2020-21 School Year
St. Andrew’s plans to return to a full residential community and on-campus program as we begin the 2020-2021 school year. The St. Andrew’s reopening plan depends on the shared creativity, sacrifices, and discipline of all members of the community. Living in a community during a pandemic calls upon all of us to live intentionally, patiently, and generously, and we believe we have already built an ethos and spirit uniquely prepared for a healthy and successful year on campus and any challenges we might face.
Even as we announce our program and intention to return to campus, we must recognize that our plan depends on a number of factors beyond our control. We will follow and honor guidelines and regulations set by Governor John Carney, the Delaware Department of Public Health, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as they collectively study the movement, severity, and transmission rates of COVID-19.
As we learned last year, the pandemic requires us to be flexible, nimble, and intelligent in our response to changing conditions, threats, and regulations. We have designed a plan to gather the community together in September, but we will also be prepared to use other approaches designed to protect, sustain, and strengthen the pursuit of our distinctive mission if we cannot gather on campus. If we determine that the spread and transmission of the virus have reached epidemic rates in our region, we will be ready to move to a complete virtual semester for as long as needed. If we determine that transmission rates warrant a middle step, we would be ready to lower the School’s capacity to the senior class and one other Form at a time.
Whatever the challenge or circumstance, we at St. Andrew’s are dedicated to providing an exemplary educational experience and transformational community for our students.
We will continue add questions, answers, and information to the below sections as we develop and refine our plans for the Opening of School and the 2020-2021 school year. Please bookmark this page and visit often for updates! If you have any questions that aren't answered below, please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- What do students & parents need to do before arriving on campus?
- If my area of the country is experiencing testing delays, should I still plan to have my child be tested 4-5 days before coming to campus?
- Should parents also be tested 4-5 days prior to coming to campus for move-in?
- What if I am registered to take the SAT on August 29, during my 14-day pre-arrival quarantine?
- What if I am planning to attend the March on Washington on August 28, during my 14-day pre-arrival quarantine?
- We live less than 300 miles from campus, but it takes me longer than three hours to drive to campus. Do I need to specify a local quarantine contact for my child?
- What can or should students bring to campus?
- My child's non-school furniture is still on campus. Will I have to take this furniture home with me on move-in day?
- When will students return to campus?
- Can siblings return to campus at the same time if they are in different Forms?
- What happens if I cannot come to SAS on the date my Form is scheduled to arrive?
- Will students be tested upon arrival to campus?
- What are the protocols for Move-In Day?
- What health & safety protocols will be required of students, faculty, and staff on campus?
- What are the disciplinary consequences if a student does not follow health & safety protocols?
- Will health and safety protocols be adjusted or relaxed once all students are back on campus and all initial testing is completed?
- What are the school's cleaning practices?
- Do you have plans to conduct routine testing throughout the school year?
- What happens if a member of the community tests positive while school is in session?
- What other precautions are you taking within the Health Center?
- Will students still be required to go to the Health Center to take over-the-counter medications?
- What health & safety enhancements have you made to the campus physical plant?
- Are you planning any safety alterations to the campus HVAC system?
- How will student laundry work? How will students be able to safely and thoroughly launder masks?
- What quarantine requirements are necessary for students arriving from overseas?
- What happens if I can't get to campus because of visa issues or flight restrictions?
- If I have to study fully online from home, will my visa status be affected?
- What happens if the school closes on short notice after we start the school year?
- What happens if I am exposed to COVID-19 and/or fall ill while I am on campus?
- Will rooms be double or multiple occupancy?
- Who will be in a student's "family unit" while on campus?
- How will students dine on campus?
- Will students be allowed to leave campus while school is in session?
- Will visitors be allowed to come to campus while school is in session?
- Will I be able to drop off food or packages for my child on campus?
- How will large school gatherings (such as Chapel or School Meeting) take place?
- What is the dress code for the fall?
- What will fall athletics look like?
- Will some athletes come back to campus early for preseason?
- Will student groups and clubs meet while school is in session?
- Will there be community service this year?
- The quarantine period for new students sounds like it could be lonely. How do you plan to make sure that new students have a good welcome to the community?
- How will the academic year be structured?
- What will the daily academic schedule look like?
- How will classrooms be arranged in light of physical distancing protocols?
- What happens if I cannot come to campus for some or all of the first semester due to health reasons/restrictions?
- How will standardized (SAT/ACT) testing work this fall?
- Dr. Stephen Eppes, Director of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Christiana Care in Delaware
- Orig3n, Inc., Boston, MA (testing partner)
- LabCorp and Quest Diagnostics (test providers)
- Environmental Health and Engineering, Newton, MA (consulting partnership with 32 other Northeast boarding schools)
- Executive Orders of Governor John Carney
- Delaware Division of Public Health
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention