Responding to Covid-19

Gov. Ralph Northam on March 23 ordered all public and private schools in the Commonwealth of Virginia to remain closed for the rest of the school year and continue their online instruction. Episcopal students did not return to campus from the spring break that began February 29, and the School now is wholly focused on delivering our virtual academic program in exceptional ways as well as maintaining Episcopal’s powerful sense of community. 

Community Announcements and Updates

List of 11 items.

  • Preparations for the 2020-21 Academic Year

    May 14
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  • Commencement Dates Announced

    May 12
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  • Senior Send-Off Announced for Class of 2020

    April 19
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  • Academic Calendar Update

    April 16
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  • Senior Capstone Program for May

    April 15
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  • Tuition Refund Announced for 2019-20, Approaches for 2020-21

    April 9
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  • 2020 EHS Reunion Postponed

    March 31
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  • Governor's Order: Distance Learning to Continue Through End of School Year

    March 23
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  • Information for International Families

    March 21
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  • Distance Learning During the Covid-19 Crisis

    March 19
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  • Head of School Charley Stillwell's Letter to Students

    March 14, 2020
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Below is additional information to help answer questions you may have. Please check back to this page frequently, as we will update it regularly.

FAQ

List of 12 frequently asked questions.

  • Will the School run its summer programs? (4/20)

    Virginia’s “stay at home” order extends through June 10, and we have concluded that we must cancel our on-campus camps and programs through the remainder of that month. We reached this decision with the health and safety of the EHS community uppermost in mind, and we wanted to let everyone know at an early date in order to give families as well as program operators and their staff time to make alternative arrangements for the summer.
     
    At present, we have not yet made a final decision on scheduled July activities on campus. The School will continue to monitor the guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control as well as local and state and health agencies, and we will provide an update as soon as possible. 
  • Will the School take its traditional academic breaks in April?

    The 2019-20 academic calendar calls for a break from classes on Monday, April 13, the day after Easter. This break was created to give students who returned home for the holiday time to return to campus. Since most students are with families at present, we will hold classes on April 13 so that faculty and students can build on their first few weeks of distance learning and maintain continuity.
    Classes will also be held on Friday, April 17, as we are no longer reserving that day for Spring Family Weekend events. We will develop a separate schedule for the various components of Spring Family Weekend to occur virtually.
  • How will the traditional capstone experience for seniors change?

    Seniors will finish classes on Friday, May 1 and begin the capstone experience on Wednesday, May 6. Some aspects of the program will be replicated online in a similar way, and the team at the School’s McCain-Ravenel Center for Intellectual and Moral Courage has assembled various career-related alternatives to the traditional externship. Jeremy Goldstein, executive director of the center, outlines those alternatives in a letter to the Class of 2020 families.
  • Will Commencement take place? (Updated 5/12)

    After a survey of parents and students of the Class of 2020, Episcopal announced it will hold commencement exercises for this year's graduates on Saturday, August 8. Given the uncertainties regarding state restrictions and the coronavirus, a backup date of Saturday, October 3 was established. 

    The School will also celebrate the class in a Senior Send-Off online event on Saturday, May 30, at 10:30 a.m. EST. Login information and details will be provided before the event.
  • Will Reunion take place?

    Given the Virginia Governor's "stay at home" order issued March 30 and extending through June 10, we are incredibly disappointed to announce that Reunion Weekend 2020 will be postponed to a later date. We will be in touch with refund details for those who have already registered, and we ask for your patience as we take the time to handle each refund with care.

    We have not yet set a new date for Reunion Weekend, but we are working on several options and will make a decision when we have a clearer picture of what the months and year ahead will look like. We hope to connect Reunion classes virtually in some way this summer.
  • How will students retrieve their belongings from campus? (Updated 5/12)

    From May 15 through June 15, the School has organized a staggered, controlled process for families to come to campus and pick up students’ belongings. Signups for time slots are required. Please see an explanation of the process posted in the Resources section of the portal on the Key Resources page.

    If you have any questions, please contact Dean of Residential Life Lucy Goldstein and Assistant Dean of Residential Life Damian Walsh.
  • Will upcoming campus and regional advancement events go on as scheduled? (Updated 3/31)

    The Virginia Governor on March 30 issued a "stay at home" order that extends through June 10. The School regrettably has canceled or postponed most of its annual spring events, including the Reunion Weekend planned for June 5-7. 

    We will evaluate later campus and regional events as the situation develops and contact participating individuals as soon as possible.
  • How will the School move academic classes to virtual instruction? (Updated 3/23)

    The School began online classes on Monday, March 23. An overview of the distance learning plan is available here.
  • How will international students do distance learning? (Updated 3/21)

    We understand that time-zone differences, firewalls, and other issues may make it challenging for international students and others to meet "live" with online classes. See the letter Assistant Head for Academics Mary Fielder wrote to families abroad about how their students will remain connected with classes.

    Also: SEVIS and the U.S. Government will adjust policies so that international students can maintain their visa status as long as they participate in their school's distance learning program. Vincent Hodge in our Admissions Office will be the School’s point person on visa issues.
  • How will AP tests be administered during the Covid-19 crisis?

    The College Board has announced an initial plan for how it will administer that testing during the Covid-19 crisis. That plan is expected to change somewhat, and we will relay additional information once it is finalized.
  • How will the School handle the third marking period?

    Given the interruption of classes due to the Covid-19 crisis, the School will now end the third marking period on Friday, February 28, the last day before spring break. The fourth marking period began Monday, March 23, the first day of virtual classes.

    Previously, the marking period was scheduled to end on Friday, March 27, only five days into our virtual learning program. With this adjustment to the schedule, students' grades for the third marking period will reflect the work they completed before the break. As a reminder, the marking period grade is a progress report of the student's rolling average thus far in the semester, not a fixed quarter grade. Those grades are scheduled to be posted on April 10. The grades will not reflect work done via the distance learning program, though teachers may discuss the first few weeks of that work in their comments.
  • How will EHS handle visitors to campus?

    For the immediate future, we are asking outside guests to refrain from visiting campus. We are also asking outside groups not to use our facilities and spaces until further notice. Houseguests of faculty members living on campus are asked not to use the dining room, fitness center, or other community spaces.