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 are posted here.
End-of-Year Events: The end of the year is always an important time at Eaglebrook as we say goodbye to the graduating class and look ahead to next year. Although our students are not able to take part in our cherished events on campus this spring, we hope our virtual events will allow students to feel a deserved sense of accomplishment and a warm spirit of camaraderie as the 2019-2020 school year comes to a close. Please visit www.eaglebrook.org/virtualevents for more information and to find the schedule of events.
Retrieving Student Possessions: Eaglebrook faculty will be in contact with each student and their families to schedule a Zoom meeting with either the student’s advisor and/or dorm faculty to identify and document belongings in each dormitory room. We will try our best to locate items from other areas of campus (athletic gear, musical instruments, laundry, packages, etc.) and get them to the dorm rooms prior to the scheduled meeting. Click here to read the full plan.
School Issued Chromebook Return: At the beginning of the school year, each student was issued a Chromebook by Eaglebrook School. These devices have been vitally important for our Distance Learning Program during these turbulent times. As we look towards the end of the year, we wanted to reach out to let you know how to return the Chromebook to the school. Click here to read the full plan.
Spring Trimester Grades: The spring trimester grades will be pass/fail to accommodate the unusual circumstances: distance learning, different time zones, varying internet access, and unique family circumstances. At the end of the school year, teachers will give a year grade based on student performance in all three trimesters. They will highlight students’ spring trimester performance with commendations. Nick Leyden, Director of Studies, will answer your questions about grading.
At Eaglebrook, as we end the school year, we are planning a virtual Commendations Assembly to celebrate our students’ accomplishments. The Distance Learning Program that our faculty developed during the spring term has kept students active and involved. The skills teachers learned while creating online classes will benefit the school’s summer and fall planning.
On May 18, the Governor of Massachusetts unveiled a four-part plan to reopen the Commonwealth. We will use his directives and the recommendations of the school doctor and nursing staff to provide for the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff. As you make your plans, we want you to know that although conditions may change, we continue to expect a September 8 school opening. We will keep you up-to-date on new federal, state, and local regulations that may affect our plans.
This summer we are offering two online programs: Summer Welcome for new students and Summer Connection for current students. In both programs, students can engage with each other and with faculty in a variety of activities and discussions. In June, we will post session schedules and topics, and we welcome your ideas.
Tomorrow - Thursday, May 21 at 7 p.m. - Rachel and I, along with faculty and staff will host Connect with Eaglebrook: "Welcoming New Families and Making Connections." During this session, we will talk about the summer programs and the opening of school. Here is the link to join that session. You can send questions or suggestions to my assistant, Sharon Calvo at email@example.com.
We enjoy these sessions with you and find them helpful in our planning.
To families joining the Eaglebrook community for the first time, we welcome you. To our current families, we thank you for your support and friendship.
We want to share with you the plans that we are making for the opening of school. Foremost in our planning is the health and safety of the Eaglebrook community.
During the weeks and months ahead, we will continue to make available details as federal, state, and town directions evolve.
Although the global health situation is uncertain, preparations for the 2020-2021 school year are underway. Students will select classes and receive dorm and roommate assignments. We are getting ready for a September 8 school opening.
To ensure Eaglebrook’s health and safety, our school doctor, the nursing staff, school counselors, athletic trainers, and security personnel are developing protocols based on the Centers for Disease Control guidelines as well as state and local regulations.
As this unexpected spring semester nears the end, we want to congratulate our students. Along with their teachers, they jumped into their Zoom classrooms and each week gathered together at advisor meetings. Some kept fit with Eaglebrook’s online exercise program. Others learned to cook in their elective. In a math class students solved real-world problems in their breakout rooms.
The Distance Learning Program that we developed in March and continue to expand will help Eaglebrook meet any future challenges. Faculty are refining lesson plans and preparing for a variety of possibilities to ensure the continuity and excellence of their classes if school opening is delayed or the school year interrupted.
During the summer, we will keep you informed about our September 8 opening because plans can become outdated if the situation changes.
We are always here, ready to answer your questions and address your concerns. Your active involvement helps us with our planning and we thank you.
Each spring at Eaglebrook, students pause to take in the beauty: red tulips brightening the pathway leading to my office, fresh-cut grass on the fields inviting play, and a cherry tree gleaming pink on the hillside above the pond. Our silent school seems poised to welcome students.
The teachers - some on campus, some off - are hard at work making plans for the last weeks of school. What they are planning isn’t traditional for the much anticipated special events – Baccalaureate, Academic and Athletic Awards, and Commencement. Instead, their planning is uncharted for a virtual ending to the school year and how best to honor the historic Class of 2020.
Our planning also includes ways to help you retrieve or store student possessions:
We will soon share with you dates and times for the virtual ending to the school year when we will celebrate the successes of all our students in the Distance Learning Program and the graduation of the Class of 2020.
At present, we are engaged in organizing our Distance Learning summer programs, and we are discussing how to keep students connected during the summer months as well as safe and practical ways to open the school in September.
Tomorrow night, Rachel and I along with some of the teachers hope to see you at Connect with Eaglebrook,
"An End to the Year, a Look to the Future"
when we will tell you more about school plans. We always enjoy these informal sessions.
While it seems that nothing looks the same as it did before, working with students - your children - reminds us that the touchstones of our lives at school endure. Children are eager to connect with one another and with faculty, with their work, and with teams. In our virtual Eaglebrook in their classes, they are finding ways to be creative, and in meetings with their advisors, they are showing how much they care for each other. And they continue to learn.
Some are examining the life cycle of a salamander who starts its journey in a vernal pool. Some are exploring the human will to survive as they read Nathaniel Philbrick's In the Heart of the Sea. Some are discovering history in the lyrics of a Civil War song. All are learning valuable life skills: staying active and fit, keeping a routine, being kind, connecting with the people who are important in their lives, and developing resilience and independence in changed surroundings.
Although the Eaglebrook community is virtual, families are talking with faculty and advisors and learning how best to support their children's learning and growth while managing the complexities of their own lives. This partnership between school and family has always been the foundation of our community. Our Connect with Eaglebrook sessions offer families the opportunity to learn more about the Distance Learning Program. Another session will be next week, and we welcome your suggestions.
As the end to the school year draws near, we are planning a virtual graduation, discussing ways for parents to retrieve student possessions, considering how to keep students connected during the summer, and examining the complexities of opening school in the fall. We will continue to share our plans with you.
We enjoy our talks with you and are always available. I hope you realize how important your children– and all aspects of their lives - are to us.
As we arrive at the midpoint of the spring term, Rachel and I are delighted with the engagement of Eaglebrook’s students in their advisor meetings and classes. We realize they are missing their days on campus full of connections with one another, and we know that we speak for the faculty when we say how much all of us miss a campus filled with their energy and enthusiasm for classes, friends, and sports. Their interactions with faculty in our Distance Learning Program is helping us develop an age-appropriate online curriculum.
Mid-Term Schedule Change
On Monday, April 27, classes will shift to an hour earlier start time. On Friday, April 24, advisors will review the new schedule in a meeting with their advisees. See the revised schedule.
Spring Trimester Grades
The third trimester grades will be pass/fail to accommodate the unusual circumstances: distance learning, different time zones, varying internet access, and unique family circumstances.
At the end of the school year, teachers will give a year grade based on student performance in all three trimesters. They will highlight students’ spring trimester performance with commendations. Nick Leyden, Director of Studies, will answer your questions about grading.
Connect with Eaglebrook
Tomorrow, April 23 at 7:00 p.m., Connect with Eaglebrook, Building Routines and Managing Expectations will take place. To attend, click the Zoom link for your son’s Form.
Now that we are in the third week of our Distance Learning Program, teachers continue to refine their lesson plans and students are responding with attentive participation.
Although everyone misses live, face-to-face classes, teachers and students appreciate the opportunities that Distance Learning offers for staying connected and for teaching and learning.
What are your thoughts about Distance Learning at Eaglebrook? What are your children saying? Is there an issue that we can address? Since this is a new way to present Eaglebrook’s curriculum, we welcome ideas for improvement and enjoy hearing of our successes. At mid-term we will evaluate all that we are doing and make changes if they seem necessary. We look forward to seeing you at the Connect with Eaglebrook sessions.
Share with your child's advisor any ideas and observations.
Rachel and I have been thinking about Eaglebrook graduates – both recent and more distant – and are sending out to you our best wishes for your health and safety.
Because of health and safety concerns, and after discussing plans for the end of the school year with the school administrators, some trustees, and the President of the Board, we decided that graduation will be virtual this year and an on-campus event will be rescheduled at a later date to continue the Eaglebrook tradition. The Alumni Office will be in touch with our milestone classes about plans for virtual celebrations.
Next year’s Alumni Weekend will honor the -0 and -5 classes along with classes -1 and -6. We are counting on better times and hoping that many of you will return to Eaglebrook to reminisce with friends and teachers.
In the meantime, take to heart the advice we give our students. Get plenty of sleep and exercise, and be close with family and friends.
Rachel and I want you to know we are thinking of you, your children, and the lives you are now living. If there are ways that we can help you, please reach out to us. We want to help in any way that we can.
Your child’s advisor is always ready to talk with you and keep you informed regarding the School’s plans. Teachers are feeling comfortable in their Zoom classrooms and, along with their students, are enjoying reconnecting as faces pop up on their screen.
Because of health and safety concerns, and after discussing plans for the end of the school year with the school administrators as well as the President and members of the Board of Trustees, we have decided to continue our Distance Learning Program through the end of the academic year rather than resuming on-campus studies. The Class of 2020 will participate in a virtual Commencement on May 29, 2020, and we plan to hold a traditional on-campus Commencement with families and friends at a future date.
After May 4, Wes Smith will be in contact with you about retrieving student possessions, and Bill McGuirk will be in contact with you about returning Chromebooks to Eaglebrook.
During these unsettling times, rest, sleep, and exercise are important for all of us. We want to keep each of our students connected with the School and with their friends because physical separation does not need to be social isolation.
We have listed relevant faculty and staff contact information below for your convenience. Please remember that all of us at Eaglebrook are ready to help you.
We have been overwhelmed by the support that our faculty, staff, families, and alumni have shown one another and the School. Our hearts go out to those who have experienced illness, and we hope that all of you remain safe and healthy during the pandemic.
When Eaglebrook first faced this challenge, families, friends, and alumni, both nearby and abroad, offered advice and support for ways to handle the crisis. We are writing now to share some of the changes we have made in response. At School, we adjusted normal routines to preserve the well-being of our community, and the level of our response grew along with the crisis.
On March 20, we closed our campus and canceled all spring events. After securing the campus, we began to make plans for how best to teach our students and support the faculty and community. We worked to provide an Eaglebrook education for our students wherever they might be in the world.
As a result of that planning, on Monday, March 30, we launched distance learning for students after a week of School-wide curriculum planning and technology training for teachers who were checking in with students and their families.
The tradition of Morning Assemblies continued, and now in virtual assemblies, the Sixth Formers are beginning to share their stories with the School. You can watch the Opening Assembly for the spring term and the Science Commendations Assembly.
The School Counselors created a Counselors’ Corner Classroom on our website to offer support for students.
Because physical activity has always been important to Eaglebrook students, the school posted daily workouts to keep students active while away from campus.
Because community is central to Eaglebrook, during this time of crisis, the School will retain all employees, from the faculty who are now engaged in distance teaching, to the hourly employees who might be in financial difficulty if Eaglebrook were to lay them off.
Eaglebrook’s family and friends from around the world donated masks and other medical supplies to support Eaglebrook and the larger community. After ensuring sufficient supplies for Eaglebrook's needs, we offered 10,000 masks to local hospitals and emergency facilities in western Massachusetts.
We are pleased with how our first week of distance learning has progressed. We will continue to update you on our Distance Learning Program and how we are providing for our students. You can also find the latest news on Eaglebrook's response at
www.eaglebrook.org. We look forward to our campus once again being filled with students and middle school energy, but until that time, we are enjoying the challenge of developing new ways to help our students learn.
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.
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.
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’.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
After much consideration of the short-term implications for student learning this spring and the long-term implications for secondary school and college applications, we believe a pass/fail system is best for our community as a whole.
Our goal for students this spring is for them to remain connected to the school community and engaged with their academic pursuits. We believe the pass/fail system can encourage students to engage in constructive and meaningful ways without creating undue stress or achievement pressures in these times of uncertainty and potential complications.
We also want to be sensitive to issues of equity. While school is in session on campus, we can provide reasonably equitable resources and support structures for all students. Currently, however, students are in widely disparate situations due to unique family circumstances, different time zones, and varying degrees of internet access, amongst other factors. The pass/fail system better accounts for such differences.
Teachers and advisors will aim to provide meaningful feedback to students throughout the spring. Rich and comprehensive observations of each student’s performance will also be shared through end-of-term comments. Additionally, teachers will use commendations to distinguish students for effort, achievement, improvement, or other noteworthy aspects of their performance this spring.
We still plan to utilize traditional letter grades for the full year, representing a student’s performance across all three trimesters.
Please contact Nick Leyden, Director of Studies, with questions related to grading.
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.
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)."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Letters about Literature - write a letter to the author (living or dead) of their favorite book, poem, or short story and describe how that book moved or changed them.
Ocean Awareness Program - a contest that raises awareness about the climate crisis and potential solutions, uplifts youth voices for ocean conservation and inspires hope and action through art, creative media, and storytelling.
"Write. Right. Rite." Series with Jason Reynolds - Reynolds will share a prompt that encourages young people to work toward a specific idea. The activities are fun-filled and some are more challenging than others, but Reynolds always makes sure to include brainstorming “get-you-going” questions.
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.
Please leave a message with your name, number, and a short message regarding your call. Someone will get back to you as soon as possible after receiving your message. Our office may not be staffed during regular hours due to the current global health crisis but your message will reach our staff working from home.
Once a student is accepted and enrolled, Eaglebrook will supply the needed paperwork to begin the process of obtaining the I-20 Student Visa. At this point, we do not expect any changes in our process.
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