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Campus Response to COVID-19

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May 19, 2020

Like you, we are navigating the uncertainty caused by this virus and its spread; our goal is to prioritize the health and safety of our community by making decisions guided by medical experts and good judgment. As we continually monitor the situation and scale of COVID-19, we want to not only emphasize the importance of keeping our community safe and healthy but informed as well. To that end, Canterbury has adopted CDC guidelines to create travel and health protocols for our community. Please see our FAQ below for more information. 

As of April 14, 2020, we have made the difficult decision to extend the closure of campus and implement our distance learning plan through the end of the 2019-20 school year.

Please read our most recent communication (May 19, 2020) to families. 


April 14, 2020 Message from Rachel Stone

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Frequently Asked Questions

The information in our FAQ is our most current thinking. We will update the information as quickly as it becomes available. Please understand that the current COVID-19 pandemic is fluid and changing by the hour. We will do our best to be as responsive as possible.  

Is Canterbury's campus closed?
Yes. As of Monday, March 16th, and until further notice, the Canterbury campus is closed to non-essential outside guests.

When will students return to campus?
On April 14, 2020, we made the difficult decision to extend the closure of campus through the end of the 2019-20 school year in accordance with the state of Connecticut's "state-at-home" order (issued on April 9), which is in effect through at least May 20, 2020. Distance learning began on March 30, and will continue to be implemented through the end of the academic year.

What steps is the School taking to keep coronavirus from campus?

  1. Monitoring Reliable Sources 
    Canterbury continues to monitor health updates and travel advisories from the CDC, WHO, CT Department of Health, and Homeland Security. The School is also in regular contact with peer schools, institutions of higher learning, and the local health department. 
  2. Following Travel Guidelines & Tracking Travel 
    Canterbury has suspended all domestic and international trips through May 2020. We will evaluate summer travel as the spring unfolds. Please see our Health and Travel Guidelines above for our up-to-date protocol.

    All community members traveling domestically and internationally have been asked to provide the School with travel destinations and dates so that we may best plan and prepare for return to campus.
  3. Temporary Closing of Campus 
    We have decided to delay the return of students and ask those currently on campus to return home for the coming weeks. Beginning March 30, remote online learning will be in effect.

    While we do have people still on campus, we are currently limiting access and closing campus to those that do not need to be here in an effort to mitigate any spread of the disease. Faculty and staff are abiding by strict health and safety protocols.

    As of April 14, 2020, campus will remain closed and distance learning will be in effect through the rest of the 2019-20 academic year.  
  4. Cleaning Campus 
    While the campus is closed, all dormitories, academic buildings and athletic areas are undergoing a series of deep cleaning and disinfecting using CDC registered antimicrobial products used against the Coronavirus-CoV-2, the cause of COVID-19. Cleaning and disinfecting will continue to happen on a daily basis. All buildings on campus are equipped with hand sanitizing stations. 

Where is Canterbury getting their guidance on the coronavirus and where do you suggest we look if we have questions?
Canterbury’s COVID-19 Crisis Management Team is consulting with medical professionals and staying current with updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), the CT Department of Health, and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for accurate and timely information. We suggest referring to these, and other reliable sources if you have further questions about the disease and its spread. 

We are also in regular communication with state and local health departments, Connecticut Association of Independent Schools (CAIS), The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS), and peer institutions. Our employee health insurance provider ConnectiCare has a COVID-19 resource page here.

Who is Canterbury’s COVID-19 Crisis Management Team?
Head of School Rachel Stone
Director of Health Services Colleen Cook
School Physician Ken Marici
Associate Head of School for Operations Pete Cotier
Associate Head of School for Academics Sue Roberts
Assistant Head of School for Student Life Peter LaVigne
Business Manager Steve Carleton, CPA

What can international families expect in terms of maintaining or applying for their F1 Student Visas?
Our International Student Coordinator works closely with the Office of Admission, the Student Life Office, and the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) to ensure the school has followed SEVIS guidelines. All required procedural adaptations to the delivery of our curriculum will be provided to SEVP for evaluation and approval. We will remain in contact with the students/families of our F1 Visa students to provide updates and answer questions as they arise. Both new and returning families can expect that we will work closely with them to remain up to date on any changes and ensure all procedures are followed in acquiring F1 Student Visas for the 2020-2021 Academic Year. 

Where can incoming students find information for the 2020-21 school year?
We are excited to welcome and plan ahead for our newly-enrolling students. Accepted students can find more information here and can expect an email in the coming weeks with further details to help with preparation.

Recent Communications

The following communications have been sent to families and guardians.



Event Changes & Cancellations
  • March 16: Campus closes for all students currently staying for spring break
  • Early return for baseball and boys' and girls' lacrosse teams has been cancelled.
  • March 29: Sunday Mass cancelled
  • March 30: Virtual classes begin
  • All domestic and international trips through May 2020 cancelled
  • April 5: Sunday Mass cancelled
  • Holy Week Services in the Chapel of Our Lady cancelled
  • April 14: Confirmation postponed
  • April 17: College Day postponed (details to come about virtual programming!)
  • April 19 Songs of Spring cancelled
  • April 29 Grandparents and Friends Day (details to come about virtual programming!)
  • May 1 & 2 Spring Musical - Chicago cancelled
  • May 2: SAT cancelled (See updates from the College Board)
  • May 9 Virtual Spring Open House 
  • May 11 Honor Society Dinner cancelled
  • May 12 AP Art Exhibit (details to come about virtual programming!)
  • May 15 All-Band Year End Concert (details to come about virtual programming!)
  • May 18 Sixth Form Dinner cancelled
  • May 18 Virtual Underform Awards Assembly
  • May 19 Virtual VI Form Awards Assembly
  • May 20 VI Form Project Virtual Presentations
  • May 22 Baccalaureate Mass
  • May 23 Virtual Commencement 
  • June 5-7 Virtual Alumni Weekend

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact:

Peter LaVigne
Assistant Head of School for Student Life

Sue Roberts
Associate Head of School for Academics

Admission Office

Canterbury Health Center

Cynthia Willmen
Director of Counseling

Matt Glaser ’81
Director of Information Technology

Sarah Ferland
Director of College Counseling

External Resources