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Reopening Choate - Safe and Sounder

Informed by the School’s mission and the guiding principles to create the most Choate-like experience possible—academically, residentially, and professionally—our reopening plan is built upon the understanding that the safety and well-being of our community is of utmost importance. Science, technology, education, and partnership are the cornerstones of our plan. Here you will find important aspects of the plan that will allow us to resume living and learning together.


Safe and Sounder

 

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Instructions how to update alert-levels:

Use the "hide" class on any of the panels below to hide/unhide. When in Compose mode, a red, dashed outline will indicate whether it's hidden on the front end. Instructions:

  1. Click the gear icon of the appropriate Content Element
  2. Expand the Design panel
  3. In the Custom Class field, add or remove the class of "hide"

For reference, each panel has one of the following classes on them:

  • Blue:  bg-primary
  • Yellow/Gold:  bg-secondary
  • Orange:  bg-warning
  • Red:  bg-alert

Current COVID-19 Alert Level on Campus:

Blue: New Normal


Learn about Alert Levels

Current COVID-19 Alert Level on Campus:

Yellow: Lower Risk


Learn about Alert Levels

Current COVID-19 Alert Level on Campus:

Orange: Moderate Risk


Learn about Alert Levels

Current COVID-19 Alert Level on Campus:

Red: Highest Risk


Learn about Alert Levels


COVID-19 Testing Data

Choate COVID-19 Alert Levels

Despite all the safety protocols Choate has in place, we are not likely to completely eliminate the spread of the virus causing COVID-19 on our campus. Also, due to the high level of testing we are committed to perform to prevent transmission of the virus and the low prevalence of disease in Connecticut, we are likely to have false positive test results.

We are monitoring, in partnership with the Wallingford and Connecticut Departments of Health, a variety of indicators to determine what restrictions need to be in place on campus to keep our community Safe + Sounder depending on the level of risk for infection in our community and all the communities our students, faculty, and staff are coming from.

Indicators used to determine alert levels include:

  • Number of cases of COVID-19 on campus
  • Pratt Health Center capacity
  • Local hospital capacity
  • Community spread of SARS-CoV-2 throughout Connecticut as defined in cases per 100,000 and positivity rate.
  • Resource availability for PPE and testing

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

To students, parents, and guardians – Do not make plans for travel to and from campus for proposed vacations and breaks that cannot be changed. The school calendar is subject to change based on prevalent conditions.

 

COVID-19 Communications

 

Campus Arrival

All boarding students must plan to arrive on campus during their designated arrival window on the assigned day. Day students will come to campus when in-person classes resume.

  • September 30 - 6th Form and PGs
  • October 1 - 5th Form
  • October 2 - 4th Form
  • October 3 - 3rd Form

 

Choate Contacts

Questions about enrollment?
Contact Jeffrey Beaton, Director of Admission 
jbeaton@choate.edu 

Questions about financial aid?
Contact Matt McDonald, Director of Financial Aid 
mmcdonald@choate.edu

Questions about health care?
Contact Miriam Cohen, Medical Director
mcohen@choate.edu

Questions about your international student?
Contact Libby Peard, Director of International Students 
lpeard@choate.edu

Questions about learning remotely for the year?
Contact Mike Velez, Dean of Students 
mvelez@choate.edu