Spring Term Information for Phillips Academy Families

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Spring Head of School Letter

A Promising Start

Mach 26, 2021

Students, faculty, and staff eager for a fresh start fueled a palpable energy during Tuesday’s registration—which included lines of cars and rolling suitcases, selfies with family, and lots of masks and hand sanitizer. Despite the masks, it was easy to see their happy, smiling faces! We look forward to a similar day Wednesday, March 31, when we welcome day students for registration. And we are counting down to the end of arrival quarantine on Saturday, April 3, when we hope to be together on campus.

With more than 700 students now in the dorms, we are excited for a spring that will look markedly different from fall and winter terms. Testing is in full effect, tents and fresh air options are back, and classrooms are being modified to accommodate in-person learning. Thank you to the teams in Sykes, the deans’ offices, dining, admission, facilities, Central Services, and technology, and to our faculty, many of whom are headed to their classrooms to try out the technology in preparation for Hyflex teaching and the integration of remote students.

As our campus population increases, we must remain vigilant in protecting the health and safety of our community. In addition to managing logistics around things like meals, classrooms, and student activities, we continue to review public health data, consult with our medical advisory board, and monitor test results for students and employees who access campus.

Many of our faculty and staff have already received their first vaccination—both of us included—and we are hopeful that all who are eligible will soon receive their shots.

To think that one year ago our world was just beginning to grasp the widespread and devastating impact of COVID-19. We are proud of what Andover has accomplished under extraordinary conditions, and remain grateful for your support and generous spirit. Whether your child is on campus or with us remotely, let us move forward together and make the next 10 weeks of spring term as rejuvenating and joyful as possible.

Raynard Kington, MD, PhD, P’24
Head of School

Jenny Elliott ’94, P’22, ’24
Assistant Head of School for Residential Life and Dean of Students