(Last updated October 9th)
We are excited to offer a pilot boarding program in STAC 2. 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 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 year ahead of us, we are prepared to modify expectations as needed. We greatly appreciate your flexibility throughout this process!
The daily boarding schedule and dining information can be found in the Student Life section.
Study Hours: On all weeknights, campus will be a quiet study environment from 7:00-9:00 p.m. All students will be accounted for in their own house at the start of study hall and need to remain in their own house for the remainder of the night. Students do not have access to any campus building outside of their own house after 7:00 p.m.
Room Checks: We are looking to help students maintain a general level of cleanliness in their rooms for their own well-being. Room checks will be less formal than our pre-COVID-19 “room inspections.”
House Visitation and Sleepovers: Due to COVID-19, the only people allowed in a student house are the residents of that house. There may be no visitors at any time inside the house, including family members. No student may have parietals or sleepovers at any time.
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.
Late Nights and Lights Out: It is imperative that health comes first and foremost, and Concord Academy strives to help students learn healthy sleep habits. Therefore, no late nights will be granted. All students are expected to turn off their lights at 10:00 p.m. during the week and at 11:00 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.
Passes and Sign-Out: In order to uphold our community-wide safety measures and maintain the integrity of our testing procedures, boarding students will not be allowed beyond extended campus until Thanksgiving break, unless for an approved doctor’s appointment. This measure will help reduce risk across our community. Boarding parents are allowed to visit their child outdoors on campus or in Concord.
Off-Campus Events: Off-campus social activities or group gatherings are not allowed during COVID-19. There are many offerings virtually or on-campus, through school-wide campus activities or organic programming by your House Faculty. Boarding students may visit extended campus at any time between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m only if strictly adhering to all COVID-19 safety measures. Boarding bikes may be used.
Rooming: Room assignments will be made per semester or each time there is a major transition. When students leave campus for an extended break (Thanksgiving, March break, etc.), they are expected to pack up their room and move out. Since circumstances and family needs change, we will treat the pilot period in October and November differently than we will treat January. If a student is on campus in November, it does not guarantee they will be on campus in January. It’s worth noting that once more boarders return to campus in 2021, we likely will need to place people in doubles, and many students will need to change houses, based on the space and requests.
Room and House Safety (Kitchens): During COVID-19, house kitchens will largely be closed until further notice. While students may not use the ovens at any time, they may use the shared microwave and refrigerator(s).
Mini-Refrigerators: For the 2020–21 academic year, we will allow students to have a mini-fridge of less than three cubic feet (these are not provided by the school). If sharing a room, students should share the mini-fridge, as each room can accommodate only one.
Laundry: Students may use the free washers and dryers on campus located in each house and can use them throughout the day or before lights out. During the boarding pilot in October and November, we will not be using E&R laundry service.
Babysitting: Boarding students may not babysit indoors due to COVID-19.
Vacations: Before leaving campus on school vacations, students must clean their rooms thoroughly, fully pack up all of their belongings and move out completely due to the unpredictability of COVID-19.