Episcopal understands the complexity of current travel-related issues for international students and will continue to work with families to develop the best approaches moving forward. We also know there are challenges that may delay some students’ arrivals on campus, and we are eager to provide supports that ensure a strong start to the year for all students.

Updated Aug. 25

Quarantine Requirements

As you may know, students traveling from abroad — including those from China — no longer need to quarantine in the United States for 14 days before joining us on campus. Episcopal High School is following the U.S. State Department and the State of Virginia guidelines, which currently does not require that those traveling internationally to quarantine upon arrival into the United States. As travel restrictions are fluid, we advise you to continue to monitor the U.S. State Department's website to determine if you will need to quarantine upon your arrival.

Pre-arrival Covid-19 testing

Like other students, international students will be required to have a pre-arrival Covid-19 test before they can come to campus on Oct. 2-3. We are finalizing our plan to support students who would like to arrive in the country five days before their move-in so that they can be tested. It is important for us to know the number of students who would be arriving early and are interested in this opportunity. We will likely house students in a local hotel with rooms available at a reduced rate.

While we expect that most students will have an accompanying parent, family member, or guardian, please let us know if you are unable to make such arrangements. If necessary, the School will provide meals and a chaperone who will stay in a separate room in close proximity to the students.  

Once we have determined the number of families interested in this option, we will have additional details about transportation to the hotel and the return to campus. If you are traveling internationally, please fill out this form that asks for details about your return to Episcopal High School.  It would be very helpful for our planning if you can fill this form out as soon as you determine your travel plans so that we can plan accordingly.  There is a space on the form for you to ask questions or share concerns, and you can also reach out to Assistant Dean of students Connor Gallegos at cgallegos@episcopalhighschool.org.

If you are not going to be in the United States five days before the start of school, please make your own arrangements to get tested and have the results sent to the Health Center (healthcenter@episcopalhighschool.org) before your arrival to campus.

Reminder: We do want all students to “self-quarantine” for the 14 days leading up to your arrival on campus. We will send all students specific guidelines shortly, but know that we will ask that you to make only essential trips outside the home, limit as best as possible your contact to household members, avoid crowded areas, and use a mask, physical distancing, and hand-washing and hygiene. 

Regional emergency contact

As explained on this Health and Wellness page, students who need isolation or quarantine after returning to campus should make every effort to leave campus with a parent, guardian, or regional emergency contact within 24 hours. As hard as we are working to provide comfortable quarantine and isolation accommodations with good oversight and support for students, space will be limited.
As such, when completing this year’s Magnus health form in the parent portal, parents who live more than a day’s travel from campus will be asked to identify regional emergency contacts. We urge all families to consider now how your designated contacts could get to campus quickly if called, or, if you happen to be in the country, you could come yourself. If you have not done so, please log in to the Magnus health account through the parent portal and complete it as soon as possible.

On-campus support over Thanksgiving-Winter Break distance learning

When students leave campus in November for Thanksgiving Break, they will not return to campus until January and engage in distance-learning from November 30 through December 18. We know that many of our international students will want to go home during this period of virtual classes and for the breaks, and we think it is healthy and best that they return to be with their families. Students who are unable to leave campus due to travel restrictions may remain on campus during this time and engage in both classroom and online learning. Students who remain on campus during the breaks will be charged a nominal fee for support services.

Distance learning for students unable to begin the year on campus

There will be students, both international and domestic, who are unable to begin the school year on campus. (See options on Enrollment page.) For them, we will provide a distance-learning program that is significantly enhanced based on our experiences from last spring and with new investments in technology.

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  • New technology

    (cameras, screens, omnidirectional microphones) in all classrooms and learning spaces to connect off-campus students to the classroom in a more engaging and active way.
  • New schedule better suited for students who live in different time zones.

    In addition to concentrating our academic classes in the morning, we are exploring evening meeting times when students unable to attend class synchronously might connect with teachers.
  • Faculty trained and prepared to teach hybrid classes.

    Most classes will be taught as hybrid courses, both online and in person. Building on experiences from last spring’s distance-learning program, every teaching faculty member has taken professional development this summer focused on giving them more tools and resources for designing and teaching hybrid courses that will engage students and maintain academic rigor.
  • Student life activities conducted online.

    More of our student life programs will be conducted as virtual activities, and we will regularly host live events online so that students attending EHS remotely can join in.