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Updates and information about Concord Academy’s continued preparedness and response to the 2019 novel coronavirus disease (Covid-19)

 

At this time, there are no reports of Covid-19 cases at Concord Academy.
While CA’s campus is closed as of March 15, our school is continuing virtual operations
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The current operating schedule is as follows:

  • CA will not resume classes on March 23, but will shift to a distance learning model as of March 30. 
  • Teachers will be given virtual training during the week of March 23 to become adept with distance learning tools and protocols.
  • We will continue to monitor the spread and severity of the outbreak in the coming days and weeks. 
  • No later than April 20, we will make a decision about whether to suspend operations for the rest of the semester or to resume classes on campus. 
  • The earliest date that we would resume classes on campus would be May 4 (boarders would arrive back on May 3). 
  • If we are unable to resume operations on campus for the remainder of the semester, we will re-imagine Commencement Week activities.

Updates will be posted below by date.

March 18: Alumnae/i Programming Update

Dear CA Alumnae/i,

Following my message from earlier this week, I am writing with an event-specific update. Given the rapid evolution of the Covid-19 outbreak, we are canceling or postponing all CA events through May 4. We will continue to assess the potential for CA-hosted programs after that date, including Reunion Weekend. While it is our hope to be able to gather together this summer, we will be back in touch with a definitive plan no later than the week of April 5.

As of March 16, 2020, we have made the following decisions affecting alumnae/i gatherings:

  • All CA-sponsored events scheduled through May 4 (on and off campus) will be rescheduled or reimagined;

  • Faculty and staff travel for Concord Academy activity is suspended through May 4;

  • At this time we are continuing to plan for Reunion Weekend, June 5-7. When you visit the registration page you will see that we have made a provision to refund all payments in full if we are unable to bring alumnae/i to campus in June.

  • Please direct any event-related questions to Hilary Rouse, director of engagement, at hilary_rouse@thewaycf.com. 

As we work to meet the needs of our school, local, and global communities, we are holding our extended CA family close. I encourage you to stay connected to CA however you can. Of course, we’ll keep posting on , , and . CA’s magazine will also arrive in mailboxes and inboxes later this spring. We are thinking creatively about other virtual experiences to keep the CA network strong and united, so stay tuned. At times like these, let’s remember how reassuring it feels to reach out to a friend — especially one who has known you since you were a teenager.

Thank you for your commitment to CA and for your patience and understanding as we navigate these extraordinary circumstances.

Sending my best from a very quiet Main Street,


Rick Hardy
Head of School
Dresden Endowed Chair

March 16: Letter to Alumnae/i Community

Dear CA Alumnae/i,

On any given day, I hear from grads who share reports from around the world. I love receiving your news and your reflections about CA. Needless to say, these past few weeks have not been typical by any stretch of the imagination. And yet, you continue to keep CA close to your heart. 

I am grateful to all who have reached out offering support and expressing concern as Covid-19 forces schools everywhere to make significant adjustments. As you would expect, we have implemented necessary precautions to preserve the health and well-being of all in our care. Following the guidance of Massachusetts State officials and other trusted resources, we have closed CA’s campus and we will be operating through virtual platforms for the coming month. We will monitor the situation and, no later than April 20, we will determine whether it is safe to resume daily operations here on campus. Our hope is that we can do so starting May 4. Of course, the CA leadership team will continue to make sound decisions in real-time, with safety as our top priority. You can follow updates here: 

http://thewaycf.com/coronavirus-covid-19-update/ 

While no one can predict the full impact of this crisis, we have the benefit of a resilient and connected community — one that transcends our physical campus. At a time like this, I am reminded that CA is second to none in this regard. Moreover, I want to remind us that our purpose — wherever it takes place — is to learn and to care for one another. Every time we keep these core values at the forefront, we serve our students. Every time. 

This mindset is important in the best of times and it is even more essential now. New circumstances are forcing us to adapt in new ways. This is daunting for certain, but opportunity always abounds if we are willing to lean into the challenge. We know that the potential for learning increases exponentially when we do so collaboratively, as a community. 

The responsibilities of running our school are ongoing. We will not stop teaching, advising, coaching, and planning for our future — even as we do this work from a distance. As we navigate through this global crisis, I am grateful that CA alumnae/i care so deeply about this school community.  

I hope that you will continue to reach out and stay connected with me, and with CA. If there is anything we can do, know that we are always here for you.

For now, take care and stay safe.

Sincerely,

Rick Hardy

Head of School

Dresden Endowed Chair

March 13: Update for Boarding Families with Travel Restrictions

Dear International Boarding Families,

I am writing with a further update following my email from Wednesday, March 11, regarding how CA plans to safeguard the health and well-being of all within our care. As a father and as a head of school, I know how hard it is to be separated from your child(ren) or simply to face uncertain times together. Our primary focus is to do all that we can to ensure that you and your family remain safe and healthy during this difficult time. 

Given the evolving situation here in the United States, we recommend that if you are able to fly your children home, you do so as soon as possible. For example, our information suggests that there are still flights available to Beijing (Boston-Toronto-Beijing) and Shanghai (Boston-London-Shanghai) and that airlines are continuing to fly to airports in South Korea, Hong Kong, Indonesia, and Thailand. For families unable to fly children home at this point, CA will work with you to secure temporary places to stay in the Boston area. 

In the two days since I last wrote, the situation has evolved rapidly with the State of Massachusetts declaring a state of emergency, and local and national health organizations recommending widespread social distancing measures. 

In light of these considerations, the Incident Management Team (IMT) and I decided that: 

  • CA will not resume classes on March 23, but will shift to a distance learning model as of March 30. 
  • Teachers will be given virtual training during the week of March 23 to become adept with distance learning tools and protocols.
  • We will continue to monitor the spread and severity of the outbreak in the coming days and weeks. 
  • No later than April 20, we will make a decision about whether to suspend operations for the rest of the semester or to resume classes on campus. 
  • The earliest date that we would resume classes on campus would be May 4 (boarders would arrive back on May 3). 
  • If we are unable to resume operations on campus for the remainder of the semester, we will re-imagine Commencement Week activities.

This was a difficult decision to make, and we recognize that this change will challenge our community in ways we have not experienced before. We are buoyed by the commitment we have already seen on the part of students, families, and faculty and staff to take on what this moment is asking of us.

We will work to maintain CA as both a learning and living environment as much as we can.

  • Students will remain engaged in learning. Families can expect to receive detailed instructions for distance learning by next week.
  • We are working on ways to modify and continue experiences such as advising, chapels, and house meetings, which are integral to the CA experience. We will share more details soon.

Our campus is now closed. We are asking faculty and staff to work remotely and are ensuring that any employees on campus continuing vital operations are following social distancing precautions. During this time, the SHAC and gym will also be closed. 

Our priority is to support students both academically and emotionally during this period. We also recognize that this change will affect each family and every student differently. If you have questions, or need support, please feel free to reach out to me or the following offices:

A summary of the measures we are taking is on our website, which we are updating regularly: http://thewaycf.com/coronavirus-covid-19-update/

We recognize that your student(s) may have some important belongings in their rooms. While we cannot permit access to rooms for health reasons, please let us know if there is anything important you need. You can submit these requests via email to the Student Life Office: student_life_office@thewaycf.com. Similarly, we ask that you reach out to the Health Center, healthcenter@thewaycf.com, to coordinate about any medications and/or if you require adaptations for support that has been provided in person.

We are continuing to track student whereabouts via Boardingware, to ensure parent coordination and safe arrival of students. If possible, we ask that you finalize travel plans by Tuesday, March 17, so that students can complete a new “Extension” pass by that date, allowing enough time for a host, guardian, or your own approval. We will need every student to submit a new pass, even if at home now and staying home, to assure that everyone is safely settled.

We ask that any student who experiences symptoms of Covid-19, or has a presumptive or confirmed case, to report this to the Health Center. This information will be kept confidential, and it is essential to helping us plan effectively.

In these extraordinary circumstances, we have a responsibility to do all that we can to mitigate the spread of Covid-19. CA’s mascot is the chameleon, a symbol of adaptability. In true CA spirit, we will continue to serve and support our students. We will provide ongoing updates, and I thank you again for your understanding and support. 

Sincerely,

 

Rick Hardy
Head of School
Dresden Endowed Chair

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March 13: Update for Boarding Families Without Travel Restrictions

Dear CA boarding families,

I am writing with a further update following my email from Wednesday, March 11, regarding how CA plans to safeguard the health and well-being of all within our care. As a father and as a head of school, I know how hard it is to be separated from your child(ren) or simply to face uncertain times together. Our primary focus is to do all that we can to ensure that you and your family remain safe and healthy during this difficult time. 

Given the rapidly evolving situation, we recommend, if your children are not yet at home with you, that you make arrangements for them to travel home as soon as possible. 

In the two days since I last wrote, the situation has evolved rapidly, with travel bans being instituted, the State of Massachusetts declaring a state of emergency, and local and national health organizations recommending widespread social distancing measures. 

In light of these considerations, the Incident Management Team (IMT) and I decided that: 

  • CA will not resume classes on March 23, but will shift to a distance learning model as of March 30. 
  • Teachers will be given virtual training during the week of March 23 to become adept with distance learning tools and protocols.
  • We will continue to monitor the spread and severity of the outbreak in the coming days and weeks. 
  • No later than April 20, we will make a decision about whether to suspend operations for the rest of the semester or to resume classes on campus. 
  • The earliest date that we would resume classes on campus would be May 4 (boarders would arrive back on May 3). 
  • If we are unable to resume operations on campus for the remainder of the semester, we will re-imagine Commencement Week activities.

This was a difficult decision to make, and we recognize that this change will challenge our community in ways we have not experienced before. We are buoyed by the commitment we have already seen on the part of students, families, and faculty and staff to take on what this moment is asking of us.

We will work to maintain CA as both a learning and living environment as much as we can.

  • Students will remain engaged in learning. Families can expect to receive detailed instructions for distance learning by next week.
  • We are working on ways to modify and continue experiences such as advising, chapels, and house meetings, which are integral to the CA experience. We will share more details soon.

Our campus is now closed. We are asking faculty and staff to work remotely and are ensuring that any employees on campus continuing vital operations are following social distancing precautions. During this time, the SHAC and gym will also be closed. 

Our priority is to support students both academically and emotionally during this period. We also recognize that this change will affect each family and every student differently. If you have questions, or need support, please feel free to reach out to me or the following offices:

A summary of the measures we are taking is on our website, which we are updating regularly: http://thewaycf.com/coronavirus-covid-19-update/.

We recognize that your student(s) may have some important belongings in their rooms. While we cannot permit access to rooms for health reasons, please let us know if there is anything important you need. You can submit these requests via email to the Student Life Office: student_life_office@thewaycf.com. Similarly, we ask that you reach out to the Health Center, healthcenter@thewaycf.com, to coordinate about any medications and/or if you require adaptations for support that has been provided in person.

We are continuing to track student whereabouts via Boardingware, to ensure parent coordination and safe arrival of students. If possible, we ask that you finalize travel plans by Tuesday, March 17, so that students can complete a new “Extension” pass by that date, allowing enough time for a host, guardian, or your own approval. We will need every student to submit a new pass, even if at home now and staying home, to assure that everyone is safely settled.

We ask that any student who experiences symptoms of Covid-19, or has a presumptive or confirmed case, to report this to the Health Center. This information will be kept confidential, and it is essential to helping us plan effectively.

In these extraordinary circumstances, we have a responsibility to do all that we can to mitigate the spread of Covid-19. CA’s mascot is the chameleon, a symbol of adaptability. In true CA spirit, we will continue to serve and support our students. We will provide ongoing updates, and I thank you again for your understanding and support. 

Sincerely,

Rick Hardy
Head of School
Dresden Endowed Chair

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March 13: Update for Day Families

Dear CA Day Families,

Following my email from Wednesday, March 11, I am writing with a further update on how CA plans to safeguard the health and well-being of all within our care. In the past two days, the situation has evolved rapidly, with travel bans being instituted, the State of Massachusetts declaring a state of emergency, and local and national health organizations recommending widespread social distancing measures. 

In light of these considerations, the Incident Management Team (IMT) and I decided that: 

  • CA will not resume classes on March 23, but will shift to a distance learning model as of March 30. 
  • Teachers will be given virtual training during the week of March 23 to become adept with distance learning tools and protocols.
  • We will continue to monitor the spread and severity of the outbreak in the coming days and weeks. 
  • No later than April 20, we will make a decision about whether to suspend operations for the rest of the semester or to resume classes on campus. 
  • The earliest date that we would resume classes on campus would be May 4 (boarders would arrive back on May 3). 
  • If we are unable to resume operations on campus for the remainder of the semester, we will re-imagine Commencement Week activities.

This was a difficult decision to make, and we recognize that this change will challenge our community in ways we have not experienced before. We are buoyed by the commitment we have already seen on the part of students, families, faculty, and staff to take on what this moment is asking of us.

We will work to maintain CA as both a learning and living environment as much as we can.

  • Students will remain engaged in learning. Families can expect to receive detailed instructions for distance learning by next week.
  • We are working on ways to modify and continue events such as advising, chapels, and house meetings, which are integral to the CA experience. We will share more details soon.

Our priority is to support students both academically and emotionally during this period. We also recognize that this change will affect each family and every student differently. If you have questions, or need support, please feel free to reach out to me or the following offices:

A summary of the measures we are taking is on our website, which we are updating regularly: http://thewaycf.com/coronavirus-covid-19-update/.

In the interim, our campus will be closed. We are asking faculty and staff to work remotely, and only employees continuing vital campus operations will be working on campus. During this time, the SHAC and gym will also be closed. While we realize that day students might want to use or gather in campus facilities, for the safety and well-being of our community and to uphold social distancing measures, students are not to come to campus during this time. If you have a particular need or concern, please reach out to the Student Life Office: student_life_office@thewaycf.com. Similarly, we ask that you reach out to the Health Center, healthcenter@thewaycf.com if families need to coordinate about any medications and/or if you require adaptations for support that has been provided in person.

We are particularly aware of the help CARE families have provided over these past few weeks, and we are grateful to this dedicated community. While local families have opened their homes and hearts, we are not expecting that CARE families will be able to continue as hosts, and we will be working to help boarding families get their children home or to seek alternative accommodations. Please see our website for information that has been shared with our boarding families. 

We ask that any student who experiences symptoms of Covid-19, or has a presumptive or confirmed case, to report this to the Health Center. This information will be kept confidential, and it is essential to helping us plan effectively.

In these extraordinary circumstances, we have a responsibility to do all that we can to mitigate the spread of Covid-19. CA’s mascot is the chameleon, a symbol of adaptability. In true CA spirit, we will continue to serve and support our students. We will provide ongoing updates, and I thank you again for your understanding and support. 

Sincerely,

Rick Hardy
Head of School
Dresden Endowed Chair

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March 11 Letter: Events & Community Tracking

Dear CA Families, 

Amid rising concerns about the spread of Covid-19 (the coronavirus), I know that you have many questions about Concord Academy’s plans following the March break and how they will impact you and your family. The health and well-being of your child(ren), and of our community, are our clear priority. We have been meeting daily on this topic, and while we need more time to finalize some details, I am writing today to share an update on our decisions and recommendations to date. 

With our student community now on break, our Incident Management (IMT) team and I are consulting with local officials, monitoring available information about the virus, and carefully considering how we come back together. We are currently putting plans in place to safeguard our community on the assumption that classes will resume on March 23 on campus. 

If, prior to the end of spring break, we deem it necessary to close campus or delay reopening, we are prepared to enact contingency plans to enable distance learning. Our academic office and IT teams have been working to coordinate our remote instructional approach, which would utilize the following tools to provide for both synchronous and asynchronous learning:

  • Schoology (our learning management system or LMS),
  • video conferencing, and 
  • our Google Suite tools. 

We are fortunate that many of these tools are already familiar to our faculty, staff, and students, and over the course of the next week, we will share guidelines and instructions with teachers and families. In the event we move to distance learning, we would begin with a set of professional days to allow teachers time to prepare online lessons and to communicate with students and families around guidelines, expectations, and schedules. 

Each day we have more information on which to base decisions. Please continue to check your email throughout this week and next for important updates. Our full set of communications is also available on the CA website here: http://thewaycf.com/coronavirus-covid-19-update/.

Looking ahead to March 22, when houses are currently scheduled to reopen for boarding students, we are instituting the following measures:

 

On-campus events & sponsored trips

Concord’s public health director has recommended canceling or reimagining all events involving external participants through the end of April. While we plan to continue gathering for assemblies and chapel talks, as well as classes, we are canceling or re-envisioning all events that would have brought others outside of CA’s core community (students, faculty, and staff at CA) onto this campus. Here is a partial list of affected events:

 

  • All athletic competitions
  • CA Model UN conference
  • Sustainability Festival
  • Women in Tech conference
  • CA Summer Camp open houses
  • CA Parents meetings
  • Directors’ Workshop performances

 

All CA-sponsored trips scheduled before the end of April, including the college trip, have been canceled. Additionally, the June trips to France and Rome will no longer take place. We made these decisions first and foremost as a precaution to ensure the safety of our students; we will be working to recoup as much of the costs as possible, and we will coordinate with families regarding the details of trip reimbursement.

 

We are currently working to reimagine and/or reschedule other events, either through a virtual experience or by engaging people in new and creative ways. These events include our admissions Revisit Days, our Community and Equity Dinner, as well as our junior leadership trip and senior transition seminar. These are important days to our community and our institution; we look forward to sharing more details around those plans in the near future. 

 

We do not take the decision to alter our programming lightly, and we know that this will impact each and every family differently. We thank you for your understanding and cooperation as we work through these changes.  

 

Community tracking

Following recommendations from the Concord Board of Health, we will institute a required tracking system for all CA students and adults — a self-report of whereabouts during the break, which we will ask all families to complete prior to students’ return to campus. While we await guidance from officials to finalize the form, we ask you to watch your inbox next week for an email with a link and instructions. Completion of this form is mandatory prior to your student(s) returning to campus.

 

In accordance with CDC guidelines, students who have traveled to must be outside the 14-day window of exposure prior to returning to campus. Students who are exhibiting symptoms of Covid-19 (fever, cough, and/or shortness of breath) should not return to campus and should contact the Health Center for guidance on return protocols. Families and guardians are responsible for such quarantines and any isolation based on illness that prevent their child(ren)’s return to campus.

 

As a head of school, a long-time teacher, and a father, I am concerned both personally and professionally about the spread of this virus. We will stay in regular contact and share any new information as soon as we have it. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to Sarah Yeh, Don Kingman, or me directly with questions. We are here to help.

 

I remain grateful for the support our community members have shown one another, and I thank you all for your partnership during this difficult time. In the meantime, I hope you stay safe and well. 

 

Sincerely,

Rick Hardy

Head of School

Dresden Endowed Chair

March 5 Letter: Spring Trips and Long-Term Planning

Dear CA Families, 

With spring break starting tomorrow, and with the coronavirus, now known as Covid-19, continuing to spread across the globe, we are writing with an update regarding our planning. We recognize that, no matter where you are located in the world, this is an uncertain time. Our thoughts are with all of you, and we hope that the guidance that follows will help you and your families plan for spring break more easily and prepare for a healthy return.

Here at Concord Academy, we are monitoring local and international developments closely, including those from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), U.S. State Department, and World Health Organization (WHO), as well as the town of Concord. Our Incident Management Team (IMT) group, which we referenced in an  earlier this week, is in daily discussions about how to maintain the health, safety, and well-being of our students and our entire community.

We recognize that this is a dynamic situation. Since we first wrote over a month ago, much has changed, and we cannot predict with precision what will happen by the time we plan to resume classes on March 23. Instead, we are developing plans for a variety of scenarios, about which we will send more updates over spring break. These emails will be important, and we ask that you remain attentive to your inbox during this time for further communication from us. We thank you for your partnership, your understanding, and your review of the recommendations below.

In order to keep everyone up to date on CA’s policies and protocols, we have created a central landing page: www.thewaycf.com/coronavirus-covid-19-update/

Spring trips

Following the guidance for student foreign travel issued earlier this week by the CDC, which recommends that institutions consider postponing or canceling student foreign exchange programs, and a request by the governor of Massachusetts that schools suspend all international trips, we have decided to cancel all spring trips. This includes a previously cancelled trip to China as well as trips to the Dominican Republic and Costa Rica.

While we regret having to make this decision, we felt it was necessary to follow the guidance of the CDC so as to promote the safety of our students and chaperones. At this time, we have been in touch with all families and students affected, and we are glad to share that due to the generosity of our extended CA family and our parent community, we have found places to stay for all students during the break.

It is our plan to run these trips next March should your child be interested and able to participate. We will be in touch with families regarding the details of trip reimbursement.

We have also been receiving inquiries regarding the status of our June trips to Rome and Paris. At this point, we are not making any decisions but continue to monitor the situation closely. Should CA cancel the trips, we will do everything we can to recoup as much of the cost as possible and will share information as soon as it becomes available.

Return policy

While much of our focus has been on ensuring that students can safely depart CA for March break, we recognize that the global picture of Covid-19 is evolving daily. As it is our duty as a school to look after the health and well-being of all members of our community, we are working with local health officials on the protocols we will put in place for the return of adults and students from March break. We ask that you keep a close eye out for communication around these protocols over the next two weeks so we can share and gather information efficiently.

Please note that families and guardians will need to take responsibility for any extended quarantines that prevent their child(ren)’s return to campus at the end of March break.

Long-term planning

While it is our hope that we will be able to resume classes as normal upon the return from spring break, consideration of many currently unknown variables has led us to prepare for a variety of scenarios, including approaches that would allow for covering critical material and engaging students through distance learning in the event of short- or long-term disruptions following the break. We hope that such contingency plans will be unnecessary, but we are preparing to continue to serve you and your child(ren) through a variety of conditions and scenarios this spring.

Teachers are preparing packing lists so students can bring home the supplies they would need in order to engage in classwork in the event that they are unable to return to campus at the end of break. While this outcome is unlikely, we believe this is a practical preparation in an evolving situation. These lists will be shared with students during assembly block on Thursday, and they will access the lists with their advisors to be sure they know what they need before leaving campus for break.

Masks

While we have received some requests to distribute masks to our student body, we are following the , which “does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including Covid-19.” Instead, the CDC recommends that masks are essential for health workers and those taking care of someone, as well as for those who are symptomatic, to help prevent the spread of the disease to others.

We would like to remind you that the CDC recommends the following sensible health care procedures to help prevent spreading the disease:

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. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty. Over March break we will be undertaking some deep cleaning procedures of our campus. These actions will extend beyond the cleaning practices we follow on a regular basis, and include measures designed to disinfect surfaces around the campus.

For more resources and information, we recommend that you . We are monitoring the recommendations of national and local governing health bodies closely and will inform you of new developments.

Incident Management Team (IMT)

As we noted in our letter earlier this week, in situations that impact the normal functioning of our community, it is our regular practice to form an Incident Management Team (IMT), which we did a few weeks ago. We have found that this structure has served us well in the past. In this case, the IMT is being led by:

We also have sub-groups focused on the following areas: medical, students, travel, supplies, academic planning, and communications. Rick Hardy, our head of school, is closely involved in this process as well. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to any one of us.

We understand the concern and anxiety an outbreak such as this causes, and our thoughts and hearts go out to everyone affected by it. By remaining aware of recommendations as they develop and maintaining communications, together we can all care for one another and keep our community healthy. The outpouring of support from this community has already been remarkable, and we remain grateful for that.

We thank you all for your understanding and partnership during this important time, and we wish you all a healthy and safe spring break.

Sincerely,

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February 28: Letter from Sally Zimmerli, Dean of Students

Dear CA Families, 

As our community prepares for spring break, we want to thank all of you for your patience and partnership as we work to protect the health and well-being of the CA community in the context of the evolving Covid-19 outbreak.

We are glad to share that every boarding student whose plans were impacted now has a reliable plan for the break. That could not have happened without the many kind offers we received to host students. As ever, we are deeply appreciative of how this community has responded to support one another. We recognize how fluid this situation is, and will communicate about any changes in plans immediately with you, our parent body.

One of the primary challenges around planning for spring break has been the rapidly evolving nature of the event. In situations like this, which impact the normal functioning of our community, it is our regular practice to form an Incident Management Team (IMT), which we did a few weeks ago. We have found that this structure has served us well in the past. In this case, the IMT is being led by:

We also have sub-groups focused on the following areas: Medical, Students, Travel, Supplies, Academic Planning, and Communications. Rick Hardy, our head of school, is closely involved in this process as well.

This group is collaborating regularly to plan and prepare for a variety of scenarios that could play out over both the short and long-term. We will be closely monitoring developments, including government recommendations, over the course of the next week and beyond, and we will provide an update on our Covid-19 planning prior to the start of break next Friday, March 6.

We thank you again for your understanding and patience during this evolving situation. If you have questions or concerns over spring break, please reach out to a member of the IMT whose emails you can find by clicking their name above. It is our goal to continue to support our students and our families to the best of our ability, and we appreciate your support in making that possible.

Sincerely,

Sally Zimmerli
Dean of Students

January 29: Letter from Rick Hardy, Head of School

Dear CA Families, 

Amid news of the spread of a new variety of coronavirus, which originated in the city of Wuhan in Hubei Province, China, we want to share what we are doing as a school to prioritize the safety of our students.

In light of the issuance of a  (its highest level) by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which has recommended avoiding travel to China when at all possible, we urge CA students to avoid returning home to or visiting China, and any other high-risk areas, during the break. Also in accordance with this recommendation, CA has canceled its China trip scheduled for March 8-18. As a reminder, Concord Academy’s campus will be closed for the entire break, March 6-22, and students are not permitted to stay at school.

We recognize that news of this virus and its emergence around the time of the Lunar New Year festivals is weighing heavily on many of our families, particularly members of the Chinese community. We also recognize that not being able to visit with your family this spring may be difficult. While we encourage all families, and especially those from China, to work with stateside guardians and other partners to make arrangements for your child’s accommodations during our break, we want you to know that we are here to help and to support your family. 

We will continue to monitor the situation closely to determine whether the other planned March trips, to the Dominican Republic and Costa Rica, can proceed safely as planned. At this time, only a small number of cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in the United States, none of them in Massachusetts. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has determined that we are currently at low risk.

As always during cold and flu season, we recommend that students follow simple infection control measures that include washing hands frequently, covering one’s cough, and keeping one’s hands away from mouth, nose, and eyes. This is information we are actively sharing with our community, as we always do this time of year. Since we are in the midst of flu season, we urge all students with a fever to stay home until fever-free for 24 hours. Any student feeling unwell should come to the health center to be evaluated by one of the nurses.

Your children’s safety is our first priority, and we thank you for your partnership in limiting our students’ exposure to this disease. We understand that this situation is evolving rapidly, and we want you to know that we are here to help. If you need help finding accommodations, or have questions about travel and spring break, please reach out to either me or to Sally Zimmerli, our dean of students, at sally_zimmerli@thewaycf.com.

Your child’s safety is and will remain our top priority. We will be back in touch with CA families once we know more, or have more information to share. 

Sincerely,

Rick Hardy
Head of School
365体育登录 Dresden Endowed Chair

March 3: March Break and Covid-19 Update

Please be aware that, as we disperse for the break, the school is continuing to monitor the health of students and adults amid the spread of Covid-19 (the coronavirus). Look for an email from CA later this week with important information regarding plans the school is putting into place. Given this rapidy evolving situation, we are also asking parents and students to continue checking email during the break, as we will be requesting status updates from all families prior to students’ return to campus.

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For student health questions, please contact our Student Health Center: 978-402-2333

For general questions, please call 978-402-2200

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