WRA has embraced hope, change and innovation through challenging times. Our top priority is the safety of our students and community. Safety comes in many forms, from physical health, to mental wellness to comfort, joy and encouragement.
We are providing educational options for the 2020-21 school year that are mindful of schedules, circumstances and the ever-changing concerns surrounding COVID-19.
Note that Option A is closest to “standard operating procedure.” Options B and C are deliberately responsive to concerns surrounding ability and inclination to be present on campus amid COVID. All models have been constructed so the curriculum for in-person matches live online learning so students arriving later in the fall or later in the year will have a seamless return and integration.
Option A: In-person school
Dorms will be open all school year, classes running on a regular schedule of 8:15 a.m. to 3:20 p.m. (EDT). In the event that school needs to move temporarily to an online learning model, students can stay on campus and have all of their needs met. During a temporary distance model classes would run 10:15 a.m. to 5:20 p.m. (EDT) Regular tuition and fees will apply.
Option B: Online transition to in-person
Online school for students who hope to join us on campus at some point this school year. We will have a dedicated group of faculty committed to the learning needs of these online learners. Classes will be held from 6 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. (EDT). Students will participate in real time and this will align with Morning Meeting and Advisory. Regular tuition and fees will apply.
Option C: Fully online
Online school for students who will NOT join us on campus at some point this school year. We will have a dedicated group of faculty committed to the learning needs of these online learners. Classes will be held from 6 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. (EDT). Students will participate in real time and this will align with Morning Meeting and Advisory. Boarding tuition reduced to $53,275, International fee will be waived.
At the heart of our academic day is our innovative independent curriculum, embedded with all the same opportunities but deployed a bit differently this school year.
This years’ schedule consists of 4 semesters, with each semester containing 4 courses for students. The goal of this format is to allow students to have greater focus and flexibility should we have to go online. In an effort to allow the more hands-on classes be available to students who are on campus, those courses have been scheduled late in the year (semester 3 and 4). This allows courses more easily to transition on line to be offered in semester 1 and 2.
August 14-16 | Registration
August 16-22 | Orientation and Athletic Preseason
August 24 | First Day of Classes
October 9-10 | Virtual Family Weekend
October 11-13 | Mid-Fall Break
November 21-29 | Thanksgiving Break
December 19-January 3 | Holiday Break
February 6-9 | Mid-Winter Break
March 20-April 4 | Spring Break
May 30 | Commencement
Frequently Asked Questions & Resources
- Do students need to quarantine before arriving at WRA in the fall?
- Will students, faculty and staff need to be tested for COVID-19 before school begins?
- What will registration look like?
- My student's belongings were stored at WRA over the summer. Will they be available upon arrival?
- Can parents/guardians visit?
- Will there still be a Fall Family Weekend?
- How will WRA mitigate risks associated with families bringing students to campus on Registration day?
- Will WRA adapt plans for the opening of school as new information becomes available throughout the summer?
- If a second COVID-19 wave starts, is quarantining the whole campus an option?
- Are there any restrictions to a student’s eventual return to campus?
- Will it be mandatory to wear a mask on campus?
- Do students have to wear the school issued masks?
- Will there be routine testing?
- Is the COVID test a 2-day test?
- What happens if a student tests positive for COVID-19
- If Health Services determines that a student must be quarantined after arrival on campus, where will the student quarantine?
- What happens if a student needs to be hospitalized?
- Will a child who's quarantined still have class?
- How can I stay emotionally healthy and resilient during these trying times?
- Can I continue to talk to the School Counselors?
- Can I talk with a School Counselor if I haven’t before?
- What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
- When does a student need to isolate or quarantine?
- Will the flu vaccine be available on campus for students?
- How will students learn about the health and safey 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 infections to themselves and others?
- Will these protocols be in place all year?
- Will students be supplied with masks?
- Will students be able to clean their masks on campus? How will masks be cleaned?
- How will families be notified if a student needs to be quarantined?
- What sanitization protocols are in place?
- What is the reporting protocol if a family member tests positive for COVID?
- If a member of an athletic team tests positive for COVID are we prepared to test the entire team?
- What will distancing look like in winter months where outside options are more limited?
- How will temperatures be taken daily?
- Will WRA be conducting periodic professional grade sanitizing for the dorms including rooms?
- Will dorms have single occupancy?
- What are the dorm protocols?
- How will students dine on campus?
- Will my child always be eating meals with the same few students?
- How will classrooms be organized?
- What facilities will be open to students when campus opens in the fall?
- How will physical distancing be enforced in shared spaces (dorms, classrooms, etc.)?
- Can students go home?
- Will parents be allowed to visit their child?
- If students are outside for class and are seated more than six feet apart, can they remove their masks?
- If students are outside, not in class, but seated more than six feet apart, can they remove their masks?
- If students are walking from one building to another, can they remove their masks?
- Do I need to wear a mask while walking, jogging or running outside?
- Can I wear a neck gaiter?
- Where will students be able to socialize?
- What are we supposed to wear?
- What will Morning Meeting look like?
- When will I know who my advisor is?
- Where can day students go on campus during their free period?
- Will day students be allowed to visit the dorms?
- Can students visit downtown Hudson?
- Will the campus store be open?
- Is the return/start date for the fall as scheduled?
- What does the schedule look like?
- Considering international students and the uncertainty surrounding border openings, will there be some flexibility for remote learning?
- When will I know my final schedule?
- When should I order my textbooks
- Is there an add/drop date for courses?
- What happens if WRA has to go to a distance learning model?
- What would students need to do if they want to return to campus from online learning?
- 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 WRA in the fall?
- How will students travel from the airport to campus with physical distancing recommendations in place? Will airport shuttles be provided?