Heathwood Hall Announces Phased Reopening of Campus
May 6, 2020 — Heathwood Hall announced today its plans for a phased reopening of its campus in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
Head of School Chris Hinchey said the school will welcome students back to campus on August 19 for the 2020-2021 academic year.
“While I’ve been impressed with how Heathwood teachers and students have adapted to remote learning, face-to-face interactions with teachers and mentors contribute positively to student engagement and learning outcomes,” said Mr. Hinchey. “It is for that very reason, while carefully following the progression of this pandemic, that we are working diligently to prepare the campus to greet Heathwood families later this summer and in the fall.”
Heathwood will also hold Commencement exercises for the Class of 2020 — with social distancing measures in place — on campus on June 20.
While safety concerns have led to the cancelation of on-campus Heathwood Summer Programs for the month of June, the school intends to begin phased reopening of its campus over the course of the summer. A decision about whether July camps can be hosted on campus will be made by June 19. The Summer Programs team has also added an extensive list of remote courses offering academic enrichment or Upper School course credit, and many camps that were scheduled to be held on campus will now be offered remotely. The complete list of remote camps and courses is available here.
Heathwood’s leadership team and faculty have already begun implementing new safety measures and will continue to do so throughout the summer. “The health and safety of our students, their families, and our faculty and staff is our primary charge,” said Mr. Hinchey, “and as we evaluate best practices, clarify our own capabilities, and collaborate more closely as a team with health and safety experts in this field to implement rapid and substantial change, we will emerge a stronger institution capable of addressing the many challenges facing us and other educational institutions.”