Boarding Schools: Ideas and Innovations for Reopening Safely

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Boarding Schools: Ideas and Innovations for Reopening Safely (02 June 2020)
We invited the heads of several boarding schools in the US and abroad to discuss the unique circumstances faced by their schools due to COVID-19 school closures and to share ideas and innovations under consideration in order to safely reopen their campuses.


Brad Bates, Head of School, The Dublin School, Dublin, NH, USA
Independent boarding and day school; Grades 9-12; 163 students | 72% residential

Kathy Giles, Rector, St. Paul's School, Concord, NH, USA
Coeducational, preparatory boarding school; Grades 9-12; 536 students | 100% residential
St. Paul's Response to COVID-19

John Kerney Chief Executive Officer / Executive Director, The Winchendon School, Winchendon, MA, USA
Coeducational, preparatory boarding and day school; 2 campuses, one in MA, one in NY; Grades 9-PG; 333 students | 64% residential (Winchendon campus)
Winchendon's reponse to COVID-19

Pelham Lindfield Roberts, Principal, UWC Changshu China
International boarding school; Grades 10-12; 577 students | 100% residential
Status: Re-opened on May 6th for Pre DP and DP1 students who can reach the campus in China; extended AY to 20th June

Marc Ott, Ed.D., Head of School, Leysin American School, Leysin, Switzerland
International boarding school; Grades 8-12 | 100% residential

Dr. Kate Windsor, Head of School, Miss Porter's School, Farmington, CT, USA
Private college preparatory school for girls; Grades 9-12; 331 students | 68% residential

Dr. Jennifer Zaccara, Head of School, Vermont Academy, Saxtons River, VT, USA
Coed college preparatory boarding and day school; Grades 9-12, plus a postgraduate year; 210 students | 76% residential


Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for educational settings (

COVID-19 (coronavirus) Resources for Schools (NH Dept of Education)

COVID-SAFE CHARTER for boarding schools (Boarding School Association)

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance for Schools (National Association of Independent Schools)

5 actions boarding school leaders should consider when navigating COVID-19 (EAB)

Deerfield Academy COVID-19 Updates and Information

Making the Most of COVID-19 School Closures (Neuropsychology & Education Services for Children & Adolescents/NESCA)

Environmental Health & Engineering, Inc. Resource Library

COVID-19 Memo #18 Youth Camp Guidance (CT Office of Early Education)

Camp Operations Guide Summer 2020 (American Camp Association)

Return to Play: COVID-19 Risk Assessment Tool (Aspen Institute)

Guidance for Opening Up High School Athletics and Activities (National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS)Sports Medicine Advisory Committee (SMAC))

13 Everyday Habits That Could (and Should) Change Forever After Coronavirus (

How The COVID-19 Pandemic Will Change the Way We Live (