleen Cook, R.N. ‘02
August 20, 2021
Dear Canterbury Students and Families,
The faculty are spending these opening days of the 2021-22 academic year engaged in meetings and conversations, and we are thrilled to welcome your children to campus soon. To ensure that all of our families are on track for the coming days, we are sharing registration details and other important information. Of particular importance is Canterbury’s COVID-19 Guidelines & Protocols for 2021-2022.
Remember that students should not arrive on campus without submitting their proof of COVID-19 full vaccination via the Magnus Health Portal. Any student without a vaccination card must have their arrival plans approved by Colleen Cook, Director of Health Services. Additionally, students must submit a negative COVID-19 test result (PCR or rapid antigen) within 72 hours of their arrival on campus. Any questions regarding vaccination status or COVID-19 testing should be directed to Colleen Cook at email@example.com.
The Connecticut Association of Independent Schools is hosting Dr. Sten Vermund (Yale School of Public Health) on Wednesday, September 1, from 6:00 - 7:30 PM for a webinar for parents that will address questions about vaccine efficacy and safety among children and adolescents. This event is free. To register, please click here.
Please find your child’s Registration Day schedule below. Please know that all our new families will have scheduled time to meet your child’s Faculty Advisor on the day you arrive.
Sunday, August 29: Invited Student Leaders
Wednesday, September 1: Invited Fall Varsity Athletes
Saturday, September 4: International Students (not previously registered above)
Monday, September 6: All Remaining Boarding and Day Students
Registration will occur in the Steers Center this year! All families should initially report to the Sheehan House Parking Lot when arriving on campus to register. Families should walk up to the Steers Center patio. At registration, students will receive their room key and a full schedule of orientation events through our first day of classes, Wednesday, September 8. All students are required to attend orientation events on Monday afternoon, September 6, and Tuesday, September 7, culminating with our all-School cookout.
We are still welcoming students and families to campus to drop off their belongings prior to registration for a streamlined move-in process. While this weekend’s reservations are already filled, to schedule a reservation between Monday, August 23 and Friday, August 28, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with a preferred (specific) day and time, and we will schedule accordingly.
Parents and siblings are permitted to enter Canterbury buildings including the dorms while registering or dropping off belongings but must be masked at all times while indoors regardless of vaccination status.
If you have not completed the required forms (Arrival Form, the Parent Questionnaire, and the Magnus Health Information), please refer to “All Required Forms” on our Opening of School website. Required forms and documents must be finalized as soon as possible.
If you have any questions about Drop Off, Registration, or Opening Days, please contact the Student Life team at email@example.com or call the Student Life Office at 860-210-3860.
We look forward to seeing you on the hilltop!
Assistant Head of School for Student Life
August 5, 2021
Dear Canterbury Community,
In fewer than four weeks, we will be welcoming our first groups of students back to campus, and we could not be more excited for the 2021-22 school year to officially begin. Like you, the hope for a return to the normal, wonderful, community-centered pace and pattern of life on our hilltop has inspired and guided us as we look ahead to the new year.
And yet, COVID-19 continues to impact our routines, infrastructure, and—most importantly—our health and safety. The Delta variant is now pervasive, is a genuine risk for unvaccinated individuals, and is becoming a growing concern for vaccinated individuals. Our Medical Task Force is keeping a watchful eye on the research and data that help shed light on why COVID-19 persists and how the evolving medical landscape impacts all of us generally and our return as a Canterbury community specifically.
As mentioned in our July 1 communication, we believe that vaccination is the best route to a safe community, to the protection of those most vulnerable who cannot get vaccinated, and to the control of COVID-19 locally and globally; we are grateful for your collaboration on this front and proud that the Canterbury community will exceed a 90 percent vaccination rate this fall! As a reminder, any member of our community who is not yet vaccinated and has not been approved for an exemption through Canterbury’s Health Center should have received their first vaccine dose by this point in time.
As of this writing and in alignment with current CDC guidelines, the State of Connecticut continues to require K-12 school communities to wear masks indoors when school is in session, regardless of an individual’s vaccination status; we are awaiting a formal update from the state in the coming weeks regarding masks and other mitigation measures for the return to school this fall. As has been the case since the spring of 2020, Canterbury will comply with any state and/or local guidance that is mandated for school settings. Therefore and in the spirit of full transparency, we ask all students, faculty, and staff (vaccinated and unvaccinated) to prepare for the likely outcome that we will be wearing masks when indoors to start the school year. Along similar lines, we will require all community members, regardless of vaccination status, to provide a negative result from a COVID-19 test (PCR or rapid antigen) administered within 72 hours before returning to campus.
We will confirm our protocols and provide greater detail by August 20, and, as was the case last year, we remain hopeful that the fluid conditions of the pandemic and evolving public health guidance will allow for a staged approach. As a small community with a high vaccination rate (and therefore not an area of high transmission) and protocols in place for those who have been approved to receive a vaccine exemption (e.g., weekly surveillance testing), Canterbury will be an extraordinarily safe environment. To that end, we hope to modify our protocols as the year gets underway (e.g., consider dormitories family units) and to reach a point where we can consider a mask-optional approach.
Our current planning for the fall includes a return to in-person School Meeting, a full athletic season with interscholastic games, gatherings in the Steers Center, and myriad other aspects of our community life that define and differentiate our extraordinary, student-centered experience. As a fellow parent, I know that our children want nothing more than to learn, compete, laugh, build relationships, grow, and explore new interests as they did before this pandemic. Please help me reassure them that we will get there and remind them that they have become experts at doing all of those things while wearing masks! In the interim, the collective strength we draw from the Canterbury community will, as always, keep us steady and strong.
Rachel Stone P ‘23, ‘24
Head of School
July 23, 2021
I hope your summer has been enjoyable and restful thus far. On campus, the Student Life Office is excitedly preparing for the upcoming school year, and we look forward to welcoming our new and returning Saints to the hilltop soon!
With August on the horizon, I am writing today to provide important information regarding your student’s arrival to campus and preparations for the 2021-22 academic year. As in years past, there is a great deal of information about the upcoming year on Canterbury’s Opening of School webpage. This page serves as the central location for all back-to-school information, including required forms, arrival dates, updated calendar, and academic details. A Parent Checklist can be found on this page, which includes all action items and forms that require your attention.
Reminder: COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement
As we outlined in our July 1 communication, Canterbury is requiring all students eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine to be fully vaccinated in order to attend the upcoming school year. Families should make arrangements for students to complete a full course of vaccine at least two weeks before the student's return to campus, including participation in any school-offered programs (e.g., pre-season athletics, leadership training). A copy of your child’s vaccination card must be uploaded to Magnus before arrival on campus. Please be aware that our July 15 deadline for requesting exemptions has passed.
For international students unable to obtain a vaccine approved by the World Health Organization in their home country, Canterbury will help to provide access to vaccination options in September. Please contact Director of Health Services Colleen Cook, R.N. ‘02 if your student will require this vaccination assistance.
Arrival and Registration
- For families who live close enough to campus, we encourage you to move your child’s belongings into their dorm room during a pre-arranged time slot starting on Friday, August 20. This will allow us to streamline the campus arrival process. Families are asked to schedule appointments with the Student Life Office to drop off belongings and return home. Dorm assignments will be completed and shared with students the first week of August. Families may sign up for appointments via the Move In Form.
- In preparation for our entire community’s return to campus, student arrivals will be staggered according to the following schedule:
- August 29 - Student Leaders
- September 1 - Varsity & Invited Athletes
- September 4 - International Students
- September 6 - All Other Students
- All students will register in person on the above-mentioned dates. Parents will also be invited to a Parent/Guardian Reception on registration day. Further details, including times and instructions upon arrival, will be communicated in August.
- All families must submit the Arrival Survey. The survey requests your child’s specific travel information, including arrival dates and transportation needs. Please note that Canterbury can help arrange transportation to campus from New York-area transportation hubs; the final page of this survey asks whether you would like to arrange transportation.
- We understand that some families will require special consideration regarding early arrival. We are happy to work with families regarding their child’s arrival plans.
Please note the adjusted dress code requirements for 2021-2022. While the academic day dress code remains simplified this year, we require students to bring formal attire for special occasions.
Faculty Advisor and Big Sibling
New students should expect to hear from their faculty advisors prior to registration. Advisors are the “go-to” adults for questions, concerns, and information once the school year begins. While some of the details of the fall remain undecided, the advisor can help guide you in the right direction should you have questions.
Similarly, every new student will be given a Big Sibling in the coming weeks. Your Big Sibling is a returning student who will be another resource for you as you transition to your life on our hilltop. The group of Big Siblings is excited to meet you all!
Canterbury’s coaches are busy preparing for the upcoming season! If you are not sure whether your child should arrive on campus for fall varsity preseason training starting on September 1, please reach out to the specific coach or Director of Athletics Jim Stone. Contact information for each fall Head Coach is available on the Opening of School webpage.
Many boarding students are accustomed to traveling on weekends after classes and/or athletics to return home to spend time with family, to participate in off-campus commitments, and to visit colleges. At this point, we expect to start the year granting weekend departure opportunities. Canterbury is onboarding a new software program to streamline our off-campus protocols. The rollout will begin in August as students arrive, and we will share details in the weeks and months ahead.
2021-2022 Student Handbook and Forms
The Student Handbook for 2021-2022 is now available, and I ask that you read it while paying particular attention to the following sections: Major Rules, Policy on Healthy Relationships, Policy on Alcohol and Other Drugs, and Terms and Conditions for Internet Use. Once your family has reviewed the Handbook, a parent/guardian must complete and submit thisform to confirm. Students will sign a similar form during the first week of classes.
The School Calendar is found on the last page of the Handbook and online. Prior to registration, you will receive a more detailed orientation and opening days schedule.
I encourage you to complete the checklist and submit the online forms. We ask that all families—returning and new—complete a Parent Information Questionnaire by August 1. The Magnus Health forms are accessible through your Parent Portal. Please contact Rachel Germon, Canterbury’s System Support Specialist, if you have issues or questions accessing your portal.
Please watch for several communications during the first week of August including academic updates and other important details and information regarding campus protocols. In the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact me or the Student Life Office at 860-210-3860 if you have any questions about Student Life or the opening of school. I look forward to seeing you at the start of the year.
Peter D. LaVigne
Assistant Head of School for Student Life
July 1, 2021
Dear Students, Parents, and Guardians,
We hope this letter finds each of you enjoying a happy, healthy and restful summer with your family. As promised, we are writing today with our July 1 update on our planning for the 2021-22 school year.
As you are likely aware, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued an Emergency Use Authorization for the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in children ages 12 and older. Research indicates that vaccinated individuals are at a substantially lower risk for contracting COVID-19 and are much less likely to transmit COVID-19 to others if infected.
Coupled with the widespread improving conditions of the pandemic, the availability, safety, and efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccine allow us to plan for a fully on-campus, in-person learning experience next year; as a reminder, we do not plan to offer a parallel remote learning option. We also feel confident in our return to a robust and less-restricted campus program that includes full athletic seasons, arts performances, community and residential life gatherings, and many other aspects of life on our hilltop that were deeply missed last year. While these activities will likely require some safety and mitigation measures, we hope to operate with few limitations in place—resuming a fluid and open campus environment that supports the physical and emotional wellbeing of our students and all community members.
To that end, and like many independent schools in Connecticut and across the country, we have decided to require all Canterbury students eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine to be fully vaccinated in order to attend the upcoming school year. Families should make arrangements for students to complete a full course of vaccine at least two weeks before the student's return to campus, including participation in any school-offered programs (e.g., pre-season athletics, leadership training). Proof of vaccination will be required; we will accept any COVID-19 vaccine with FDA or World Health Organization approval. Once your child is fully vaccinated, please scan or photograph your child’s vaccination card and upload a copy to Magnus. If your child was fully vaccinated this spring and a record of their vaccination card is on file in the Canterbury Health Center, no further action is needed on your part. Please also know that we are requiring all Canterbury faculty and staff to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by the start of the 2021-22 school year.
As you plan your summer and your child’s return to school (view the 2021-22 Opening of School calendar here), please review the following timelines for each vaccine currently approved for use in the United States:
- Pfizer (authorized for use in children ages 12 and up)—two-dose vaccine that requires three weeks between each dose, plus two weeks following the second dose before you are considered fully vaccinated—must start vaccination no later than five weeks before the return to school.
- Moderna (authorized for use in 18+)—two-dose vaccine that requires four weeks between each dose, plus two weeks following the second dose before you are considered fully vaccinated—must start vaccination no later than six weeks before the return to school.
- Johnson & Johnson (authorized for use in 18+)—one-dose vaccine, with two weeks following the dose before you are considered fully vaccinated—must receive vaccination no later than two weeks before the return to school.
We are aware that some international families are unable to obtain the vaccine in their home country. We will work with these students to provide access to vaccination options in the fall. Families are asked to contact Director of Health Services Colleen Cook, R.N. ‘02 by July 15 if their student will require this vaccination assistance.
We understand that a small number of families may inquire about requesting an exemption from our COVID-19 vaccine requirement. All requests will be reviewed by Canterbury’s Health Center, following Connecticut state statutes for medical and religious exemptions as a guide, and are subject to approval by the School Physician. Families are asked to communicate directly with Director of Health Services Colleen Cook, R.N. ‘02 no later than July 15 to discuss the process for submitting a request. All requests and accompanying documents will be kept confidential and shared only with those who are directly involved in the review and approval process. If any request for an exemption is approved, you will be required to complete a waiver before your child may return to campus.
It is important to be aware that students who are granted an exemption to the vaccine mandate will likely have specific and different expectations, both on and off campus, just as current protocols vary between vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals under the most recent state public health guidance. Protocol expectations for our campus community will be directed by updates still yet to be issued by the Connecticut Department of Public Health and the Department of Education regarding the 2021-22 school year.
Finally, we ask all families—domestic and international—to establish an emergency departure plan in the event that your child must promptly depart campus, either healthy or ill. Each family will be asked to provide an emergency contact/local guardian to the Student Life Office. Instructions for submitting this information will be shared in August. For families who need help securing a local guardian, please reach out to Assistant Head of School for Student Life Peter LaVigne.
As mentioned above, our fall return-to-campus plan will develop and change based on forthcoming CDC and state public health guidance, and we will continue to closely monitor the still-evolving COVID-19 medical landscape. Our hope is that in the first week of August, we will be able to communicate more detailed information about our 2021-22 COVID-related protocols and an overview of how we will operate next year.
We are excited about all the opportunities that will be afforded to our community when we are fully vaccinated. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to Assistant Head of School for Student Life Peter LaVigne or Director of Health Services Colleen Cook, R.N. ’02.
Thank you, as always, for your support and cooperation. We know you join us in looking forward to a promising 2021-22 school year!
Head of School Rachel Stone P ‘23, ‘24
Assistant Head of School for Student Life Peter LaVigne P ʼ14, ʼ16, ʼ17, ʼ20, ʼ23
Director of Health Services Colleen Cook, R.N. ‘02
Rachel Stone P ʼ23, ʼ24
Head of School
Anna Flik, M.D. P ʼ21
Pediatrician, Albany Medical Center
Kenneth Marici, M.D. ʼ87, P ʼ20, ʼ22
Colleen Cook, R.N. ʼ02
Director of Health Services
Pete Cotier ʼ86, P ʼ19, ʼ20
Associate Head of School for Operations
Sue Roberts P ʼ24
Associate Head of School for Academics
Peter LaVigne P ʼ14, ʼ16, ʼ17, ʼ20, ʼ23
Assistant Head of School for Student Life
Steve Carleton P ʼ16, ʼ20
Director of Strategic Enrollment Management
Director of Marketing & Communications
Jim Stone P ʼ23, ʼ24
Director of Athletics
Colleen Cook, R.N. ‘02
Director of Health Services