Planning for 2020-21
Plan for Fall Term 2 (October 15-November 19)
Loomis Chaffee will open the dormitories for Fall Term 2 and invite to campus all boarding and day students who wish to take in-person classes. The school also will continue to offer an online program for students who cannot return to campus due to travel restrictions or health concerns.
The health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff will continue to guide the school's planning for the year. Given the evolving nature of the pandemic, it is too early to make decisions beyond November. As a reminder all students will take online classes for the first two weeks of Winter Term 1 (December 2-15). This means that there will be no in-person classes and the dormitories will not reopen between November 20 and the start of the new year.
As we all prepare for Fall Term 2, please read carefully the information below, especially information about testing and Fall Term 2 expectations..
(updated October 8, 2020)
Preparing for Fall Term 2 — In-Person Learners
Over the past few weeks, parents and students have received emails from several different offices with important information regarding Fall Term 2. Much of this information can be found on this planning page, but we know that with so much coming your way it might be useful to summarize the information here. We hope you find this helpful. Please note that students will not be allowed to move into the dormitories or attend in-person classes until they have provided the required negative COVID-19 test result, proof of a flu vaccination, and the signed expectations agreements (from both the student and the parent).
If you have any questions about issues related to dormitories, please contact your dorm head. If you have any questions related to testing or health forms, please contact the Health Center. All other questions can be directed to your class dean or advisor.
- COVID-19 PCR Test. All students who will be in-person learners during Fall Term 2 are required to provide results of a COVID-19 PCR test taken on or after October 6 for boarding students moving into the dormitories on October 13, or on or after October 7 for all other students. You can send your test result to the Health Center via fax 860.688.1557 or 860.955.3364 or email to email@example.com. EXCEPTION: Students coming from states on Connecticut’s Travel Advisory List or from countries with a CDC Level III travel warning must have results from a COVID-19 PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before arriving in Connecticut. Please review information under #5 below and on this page for more details. You can send your test result to the Health Center via fax 860.688.1557 or 860.955.3364 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Flu Shots. All students who will be in-person learners during Fall Term 2 must have a flu shot before they return to campus for Fall Term 2. Many students currently taking in-person classes recently received their flu shot on campus. All other students must present evidence of a recently administered flu vaccination; please send that information to the Health Center via fax 860.688.1557 or 860.955.3364 or email to email@example.com. Concerns about this requirement, including questions about medical/religious exemptions, that have not already been addressed should be directed to the Health Center.
- Magnus Health Forms and Emergency Contacts. If you haven’t done so already, please make sure to upload all required health forms through the Magnus Health portal (link on the Parent Portal). Make sure you also have an emergency contact listed for your child in Magnus.
- Fall Term 2 Expectations Agreements. All students who will be in-person learners for Fall Term 2 must read, sign, and submit the Fall Term 2 Student Expectations Agreement before the start of next term. And all parents of in-person learners for Fall Term 2 must read, sign, and submit the Fall Term 2 Parent Expectations Agreement before the start of the term.
- SPECIAL: Students coming from states on Connecticut’s Travel Advisory List or from countries with a CDC Level III travel warning, must have results from a COVID-19 PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before arriving in Connecticut. If students are unable to provide that result, they must self-quarantine in Connecticut until they secure a negative PCR test result. Please note that students who must self-quarantine may not do so on campus. If you have not done so already, please let the school know your travel plans by completing the Fall Term 2 Travel Plan Form. Students traveling from these locations are also required to submit a form to the state of Connecticut; the state also will require a copy of your COVID-19 PCR test result. You can find that form here: https://appengine.egov.com/apps/ct/DPH/Connecticut-Travel-Health-Form
- Remind your child to check their Loomis email. Your child’s class dean and other offices across campus have been and will continue sending important messages via email. Please remind your child to check their email daily.
- Boarders ―What to bring to campus? Because Fall Term 2 is only five weeks long, we encourage boarding students to pack light. Please bring only the essentials with you ― clothes for the term, books, computer, toiletries ― and keep shipped items to a minimum. You may bring a small refrigerator, but we ask that you leave furniture and other non-essentials home.
- Move-In Dates and Times: Please note that in order to reduce the number of people in the dormitories during move-in, parents/family members of returning students are not allowed in the dormitories and only one parent/family member is allowed to help a new student move-in. Parents: Please submit the Back to Campus form if you have not already done so. Here is the move-in schedule:
Tuesday, October 13
9 – 9:45 a.m. — Resident Assistants (RAs) and Prefects arrive.
4 – 5:30 p.m. — Students taking the SAT/PSAT on Wednesday, October 14.
4 – 5:30 p.m. — International students (optional). Please contact your class dean for permission if you'd like to arrive at this time.
Wednesday, October 14
10 a.m. – 12 p.m. — New students arrive.
3 – 4 p.m. — Returning students whose last names begin with A-M
4 – 5 p.m. — Returning students whose last names begin with N-Z
(updated October 8, 2020)
- Are there after-school activities?
- Will there be an interscholastic athletics program in the fall?
- Are there athletics programs for students who are not involved in interscholastics sports?
- What is the school's policy in Fall Term 2 regarding student participation in off-campus programs including club sports?
- Are there athletics programs for online students?
- Are students required to wear masks on campus?
- Do students need to provide their own masks?
- Are there additional health & safety protocols students are expected to follow?
- Is there a required daily health check?
- How will the school enforce its health & safety requirements?
- When is the Health Center open?
- What measures has the school taken to make the on-campus experience safe?
- UPDATED 10/8/2020: Are students required to have a flu shot?
- Do students need a COVID-19 test prior to the start of Fall Term 2?
- Do boarding students moving into the dorms for Fall Term 2 have to quarantine?
- UPDATED 10/8/2020: Are there special requirements for students coming from states on Connecticut's travel advisory list or from countries with a CDC Level III travel warning?
- UPDATED 10/8/2020: Are there special requirements for students coming from abroad?
- Will the school conduct additional testing for COVID-19 during Fall Term 2?
- Will the school inform the community if there is a positive COVID-19 case on campus?
- UPDATED 10/8/2020: What are the move-in dates and procedures for Fall Term 2?
- UPDATED 10/8/2020: What should I pack and bring to school?
- Who is allowed in the dormitories?
- Can parents or other relatives visit campus?
- Will boarding students be allowed to leave campus during the term?
- UPDATED 10/8/2020: Can students use food or grocery delivery services?
- Where can students hang out during the day between and after classes?
- I would like to talk with other families in my area about their plans. How can I reach them?
- Does the school recommend that families carpool or use van services for transportation to and from campus?
- What are the campus hours for in-person learners?
- What does the online learning experience look like?
- How can online students connect with teachers for extra help?
- Do online students have access to the resources in the Learning Access & Student Achievement Office (formally known as the Learning Resource Center)?
- Do online students have access to the Quantitative Resource Center (QRC), Writing Studio, and other support programs?
- How will online students connect with each other and students learning on campus?
- Will Loomis offer online classes in Fall Term 2?
- Whom should I contact if I have questions?
- Questions about Student Health Advocates (SHA) concierge services.
- Will my I-20 still work if I have been out of the country for more than 5 months? Is it okay for me to study online and retain my F-1 status?
- Are international students required to quarantine before coming to campus?
- Do I need to update my I-20 if I am coming to campus for Fall Term 2?
- For boarders who will be online during Fall Term I, will the school credit their room and board fee for the term?
- Tuition 2020-21
- When is the first tuition payment due?
- How do I change my payment plan with FACTS to reflect the new tuition?
- How do I change my loan amount at Your Tuition Solutions?
- My boarding student will only live on campus for a few terms this coming year. Do I pay the full-year room & board fee?
- Does the school have a refund policy if my child is not able to reside on campus for any portion of the school year?
- My boarding student will be a distant learner all year. Do I have to pay the room & board fee?
- Will there be a partial refund of tuition if the school is required to close campus and move all classes online?