(Last updated March 3rd)
We hope to accommodate all who want to board on campus for the last part of the second semester. No student is required to board on campus if they are uncomfortable with conditions or unable to get to Concord, but we are excited to bring back our boarding community to the fullest extent possible, while adhering to all COVID-19 compliance regulations. Safety will always come first.
If we are unable to accommodate the number of students who request a boarding space, we will prioritize students for whom time zone, family or home circumstances, or distance makes it difficult to commute to campus as a day student or to successfully access our remote program.
We know that boarding in the time of COVID-19 is a different experience. That said, the CA that we know and love is still here, even with our safety protocols.
We understand that not everyone can return to campus to board, but we are eager to find ways to connect as a community, whether in person or remotely, throughout this pandemic period. Our approach to residential programming will be student-centered, maximizing safety while leveraging the creativity of our boarding leaders and the house faculty team.
Many boarding guidelines have been adapted to account for the safety requirements necessary for COVID-19. It will take a shared commitment from each and every member of this community to maintain the health and safety of all. It is imperative that safety guidelines are followed strictly and at all times and that we each help remind those around us of our shared standards of safety. With the unpredictable time ahead, we are prepared to modify expectations as needed. We greatly appreciate your flexibility throughout this process!
- Local Guardians: All students must have a local parent or a viable local/U.S.-based guardian/emergency contact who can pick them up within 24 hours via private transportation in the event of symptoms, illness, up to a 14-day quarantine, or temporary campus closure. The guardian must retrieve the student and supervise them for up to 14 days if needed for quarantine. A guardian cannot include siblings or family friends who reside in residential housing (educational institution).
- Study Hours: On all weeknights, campus will be a quiet study environment from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. On Sundays, 9th and 10th graders will have an afternoon study hall in addition to Quiet House on Sunday night.
- Room Checks: Students are expected to maintain a reasonable level of cleanliness in their rooms for their own well-being. Room checks will be less formal than our pre-COVID-19 room inspections, but they will happen each weeknight.
- House Access: Houses will be open during the day, as students will be learning from their rooms if they have a remote class. Students may return to their own houses or rooms for free blocks and/or meals. Students may study in the CA school library or other indicated spots on campus during free time, if they wish.
- House Visitation and Sleepovers: Due to COVID-19, no visitors are allowed at any time inside student houses.
- Room Visitors (within the same house only): Due to COVID-19, students may only visit others in their own house. Students may go into someone else’s room if invited, but they must remain at least 6 feet apart at all times, and everyone must wear masks. When a visitor is in the room, students should keep the door propped open.
- Late Nights and Lights Out: Health comes first and foremost, and Concord Academy strives to help students learn and maintain healthy sleep habits. Therefore, no late nights will be granted. Students are expected to turn off their lights at 10:30 p.m. during the week and 11:30 p.m. on weekends. Students are not allowed to use any electronic devices, including their phones, after lights out, thus families and friends are asked not to contact students (by phone, text message, etc.) after lights out.