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. 6

Quarantine Requirements

Current U.S. State Department restrictions require travelers from China to quarantine for two weeks upon arrival to the U.S. With all students scheduled to arrive on campus Sept. 2 and 3, EHS students from China should plan to arrive in the States and enter quarantine by August 19.

Episcopal has arranged with the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center, just five minutes from campus, to make rooms available to our students at a reduced rate for the duration of their quarantine. Please contact Assistant Director of Admissions Vincent Hodge (vsh@episcopalhighschool.org) to let us know about your travel arrangements, timing, and any Visa issues you may be encountering. While we expect that most students will have a parent, family member, or guardian accompany them for the two weeks, please let Chris Davies in the Deans' Office (cdd@episcopalhighschool.org) know if you are unable to make such arrangements. If necessary, the School will provide a chaperone who will stay in a separate room in close proximity to the students.

Pre-arrival Covid-19 testing

Students from China will be provided instructions for completing a Covid-19 test in the U.S. while in quarantine and prior to moving onto campus. As with all students, results from these tests will be provided to EHS. Any students testing positive will be asked to remain off campus while seeking medical attention. We will assist any international students who test positive, being sure to provide special attention to those who are in the care of an EHS chaperone.

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. 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.