(Last updated December 15th)
We hope to accommodate all who want to board on campus for part or all of the second semester, as space permits. 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 7:00-9:00 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 day. Students may return to their own houses or rooms for free blocks and/or meals.
- House Visitation and Sleepovers: Due to COVID-19, there are no visitors at any time inside student houses, including family members or students not living in that house.
- 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: 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. All students are expected to turn off their lights before 10:30 p.m. during the week and by 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.
- 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 to sign out beyond extended campus, unless for an approved doctor’s appointment or family emergency. This measure will help reduce risk across our community. Parents of boarding students are allowed to visit their children outdoors on campus or within Concord.
- Off-Campus Events: Non-CA sponsored 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 house faculty. Boarding students may visit extended campus during approved times between 7:00 a.m. and 9:30 p.m. only if strictly adhering to all COVID-19 safety measures. Boarding bikes may be signed out and used during daylight hours.
- Rooming: We currently plan to place students in singles and doubles. Room and house assignments may be adjusted any time there is a break. If we anticipate a boarding change following an extended break, we may ask students to pack up and move out of their room fully. In this event, those traveling will be able to store belongings on campus during the break.
- House Kitchens: During COVID-19, house kitchens will likely be closed until further notice. While students may not use the ovens, they may use the shared microwave and refrigerator(s). We will continue to work with health professionals to assess safe use possibilities.
- Mini-refrigerators: For the 2020–21 academic year, we will allow students to have a mini-fridge of less than three cubic feet in their room (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 located in each house and can use them throughout the day and before lights out.
- Babysitting: Boarding students may not babysit indoors.
- Vacations: Before leaving campus on school vacations, we may ask students to pack up and move out of their room fully. In this event, those traveling will be able to store belongings in the SHAC during the break.