As a 100% boarding school where almost all faculty live on campus, Episcopal has a distinct advantage in mitigating the risk of Covid-19. We aim to leverage this advantage by taking measures to create a “contained campus” when necessary.


When school opens, we will initially follow an array of strict prevention measures that, with our course of testing, aim to help us establish a baseline of good health for the community. (See those measures in the Prevention section on this Health and Wellness page.) As part of those measures, we will also limit individuals coming to and going from campus. During the first three weeks when students are on campus:

List of 4 items.

  • We will not hold public events or invite speakers to classes or programs.

  • The School will not host prospective families for on-campus admissions tours or visits.

  • Only essential visitors to campus will be permitted.

  • Nonessential individual or program travel off campus will be limited.

This chart outlines how prevention measures regarding visitors and off-campus leaves for students would ease, if health conditions allow:

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  • How do these prevention measures affect student leaves?

    During those first three weeks and when we are following strict prevention measures, the School will not grant day or overnight leaves except in emergencies. During those times, a team of faculty and staff will work with students to create a special array of fun events and activities, e.g., game nights, movie nights, dance-offs, Chapel in Hummel Bowl, and even a modified version of Dorm Games. See Student and Community Life for more details.

    We also ask that if students are interested in outside activities (sports training, music and arts instruction, tutoring, etc.), families arrange for them to participate remotely.

    We hope to ease prevention measures after the first three weeks of school, as the chart above indicates. But health conditions on campus and regionally will determine whether we can.
  • After the first three weeks of School, can students seek special leave requests?

    Beginning now, we will consider special student leave requests to participate in off-campus activities after those first three weeks. While health conditions may prevent us from granting these requests, we want to work with students and families to determine if participation in these activities can be safe for the community and for the student. For instance, students who travel to a weekend music showcase or athletic tournament may need to quarantine and attend EHS classes remotely from home for 14 days before they return to campus, depending on health conditions locally and in their travel location. 

    If you anticipate a special leave request, please email Assistant Head for Student Life Doug Dickson (djd@episcopalhighschool.org) with details about the timing and the activity. We encourage families to place requests now or as soon as possible. Though we will review requests and make preliminary decisions, final decisions cannot be made until nearer the time of the event and will depend on health conditions in the campus community and the local region of the event.
  • How do these prevention measures affect parent visits?

    During the first three weeks of School and when we are following strict prevention measures, we ask that families limit their visits. Parents also are discouraged from entering dorms or buildings. All visitors, including parents, will be asked to follow prevention measures that will likely include a screening and temperature check and the use of masks. Details of these visitor requirements will be published in coming weeks.

    We hope to ease prevention measures after the first three weeks of school, as the chart above indicates. But health conditions on campus and regionally will determine whether we can.

FAQs

List of 4 frequently asked questions.

  • Can students go to the Center or make other trips off campus?

    When the community is following strict prevention measures, students cannot make nonessential trips off campus. If health conditions allow, we will ease that measure though likely include precautions.
  • Can I attend religious worship locally?

    During the first three weeks and when the community is following strict prevention measures, we ask that students attend worship remotely. The EHS chaplains will continue to offer a Sunday service and are planning programming apart from the two chapel services to be offered each week. In addition, Callaway Chapel will be available as a space for individual and small-group worship.
  • Will traditional rivalry events and competitions take place this year?

    Friday Night Lights, Seminary Hill Cup, and The Game with Woodberry will depend in part on health conditions, state guidelines on interscholastic sports this fall, and restrictions facing participating schools. We are working with our rival schools to determine the conditions in which such events could take place.
  • Will staff continue to work on campus?

    When the community is following strict prevention measures, we will encourage staff members to work remotely, if possible. All faculty and staff members will be tested and screened along with students, and they will be required to do daily screening of symptoms via the smartphone app.