Safe + Sounder: Choate's COVID-19 Response Plan
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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Dependent upon current conditions in their hometown, Choate day students and families have been asked to follow additional mitigating guidelines as noted below. Day families should check this dashboard each evening for the most current 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
What to expect:
If rates of new cases are 5-10:100,000 and positivity rate <5%:
- 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
If rates of new cases are >10:100,000 and positivity rate <5%, in addition to above:
- Increased testing for faculty, staff, and day students
- Day students and Boarding students separate spaces for indoor eating
- Increased monitoring of public common areas
- Students from towns meeting these criteria will either “quarantine” (wear masks and practice distancing) while at home OR remote learn
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 causing increased risk to the Choate community and concern for adequate supply of health center personnel or, essential personnel for Choate to continue functioning, testing, and personal protective equipment
- If a town from which a student travels has a 14-day average for daily new cases of >10:100,000 and a positivity rate of >5%, then those individuals will be asked to remain off campus and remote learn
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
- Prevention and Mitigation
- Emergency Contact and Evacuation Plan
- Treatment and Containment
- Arts, Athletics, and Activities
- Academics, Schedules, and Textbooks
- Campus and Residential Life
- College Counseling
- Academics and Technology
- Enrollment and Tuition
- Travel to Campus and International Students
- Day Students
- Remote Learners
- Do students need to quarantine before arriving at Choate in the spring?
- 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?
- Does Connecticut require a travel form upon arrival?
- What if my child has already had the SARS-CoV-2 virus?
- Will the vaccine to prevent SARS-CoV-2 infection be available on campus?
We are asking all students returning to campus to start their quarantine at home beginning on March 12, meaning one should not have close contact with a non-family member during this time period. Additionally, students should avoid any unnecessary exposures and situations where there is a high risk for exposure to COVID-19 throughout spring break. There will still be an additional quarantine period performed on campus for boarding students. The length of this period is currently 10 days based on the recent changes in guidelines for travel quarantine by the CDC and CT DPH.
All students returning to campus for the spring term will be tested for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, within 5 days of arrival and must bring documentation of a negative result. If testing is performed at the health center, no documentation is needed. International students should be tested in their home country before travel whenever possible. All students will be re-tested at Registration.
Any student who has had a documented case of SARS-CoV-2 within 90 days of arriving on campus does not need to be tested as per the current CDC guidance. That student will need to provide documentation with dates of the diagnosis to the health center in order to register on campus.
Any student with a pre-arrival 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 twice weekly for SARS-CoV-2 beginning 1 week prior to the arrival of students on campus.
For the spring term, all students, faculty, and student facing staff will be tested twice weekly. If necessary, based on the positivity rate on campus, this frequency will be increased to appropriately mitigate the level of risk for infection on campus.
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. Rapid testing will be available in the Health Center throughout the year.
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
Yes. Currently this is required if you are traveling from a state other than New York, New Jersey, or Rhode Island. The form and requirements can be found here. Please note that these requirements are subject to change. You can choose the “testing alternative” and the Health Center will submit the test results from our on-campus testing protocol.
Any student who has had a documented case of SARS-CoV-2 within 90 days of arriving on campus does not need to be tested as per the current CDC guidance. That student will need to provide documentation with dates of the diagnosis to the Health Center in order to register on campus. The information can be emailed in advance of arrival to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Connecticut has developed a system for distributing vaccine throughout the state, prioritizing those at highest risk for contracting COVID-19 and having adverse outcomes. Currently the vaccine is only available to large healthcare facilities and local municipalities for distribution. Our faculty and staff are currently getting vaccinated.. We will continue to monitor availability to our students, and once it is available to facilities such as our Health Center, we will inform the community.
All boarding students will arrive according to the updated 2020-2021 academic calendar. All students will quarantine on-campus with limited contact outside one’s family unit for 10 days. During this time the community will enjoy meals and outdoor activities weather permitting in small groups, and classes will be held online. Students may exercise outside, near the dorms, or go for a run/walk as an individual or in groups of 2-3 family unit members on the cross-country trails. Masks must be worn for these activities. For the spring term, athletic team practices for boarding and day students will take place during the on-campus quarantine.
- 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 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?
- Rates of SARS-CoV-2 infection are rising in CT. How is Choate responding to continue to keep the community Safe + Sounder?
- Will the rate of new infections and positivity rate metrics be used in the same manner for the spring term as they were for the fall term?
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. Students will be expected to follow the tenets of the community compact. Any off-campus student travel will require permission from the Dean of Students. Until infection rates in Connecticut are significantly reduced, students will not be permitted to play off campus club sports or make trips to local stores such as Walmart.
Adjustments to the behavioral requirements will be made in accordance with the Choate risk assessment and stratification guidelines; restrictions being lessened as risk declines.
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 criteria that would close school again or place us in “lock-down” 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 adequately test for SARS-CoV-2 or obtain proper PPE. Inability to staff essential departments or positions at Choate.
Community Conditions: Connecticut hospitals reaching capacity for care.
As of November 2, Choate will institute new measures to mitigate the risk of transmission of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
Frequency of testing will be increased to 3x/week for day students and 2x/week for faculty and staff
Students coming from towns with >10:100,000 new daily cases and county positivity rates <5% will be asked to “quarantine” while in their homes (mask and distance from family members) in order to continue to attend in-person classes. If the positivity rate is >5%, the student will be asked to become a remote learner. New daily cases based on data from https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus/COVID-19-Data-Tracker and positivity rates by county from https://covidactnow.org/us/connecticut-ct?s=1211297
Similar guidelines will be followed by faculty and staff members who live in these towns or who have spouses or children who work or go to school in these towns
Increased monitoring of shared indoor spaces, such as the dining facilities and St. John Hall
Dining areas will be assigned based on day or boarding status. All students are encouraged to eat outdoors weather permitting
Disposable medical style masks will be available for all students to wear
We thought that metrics related to wider community numbers would be very important in preventing infection on campus, but learned that although these numbers are related to the presence of virus within our adult community, there was no correlation to transmission of virus or disease within our campus community. This knowledge means we will no longer use wider community rates of new infections or positivity in our decision making process. Instead, we will use the rate of disease on campus and other internal metrics to make risk assessment decisions.
- 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.
- 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.
- How will the arts be impacted?
- What about fall athletics?
- Will there be a preseason for athletics?
- 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?
- Will locker rooms be available for use?
- How will athletic equipment and clothing be cleaned?
- Will interscholastic athletics and intramural activities start remotely for students before they arrive on campus?
- 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?
- Will Choate participate in interscholastic competition during Spring 2021?
- Will masks be worn during all athletic contests?
- Who will participate in the spring 2021 sports interscholastic competitions?
- Are all sports participating in the spring 2021 sports interscholastic scrimmages?
- Will teams that require transportation off campus to practice be allowed to do so for the spring term?
- Are spectators allowed at the athletic contests?
- Will there be intramurals or physical wellness this spring 2021?
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.
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 email@example.com.
Beyond academic day dance classes, dance classes and rehearsals will be offered within the afternoon athletic block either remotely via Zoom or once campus reopens, as a hybrid offering in person for those present, and via zoom and recorded classes for those remaining remote. When in-person, specific safety protocols will remain 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 17 students at a time so safe distances can be maintained. For classes or rehearsals that extend beyond that cap, a satellite studio will be activated. 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. Student Choreographers Showcase will be shared publicly via a link January 15 and plans for the spring Dance Concert are underway. 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 are following a cautious phased reentry toward in-person ensemble interaction, beginning with physically distant and masked string ensembles, while 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 hope you enjoyed the fall virtual concert! We will continue to produce virtual recitals and hope to share small ensemble performances safely outdoors when weather permits. We 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, or sing and are returning to campus, by now you have hopefully picked up your special musicians or singers mask from the Arts Office, if not, please do so upon return.
Theater courses, rehearsals, and performances are happening in creative ways. When in-person, the same safety protocols are followed for masking and distancing. As theater is not a stationary activity, additional mindfulness about maintaining appropriate physical distance is important. The fall production, written by faculty Kate Doak and a group of students, will be shared virtually January 22-24, 2021. The winter production, Museum, has been cast and rehearsals have begun via zoom. It will be shared virtually at the end of the winter term. The spring production will likely occur outside, or virtually. 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.
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.
Daily laundry services will be available for students' athletic clothing
Locker rooms will not be available
The Founders League has announced that, based on the uncertainty of health conditions in the months ahead given the COVID-19 pandemic, the Founders League will not have formal interscholastic competition, tournaments or championships for the spring 2021 season. This decision does NOT preclude us from having athletic contests with other schools this spring (including other Founders League schools).
As of March 1, Choate, Loomis, Westminster, Hotchkiss and Taft have entered into a safe competition agreement that will require participating schools to meet agreed upon standards for campus testing, safety measures and competition protocols. Choate will only compete against schools that have signed on to the shared agreement.
Varsity teams with expanded rosters will be participating in spring 2021 interscholastic competitions. By limiting the number of students traveling to and from games and possible exposures at a different school, the risk of contracting COVID-19 related to play interscholastic sports is minimized.
Sports with JV and thirds teams will practice daily and have intrasquad scrimmages throughout the spring.
Unfortunately not all sports will be able to participate in spring interscholastic competition. Girls’ water polo can not compete as they are unable to wear masks during competition. They will have daily practices along with intrasquad scrimmages. Boys’ volleyball will also have daily practices with intrasquad scrimmages because Westminster, Taft, Hotchkiss, and Loomis do not have boys’ volleyball teams. Track and Field most likely will compete virtually against schools in the interscholastic competition agreement.
- What is the process for textbook ordering, checkout, and pickup/delivery?
- What is the daily schedule for 2020-2021?
- Where can I find my schedule?
- How were the different time bands scheduled?
- Will courses be graded, or P/D/F this year?
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?
- What cleaning protocols will be in place?
- What about trips home or off campus?
- Will visitors be allowed on campus?
- What are the new move-in dates for students returning to campus for in-person learning this winter?
- Will boarding students have access to laundry facilities on campus?
- Will day student drivers be able to have their cars on campus?
- Do students need to bring Special Academic Dress clothes?
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.
- What standardized tests will be offered at Choate in the 2020-21 academic year?
- Will there be any SAT/ACT prep classes offered through Choate this winter?
- Who will take the PSAT this year?
- May students take standardized tests off-campus when school is in session?
- May third and fourth form students sit for the SAT and/or ACT at Choate this winter and spring?
- What is the plan for the AP administration at Choate in May?
The Testing Schedule can be found under the College Counseling section of the Parents Portal.
Choate is a closed site for the SAT. In other words, registration for the SAT at Choate is only open for Choate students. To find Choate when you register online, enter the Test Center Number: 07620. The remaining on campus test date for the 2020-21 academic year is May 8. Because underformers will leave campus on May 28, the June 5 SAT/Subject test will not be offered at Choate.
Choate is also a closed site for the ACT. Like the SAT, 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 remaining on campus test date for the 2020-21 academic year is April 17.
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.
Yes. Summit Education Group will offer an SAT prep class for Choate students via Zoom. The winter classes, which begin in February, will prepare students for the May SAT. For the class schedules, cost, and registration information, please see the SAT information form. Registration is open through February 4. The course costs $575. Summit offers financial aid for qualifying students at Choate.
Summit will offer an abbreviated online ACT prep class beginning February 21. This will prepare students for the April ACT. For the class schedules, cost, and registration information, please see the ACT information form. The course costs $385. Summit offers financial aid for qualifying students at Choate.
The PSAT was offered to fifth form students in person on Saturday, October 17. Due to the delayed return to campus this winter, Choate did not offer the previously scheduled make-up PSAT/NMSQT on January 26, 2021. There is no other make-up date available. .The National Merit Scholarship Corporation has announced an “alternate entry” this year: 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. 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 when School is open for in-person learning. 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 ACT at Choate in April, and the SAT at Choate in May. The March SAT coincides with Spring Break and will not be offered on campus.
College Board and ACT registration is open to students in all forms. However, due to the many test cancellations in the spring, summer, and fall of 2020, there was a scarcity of testing opportunities (and testing seats) for the Class of 2021. Therefore, we asked members of the Class of 2022 to delay their testing until winter and spring 2021. Accordingly, we anticipate more demand from current fifth formers for testing seats through the end of this academic year. To ensure that current fifth formers have access to testing opportunities on campus while school is in sessions, we ask third and fourth formers to delay any standardized testing until June, at the earliest.
This year, the College Board has provided students the option of taking exams either in-school (paper-and-pencil format) or at-home (digital format). It should be noted that the at-home digital exams will be full-length (2 ½-3 hour exams), as are the in-school versions, and that some exams are only offered at-school/cannot be taken at home in the digital format. Choate students already registered for AP exams will receive clear instructions in early March about their exam options. All Choate students learning on-campus in the spring will have the option of taking AP exams in person at Choate during Administration 1 from May 3 to 17. Otherwise, these students can opt to take their exams at home digitally during Administration 3 from June 1 to 11 (but only for exams that have a digital, at-home option). All Choate students learning remotely during spring term should plan to take their exams at home digitally (if available) during that same Administration 3 from June 1 to 11. Please note that the late registration deadline for AP exams is March 1. Students are not able to register for any AP exams after this deadline. Any questions should be directed to Mr. Stahura at email@example.com.
- 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 winter?
- 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?
- What are the travel dates for the 2020-21 academic year?
- How will students travel from the airport to campus with physical distancing recommendations in place? Will airport shuttles be provided?
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.
We are asking all students returning to campus to start their quarantine at home beginning on January 22, meaning one should not have close contact with a non-family member during this time period. Additionally, students should avoid any unnecessary exposures and situations where there is a high risk for exposure to COVID-19 beginning on January 15. There will still be an additional quarantine period performed on campus for boarding students. The length of this period is currently 10 days based on the recent changes in guidelines for travel quarantine by the CDC and CT DPH.
Yes, insurance information and an enrollment form is available through Clifford Allen Associates. Access to information about insurance and health forms is also available through the Parents Portal. Coverage through Clifford Allen includes COVID-related treatment. Students who were remote during fall term and plan to be on campus for the remainder of winter term must provide proof of insurance prior to arrival. Students planning to be on campus only for spring term will be able to enroll in a shorter-term plan, with details available later this winter.
The Student Services Kiosk in St. John Hall assists students in arranging transportation to and from campus. 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.
- 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 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?
- Is the option for boarding for only the winter term, or for winter and spring?
- Is there an additional cost for boarding?
- Will day-to-boarder students be allowed to return home on the weekends?
- Will club sport participation be allowed in the winter?
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. Day students who did not pick up a mail in kit before the end of the fall term will receive a test kit for at home testing at registration in advance of their return to campus for in-person classes. Day students who do not come to campus for registration will be responsible for obtaining a PCR test for SARS-CoV-2 to correspond to the registration dates. Once students return to campus, twice weekly saliva tests will be collected at the Health Center. Dates will be assigned prior to the start of in-person learning.
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.
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.
academic year calendar
Tentative dates for the 2020-2021 academic year can be found on the academic calendar. All plans are subject to change based on current conditions; please check back frequently.
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