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COVID-19 Information for Current Families

July 1, 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. 

Update on July 1, 2020: Knowing that each week will bring greater clarity and improve our ability to plan, we will proceed toward September under the expectation that both our boarding and day students will return for classes as originally planned the week of September 7th.  Certainly this timeline assumes that the medical landscape continues to improve and that Canterbury can meet the public health expectations established by the CDC and the State of Connecticut in order to take excellent care of our community.  Along the way, we will provide updates as possible when we reliably and transparently can.

Please read our most recent communication (July 1, 2020) to families for more information on the Fall 2020 Reopening of School.


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. 

Health and Wellness

Campus Community

Remote Learning 

Student Life

College Counseling



If you have any questions or concern, 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

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

Important Resources

The following websites provide important information about the spread of this disease along with travel guidelines:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
CT Department of Health
World Health Organization (WHO)
Department of Homeland Security
The President's Coronavirus Guidelines for America

Mental Health & Coping

We are aware that feelings of anxiety can be heightened in situations such as this. Here are resources that can help:
CDC: Mental Health and Coping with COVID-19
WHO: Mental Health Considerations during COVID-19 Outbreak
National Association of School Psychologists: Talking to Children About COVID-19 - A Parent Resource
VeryWellMind: How to Cope with Anxiety around Coronavirus

Avoiding Stigma

Periods of pandemics are often accompanied by xenophobia and expressions of cultural insensitivity. These run contrary to Canterbury's core values and will not be tolerated in accordance with our Student Handbook

The following resources help to dispel common myths and shed light on the ways in which our society might better respond to this outbreak:
Time Magazine: Xenophobia and the Coronavirus
CDC: Stigma and Resilience


Steps you can take to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases (from the CDC):

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.