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.
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Current COVID-19 Alert Level on Campus:
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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
Blue - New Normal
What does it mean?
- There are no cases on campus
- Cases are rare and transmission is controlled throughout Connecticut (<1:100,000 and positivity rate <1%)
- A vaccine or adequate treatment for COVID-19 is available
What to expect:
- Practice everyday precautions
- All learning is in-person
- Dining combined into one facility in Hill House
- Athletics and arts programs operate normally
- Visitation and travel on and off campus return to normal
Yellow - Lower Risk
What does it mean?
- There are no cases on campus and...
- Prevalence of infection in Connecticut remains low but with the potential for increased transmission (<5:100,000 and positivity rate <3%)
What to expect:
Practice everyday precautions: physical distancing, masks required, hand hygiene
Combination of in-person and online learning
Dining in designated locations at scheduled times
Family units may opt-in for mask free time and loosened physical distancing requirements in identified locations
Weekly testing of faculty, staff, and students
Athletics and arts programs adjusted for safety
No visitation to campus and all travel must be approved
Limited size of gatherings
Orange - Moderate Risk
What does it mean?
- COVID-19 has been diagnosed on campus and/or...
- Incidence of COVID-19 is rising in Connecticut and indicators show risk of infection is increasing (>5:100,000 and positivity rate <5%)
What to expect:
- Practice everyday precautions: physical distancing, masks required, hand hygiene
- Combination of in-person and online learning
- Mask free time and loosened physical distancing requirements limited to in one’s own dorm room
- Dining in designated locations at scheduled times
- Weekly testing of faculty, staff, and students; may be increased for certain populations
- Athletics and arts programs adjusted and limited for safety
- No visitation to campus and all travel must be approved
- Limited size of gatherings
Red - Highest Risk
What does it mean?
- Significant increase in COVID-19 on campus with concern for reaching health center capacity to care for students and/or...
- Significant rate of infection in Connecticut (>10:100,000 and/or positivity rate >5%) causing increased risk to the Choate community and concern for adequate supply of health center personnel, testing, and personal protective equipment
What to expect
- Practice everyday precautions: physical distancing, masks required, hand hygiene
- All online learning
- Campus will be shut down; day students remain at home
- Campus use is restricted to essential operations
- Dining delivered to dorms
- On-Campus Quarantine
- Arts, Athletics, and Activities
- Emergency Contact and Evacuation Plan
- Prevention and Mitigation
- Treatment and Containment
- Academics, Schedules, and Textbooks
- Campus and Residential Life
- College Counseling
- Academics and Technology
- Enrollment and Tuition
- Travel to Campus and International Students
- Day Students
- New Student iPads
- Do students need to quarantine before arriving at Choate in the fall?
- Will students, faculty, and staff need to be tested for COVID-19 before school begins?
- Will there be subsequent, routine testing?
- How will the School mitigate the risks associated with families bringing students to campus on drop-off day?
- Will Choate adapt plans for the opening of school as new information becomes available throughout the summer?
- Where do I find the specific Connecticut metrics being used to measure safety for reopening?
- How can my student receive their health insurance card if I’ve registered through the school program?
- Will flu shots be offered on campus?
In order to potentially shorten the on-campus quarantine, we are asking all students to start their quarantine at home beginning on September 23. There will still be a quarantine period performed on campus for boarding students and simultaneously at home for day students. The length of this period is currently 14 days but this may shortened based on testing results.
Boarding students will be tested for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, approximately 5 days prior to coming to Choate and must bring documentation of a negative result upon arrival at school. International students should be tested in their home country before travel whenever possible. All domestic boarding students and international students residing in the U.S. will be sent a test kit from Choate to complete before travel. All boarding students will be re-tested at Registration.
Day students will be tested at Registration and will be given a mail-in test kit to be completed 5 days prior to the start of in-person learning in the fall.
Any student with a positive or indeterminate test result will remain home for 10 days prior to coming to campus. Any student who is unable to obtain testing before coming to school will be tested immediately upon arrival with a rapid screening test. Any student who tests positive for SARS-CoV-2 at that time will be required to isolate off-campus for 10 days in the care of a parent, guardian, or other caretaker before returning to campus.
All faculty and student-facing staff will also be tested weekly for SARS-CoV-2 beginning 2 weeks prior to the arrival of students on campus in the fall.
All boarding students will be retested upon arrival to campus and again 5 days after arrival. All students, faculty, and student-facing staff will be tested weekly. This weekly surveillance testing will be adjusted according to the prevalence of the virus at Choate, in the Wallingford community, and in the state of Connecticut. Rapid testing will be available in the Health Center throughout the year.
All faculty, staff, and students on campus will be required to complete simple symptom and wellness checks online each day to help screen for possible illness.
Whenever possible, only one adult should bring a student to campus for drop off. All individuals coming to campus must wear a mask. Upon arrival, students and any accompanying adult will be screened for symptoms and COVID-19 risk before beginning registration. Parents or guardians will be asked to drop students off and depart campus promptly. Only students will be allowed to enter campus buildings. Ample support will be provided to help students move into their rooms and acclimate to the new school environment, and while parents will remain an important part of their student’s support network, we need to limit the number of people who move around our campus in order to promote a safe and healthy environment for all students and other campus residents.
The official Connecitcut data can be found on the Connecticut COVID portal https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus/COVID-19-Data-Tracker
The metrics are much easier to see and follow on the following website https://covidactnow.org/us/ct
All boarding students will arrive according to the updated 2020-2021 academic calendar. All boarding students will quarantine on-campus with limited contact outside one’s family unit for 14 days. During this time the community will enjoy meals and outdoor activities in small groups, and classes will be held online. Boarding students may exercise outside, near the dorms, or go for a run/walk as an individual on the cross-country trails. Masks must be worn for these activities. Day students will participate in the quarantine from home. We are hopeful that with diligent pre-arrival quarantine and robust testing this period of time will be shortened.
- How will the arts be impacted?
- What about fall athletics?
- Will the winter and spring interscholastic athletics be considered?
- Will there be a preseason for athletics?
- Will students be able to leave campus to go and participate in their club sport or outside youth sport organization practices, games and tournaments or other extracurricular activities once they arrive on campus?
- What will the arts look like this year at Choate? How about the Arts Concentration?
- What will the dance program look like?
- What will the music program look like?
- How will theater classes and performances work this year?
- How will visual arts be different?
- What about clubs and organizations?
- Is there a winter interscholastic season that has interscholastic games?
- What about instrumental ensembles?
- Will interscholastic athletics and intramural activities start remotely for students before they arrive on campus?
- Currently, when will fall in-person athletics and intramurals start and end on athletic fields?
- When will the winter sports season begin on campus?
- What is the schedule for fall 2020 afternoon athletics?
- What will athletics look like this fall during the first two weeks of workouts?
- Are the winter and spring workouts mandatory for students?
- Will locker rooms be available for use?
- Do you have new intramural offerings?
- Will intramural classes be available to complete during the daytime hours?
- Since there are no interscholastic games this fall, is there still an athletic requirement?
- Can students use the indoor WJAC facility at any time this fall?
- Where will the trainers and equipment room staff be located in the fall?
- How will athletic equipment and clothing be cleaned?
On July 15, 2020 The Founders League released the following statement: “In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and after many discussions prioritizing community health, safety and well-being, the Founders League has unanimously, and with great regret, decided to cancel Founders League interscholastic competition for the 2020 Fall season.”
In lieu of interscholastic competition this fall Choate will provide a full athletic program on campus including practices, physical training (e.g. Peak Performance), and offerings centered on sports psychology, leadership, and nutrition, as well as more traditional intramural athletic opportunities, since athletics are an important aspect of overall health and wellness in our community.
No. Given that interscholastic athletic competition has been canceled for Fall 2020, the School will not host preseason training sessions. All students should plan to arrive on campus for the start of school according to the Updated 2020-2021 Travel Calendar.
Once we have returned to campus, day and boarding students planning to learn on campus in the fall will not be permitted to participate in club sporting events, private lessons, or other extracurricular activities off campus. For the health and safety of the campus community, it will be imperative that students limit their close contacts beyond the school community or household/family unit contacts as much as possible. Requests to leave campus or one’s household/family unit must be reviewed and approved by the Dean of Students' office.
While it is our intention to offer rich and meaningful experiences in the arts for all students, whether through courses, ensembles, productions, etc., obviously the way we go about this will be different from pre-pandemic days.
The Arts Con community will have the opportunity to work together on collaborative projects, virtually, via video and in person when possible. The arts faculty are committed to ensuring that students will continue to be mentored and guided in their artistic development regardless of the venue (online or in person). If you have specific questions, feel free to reach out to Director of the Arts, Kalya Yannatos at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Beyond academic day dance classes, dance classes and rehearsals will be offered within the afternoon athletic block, starting online September 14. Once students return to campus, classes will start in-person with specific safety protocols in place (masks, physical distancing, studio cleaning). Additionally, we will ensure dancers do not overexert themselves, as to minimize sweat and heavy breathing. Studio use will be limited to 15 students at a time so safe distances can be maintained. We are hoping to provide a larger satellite studio space for classes or rehearsals that extend beyond that cap. Dance clubs will adhere to the same expectations. The dance faculty while remaining vigilant to safety protocols, will facilitate creative opportunities for student growth.
Performance opportunities will occur outdoors in person, via site specific works; on camera, via choreography intended for video and zoom; and when possible and safe, in person on stage. We plan to produce a version of our annual Student Choreographers Showcase and a spring Dance Concert. It remains a goal to be able to virtually share with the local elementary school and with the extended Choate community online.
Music ensembles are affected by both safety limitations for large gatherings, as well as by the specific safety challenges inherent in singing, and playing wind and brass instruments. Therefore, ensemble “rehearsals” will begin online, with creatively crafted opportunities for student growth and collaboration. We will follow a cautious phased reentry toward in-person ensemble interaction, beginning with physically distant and masked string ensembles, eventually working toward incorporating more instruments once it is deemed scientifically safe to do so.
What does this mean regarding performance opportunities for Choate’s talented musicians? We will host virtual recitals for soloists, share video of virtual collaborations, share small ensemble performances safely outdoors when weather permits, and obviously, look forward to the day when we can safely make and share music live and in person together again!
Online music lessons will continue to be offered through our Music Lesson Program. If you have specific questions, please contact Carol Jones at email@example.com.
Practice rooms will be scheduled for lessons and practice time, with safety protocols specific to each instrument and student use. If you play a wind or brass instrument, we encourage the use of bell covers which we have seen available here and here. If you are a singer, the extra protection of this singers mask is also encouraged.
Music clubs and student groups will be expected to follow the same safety protocols specifically outlined for each instrument and space.
Theater courses, rehearsals, and performances will occur, albeit in creative ways. When in-person, the same safety protocols will be followed for masking and distancing. As theater is not a stationary activity, additional mindfulness about maintaining appropriate physical distance will need to be taken into account. The fall production was written this summer by faculty Kate Doak and a group of students. The performance will be shared virtually, with the potential for an appropriately distanced audience to view it on a large screen in the PMAC. Plans are underway for winter and spring productions as well, with the spring production likely occurring outside. Traditions such as the Choate Fringe Festival, Student Directed Scenes and One Person plays will be just as spirited and inspiring as ever despite a shift to an online format.
Please note that the instrumental ensemble courses are placeholders until auditions are complete and rosters are finalized; depending on individual student constraints, students may be asked to choose one ensemble (if they have been accepted into more than one). Once ensembles are determined, scheduled blocks may shift to optimize the time bands.
Fall Interscholastic Sport Times
Tuesdays: 3:45-5:30 p.m.
Wednesdays: 3:00-4:30 p.m.
Thursdays: 3:45-5:30 p.m.
Fridays: 3:45-5:30 p.m.
Saturdays: 9:00-10:45 a.m.
Optional Winter or Spring Interscholastic Sport Times
Mondays: 3:45-5:30 p.m.
Wednesdays: 5:00-6:30 p.m.
Fifth and sixth formers may not be present in athletic workouts due to standardized testing on the following dates: October 17, October 24, and/or November 7.
Although there will be some intramural classes taught during our athletics time in the afternoon, to provide the greatest flexibility to our students, we are offering intramural classes earlier in the day. We will have earlier classes available when possible depending on student schedules. This will help us enhance our ability to maintain appropriate safety measures.
The equipment room will disinfect and clean all team equipment with approved chemicals daily after each practice is completed.
Athletic Team Balls
The equipment room will provide each team with an approved chemical to disinfect and clean the team balls during practice. At the end of each practice the equipment staff will clean all team balls with the same chemical prior to the next days practice.
All athletes who sign out athletic clothing with the equipment room will be provided the following: 2 shirts, 2 shorts, 2 socks, and a laundry loop.
Since locker rooms are not in use it is important that all athletic clothing is returned to the equipment room bins on the laundry loop the same day it was used.
All fields will be provided with a hand sanitizing station for use during practice
Daily laundry services will be available for students' athletic clothing
Locker rooms will not be available
- What if I don’t have an emergency contact?
- Where do I find the Emergency Contact and Evacuation Plan form?
Before the start of school, all families are required to provide an emergency contact and evacuation plan for their child. Information should be provided under Update Information on the Student Information tab on the Parents Portal. If you need assistance, please contact Michael Velez, Dean of Students.
- How will students learn about the health and safety protocols and what’s expected of them on campus during the pandemic?
- How will students be expected to modify their behavior on campus to help promote a healthy campus and minimize risk of infection to themselves and others?
- Will these protocols be in place all year?
- How will Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) be handled on campus?
- Will students be supplied with masks?
- Will students be able to clean their masks on campus? How will masks be cleaned?
- What is the difference between quarantine and isolation?
- If the Health Center determines that a student must be quarantined after arrival on campus, where will the student quarantine?
- How will families be notified if a student needs to be quarantined?
- What are the criteria to determine if the school needs to close?
Prior to and throughout the school year, all students will receive important education and training about illness prevention, new routines and protocols on campus, and the imperative for all of us to help protect each other by taking steps to prevent disease transmission. Medical staff, faculty members, and peer leaders will all be involved in this important training. A Canvas course has been created and shared with all students. It is mandatory to watch the video components prior to coming to campus. One page information sheets will also be available for review through Canvas.
In accordance with public health guidelines about preventing transmission of the virus causing COVID-19, students will be expected to follow three basic principles, or "The 3 W's": Wear Your Mask, Wash Yours Hands, and Watch Your Distance. All students will also be expected to limit any travel off campus or outside their family contacts, and any off-campus travel will require permission from the Dean of Students. This includes day student travel beyond their household contacts. Day students once on campus will be expected to stay on campus for the entirety of the day. Boarding students will not be able to make trips to local stores such as Walmart.
As we repopulate campus, we will need to begin with stricter health protocols to minimize the presence of the virus on campus and possible transmission. Dr. Miriam Cohen, our Medical Director, will monitor conditions both at Choate and in the local area closely and will relax the initial restrictions if and when circumstances make it safe to do so.
The metric that would close school again are the metrics that place us in the “Red Zone” of the risk stratification.
School Conditions: More than 2 generations of SARS-CoV-2 spread on campus; Pratt Health Center infirmary close to capacity with isolating/sick students; Inability to staff health center; Inability to adequately test for SARS-CoV-2 or obtain proper PPE.
Community Conditions: CT/County from which day students, faculty or staff travel/Wallingford daily cases >10/100,000 over 7 day average or positivity rate >5% Yale New Haven Hospital close to capacity.
- What is the protocol if a student on campus tests positive?
- What happens if a student needs to be hospitalized?
Any student who tests positive will be isolated on campus—in a location separate from students with routine health care needs—until they can be safely transported home or to a caregiver off campus. It is imperative, therefore, that all students complete the “Evacuation Plan” form in the Student Information section of the Parents Portal. Contact tracing will be performed to identify any close contacts requiring quarantine. A parent or guardian can take the student to a local hotel to complete the isolation period.
Any student requiring hospitalization will be transported to Yale-New Haven Hospital or other area hospitals for further care. A faculty or staff member will stay with the student until a parent, guardian, or appointed caregiver arrives. Again, it is essential that students designate their caregiver in the “Evacuation Plan” form located in the Student Information section of the Parents Portal.
- I ordered books (or plan to) through the Choate Store, how will I get them?
- What is the process for textbook ordering, checkout, and pickup/delivery?
- When will fall term class schedules be available to students?
- What is the daily schedule for 2020-2021?
- Where can I find my schedule?
- How do I change my courses?
- What if I have questions about placement?
- How were the different time bands scheduled?
- Will courses be graded, or P/D/F this year?
Boarding students can have their books shipped domestically via FedEx. When ordering, the address to which books should be sent should be entered into the “Shipping address” field and the students name should be used.
Also, please remember to use the student’s Choate email address for the orders so the digital copies of books go to the student’s email, NOT a parents email.
If shipping hard copy texts is impractical, PDF versions can be made. The texts will be held for you on campus and the pdf will be made available through the Andrew Mellon Library. If you would like to access your hard-copy texts in this way, please email Ms. Kerry Kuhn with your order number and she will make the necessary arrangements.
Fall term schedules will be available as of noon on Monday, August 31. Students and parents can access schedules through the portal under Student Information.
When students received their schedule on Monday, August 31, they should recognize that changes may still be made. The Deans’ Office and the Registrar’s Office are working together to resolve imbalances, late placement issues, etc. Hence, if you are ordering texts that are teacher dependent, there is a chance that you may have to return them and get different ones. If you are ordering from the Choate Store, such returns can easily be made, assuming the text is undamaged and unmarked. If you have a course change and you wish to return or exchange a text, you must email the Choate Store before 4:00 PM EDT on Friday, September 18. The books must be shipped back to the Choate Store Attn: Kerry Kuhn, via FedEX or UPS Ground, and dropped off at the shipper location within 24 hours of your email to the store. Packaged with the book should be your name, your class year, the order number, and your home shipping address. Ms. Kuhn will process your return and send you an email when it is completed.
If you wish to make changes to your courses, please email the Registrar's Office at firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible. As a reminder, new students are not eligible to take six courses in the fall term.
Students will receive traditional letter grades (A-F) in their courses this year. However, any student may, with the approval of the Director of Studies, take one or more courses on a pass/D/fail basis. A student taking a course pass/D/fail assumes all the normal responsibilities of a class (attendance, assignments, testing) but receives a grade of either pass (P), D, or fail (F). Students should approach the form dean as needed to discuss the P/D/F option, and parents/guardians will be consulted as part of the approval process.
- Will dorm rooms have single or double occupancy?
- What are family units?
- How will students dine on campus?
- How will classrooms be organized?
- How will physical distancing be enforced in shared spaces (dorms, classrooms, etc.)?
- What facilities will be open to students if campus opens in the fall?
- What cleaning protocols will be in place?
- What about trips home or off campus?
- Will visitors be allowed on campus?
- If my student’s belongings are still on campus, can the school still send possessions back home or can we come to Choate to pick them up?
- What are the new move-in dates for students returning to campus for in-person learning this fall?
- Will boarding students have access to laundry facilities on campus?
- Will boarding students have access to laundry facilities on campus?
Houses will be arranged into smaller “family units” by floor, wing, or suite. Students in a family unit will be permitted to have close contact (less than six feet, without a mask) with one another while in their area of the house. Students in a family unit will also share a bathroom with appropriate distancing. This small group approach to residential life will reduce campus contacts while supporting community building.
We are planning to deliver meals in multiple locations on campus to provide nutritious meal service while minimizing density in dining areas and allowing for appropriate physical distancing. During quarantine, students will likely eat in their family units in the dormitory. After that, students will be assigned to one of the meal locations on campus. As conditions allow, this plan will be revisited throughout the year.
Dining services will also be delivering a snack to the dorms each evening so that students have something substantial to eat after dinner.
Classrooms will be set up to allow for adequate physical distancing between students, and between the students and teacher. Virtual student technology has been installed in each classroom to allow the best possible experience and to maximize engagement for students in the classroom, as well as those students learning from a distance.
Dorms are being divided into family units. Within these units, physical distancing will not be required, giving students a home-like environment in which to relax. An educational program will be undertaken to acquire “buy-in” from the students about necessary health protocols. Maintaining physical distancing and mask use is a social responsibility to keep each other and our Choate community safe. Faculty will be expected to model these behaviors themselves and modify student behaviors if they are not complying. Other common spaces have been evaluated and reconfigured as needed for appropriate use (e.g. lowering density) in alignment with health and safety guidelines.
A variety of shared spaces will be open to students on campus, with appropriate density and physical distancing expectations in place. For example, students will be able to use portions of St. John Hall, the library, and the Worthington Johnson Athletic Center, but new protocols will be in place to ensure health and safety and time for enhanced cleaning.
The fall academic calendar will not include Parents Weekend or a long weekend break during which students may leave campus. Any boarding student who needs to leave campus during the fall term must request permission through the Dean of Students Office, which will be assessed for both necessity and risk. This policy will be reassessed on a regular basis, taking into account the prevalence of COVID-19 at Choate, in our surrounding communities, and in the student’s destination. If boarding students return home, they will need to quarantine for 14 days prior to return to campus and have a negative test for the virus that causes COVID-19 upon return to campus.
Boarding students will not have access to facilities outside of residence halls during quarantine. However, all boardings students will have laundry service provided by E&R Laundry for washing of clothes, towels, linens and masks. Boarding students have been automatically enrolled in the “Look Sharp” plan, details of which can be found here.
- What standardized tests will be offered at Choate in the 2020-21 academic year?
- What will the college counseling process look like for fifth formers?
- Who will take the PSAT this year?
- May students take standardized tests off-campus when school is in session?
- May underformers sit for the SAT, Subject Tests, and/or ACT at Choate this fall?
- Will there be any SAT/ACT prep classes offered through Choate this fall?
- I am taking a standardized test on campus this fall. Where should I report for the exam?
The Testing Schedule can be found under the College Counseling section of the Parents Portal.
Choate is a closed site for the SAT/Subject Tests. In other words, registration for the SAT/Subject Tests at Choate is only open for Choate students. To find Choate when you register online, enter the Test Center Number: 07620. The fall test dates are October 3 and November 7.
Choate is also a closed site for the ACT. Like the SAT/Subject Tests, registration for the ACT at Choate is only available for Choate students. To find Choate when you register online, enter the Test Center Number: 163670. The fall test date is October 24.
Students are required to wear masks before, during, and after the exams. Adult proctors will also be masked. Appropriate social distance will be maintained for administration of standardized tests.
The PSAT will be offered to fifth form students in-person on Saturday, October 17. Choate will register all on-campus fifth formers for this exam; students do not need to register themselves. On-campus students will be asked to complete a survey indicating whether they intend to take the exam. Those who do will be charged $22 for the PSAT. While students are encouraged to take the PSAT, it is not required. To comply with social distancing guidelines, we are unable to offer the PSAT to fourth form students this fall.
College Board is aware that Covid has interrupted in-person learning for many students this fall. We are exploring the possibility of offering the PSAT/NMSQT in January 2021 to fifth formers who were unable to take the October exam. The National Merit Scholarship Corporation has announced an “alternate entry” this year. While complete details are not yet available, they have indicated that students may be able to qualify for the scholarship competition on the basis of an SAT score. This will enable students who could not take a PSAT to have the opportunity to be considered for the scholarship. More information is expected in late October.
A PSAT administered in fourth form is solely for practice; it is not the qualifying exam for the National Merit Scholarship Program.
No. Students who are not remote learners should plan to take standardized tests at Choate this year. This rule applies to both boarders and day students. Choate is a closed testing site, which reduces the risk of students exposing themselves and others to the virus and keeps our community safe. Families may petition the form dean if there are exceptional circumstances. Students can take the SAT/Subject Tests at Choate in October and November, and the ACT at Choate in September and October.
College Board and ACT registration is open to students in all forms. However, due to the many test cancellations this spring and summer, there has been a scarcity of testing opportunities (and testing seats) for the Class of 2021. We ask underformers to delay their testing until December (at home) or late winter/spring (at Choate) so that sixth formers will be able to complete their testing (if necessary) in time for application deadlines this fall and winter.
Yes. Summit Education Group will offer SAT and ACT prep classes for Choate students via Zoom. The fall classes, which begin on September 20, will prepare students for the December exams. For the class schedules, cost, and registration information, please see the SAT and ACT information forms, also posted to the portals. Summit offers financial aid for qualifying students at Choate. Please note that Summit has extended the registration deadlines to September 17 and has adjusted the price of the courses to $500.
- How will the daily schedule work?
- Will the daily schedule change during planned or unplanned periods of remote learning?
- Will all classes be synchronous?
- Would the school consider extending the school year into summer of 2021 to make up for missed days if closures occur during the school year?
- How do I purchase textbooks for my fall classes?
We are in the process of modifying the academic daily schedule for both on-campus and remote learning. Each class will meet three times a week for about an hour, very similar to our traditional daily schedule. Though many classes will happen during our traditional academic day between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., others will take place during evening hours, and each block will “rotate” much less throughout the day. All class times will be feasible for learners in Wallingford (and others in the same time zone), and enough blocks will be optimized for each time zone so that learners around the world can have their classes scheduled primarily or exclusively during reasonable waking hours. For example, some classes will happen in the evening, Wallingford time, and those might work especially well for students in east Asia and Hawaii.
- When is my contract binding? When is tuition due?
- Will there be a refund for students who cannot get to campus?
- What if my child wants to be a remote learner for the whole year?
- My family has been impacted financially by COVID-19. Is tuition assistance available?
- Will students be allowed to defer or take a gap year?
- Will I receive a refund since Choate delayed its residential opening by a few weeks?
Boarding students who wish to remain online for the whole year may petition the Dean of Students to convert to day status for the year. If the petition is granted, the student will be changed to day student status and charged the day tuition. Once the petition is granted, the student must remain online for the 2020-21 year and may not return to campus for in-person instruction. The deadline to request this status change is September 8, the first day of classes.
As stated in Dr. Curtis’ message to families on August 20, given the change from our originally announced plan, all students will receive a fall term tuition credit, which will be applied at the end of the academic term. Given an October reopening, boarding students will receive a tuition credit of $1550, and day students a credit of $325 (prorated by any financial aid award). Tuition credits will be applied to each student's bill; there is no need for parents or guardians to take any action to receive this credit.
- What if I can’t get my visa or there are travel restrictions that prevent me from getting to campus?
- Do students need to quarantine before arriving at Choate in the fall?
- How will students travel from the airport to campus with physical distancing recommendations in place? Will airport shuttles be provided?
- How do I know when my child should arrive on campus?
- Will Choate be offering international students a school-provided health insurance policy for the 2020-21 school year?
- Will students who opt for distance learning from home countries during fall term remain in active SEVIS status?
Students who are unable to return to campus for the beginning of the academic year will be welcome to start classes as remote learners and make plans to return to campus whenever they are able. Families should not make any travel plans that can’t be changed or canceled; please consider purchasing travel insurance.
No. Guided by the current Connecticut requirements for travel into the state, we are asking all students to limit close contact with non-family members for 14 days before traveling to campus, but the actual 14 day quarantine period will be done on campus for boarding students and simultaneously at home for day students. This may change if the virus causing COVID-19 is under better control throughout the U.S. upon the start of school and the Connecticut requirements for quarantine become less strict.
The Student Services Kiosk in St. John Hall assists students in arranging transportation to and from campus. If a transportation request form and payment have already been submitted, please email the Student Services Kiosk at email@example.com to issue a refund or reschedule transportation. If you would like to schedule ground transportation, please complete this form. Vehicles are being scheduled and configured to meet physical distancing and safety guidelines
Yes, there is a different insurance provider for the coming school year. This information has been sent to parents by email and is posted to the Parents Portal. The policy will include coverage for COVID-related treatment. International students who are off-campus during fall term do not need to purchase insurance at this time. Additional information about a shorter-term policy for those planning to start on campus in January will be sent to families later this fall.
- Will I be able to participate in the programming happening on campus?
- Where can I go during free periods?
- Will I be allowed to enter residential houses?
- When am I expected to leave campus?
- Will day students be able to eat meals on campus?
- Will new day students be able to tour campus prior to the start of in-person learning?
- Will day students be able to attend classes remotely during the class day?
- What will be the testing protocols for day students?
- If a day student is ill, who should be contacted?
- Will day students be able to shower after their on-campus athletics commitment?
- If a teacher is instructing remotely, where will a day student go for that class?
- Will a day student have other meals available beyond lunch?
- Are there restrictions to carpooling?
- Where can day students study and relax on campus?
During periods of quarantine, day students will be expected to participate from home. Once classes resume on campus, the Dean of Students’ Office, Student Activities, and other departments on campus will offer programming that is inclusive and accessible to all students in-person or from a distance.
Day students will be provided lunch daily. Day students who need or want to have breakfast or dinner on campus, either occasionally or routinely, will have the opportunity to sign up for those meals in order so that we can ensure appropriate meal counts and physical distancing given the changes to dining services that are necessary in the current circumstances. More details on this process will be shared as school approaches.
Day students will be tested on site during Registration. At Registration, day students will receive a test kit for at home testing in advance of their return to campus for in-person classes. Once students return to campus, weekly tests will be scheduled by the Registrar’s Office and performed at the Health Center.
Students have selected their preferences for their day family unit by identifying 4 other day students. Students will be assigned to spaces around campus where they can study and decompress. Masks must be worn and physical distancing will be expected within these spaces.
Day students who have opted out of the family unit will be able to find open space in St. John Hall, Colony Hall, and the Library for study.
- When will new students receive their iPads?
- What do we do if our student is having connectivity issues during remote learning?
All new students should complete the iPad distribution form with updated information relative to the October return to campus.
The pandemic has disrupted the manufacturing capacity of Apple. We were recently notified our delivery date has been delayed again so we are seeking other procurement options. Once the iPads are received, the School will make every effort to prepare and ship the iPads as quickly as possible to new boarding students. Day students will have the opportunity to arrange a pickup at school.
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.
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
Questions about enrollment?
Contact Jeffrey Beaton, Director of Admission
Questions about financial aid?
Contact Matt McDonald, Director of Financial Aid
Questions about health care?
Contact Miriam Cohen, Medical Director
Questions about your international student?
Contact Libby Peard, Director of International Students
Questions about learning remotely for the year?
Contact Mike Velez, Dean of Students