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Return to School

Berwick Academy is actively planning for a return to on-campus learning for students this fall.
Find resources and our Return to School Plan below.

Current Level of Alert

Updated on Wednesday, November 11, 2020


Dear Berwick Families, 

I feel a deep sense of gratitude when I think about how incredible it is that we have been able to be together on campus for the past eleven weeks. While our safety protocols, cleaning procedures, and the immense efforts of our faculty and staff are critical contributors to this success, so too is the partnership with our families. You have kept your children home when sick, taken them for testing when needed, and have had open lines of communication and transparency with the School. The success of this fall trimester has been a community effort. 

I am writing to you today to announce changes to our return from Thanksgiving Break schedule and to share with you our Winter Campus Plan, which includes logistical changes to accommodate the colder weather. 

Thanksgiving Break

Out of an abundance of caution, we have decided that the week following Thanksgiving Break (11/30 - 12/4) will be a fully remote learning week. We are currently planning a full return to campus for in-person learning on December 7. As the numbers of cases in Maine and the surrounding states rapidly increase, and with the anticipated increase in travel and gatherings during the holiday, we are focused on a reentry that keeps our community as safe as possible. That week will allow community members who need to be tested the time and space to do so. Division Directors will communicate more specific information in regards to the schedule for that week. A link to Berwick’s Remote Learning Guide can be found under Berwick Resources to the right.

  • If your family is traveling to a non-exempt state: You are required to either quarantine for two weeks after your return home or receive a negative COVID test taken after you return. We recommend that you have this test done four or five days after your return to increase testing accuracy. 

  • If you are welcoming out of town visitors and guests to your home or attending large indoor gatherings: We strongly recommend that you have your student tested before returning to campus on Monday, December 7. 

Winter Campus Plan
 
You can find the updated version of our Winter Campus Plan to the left. While most of our protocols remain the same, I want to draw your attention to two changes.

  • Morning Arrival: As the tents go away for the winter months, health check-ins will be at the door of each division. To avoid students waiting outside in the cold, we are asking that students not arrive on campus prior to 8 a.m. If you arrive before this time, please wait with your student in your car. 
  • Lunch: Middle and Upper School lunches will be delivered to each division, and students will eat by advisory group. 
 
Zoom for Current Families

I will be hosting a Zoom call tomorrow evening for all current families, Thursday, November 12, at 5 p.m. to answer any questions you may have. This session will be recorded and posted in myBerwick. Please check your email for Zoom information.

Managing our community's safety remains my top priority, and we are closely monitoring guidance from the States of Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts. While we are hopeful that case counts will begin to decline in the near future, we know that we need to be ready to pivot and make any changes that will keep our community safe. 

I remain in gratitude to all of you for your continued support. 

Sincerely, 
Jim Hamilton
Head of School

Berwick Academy

Berwick Academy, situated on an 80-acre campus just over one hour north of Boston, serves 600 students, Pre-Kindergarten through grade 12, from Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine. Deeply committed to its mission of promoting virtue and useful knowledge, Berwick Academy empowers students to be creative and bold. Berwick strives to graduate alumni who shape their own learning, take risks, ask thoughtful questions, and come to understand and celebrate their authentic selves. Founded in 1791 and rooted in a tradition of college preparation, our culture of innovation prepares students for a complex and dynamic world.