Fall 2020 Opening of School Information for Phillips Academy Families

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Academic Year 2020-2021 Program Options

While many Andover families have indicated that they are eager to be on campus for the coming school year, we also recognize that some families may need or choose to remain off campus for various reasons. We also understand that some students may decide to pursue their studies elsewhere given the current global environment.

We will send out an addendum to the enrollment agreement soon that will need to be signed by July 24, 2020, to confirm your family’s selection of the various learning options, recognition of COVID-related risks and related community expectations, and commitment to comply with evolving health and safety protocols.

An outline of the options follows below.

1) Return-to-campus program:

Boarding and day students will return to campus on a phased arrival schedule informed by public health guidance and regulations. The fall return-to-campus program will include primarily online classes, select in-person classes as determined feasible, and a combination of in-person and online co- and extra-curricular activities. With this phased and primarily remote initial approach, students will be able to quarantine appropriately and adults will be able to monitor compliance with the new safety protocols. Boarding and day tuition rates remain as published in the enrollment agreement for the 2020-21 school year. Please note: Boarding students will not be permitted to participate in off-campus extracurricular programming because of the potential risk of increased exposure to dormitory communities. Students intending to participate in such programming will need to attend as day or remote students.

2) Convert to remote program (full year):

This option is for boarding and day students who prefer to stay at home and participate in the Phillips Academy program remotely for the entire year. Families who select this option will be charged the day student tuition rate for the entire 2020-21 school year (as the day student tuition rate is equivalent to the remote tuition rate), and financial aid awards will be adjusted accordingly (if applicable).

3) Convert to day student status (full year):

For boarding families living in the local area who wish to have their children attend as day students for the 2020-21 school year, we will temporarily suspend the day student boundaries to give nearby families the choice to attend as a day student for the entire school year. Boarding families who choose this option will be charged the day student tuition rate for the entire year, and financial aid awards will be adjusted accordingly (if applicable). Please note: Day student boundaries will return in 2021-22 and students would need to return to boarding at that time if they are outside of these boundaries.

4) Convert to remote program or day student status for the fall term & return to on-campus program for winter and/or spring terms:

For boarding students whose families prefer for them to stay at home and participate in the Phillips Academy program remotely for the fall term, or for local boarding families who wish to have their children attend as day students for the fall term and then rejoin us on campus as boarding students in the winter or spring term, we will allow families to choose the remote option for fall term and will suspend the day student boundaries (for the 2020-21 school year only). Boarding families who choose the fall term remote or day option will be charged the boarding rate for the entire 2020-21 school year given that it will require that the school save a space in our dormitories for their child but will receive a partial refund for the portion of the year in which they are remote or day students, and financial aid awards will be adjusted accordingly (if applicable). Day student families who select the remote option for fall term will be able to return to day student status in the winter and/or spring term(s) and will be charged the day student tuition rate for the entire year.

The July 24 commitment date—when tuition becomes due and deposits become non-refundable for the coming school year—replaces the previous commitment date of July 15 to provide families additional time to consider the options for the 2020-21 school year.

If none of these options address your family’s needs, a leave of absence/deferral may be requested for the entire 2020-21 school year. However, such a request must be made by the July 24, 2020 commitment date or will not be granted. Returning families who wish to request a leave should contact Raj Mundra and new families requesting a deferral should contact Jill Thompson by July 24, 2020 at the latest. Please note: The July 24 deadline for leave of absence requests represents a change to our typical policy that will be in effect for the 2020-21 school year given the unprecedented nature of the pandemic and the necessity for the school to have an exact understanding of who will be enrolled for planning and safety purposes.