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Fall 2020 Planning
Our plan is to be open and on campus, fully aware and responsive to the health and safety of our community. We will regularly update this page with information about our planning for the 2020-21 Academic Year.
- July 1: Parent Meetings & Registration Arrival Days
- June 22: Fall Planning & Calendar Update
- May 14: Beginning to Plan for Fall 2020
Dear Cardigan families,
Thank you for your patience while our team works toward a comprehensive plan for the 2020-21 Academic Year, a plan that will strive to balance our commitment to health and safety with our determination to build the best possible program in line with Cardigan’s mission and goals. We continue to track updated guidance from both state and federal agencies, as well as work with a number of educational industry resources to ensure that our planning is consistent with the best available information.
We have formed planning groups comprised of members of our health team, administration, and our board of trustees to move our planning forward and refine details in a number of important areas, including 1) guidance for summer preparation for families, 2) program definition (academic, athletic, residential), 3) opening week calendar and program, and 4) campus health and safety measures. Cardigan will share the extensive work these groups are doing through a series of parent Zoom meetings we will host throughout the month of July. Each Zoom meeting will take place on a Wednesday evening at 7:00 p.m. (EDT):
- Wednesday, July 15 at 7:00 p.m (EDT): Summer Toolkit for Families. Cardigan Director of Health Services Karen Gray and Medical Director Dr. Benjamin Gardner will present Cardigan’s “Toolkit” to help prepare your family for your son’s 2020-21 year on campus.
- Wednesday, July 22 at 7:00 p.m. (EDT): Campus Arrival and Registration. Director of Student Life Nick Nowak, Dean of Students Danielle Fedele, PEAKS Department Chair Jarrod Caprow, and other administrators will lead a discussion about the procedure for arriving on campus this fall.
- Wednesday, July 29 at 7:00 p.m. (EDT): Program Overview. Assistant Head of School and Dean of Faculty Josh LeRoy and a panel of program directors and administrators will lead a discussion how Cardigan is facing the challenge of balancing the health and safety of our community with our overall program goals for academics, athletics, and residential life.
We will distribute the agenda, materials, and invitation link for each parent Zoom meeting on the Monday prior to each meeting. We are also planning Zoom meetings for our International families and will share those dates and times soon.
In the meantime, we are able to provide additional details about registration so that you can begin to make travel arrangements and plan for your son’s arrival on campus. We will be inviting students to registration in the following groups:
- Monday, August 24: All 9th graders
- Tuesday, August 25: 8th grade group 1
- Wednesday, August 26: 8th grade group 2
- Thursday, August 27: All 6th & 7th graders
*Parents of 8th graders, your son's group and arrival day is contained in the corresponding email that was sent this evening.
We will schedule specific times on each arrival day to allow for maximum social distancing and efficiency and will communicate these times shortly.
In preparation for a safe and smooth registration process, we ask for our families’ cooperation with the following requirements and recommendations:
- We ask all families to please self-quarantine for 14 days prior to arriving on campus. Should you or your student experience symptoms consistent with COVID-19 infection, we ask that you delay your arrival on campus.
- We recommend that all students arrive with at least one parent, but no more than two adults accompanying them. All visitors to campus will be required to wear a face mask at all times and maintain social distance from non-family members. Special accommodations will be made for those traveling alone to school.
- Families should first plan to arrive at Mascoma Community Health Center (18 Roberts Road, Canaan, just at the bottom of the hill from Cardigan) before arriving on campus. While at the Mascoma Community Health Center, we will screen each student and administer a “PCR” test for COVID-19 before his arrival on campus.
- We will discuss arrival procedures in more detail at the July 22 parent Zoom meeting.
As always, thank you for your understanding and patience. We look forward to providing more detailed information in the weeks ahead, and we are excited that The Point will be buzzing with the excitement of middle school boys, even if it is a bit different this fall. In the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Christopher D. Day P’12,’13
Head of School
Dear Cardigan families,
I hope this note finds you well and enjoying the delightful summer weather. Life on The Point is a little noisy this summer as we near completion on several exciting and strategic projects that started well before the pandemic began. Wallach, our new home for Innovative Design, Applied Engineering, and Creative Arts, will be completed by late July/early August. The Bronfman Science Center renovations will be completed by the middle of August, as will the refurbishment of Brewster Dormitory. Work is also well underway on the new Academic Quad, a whole new area tying together the Cardigan Commons to Bronfman, Stoddard, Wallach, and the Chapel. There will certainly be a lot of changes to notice when students arrive on campus later this summer.
I wanted to take this opportunity to update all of you as we look to open school for the 2020-2021 Academic Year. First of all, our plan is to be on campus and open, fully aware and responsive to the health and safety of our community. As we look to the fall we know that:
(1) New and changing information around safety and health will require flexibility as we evolve our planning and procedures. While staying true to our mission and program goals, there will be some necessary modifications to how we operate on campus and how we welcome families to The Point.
(2) We will likely need to modify our on-campus programming in support of health and safety needs, and in response to outside requirements and expectations. Cardigan administrators, faculty, and staff have been working closely together to define a plan that balances safety, wellness, and program goals. In this work we have been informed and guided by state and national associations, as well as our own local resources at Cardigan and in Canaan, NH. What we know is that we will all feel the change and it will require us to communicate clearly, embrace flexibility, and approach our work as a team, including our families, faculty, and staff. We also know that our plans will be subject to modifications if and as we get new information during the summer and throughout next year.
In terms of the schedule and calendar, we looked to balance a number of different considerations, including meeting state requirements for instructional days, minimizing risk by limiting travel, and building in flexibility to deal with potential unforeseen challenges. The main features of the calendar for 2020-2021 follow:
August 24 – August 31. Registration: Students will arrive in 3-4 groups over several days. Testing will occur onsite at Mascoma Community Health Center before students come on campus, and students will be quarantined by groups to await the results of testing before we come together as a larger community.
August 31 – November 14. First term: There will be two additional return-to-campus dates defined during this time to allow late-arriving (international) students to join our on-campus program. We will support students awaiting visas or navigating travel challenges by providing a distance learning opportunity until they are able to arrive on campus.
November 15 – January 3. Break/Distance Learning: During this long break we may include a period of distance learning (possibly during the usual time students would be on campus in early December). Adding a distance learning component during this time can also help with flexibility in the schedule later on in the year. We’re also working to explore potential options during the November - January break with several of our winter sports teams. This will be driven first and foremost by what is possible from a health and safety perspective for our student athletes and faculty coaches.
January 4 – March 5. Second term: Like the first term, we are not planning off-campus breaks during this term, but we will seek to build in alternative programming and on-campus breaks to support students and faculty.
March 6 – March 28. Break.
March 29 – May 30. Third term: Cardigan’s 75th Commencement, celebrating the class of 2021, will be held on Sunday, May 30, 2021.
How we group students for placement in dormitories will be critical to our planning for registration and for all aspects of our program, including academics, athletics/activities, and dining. These groupings will determine how we return to school for the fall and after breaks, but also will determine how we respond to any positive tests for COVID-19 during the school year. In line with several other boarding schools, and with the recommendation of our medical staff, we will break students into groups by grade in support of student and faculty health and safety. While this will require creativity and focus in meeting our goals for community and culture, we need to do all we can to mitigate risk by limiting the lines of contact in the highest risk areas of school life. We will reach out shortly with further details. In the meantime, we have created a Fall 2020 web page. This letter and all general updates will be posted and archived there for your convenience.
I can’t tell you how excited we all are to have your (our!) boys back on campus next fall. Doubtless we will encounter challenges and will need to all be nimble, but the Cardigan Way—the way to transformative growth for our boys—has never been an easy ride. There is a lot of work still to be done, and we’ll keep you up to date all along the way in the form of thematic Zoom sessions scheduled for parents over the summer, as well as outreach such as this. As always, if you ever have any questions please don’t hesitate to reach out to the appropriate administrator or your son’s advisor (who will be reaching out soon).
Best wishes for a fantastic and restful summer!
Christopher D. Day P’12,’13
Head of School
Dear Cardigan families,
Almost six weeks have passed since we made the transition to distance learning, marking a radical departure from our normal routine and expectations. As a community, we have adapted, transforming and sacrificing many long-held hopes and valued traditions, but finding new challenges, successes, and ways to connect. Thank you for your patience, your feedback, and your incredible efforts.
The end of the current school year is rapidly approaching, and I wanted to update you as we move forward with our plans and planning for the coming fall.
Let me begin by saying that Cardigan will be open. We will continue to embrace our mission as a school. And we will find the right balance between protecting the health and safety of our community and providing a program that prepares our boys for “responsible and meaningful lives in a global society.”
While we expect on-campus operations to resume in the fall, we are actively preparing for a number of possibilities:
1. On Campus with Social Distancing. This model requires us to define how we return to campus safely, how we adjust our program (academically, residentially, and athletically) to evolving circumstances and outside guidance, and how we deal with the inherent risks of a pre- vaccine world.
2. Bi-Modal Learning to On Campus Learning. This model would allow for a parallel on-campus and off-campus program until all of our students are able to safely return to Cardigan.
3. Distance Learning. In this model, we will build on our experience and work this past spring, looking for ways to enhance the student and parent experience. Our focus will continue to be on maximizing face-to-face interactions, creatively leveraging online classroom tools and methodologies, integrating non-academic experiences and skills- development, and providing support for all types of learners.
In all of these scenarios, we will consider student and faculty wellness, how we build and maintain community, and the long-term success of your child on his own educational journey.
A leadership task force made up of board members, administrators, faculty, and staff has been formed to construct a COVID-19 Response Plan, covering the various scenarios listed above. The task force is split into several overlapping groups, each looking at different aspects of the upcoming challenge: School Life (health and safety, calendar, residential life, and athletics), Academic and Intellectual Life (curriculum, schedule, and assessment), Admissions & Marketing (enrollment and family support), Finance (budget and financial aid), Risk Management (risk mitigation and compliance), and Development (stewardship and fundraising).
Our work begins with a shared commitment to the health and safety of our community and our belief in our mission and program; it will be guided by input from scientific, medical, governmental, and industry resources; and it will be characterized by flexibility and creativity.
We welcome your input and ideas, and pledge that we will continue to update you as our work progresses and as the situation continues to evolve. We are in this together, and we appreciate your support and belief in Cardigan, our community, and all we stand for. Please reach out with questions or concerns.
Christopher D. Day P’12,’13
Head of School
- Will students need to go through a quarantine procedure before arriving on campus for testing?
- What sources of information is the school monitoring as this situation unfolds?
- Does Cardigan have any confirmed cases of COVID-19?
- What are common symptoms of COVID-19? (from CDC.gov)
- What are the best preventative measures I can take for COVID-19 and the flu? (from CDC.gov)
We ask parents to use good judgement during the two weeks prior to traveling to Cardigan and to consider self-quarantine in order to optimize the health and safety of their student and best assure a negative test upon arrival on campus. In July, Cardigan will be providing a back-to-school "tool kit" that will include additional information for parents about preparing their student for their return to Cardigan.
We continue to monitor a number of important resources for information and guidance about the outbreak including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), and state resources including the New Hampshire Department of Health & Human Services and the New Hampshire Department of Education.
- Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Avoid touching eyes, mouth, and nose with unwashed hands.
- Do not share personal items such as water bottles.
- Avoid close contact with individuals who are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze.
- Clean and disinfect surfaces.
- Stay home when you are sick and remain home for at least 24 hours after you no longer have a fever, without fever-reducing medications.