Fall 2020 Opening of School Information for Phillips Academy Families

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Registration and Move-In

Registration

All families: Please visit The Hive and make sure that all your registration requirements have been completed. If your registration requirements have not been completed by September 1, you will not be a registered student for the fall term. If you have difficulty accessing The Hive with your parent credentials, please contact the Academy Helpdesk for assistance.

The Hive is the Academy’s online resource for parents. It keeps you informed of school events and provides personalized information about your child(ren), including end-of-term grades. The Hive also provides links to campus support services, Academy publications, and videos of All-School Meetings. Be sure to download and install the smartphone app “The Hive by Phillips Academy” from the  Google Play store or the Apple App store. Having trouble accessing the Hive? Please contact the help desk at helpdesk@andover.edu

Students: If you have not uploaded a photo for the BlueCard, please email Ms. Scofield now so she can send you a personalized link.

Families coming to campus September 10–13: Please be sure to arrive at the time you signed up for on the registration survey. If your arrival time will be outside of the 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Registration hours, please email deanofstudentsoffice@andover.edu ASAP with details.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we need to limit the number of people traveling to and spending time on campus. Students, we ask that you do not bring more than one family member or friend with you to register and move in. If you plan to come to campus alone, please let us know by emailing deanofstudentsoffice@andover.edu.

When you arrive for on-campus registration, please be sure to wear a mask or a face covering. Your first stop will be the Rebecca M. Sykes Wellness Center for your COVID-19 test (parking is available in the Gelb lot). Once you receive a negative result, you will receive your BlueCard and room key so that you can enter your dormitory. If you are being dropped off, you will be expected to keep your luggage with you throughout the registration process.

Driving: Please come directly to the Gelb Parking Lot on Salem Street.

Ride Share: Please come directly to the Day Student Drop Off on Salem Street.

Move-In

Residential and Cluster Expectations:

We will send out your residential and cluster assignment the week of August 31 and we are counting on you to receive this information with an open mind and heart.We will house you in 21 of our 42 dorms. You will live in mostly large dorms in singles and doubles (two-and three-room doubles). You will have explicit instructions and requirements related to meals, restroom use, common room usage, and traffic patterns in, out, and around your dormitory. After two weeks of quarantine in your dormitory and multiple rounds of testing, we hope that you will be able to engage with the members of your dorm pod (6-10 students who reside near you, depending on the architecture of the 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 dormmates will take care of your homes on campus.Student leaders will reside and serve in each of the 21 dormitories, not necessarily in the dorm assignments from last spring. Returning students, you will live near at least one of your peers whom you identified in your recent survey. We expect that all students will do their best to build safe, inclusive, supportive, and respectful residential spaces. We expect you to embrace new friends, build connections, and prioritize relationship-building with peers and adults. I believe these friendships and relationships will be the greatest gift Andover will give you.

Coming to Campus – Registration:

Please be sure to complete the registration survey to sign up for a registration date and time. Next week, we will send out more details about the registration process. If you have misplaced your survey or need to adjust your timing, please email Ms. Heintz.

  • Thursday, September 10 - Invited Student Leaders
  • Friday, September 11 and Saturday, September 12 - 9th- and 12th-graders
  • Sunday, September 13 - 12th-graders taking the ACTs off campus on September 12

We need to limit the number of people traveling to and spending time on campus. Students, we ask that you do not bring more than one family member or friend with you to register and move in. If you plan to come to campus alone, please let us know by emailing deanofstudentsoffice@andover.edu.When you arrive for registration, your first stop will be the Rebecca M. Sykes Wellness Center for your COVID-19 test. Once you receive a negative result, you will receive your BlueCard so that you can enter your dormitory

Preparing and Packing:

In your dormitory room, you will find:

  • A bed, dresser, desk, desk chair and armoire/closet
  • A fan
  • A small refrigerator
  • A shower caddy
  • E&R laundry bag (PA is providing laundry service for you)
  • E&R linens (2 flat/2 fitted sheets and 2 pillowcases and 6 large bath towels; note: E&R will not provide face cloths or hand towels)
  • A surge protector
  • Three cloth face coverings
  • A face covering and sanitization kit
  • A carabiner

Please limit the items you bring to campus to essentials. Be prepared to pack and take with you all your belongings at the end of term or if we need to unexpectedly close for health and safety reasons. You are not permitted to bring larger items, such as furniture, to student rooms. If you bring them, we will require you to send them home. In addition, please do not ship large items to campus.

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