Below are key dates for the remainder of the school year. The unpredictability of the pandemic and government responses to virus surges means every school’s calendar may face unexpected changes. We ask that you build flexibility into your family plans and schedule.

List of 9 items.

  • Nov. 21-29: Thanksgiving Break.

    Students may leave campus after the required Thanksgiving Vespers service on Friday, Nov. 20, as well as on Saturday, Nov. 21.
  • Nov. 30-Dec. 18: Distance learning.

     As we originally had planned, we will shift to distance learning for the three weeks between the Thanksgiving and winter holidays. That period remains problematic for in-person classes; coronavirus cases will be difficult to discern from the seasonal increase in flu and other illnesses, which would force the Health Center to isolate or quarantine more students. This would cause disruption on campus and to families who would have to bring students home early.
  • Dec. 19-Jan. 4. Winter Break.

  • Jan. 5-14: Classes resume virtually.

    We will use similar testing and at-home self-quarantine strategies that helped us establish a healthy baseline earlier this month. Students will begin their self-quarantine at home on Saturday, Jan. 2. We are finalizing options for pre-arrival and arrival testing and will relay those plans at a later date.
  • Jan. 16: Students return to campus.

    There will be no classes on Friday, Jan. 15, which will be set aside for travel. Because we will follow tight prevention measures upon the return to campus, we will arrange virtual programming for our traditional MLK Day Symposium on Mon., Jan. 18, and on-campus programming related to the presidential inauguration on Wednesday, Jan. 20.

    Note: Some varsity athletes may be asked to return to campus during the weekend of Jan. 9-10, depending on the competition schedule. These athletes would begin a self-quarantine during the winter holiday.
  • March 6-14: Spring Break.

    Spring Break is traditionally a two-week vacation, but we have shortened it to one week to regain some time with students on campus. We also will add to the calendar several days with no classes or homework in the winter and early spring to help the students stay caught up and healthy throughout our cold weather months.

    We hope that this one-week holiday will give students a chance to return home and spend time with families. If the shorter break causes challenges for our international students or others, please let us know.
  • March 15: Students return to campus.

    We will evaluate the health conditions locally and in students’ home areas before determining what health precautions and testing protocols the community will need before arrival. How we approach the return from the break will depend in large part on the dynamics of the virus and the potential availability of the vaccine, which we cannot predict at this point.
  • May 28-29: Commencement Weekend.

    We plan to proceed with our regular schedule for Commencement Weekend to occur on May 28-29. We will evaluate health conditions before determining the form of graduation events. Expect to hear more details in February and March.
  • June 4: Last day of assessments for students grades 9-11.

    While the schedule at present features 10 more days of classes than in a normal year, we ask that you hold off planning any family events for the week of June 7-11. The unpredictability of the virus and government responses could require us to extend classes through the week of June 7-11.

FAQs

List of 4 frequently asked questions.

Daily Schedule

The planned schedule for this fall is based on the design principles that emerged from our recently completed two-year schedule review. Using the core takeaways from that study, we created a modified schedule that will allow us to best deliver our mission and ensure the continuity of our program through any unexpected changes in the fall. The schedule prioritizes the academic program for all of our students; the physical and mental health of our students; and the important relationships between all members of our community, particularly students and faculty.

Academics

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  • Three class meetings each week,

    with two 60-minute blocks and one 40-minute block.
  • Consistent class meeting times

    Tuesday through Friday. Each block meets every other class day.
  • Classes concentrated in the morning hours, allowing international students to attend synchronously

    at least two of three meetings of every class. We are planning several ways to support international students or others who are unable to return to campus and who live outside the Eastern Time Zone. Among other things, we are exploring evening meeting times when students unable to attend class synchronously might connect with teachers.  
  • Regular evening study halls and structured daytime study hours

    determined by grade level.

Physical and Mental Health

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  • Longer passing periods between classes and meetings

    to safely transition between spaces and help students maintain a healthy pace.
  • Lunch rotations

    that provide time for dorm "family groups" to safely eat together.
  • Staggered start times for athletics and afternoon options

    — arts, music, fitness, etc. — to provide for safe transitions and use of facilities. 
  • Scheduled break

    and snack each afternoon.

Relationships

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  • Advisory blocks

    for students and advisors to meet regularly as a group and one on one.
  • H Block provides a consistent time and structure

    for students to meet with faculty for office hours, daytime study hall, and other important programming.
  • EHS all-community moments

    such as Chapel and Community Gathering are retained and spaced across the week.