Groton School completed fall term with a hybrid model, welcoming all students to campus who could arrive safely and abide by both Groton School and state of Massachusetts protocols—while also providing virtual learning for those who could not or chose not to return. All students will study remotely from December 3–16, and in-person learning is expected to resume in January.
Groton School is partnering with the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, which is providing RT-PCR COVID-19 testing, processing our tests, and guiding our testing protocol. Students, faculty, staff, and campus family members are tested weekly. All community members report their health status each morning via a screening app, which also will be used for contact tracing if necessary. Each night, students' temperatures are taken and recorded in the screening app, along with their evening health status.
Students have access to only their own dorms, and many activities, such as dining, are organized by dorm group to reduce student interaction.
Nightly check-in with faculty on duty will occur one-on-one or in small groups, avoiding handshaking and other physical contact.
To reduce density in dorms as much as possible, day students will not be affiliated with or have access to dormitories. They will nevertheless fully participate in academic, co-curricular, and afternoon programs, and have spaces on campus to store belongings and gather.
Reducing the density of shared spaces helps facilitate successful social distancing. In classrooms, we will maintain at least six feet between students and will limit classes to ten unless spaces allow for adequate distancing with more students.
Traffic patterns have been established to help maintain physical distancing in corridors and other well-trafficked areas.
Dining times are staggered, and students will be assigned to eat in particular groups at designated times. The Dining Hall has been reconfigured to allow for distancing, and grab-and-go options are available to further reduce density.
Additional spaces are designated for gathering, including tents on the Circle, where students can eat or spend time during free periods.
Chapel capacity is limited and services streamed. In the Chapel itself, social distancing will be enforced.
During the two weeks between the Thanksgiving and Christmas breaks, all students will learn remotely, using this schedule. Students will take only five classes per term during the 2020–21 school year. This is a one-year, temporary response to COVID-19 to keep workloads manageable, and graduation requirements will be adjusted accordingly. This less-is-more approach will allow us to pivot more easily to all-virtual learning, should that become necessary.
Long Weekends have been canceled until further notice. Virtual advisor-parent conferences replaced Parents Weekend.
Visitors to campus are strictly limited until further notice. The Admission Office is conducting only virtual tours and interviews, and college representatives are visiting virtually. Any visitors deemed essential will be required to follow safety protocols.
Parents Weekend was replaced with virtual advisor-parent conferences.
Sports will be intramurals until contact with other schools is safe, and outside spectators will not be permitted.