Planning for 2020-21

Updated Reopening Plan: August 5, 2020

Loomis Chaffee will reopen campus in a phased approach for the 2020–21 school year. Head of School Sheila Culbert shared this decision with students, parents, faculty, and staff on August 5 following a meeting with the school's Board of Trustees.

Our goal is to welcome students back to campus over time as conditions related to the COVID-19 pandemic allow. Those conditions as well as related issues, including the availability of reliable and rapid COVID-19 testing, may require adjustments to this plan as the year unfolds. As always, the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff will guide all of our planning.

Earlier this summer we reconfigured our calendar and daily schedule to allow us to provide a hybrid academic and extracurricular/community model that will enable us to continue to deliver an excellent Loomis Chaffee experience to all students. Our faculty has been preparing this summer to teach both online and in person, placing high priority on minimizing differences in the experiences of all students. And our Student Life team has been working with faculty and staff across campus to develop a program that will help maintain the strong community for which Loomis is known.

Please review the plan details below and refer to our FAQ section for more information.

The Plan

Fall Term I (September 1–October 9): Day students and boarders who can and would like to commute may come to campus for in-person classes. Boarding students who are unable or choose not to commute to campus will learn remotely along with any day students who do not want to attend classes on campus.

Fall Term II (October 14–November 20): After the third week of Fall Term I (mid-September), the school will assess where Connecticut and the rest of the country are with the spread, containment, and treatment of COVID-19 as well as our own ability to test our on-campus population in a timely fashion. If that assessment and our experience with Fall Term I support the opening of our dormitories, we will begin to welcome back some boarding students for Fall Term II. Which groups of boarding students will return to campus for this phase will be determined at the time of the assessment for Fall Term II.

Winter and Spring Terms: Given the rapidly evolving pandemic, it is too early to make decisions beyond November. As a reminder, all students will be online for the first two weeks of Winter Term I (December 2–15).

The school's goal is to welcome all our students back to campus as soon as conditions allow. We feel strongly that the plan for a phased return is the best one given current conditions. Our faculty and staff have been preparing for this hybrid model for months and look forward to engaging with all our students and families — both in person and online — soon.

(updated August 5, 2020) 



Academic Program Information for On-Campus and Online Students


Fostering a Healthy and Connected Community for On-Campus and Online Students


Additional Information for Students Who Will Be Attending Classes On Campus for Fall Term I


Additional Information for Students Who Will Be Learning Online for Fall Term I


College Guidance


International Students


Financial Information


2020-21 Planning Walkthrough: Health & Safety Measures
July 9, 2020 


Contact Information