Winter & Spring Term Information for Phillips Academy Families

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Living in Community on Campus

Winter 2021

Living and learning on campus this academic year will look very different and will present new challenges and opportunities. However, we will embrace this shared endeavor and lean into our non sibi motto as we all commit to keeping ourselves and others safe and healthy. Now, more than ever, we have the chance to highlight our commitment to each other and appreciate the value of community.

With a focus on safety, health, and equity, Andover will need to re-imagine this fall term in order to provide an excellent academic program and a robust student experience. We will need to develop new and creative practices for building community and forging connections.

To care for ourselves and each other, every member of our community will need to comply with specific health and safety practices including the use of face coverings, social (physical) distancing, hand washing, self-monitoring, mandatory testing, and participation in contact tracing. If students are unable to comply with these standards, they will lose the opportunity to be on campus and will be asked to switch to all-remote learning at home.

Quarantine Requirements

Students will remain in quarantine through February 9.

PLANS DURING INITIAL QUARANTINE (2/3 - 2/9):

  • Opportunities to get outside 2-3 times a day
  • Chaperoned afternoon time (maybe Snyder Center rotation, campus walks)
  • Other opportunities to go on walks or eat outside with house counselors
  • All food delivered from Paresky to the dorm (keep an eye out for the dining survey)
  • Students will study from their rooms; students will mask everywhere except in room
  • One weekend of in-dorm masked and physically distanced bonding activities (trivia games, escape room games, dorm ZOOM activities, etc.)

What to Bring to Campus 2020-2021

We ask students to bring a minimum number of items to campus this year. Please bring essentials only. We want students to be prepared to pack and take with them all of their belongings at the end of the term or in the event that we need to unexpectedly close for health and safety reasons.

Students are not permitted to bring or ship larger items, such as furniture, to their rooms. If larger items are brought to campus, the student will need to send them home and if these items are delivered to the mailroom, they will be returned to the sender.

Student rooms are equipped with standard furniture: A bed, dresser, desk and desk chair and armoire or closet.

There are window coverings on all windows.

This year Phillips Academy is providing the following:

  • A fan
  • Small Refrigerator
  • Shower Caddy
  • Surge Protector
  • Three Cloth Face Coverings
  • A Face Covering and Sanitation Kit
  • Carabiner

We have partnered with E&R Laundry to provide laundry and linen service for all students. A laundry bag will be delivered to each student’s rooms and details about the service can be found here.

  • E&R will provide Bed Linens: 4 extra-long twin sheets (2 flat/2 fitted) and 2 pillowcases
  • E&R will provide Towels: 6 large bath towels
  • NOTE: they will not provide face cloths or hand towels. E&R will launder these at no additional cost.

What can students bring?

We challenge you to pack all of your belongings in two large duffle bags/suitcases!

Important for the 2020-2021 School Year

  • Alarm Clock—so you do not need to use your phone as an alarm and can charge it far away from your bed
  • Cleaning supplies to keep your room tidy
  • Extra face coverings and hand sanitizer
  • Warm clothing so that you can spend time outdoors once it gets chillier
  • Toiletries to place in your shower caddy (these items will be stored in your room this year)
  • Outdoor blanket, games, and activities to engage with your peers safely and at a physical distance
  • Printed photographs and tangible reminders of home, family, and friends.

Bedding

  • Pillow (We will also have pillows available, if needed)
  • Comforter, quilt, or bedspread

Bath Supplies

  • Flip-flops for shower
  • Toiletries, shampoo, razor
  • Soap
  • Handheld hair dryer
  • Hand Mirror

Clothing—PLEASE LIMIT: We recommend labeling all clothing, shoes, athletic equipment, etc.

  • Jeans, T-shirts, shorts, sweaters
  • Underwear, socks, athletic socks
  • Sneakers
  • Bathing suit
  • Rain jacket
  • Umbrella
  • Hat, gloves, scarves, boots, winter jacket, one or two pairs of heavy socks
  • One or two dressy outfits
  • Pajamas, bathrobe
  • Slippers

Computer Supplies—Please consider purchasing tracking software for mobile devices so that they may be located if misplaced or lost.

  • Computer
  • Mouse/mouse pad
  • Memory stick

Study Supplies—School supplies can be purchased in town at CVS

  • Assignment book
  • Backpack or schoolbag
  • Subject notebooks/organizers
  • Texas Instruments calculator (TI-84 or TI-84+ models)
  • Paper, pens, pencils
  • Ruler, compass

Odds and Ends

  • Flashlight
  • Cell phone and computer chargers
  • Water Bottle—all drinking fountain water spouts will be disabled this year; only bottle filling will be available. PLEASE label your water bottle with your name so we can return it to you if it’s lost.
  • Bug Spray with DEET

Maintaining a Healthy Environment

We will increase custodial attention to communal spaces, bathrooms, and high-touch surfaces, and will look to increase air circulation and filtration in buildings across campus. Boarding students will also play integral roles in keeping living spaces sanitary and clean.

Housing Assignments

Students will be assigned to large dorms in singles and doubles (two-and three-room doubles) in the WQN and WQS quads, in Flagstaff, and in one boys’ dorm in PKN. Day students, we are so excited to welcome you to dorm life!

In dorm meetings and through communications from your house counseling team, you will receive explicit instructions and requirements related to meals, restroom use, common room usage, and traffic patterns in, out, and around your dormitory. The arrival quarantine in your dormitory will include three rounds of testing, and will conclude on February 10 unless test results indicate a high positivity rate. After the arrival quarantine, you will be able to engage with the members of your dorm more casually (without face coverings and in closer proximity). Adults will always wear face coverings and maintain physical distance.

Every student in every dormitory will have individual and collective responsibilities and chores such as keeping your own room tidy, disinfecting high-touch surfaces in your room, taking out the trash, sweeping stairwells, shoveling snow, and keeping common rooms clean. Together you and your dorm mates will take care of your homes on campus. Seniors, thank you for offering feedback about your living preferences. We expect that all students will do their best to build safe, inclusive, supportive, and respectful residential spaces. While you will be living with peers whom you identified, we also expect you to embrace new friends, build connections, and prioritize relationship-building with peers and adults.

Athletics

All current posted winter athletic options on Blackboard will be available to our students from training in all traditional winter interscholastic sports with the respective varsity coaches as well as dance, Outdoor Pursuits (winter hiking!) and L.I.F.E. sports such as yoga and spin classes. In addition, baseball training and lacrosse will be led by our varsity coaches as well as futsal in the evenings. Every on-campus student will be able to access the fitness center, basketball courts and squash court outside of the formal athletic afternoon period. We also look forward to Free Skate opportunities in the rink as well as some “under the lights” weekend games!

Travel & Visitors

Once you arrive on campus, students MAY NOT leave campus. Students will not be permitted to walk downtown, travel home, or visit local friends/peers. Also, family and friends will not be able to visit campus. Once we all get through our initial quarantine, we hope to introduce the option of contactless food deliveries from local food establishments/restaurants to dormitories. As was the case in the fall, if we learn that students are not upholding the Non Sibi Safety Pledge, they will need to leave campus.

Dining Services

A dining survey will be sent to students on January 25 asking about entree preferences and dietary requirements for meals delivered to the dorm during quarantine. During Quarantine:

  • Breakfast: dorm pantry options available
  • Lunch: hot lunch delivered to dormitories
  • Snack: dorm pantry options available
  • Dinner: hot meal delivered to dormitories

Post-Quarantine:

  • Breakfast: Pick up your meal and choose to either dine-in Paresky or take to-go. Students may eat with their dorm mates while seated in designated areas of Paresky.
  • Lunch: Pick up your meal and choose to either dine-in Paresky or take to-go. Students may eat with their dorm mates while seated in designated areas of Paresky.
  • Snack: dorm pantry options available
  • Dinner: Pick up your meal and choose to either dine-in Paresky or take to-go. Students may eat with their dorm mates while seated in designated areas of Paresky.

All food will be served in reusable green containers again.

The Paresky team has been working hard to get ready for your arrival. We have created spaces in each dining hall so that you can eat safely and comfortably with your dorm pods. In addition to meal times, students will be able to pick up evening snacks on Wednesdays and Fridays for a special treat. We are also looking to host senior tea on a regular basis. Unfortunately, we will not be able to open Susie’s this winter, as the Paresky team is using the space to accommodate their team’s needs.

As Dining Services adapts to comply with the stringent standards outlined by local, state, and federal health authorities, our commitment to provide the highest levels of workplace and food safety for the Andover community has never been more crucial.

To keep the academy community safe and healthy, the staff at Paresky Commons is preparing to implement a number of changes that will support menu offerings that are diverse, well-balanced, nutritious, and meet the varied dietary needs of the community. Menu modifications, seating, service area adjustments, designated meal times, and food delivery options are some of the initiatives we are taking to ensure a safe dining environment for our students and school community.