This is a list of major dates for the fall 2020. Major dates and holidays for 2021 will be set later this fall.

Calendar Notes

Like many colleges and schools, we have changed some traditional holidays and events based on the recommendations of health experts to maintain a “contained campus” as best as possible. With these changes, we avoid the risk of the community traveling over short breaks as well as the likelihood of retesting for Covid-19 upon their return. Note especially:

List of 3 items.

  • No preseason athletics training.

    Student-athletes will return Oct. 2-3 with other students. See Athletics for more information about the fall season.
  • Distance learning from Thanksgiving Break through Winter Break.

    In-person classes will end with the start of the Thanksgiving Break on Saturday, Nov. 21. School will resume on Monday, Nov. 30, with distance learning classes that will run for the three weeks until the Winter Break begins Saturday, Dec. 18. The School will support international students on campus who cannot return home between Thanksgiving and Winter Break with a combination of online and in-person classes. See more on the International Students  page.
  • Virtual Fall Family Weekend.

    Parent-teacher conferences, college counseling sessions, and other typical programming will be held through virtual events on dates to be scheduled.
     

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.