Staggered Repopulating of Campus
When the time comes and circumstances allow it, opening our campus will be a process, not an event. We need to help all students launch what will be an unusual school year in a manner that allows them to feel safe, acclimated and open to learning. For our youngest and newest students, that means prioritizing their initial experiences with Friends Seminary in a way that helps them feel at home in their new learning environment. For all students, it will mean learning new protocols and routines for health and safety, new ways of interfacing with peers and teachers, and finding an emotional footing in a new and uncertain reality. For these reasons, we are planning a staggered start to the school year. While Thursday, September 10 is the first day of the school year, it will not be the first day of academic classes. For students who are new to Friends Seminary or entering a new Division at Friends, we are planning orientation experiences that will help them adjust.
We have worked very hard to balance the developmental needs of each age level with safety and health concerns as well as pedagogically responsible models, but every plan we make will have benefits and drawbacks for some of our students who span such a wide range. For the staggered opening, we are prioritizing the needs of our youngest students, new students, and our Upper School students, this last group because they will have the least in-person time in school during the fall. Please consult the school calendar and divisional offices for more details on the opening days of school.