Eaglebrook School continues to monitor new developments with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Please check back regularly, as our email updates to the Eaglebrook community will be posted here. 
The current operating schedule is as follows:

  • The campus is currently closed and all employees are working remotely from their residences.
  • At this point, our Distance Learning Program will run through Monday, May 11.
  • At this point, the campus will re-open on Monday, May 11.  
  • At this point, on-campus classes will resume on Tuesday, May 12. 

School Communications & Updates

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  • March 31: Distance Learning #3

    Dear Eaglebrook Families, 

    We had a wonderful start to our distance learning classes yesterday. It was great to see students participating in the morning assemblies on Google Classroom, and teachers reported how heartening it was to see their faces during class time. As the COVID-19 situation around the world continues to evolve and cause disruptions, we want to update you on the school year. 
     
    We have decided that distance learning will extend at least through Monday, May 11, and hope to begin on-campus classes on Tuesday, May 12. Our decision is in keeping with Governor Charlie Baker’s emergency order of March 25, which extended the closure of all public and private schools and all non-emergency childcare programs until May 4, in an effort to prevent the further spread of COVID-19 in the Commonwealth. We will comply with the Governor’s order and also act in accordance with the CDC’s 8-week recommendation for social distancing. 
     
    We are aware that we are up against ever-changing circumstances. While we remain hopeful that we can all convene on campus on May 12, please hold off for a few weeks before planning your travel, so if circumstances continue to change you will not have to cancel those plans. 
     
    Maintaining the health and safety of our entire community continues to be our top priority, and I am hopeful the health trends will improve and we’ll be able to enjoy the many end-of-year activities and traditions that have a lasting impact on all our graduates. 
     
    Communication is a priority during this time. We will do our best to make sure that you and your child feel supported during distance learning. In the past week, we have added a Counselors' Corner and an invitation to a Fitness Google Classroom on our public COVID-19 page. If you have suggestions for additional material for this page, please feel free to forward them to our Communications Office or to me directly.
     
    As always, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me or any of the following individuals: 
    I hope you will reach out to me with your questions and concerns. While it’s disappointing that we have to delay our on-campus program until May 12, I am proud that our students and faculty continue to be positive and make this a time of creativity, connection, and problem-solving through distance learning. 
     
    Thank you for your continued patience and understanding. 
     
     
    Sincerely, 
     
     
    Head of School
  • March 24: Distance Learning #2

    Dear Eaglebrook Families,

    We are looking forward to starting our Distance Learning Program on Monday, March 30. Eaglebrook values giving each child an education filled with wonder, new experiences, creativity, and good learning. In light of that, I would like to share with you the outline of our program. 
     
    Schedule 

    The schedule for the Distance Learning Program is here. Your child will have a chance to talk about the schedule with their advisor before March 30.
     
    Students will use Google Classroom in combination with the Zoom platform for distance learning. 

    For students who do not live in the Eastern Standard Timezone, we have made the following accommodations:
    • Teachers will hold office hours in the morning from 8:00 a.m. until 10:15 a.m. Monday through Friday and for one hour in the evening within the 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. window. 
    • Your child’s teacher will let their students know the exact hour for his/her evening office hours during the week of March 30th.
    • Students who can not attend the Live Zoom sessions during the class day will connect with their teachers during office hours. Zoom sessions will be recorded and shared with students so that all students can view lessons regardless of timezone.
    Training Sessions for Zoom
     
    The Curriculum Office will be holding three Zoom training tutorials for students this week. If your child is interested in attending, please sign up here.
    • Thursday, March 26 at 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time
    • Thursday, March 26 at 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time
    • Friday, March 27 at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time
    These sessions will allow students to get familiar with the platform. We encourage students who are available during these times to participate. 
     
    To log on, students should go to their Form Google Classroom and click on the link that says ‘Join Zoom Now’.
     
    Grading 
    • All classes will be graded on a Pass/Fail basis for the spring midterm. 
    • Teachers will grade individual assignments and assessments and provide feedback to students. 
    • The overall midterm grade will not use traditional letter grades due to the unique circumstances of this distance learning period. 
    • Teachers will continue to utilize commendations to recognize students for noteworthy aspects of their performance.
    Guidelines

    Help your child establish and maintain a consistent schedule.
    • This should include regular time for academics, exercise, social outlets, and sleep.
    • While classes and office hours will occur at the same time every weekday, students will benefit from having a dedicated time to complete coursework outside of the class periods.
    • It is important for developing adolescents to engage in physical activity on a daily basis and to maintain consistent wake-up times and bedtimes.
    • The Athletic Department will be sharing tips with each student for staying active. Students should look for an invitation to a Google Classroom from the Athletic Office.
    • Maintaining person-to-person connections is important to the health and development of adolescents and students should be encouraged to interact with peers via videoconferencing apps or phone calls.
    • Please set clear expectations for your student’s daily schedule and help him manage the routine consistently.
    Help your child create an effective study environment.
    • To increase productivity, it will be helpful to identify a specific space that will be used for schoolwork.
    • A quiet space with limited distractions and a strong internet connection is the ideal. Good lighting, an appropriate background, and a place to sit and work will promote good learning.
    • If you have issues with internet connectivity, please reach out to your child's advisor.
    Discuss positive digital citizenship and the importance of making thoughtful decisions about online behavior.
    • During this time of distance learning, it is more important than ever that we respect one another in an online setting.
    • Talk with your student about the importance of consent, and not taking screenshots without permission.
    • Talk with your children about cyber-bullying and being kind online. This situation is new to all of us and we need to make sure that we are creating safe spaces for all children to learn.
    • Eaglebrook's Acceptable Use Policy will still be in effect during Distance Learning. 
    Engage your student in conversation about schoolwork but allow him to work independently.
    • Asking your child about the work he is doing can help you monitor his progress and keep him accountable and engaged.
    • At times your child may struggle with certain material. This is part of learning. Please allow him to work through challenges independently, as intervening too early can limit his opportunities to learn the material and to gain confidence.
    • If you notice your child becoming discouraged or distressed, please reach out to the advisor and your child's teacher.
    Maintain consistent communication with your student’s advisor.
    • The School and the family must work together in a supportive manner to put students in the best position to succeed. Communicating openly and clearly is critical to those efforts.
    • All advisors will make a point to contact parents and guardians on a weekly basis, but please feel free to reach out whenever questions or thoughts arise.
    The School's Counselors are available.
    • It is easy for children to feel stressed during this unusual time. Please be aware of overscheduling your child; allow them to rest, relax, connect with others, and have fun.
    • If you feel like your child is not doing well emotionally, please let their advisor know. The Eaglebrook counselors are able to provide helpful resources for coping through this time of Distance Learning. 
    If you have any questions or need support, please feel free to reach out to me or any of the following offices: 
    Please refer to www.eaglebrook.org/COVID19 for archived communication, resources, and announcements.
     
    We are excited and ready to begin the spring trimester in a few days and embark on our Distance Learning Program with your children. I'm confident that our program will allow each child to develop meaningful connections and gain confidence. You have the support of the entire faculty and me. Please reach out to me with any questions.
     
     
    Sincerely, 
     
     
    Head of School 
     
     
  • March 19: Distance Learning #1

    Dear Eaglebrook Families,

    We hope you are all staying well and healthy. As you know, we will begin our Distance Learning Program on Monday, March 30.
     
    As a school, we have been very focused on this transition, and the faculty will be using the time before distance learning begins on March 30th to continue to work on lessons and schedules to prepare for our new learning mode.  
     
    Our goal is to maintain a sense of community while continuing to engage in learning. Lessons and assignments will be adapted to fit this learning paradigm. 
     
    Advisors will be in touch with their advisees next week (the week of 3/23).
     
    Elements of the Eaglebrook Distance Learning Program:
    • Students will have regularly scheduled meetings with their advisors. 
    • All seven blocks will meet using a modified rotation (not all seven blocks will meet in one day).
    • Teachers will continue to use Google Classroom to post assignments and communicate expectations.
    • Live class sessions will operate using Zoom, an online video conferencing platform.
    • Live class sessions will be recorded and made available to those students who cannot participate because of their time zone.
    • Teachers will hold office hours in the mornings and in the evenings, and we will delineate that schedule as we move forward. Students who cannot attend the live sessions due to their location and time zone will connect with their teachers during office hours.
    • Scheduled times will be Eastern Standard Time.
    • Flexibility and adaptability are appreciated as we redesign lessons to accommodate distance learning.
    We will share with you the exact schedule next week, and we will include guidelines for optimal study environments as well as expectations for engaging in learning digitally.
     
    Next week, your child will be hearing from their advisor and each of their teachers.
     
    If you have any questions or need support, please feel free to reach out to me or any of the following offices: 
    Please feel free to contact me or any of these people above with any questions, or with feedback or ideas.
     
    All Eaglebrook events have been canceled up to Commencement and Reunion, which we are still planning to hold at this time. 
     
    Please visit the COVID-19 page on our new Eaglebrook website, which will contain this information and any updates. A link to that page is www.eaglebrook.org/covid19
     
    Again, we hope you are well. As this program unfolds, we may need to make some modifications to better serve the needs of our community, so we ask in advance for your patience with us. We will send another letter outlining the program more fully on March 26.
     
    Sincerely, 
     
     
    Head of School 
     
  • March 16: I-20 Status Information for International Families

    Dear Families,

    First, we hope you are all safe and well. We understand this virus brings with it lots of questions and uneasiness. We are here to help so please reach out should you need any assistance with your F-1 Status during the next month and a half.
     
    We will need some information for you in order to keep your child's F-1 status up to date during this time.
     
    • The physical address where your F-1 student will be during the period of March 23rd – April 27th for their online classes. The physical address could include a hotel, relatives/friends, a consultant’s home, or rental home. 
    • A telephone number where the school has the ability to reach you throughout their online learning time.
    • Should your child move physical locations at any point in time during the time period above you will need to notify us immediately with the new physical address and phone number.
    VERY IMPORTANT: We need the physical address and telephone number back to us within 2 days.
     
    We have published a form through our website that you will be invited to fill out. To find the form, login to the website and click on the yellow bar on the top of the screen.
     
    Again, we are here to help and answer questions that should come up throughout this process.
     
     
    Thank you,

    Cindy Fox, SEVIS DSO
    Karla Doherty, SEVIS PDSO
  • March 12: Spring Term Update

    Dear Eaglebrook Families,

    Over the last few days, we have made several decisions in response to COVID-19, and I am writing to update you all. The governor of Massachusetts has declared a State of Emergency, as the number of COVID-19 cases in Massachusetts continues to rise. In addition, according to the World Health Organization, COVID-19 is now characterized as a pandemic. The developing circumstances of COVID-19 require changes to our usual routine. We have made the following decisions to minimize the risk for all members of our community. 
     
    Spring Academic Program
     
    In order to support public health efforts and contain the spread of COVID-19, we will implement the following: 
    • Our current plan is to open campus for students on Monday, April 27 and resume on-campus classes on Tuesday, April 28. 
    • Remote learning for all students will begin on Monday, March 30. 
    All healthy and asymptomatic faculty and staff members will receive on-site training beginning on Monday, March 23. Remote learning options will include online teaching using Google Classroom and videoconferencing tools such as Zoom. We are aware that access to the internet may vary among households. We are committed to providing support and resources to any student who needs help accessing our program. If your child did not bring his Chromebook home with him, please contact the Curriculum Office. Please expect an email from the Curriculum Office regarding online learning after March 18. 
     
    Spring Travel & Events
     
    We have decided to suspend all School domestic and international business travel until further notice, which includes various off-campus Eaglebrook events. In addition, we have decided to cancel all school-related events and activities. These include:
    • TEDxEaglebrookSchool on Saturday, April 18
    • Grandparents' Day on Friday, May 1
    • Global Day on Wednesday, May 6
    • We are still hoping to host the Secondary School Fair on Thursday, May 7 and all end of year activities, but we will keep you updated if this changes.  
    Moving Forward
     
     
    We will be in touch with parents of international students whose children hold an I-20 about updating their status. We look forward to resuming our on-campus academic program and extracurricular activities in athletics and arts when students return on Monday, April 27. We will continue to have discussions as a Crisis Management Team and with our peer schools regarding athletic competition schedules and will share that information as soon as possible.
     

    We will continue to monitor the latest information on COVID-19, and we will certainly be in touch if new information causes us to modify our current plans. Our thoughts continue to be with everyone around the world affected by COVID-19. We are incredibly grateful for your understanding, patience, and support during this difficult time. 

     
    Sincerely, 
     
     
    Head of School

     

  • March 10: COVID-19 Update

    Dear Eaglebrook Families,

    With the impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) expanding across the world, we are writing with an update regarding our planning. This is an uncertain time no matter where you are in the world, and we hope that the guidance that follows will help your child prepare for a healthy return to campus. 
     
    Here at Eaglebrook, we are monitoring local and international developments closely, including those from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), as well as the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Currently, there are no reports of COVID-19 cases on the Eaglebrook campus or in the town of Deerfield. In addition, our Crisis Management Team is in daily discussions about how to maintain the health, safety, and well-being of our students and our entire community.
     
    We certainly recognize that this is a fluid situation. Much has changed since we first wrote to you over a month ago, and we cannot predict what will happen by the time we hope to resume classes on March 24th. Instead, we are developing plans for a variety of scenarios. We will send you more updates in the coming weeks. 
     
    Our Crisis Management Team will continue to monitor the evolving situation and we will update you when we know more. However, our current approach is as follows: 
    • If your child has traveled or will travel to a Level 3 or Level 2 country as identified by the CDC, we will require a 14-day home health monitoring and social distancing in the United States before returning to campus. Please note that families and guardians will need to take responsibility for any extended quarantines that prevent a child's return to campus. 
    • While it is our hope that we will be able to resume classes on March 24th, consideration of many currently unknown variables has led us to prepare for a variety of scenarios, including approaches that would allow for remote learning. Our Chromebook program and Google Classroom software would still allow for covering critical material and engage students through distance learning in the event of a short- or long-term disruption. 
    • If your child is sick or gets sick during the remainder of break, and has a fever and upper respiratory symptoms such as a cough, please contact the Health Center before they return. 
    In addition, we are taking the following measures on campus to make sure our environment is as healthy as possible:
    • Increased frequency of cleaning shared spaces, which includes bathrooms, dormitory common rooms, classrooms, and the dining hall. 
    • Hand sanitizer stations are located in each building on campus.
    • Continue to work with our kitchen staff to make sure food continues to be shared safely.
    • Educate the school community about healthy habits.
    • Continue to monitor global and domestic cases of COVID-19 exposure and related health issues that could affect the return of individuals to campus.
    • Prepare for the possibility of accommodating teachers and students who will need to teach and learn remotely.  
    • Conduct admissions interviews via Skype.
    • Limited campus visitors. 
    We will continue to closely monitor the outbreak and send you relevant updates over the break. We also encourage you to direct any health-related questions to Brenda Wozniakewicz, Director of Health Services. In addition, please feel free to contact either one of us with any questions.   
     
    As you know, our primary concern is the health and well being of the Eaglebrook community. We hope you are enjoying time with your children. 
     
    Sincerely, 
     
    Head of School
     
    School Physician
  • February 7: March Break

    Dear Parents, 

    Last night we celebrated Lunar New Year with a spectacular dinner and lion dance. It was a wonderful night and we were so happy to share this special tradition with the students and faculty.
     
    We care about the health and wellness of the Eaglebrook community. In light of the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), which the World Health Organization has declared a global public health emergency and which has resulted in travel restrictions across the world, we are thinking ahead to our March break.
     
    With the break quickly approaching, we have made a decision that the School will host any current Eaglebrook students from China for the duration of the break (February 27-March 23) who does not have an alternative place to go in the U.S. If you are a domestic family who might like to host a student who cannot travel home, please let us know.
     
    We have had cases of influenza and bad colds on campus this season, so we are practicing good habits to avoid sickness in general. These include:
    • Staying home if you are sick.
    • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick.
    • Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
    • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
    • Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces.
     
    We have taken the following measures on campus to make sure our environment is as clean and healthy as possible:
    • Our housekeeping department has increased the frequency of cleaning our shared spaces, which include bathrooms, dormitory common rooms, classrooms, and the dining hall.
    • Hand sanitizer stations are available throughout campus, including in the dormitories.
    • We are working with our kitchen staff to make sure food continues to be shared safely. 
    The information we have about the virus is changing, but we are monitoring all communications from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, the Centers for Disease Control, and the World Health Organization. A group of School administrators meets regularly to discuss the situation, and we will continue to communicate information as this situation develops.
     
    Thank you for your understanding and support during this time. Please know that our recommendation that children from China stay in the U.S. is because the health and wellness of the Eaglebrook community is our first concern. Our thoughts are with those directly affected by the outbreak of this virus and with those who are dealing with travel restrictions. We are, of course, happy to discuss any questions or concerns you have.
     
    Thank you,
     
    Head of School
     
    School Physician
     

Frequently Asked Questions

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  • What is the daily and weekly schedule?

    Click here to find the daily and weekly distance learning schedule.
  • What is the plan for morning assemblies?

    Assemblies will still occur daily, only they will be pre-recorded and posted each morning at 10:30 a.m. To view the morning assembly, log into the website, and click on the button marked "Sixth Form Assemblies (video)." 

  • What will students need to participate in distance learning?

    Students will need access to their Chromebook or another laptop and a reliable Internet connection. If your family is unable to accommodate a distance learning environment, please contact the Curriculum Office.
  • What about courses that are very hard to replicate remotely?

    Courses that have a significant hands-on or in-person element (e.g. Woodshop, Ceramics, instrumental ensembles, etc..) will receive special attention. Teachers will provide alternative assignments related to the subject matter during the period of distance learning.
  • What if my child is currently in a different time zone?

    Live class sessions will be recorded and made available to those students who cannot participate because of their time zone.

    Teachers will hold office hours in the mornings and in the evenings, and we will delineate that schedule as we move forward. Students who cannot attend the live sessions due to their location and time zone will connect with their teachers during office hours.
  • Will all seven blocks (classes) meet?

    All seven blocks will meet using a modified rotation (not all seven blocks will meet in one day).
  • Can I return to campus to collect my child's personal belongings?

    Students and parents are not permitted to return to campus at this time. If there are specific items that you need, please direct your requests to Phillip Snow, Director of Security, and the Eaglebrook Security email. The items will be located by faculty and/or security and brought to the security office. Families should contact security (413-772-9026) upon their arrival to campus and will park at Doubleday. Security will bring their items to them. 
     
  • What about school events, including athletics, and travel?

    All Eaglebrook events have been canceled up to Commencement and Reunion, which we are still planning to hold at this time. 

    We look forward to resuming extracurricular activities when school reopens on April 27. All games and matches with peer schools have been canceled through May 1. 
  • What are the requirements for students to return to campus on May 11?

    Individuals who meet any of the following criteria should contact the Health Center before returning to campus:
    • Do not feel well or have a fever and/or respiratory symptoms. 
    • Have traveled to an area designated by the CDC with a level 2 or 3 advisory within the last 14 days. 
    • Have been in contact with a person being tested for or diagnosed with COVID-19. 
     
     
  • What if my child is unable to return to School on May 11?

    Distance learning will be provided through the end of the trimester for students who cannot return to campus.
  • Are Eaglebrook's summer programs still happening?

    At this point in time, our summer program offerings will still happen. These include; Summer Semester, Tennis Camp, Squash Camp, Soccer Camp, and Global Leadership Program. 
  • What sources of information is the school monitoring as this situation unfolds?

    We continue to monitor a number of valuable resources for information and guidance about the outbreak including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), and various state resources including the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. 
  • Does Eaglebrook have any confirmed cases of COVID-19?

    There are not any confirmed cases of COVID-19 on the Eaglebrook campus.
  • What will happen when a member of the Eaglebrook community or family member has been exposed or is suspected of having COVID-19?

    If a student, faculty or staff member associated with Eaglebrook has been positively identified with COVID-19, we will coordinate with the local and state health boards regarding school closure recommendations and families will be notified. 
  • What is COVID-19?

    Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses which may cause illness in animals or humans.  In humans, several coronaviruses are known to cause respiratory infections ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). The most recently discovered coronavirus causes coronavirus disease COVID-19. This new infectious disease was unknown before the outbreak began in December 2019and has the potential to cause severe respiratory illness in some people.

    Content source: World Health Organization
  • What are common symptoms?

    Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death.

    Content source: World Health Organization 
  • How is COVID-19 spread?

    The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
    • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
    • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
    These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

  • How can I prevent from getting COVID-19?

    The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. The following recommended everyday preventive actions can help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases:
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
    • Stay home when you are sick.
    • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. 
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
    • See CDC’s Handwashing website for more details.
    These are everyday habits that can help prevent the spread of several viruses. 

  • Who should I contact if I have other questions?

    • Academics and distance learning related questions should be directed to Nick Leyden, Director of Studies, Ginny Morsman, Director of Curriculum, or Christa Lakey, Director of Technology Integration & Innovation.
    • Student Life and Travel related questions should be directed to Richard Fox, Assistant Head; Dean of Students. 
    • School Life and Scheduling related questions should be directed to Shappy LaPointe, Assistant Head; Dean of School Life. 
    • Health Services related questions should be directed to Brenda Wozniakewicz, Director of Health Services.
    • Technology related questions should be directed to Bill McGuirk, Director of Technology. 
    • Questions related to Athletics should be directed to Luke Williams, Director of Athletics.  
    • Admissions related questions should be directed to Christopher Loftus, Director of Admissions. 

Health Services Contacts

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Athletic Resources

Students should join the Fitness Google Classroom using the join code: 5tmbtxx. There will be daily workout assignments generated along with warm-up and cool-down exercises that students can use every day.

Admissions COVID-19 FAQs

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Calendar Updates

  • Cancelled: All athletic games & practices through May 11 
  • Cancelled: Sixth Form Field Trip (April 13) 
  • Cancelled: Eaglebrook Boston Gathering (April 14) 
  • Cancelled: TEDxEaglebrook (April 18)
  • Cancelled: Grandparents' Day (May 1) 
  • Cancelled: Global Day (May 6) 
  • Cancelled: Secondary School Fair (May 7) 
  • Cancelled: Eaglebrook NYC Gathering (May 7) 
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