This past year, Walnut Hill’s commitment to our families has been reflected in our comprehensive strategy and significant investments in response to COVID-19 as we prioritized the safety of our students, faculty, and staff. The entire campus rallied to keep safe throughout the pandemic and adhere to essential public health standards and, as a result, we were able to welcome all students who chose to come back to campus this quarter.
Health & Safety
As we work to resume in-person activities at Walnut Hill, we are committed to creating an arts, academic and residential experience that provides for the health and safety of our community as our top priority. We are mindful that our campus is located just outside of Boston, which was one of the nation’s early hotspots for COVID-19 but then made dramatic progress in limiting its spread due to aggressive public health efforts. Our plans for the coming year must provide for the safety of students, who will travel to Walnut Hill from all over the world, as well as the safety of our faculty and staff who interact with students.
Our Response Team has been working thoughtfully and consultatively, informed by medical professionals and public health guidance, with the aim of providing the best possible educational experience for our students while limiting the spread of disease and ensuring the support systems that will be needed when new COVID-19 cases develop. Robust processes for screening, contact tracing, as well as care needed for ill students will be in place, and will be available to parents later in June. We have also learned that Reach software, which we have used for permissions, will have the capability to contact trace and provide health screening. This is great news as this app is something our community is already accustomed to using on a regular basis.
Final implementation will depend on the public health situation and on any requirements that may be imposed by Massachusetts state and local officials. We may not know those things definitively until late summer, so we appreciate your flexibility in your personal planning to the greatest extent possible. Please visit the 2020–2021 Reopening website for the most recent updates and information.