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Information and updates about COVID-19 

For the Massachusetts campus, the School's current plan is to resume classes online starting Thursday, March 26th with students returning to campus as of April 13th.  However, the worldwide spread of COVID-19 is an evolving situation, and we will be updating our information in the coming days and weeks as we know more.  Please see the latest information below for both campuses.

There are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 at The Winchendon School at this time. This includes both our New York and Massachusetts campuses.

In accordance with the latest CDC guidelines, students and employees who do not feel well, and/or who have traveled to an area designated by the CDC with a level 1, 2, or 3 advisory within the last 14 days, and/or traveled on a cruise within the last 14 days, and/or have been in contact with a person being tested for or diagnosed with COVID-19, should engage in a 14-day, voluntary self-isolation prior to returning to campus.

This page explains how The Winchendon School is working to prevent infection on campus and mitigate potential direct or indirect impacts. The Winchendon School will continue to prioritize people’s health and safety, and the school’s academic mission. Decisions will be made and actions taken with those concerns foremost in mind.

CAMPUS UPDATES MASSACHUSETTS 

 

Online Learning Begins Thursday
March 23, 2020

It will be a busy week for all of us as we begin our virtual classes on Thursday morning with an advisor meeting at 8:00 a.m. Please be flexible, resilient, and creative as we navigate the technology as well as the new teaching models.
We are holding to the hope that we are going to get back to campus later this spring, but we do not know what will happen with the coronavirus in the weeks to come.  We will keep you updated as to any decisions, and we will continue our regular Monday and Thursday emails. Please know that we are here to support our students through this experience.  We are thinking specifically about our wonderful seniors and how to celebrate them in this uncertain time.
As students transition to this new landscape amidst this time of uncertainty, it is vital to hold fast to the support structures that work for our students. Fiona Byrne and the Learning Advocacy team have been hard at work to ensure that our student support structures are central to Winch's remote learning plan. Conference, Learning Advocacy, and Advisory will continue to be a critical piece of the student experience at Winchendon and central to their academic success. ESP will not be taking place during this period of remote learning, but the LA team will use the additional conference time to provide assistance and encouragement. Please do not hesitate to contact your child’s LA or Fiona Byrne should you have any questions or concerns.

 

An abbreviated schedule of important dates is listed below:

March 23 - 25th - Virtual learning training for all teaching faculty and staff; no classes; all students to remain on break.
March 26th - Students will be expected to be in their own spaces and able to fully participate in group and one-on-one virtual classes starting on Thursday, March 26th at 8:00 AM.
April 13th - If possible, classes resume on campus.  

CAMPUS UPDATES NEW YORK

 

Return to Campus Update
March 15, 2020

As many of you know, The City of New York has closed schools until April 20. While massively disruptive to our kids and community, it's clear that this is the right decision given the scale of our public health crisis.

The school leadership team and I are convening tomorrow to discuss our specific closure. Given that this is a highly fluid situation, I appreciate your understanding and patience amidst so much unknown. While I cannot confirm how long our closure will be at this particular moment, I will do my best to provide clarity as soon as I am able, which I hope to be by the end of the week if not before.

What I do know is that our faculty team is exceptionally well positioned to support each of your students via digital learning through an extended school closure. Our remote learning introduction and practice days this past week gave us the opportunity to prepare for this possibility, and our small size, institutional flexibility, and unyielding commitment to support each of our students as best we can leaves me entirely confident that we will overcome the obstacles ahead and make the most out of this challenging situation. I cannot be more confident in and proud of our faculty team, and appreciate their effort and thoughtfulness through all of this.

 

SCHOOL COMMUNICATIONS

For previous Massachusetts campus communications click here.

For previous New York communications, click here.

EVENT UPDATES

In Massachusetts, in accordance with Governor Baker's declaration, we are canceling large public gatherings until further notice. Our Admission Revisit Days have moved online. A list of event updates is below:

March 28th
Admissions Revisit Day for
Accepted Students -
This event will be held virtually.

April 3rd
Admissions Revisit Day for
Accepted Students-
This event will be held virtually.

April 4th
ACT Testing - Postponed
June 13th and July 18th  

April 6th
Admissions Revisit Day for
Accepted Students-
This event will be held virtually.

 

GENERAL QUESTIONS AND RESOURCES

ESSENTIAL CONTACTS

 

Dual Campuses

Director of Health Services
Marypat Velasco
978-297-7916

 

Massachusetts Campus

Head of School
Laurie Lambert
978-297-7902

Dean of Teaching and Learning
Kelly Harris
978-297-7925

 

New York City Campus

Head of School
Sean Duncan
(347) 328-5622 

 

CORONAVIRUS - See campus-specific statements about remote learning