Campus Response to COVID-19

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March 27, 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, and we ask all visitors to our campus and Canterbury-sponsored events to adhere to these same guidelines.

Please read our most recent communication (March 27, 2020) to families regarding the delayed return to campus and the launch of our Distance Learning.


Frequently Asked Questions

The information in our FAQ’s 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?
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?
Canterbury will run distance learning beginning on March 30, 2020. Our hope is that students can return on May 4th for classes (boarding students would return the evening of May 3rd); however, this situation is currently very fluid and Canterbury will continually update information regarding return to campus. We will update families by April 27th regarding: 1) if we will return on May 4th, 2) if there will be an additional delay to the return to campus, or 3) if we make the decision for campus to remain closed through the end of the school year. Regardless of if/when students return to campus, Distance Learning will be available for the duration of the spring semester.

Is Canterbury hosting revisit days for admitted students?
Canterbury will be hosting virtual revisit days on April 4th & 5th. Be on the lookout for an email with more information and a registration link from the Admissions Office.

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.

    Our goal is to bring students back to campus the evening of May 4th, but we cannot predict the course COVID-19 will take between now and then. We will provide ongoing updates along the way.  
  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

How would Canterbury determine an extended school closure due to coronavirus?
Our highest concern is the health of the community. If conditions do not allow us to provide a safe environment for all members of our community, we will consider extending our closure through June. 

Canterbury is monitoring conditions and keeping track of government restrictions.

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. 

Is Decision Day still April 10th?
Yes!  We are excited to welcome and plan ahead for our newly-enrolling students. As we manage the disruption to the spring semester, we are preparing for the 2020-21 school year in parallel.



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
  • April 5: Sunday Mass cancelled
  • Holy Week Services in the Chapel of Our Lady cancelled
  • May 2: SAT cancelled (See updates from the College Board)
The following events will continue to be evaluated
  • April 14 Confirmation
  • April 17 College Day
  • April 19 Songs of Spring
  • April 29 Grandparents and Friends Day
  • May 1 & 2 Spring Musical - Chicago
  • May 9 Spring Open House
  • May 11 Honor Society Dinner
  • May 12 AP Art Exhibit
  • May 15 All-Band Year End Concert
  • May 18 Sixth Form Dinner
  • May 21 Prize Assemblies
  • May 22 Commencement
  • June 5-7 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

Recent Communications

The following communications have been sent to families and guardians.