Return from Winter Break
Below you will find North Country School’s return from Winter Break plan. While this plan is subject to change, we currently expect to follow the schedule outlined below. We hope this general outline provides clarity on the school’s strategy for a safe return from Winter Break, and we will provide updates as we fine-tune the details in the coming months.
Updated New York State guidelines allow individuals to test out of the 14-day quarantine period. Even if faculty and students do not need to quarantine per the NYS guidelines, all community members will follow the below plan. We are all in this together, and this plan allows us to quarantine together—as an entire community—to establish a baseline of good health for the Winter Term.
Return from Winter Break Calendar
Wintersession Plan 2020
Philosophy: Limiting travel throughout the school year. Residential students should travel to and from campus as few times as possible during the 2020-2021 school year. Therefore, we will offer all of our curriculum online from November 30 (after Thanksgiving Break) to December 16 (before Winter Break).
What will the academic experience look like during Wintersession?
All classes for every enrolled student—on campus or off campus—will be online. All online classes will take place in the morning. In-person art classes, outtime, and barn chores will take place in the afternoon for on-campus boarders and day students.
Who can be on campus during Wintersession?
- We welcome and encourage international students to stay on campus during Thanksgiving Break and through Wintersession (November 21-December 16, 2020). There would be a homestay fee associated with Thanksgiving Break (November 21- November 30, 2020).
- Domestic boarding students are welcome to stay on campus during Thanksgiving Break and through Wintersession (November 21-December 16, 2020). Domestic boarders are NOT able to leave campus and RETURN back before Winter Break. In order to stay on campus during Wintersession, domestic boarders must stay on campus for the entirety of Thanksgiving Break. There would be a homestay fee associated with Thanksgiving Break (November 21- November 30, 2020).
- With a negative COVID test result dated November 27, 2020 or later, day students are welcome on campus in the afternoon from November 21-December 16, 2020 for art and out-time offerings.
If I want my son or daughter to spend Thanksgiving break on campus, what should I do?
Sheila Tavares will be in contact later today (10/5) with all boarding families with details on the cost associated with the Thanksgiving Break homestay and how to sign up for this homestay. For planning purposes, please let us know if you would like your son or daughter to stay for Thanksgiving break and through Wintersession by October 19. Please note that we would need at least four boarding students to sign up for this option in order to run the homestay and keep the residential programming open.
When will we know more about January 3 and beyond?
We will be in touch with details about that part of the schedule in early November.