Information for Admitted Students

We are thrilled that is it possible to safely welcome students back to campus this summer, and we can't wait to meet our on-campus cohort of Lower School, Upper School, and (MS)2 students at Registration on Tuesday, June 29. A recommended Packing List for boarding students can be accessed here, and an updated Day Student FAQ flier can be found here.

As conditions have shifted over the spring, we have been able to adjust our covid-19 risk-mitigation protocols to reflect CDC guidance and campus best practice. We anticipate these will be far less restrictive than initially planned, and that campus life will look nearly "normal" this summer!

Below are our updated protocols as of June 3, 2021.

A New Challenge

Living and learning on campus this summer will look very similar to previous summers, in many ways, though some essential differences will present new challenges and opportunities to our community. Regardless of the protocols in place, 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.

To care for ourselves and each other, every member of our community will need to comply with specific health and safety practices when directed including the use of face coverings, social (physical) distancing, hand washing, self-monitoring, mandatory testing, and participation in contact tracing.

Based on student and employee vaccination numbers, along with the fact that we will be offering the vaccine to students at registration, we anticipate that we will be able to begin in-person learning and activities immediately, without the need for an in-dorm quarantine period. We will still maintain substantial safety protocols until testing data confirms that our campus can ease restrictions; these will include:

  • Uploading evidence of vaccination prior to arrival (or, if a student has not been vaccinated, evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result)
  • Testing all students upon arrival
  • Offering the vaccine at registration (and a second dose on-campus July 20)
  • Universal masking (in all indoor and outdoor spaces, except for a student's dorm room) until at least week #2
  • Pooled testing (upon arrival, again during the first week, and once each subsequent week)
  • Closed campus (no off-campus field trips or visits to downtown Andover, and no visitors allowed) until at least week #2

If campus vaccination and testing data confirms it is safe, we will move to an "Open Campus" as soon as possible, ideally in week #2, so that students can...

  • Be unmasked in their dorm common spaces and in outdoor spaces, if they choose
  • Travel off-campus for academic and weekend "fun" field trips
  • Walk to downtown Andover
Questions about the on-campus Andover Summer 2021 program? Watch our June 10 Town Hall here!

UPDATED COVID-19 Risk Mitigation Plan: Summer 2021

STUDENT ARRIVAL

The student arrival and registration process will look different than ever before, and will require patience on the part of all involved. Thank you in advance! We ask that only a single adult accompany a student to campus (or, if more family members plan to accompany a student, that only one help with the actual dorm move-in process).

PRIOR TO ARRIVAL

  • All online forms, including health forms and immunization records, must be completed by the stated deadlines, in order to provide our team with adequate time and information to facilitate summer preparation. Families must ensure that all medical and insurance information is up to date and uploaded to the Medicat health portal, including a physical exam report dated within the previous calendar year.
  • Students will be asked to select a registration window (an anticipated arrival window of roughly 1 hour) on Tuesday, June 29 to reduce the number of people congregating in a single place at any given time. Families will register for an arrival time slot in Medicat based on their anticipated arrival time; those arriving via Andover-provided buses from Logan Airport should select a time 2 hours after their flight is scheduled to land. We will open arrival time pre-registration in the Medicat portal on June 10, but if you have questions, please email: sykeswellness@andover.edu or call (978) 749-4455.
  • Proof of vaccination or a negative PCR COVID-19 test result must be obtained no more than 5 days prior to arrival on campus (no earlier than June 24).
  • For students arriving/traveling from outside of the U.S., please be aware of any CDC requirements in effect at the time of travel to Andover.

ON ARRIVAL DAY: JUNE 29, 2021

  • When students arrive for registration, their first stop in the Snyder Center (where registration will take place) will be with the Sykes Wellness team, who will administer a rapid COVID-19 test. Once the student receives a negative result (which should take ~20 minutes), they will be cleared to complete other registration tasks and to proceed to their assigned dorm.
  • Students who are not yet vaccinated can receive their first dose of the vaccine through a pharmacy vendor on-site at Registration. Permission paperwork must be completed and submitted to the vendor. We encourage all students to take advantage of this opportunity!
  • All students will receive a BlueCard and lanyard. Campus buildings will only be accessible through card access, so students must always carry their BlueCard.
  • Only the student and 1 adult will be allowed into the Snyder Center during the registration process, though 2 adults can accompany the student into the dorm during the move-in process.

STUDENT ORIENTATION WEEK

We are thrilled to share that we do not believe an in-dorm quarantine period will be necessary this summer, due to vaccination rates and campus health data! Instead, we will begin with a "Closed Campus" to more closely monitor student health and safety. This will include:

  • In-person learning and activities will begin right away, and students will follow a typical orientation schedule that will include program meetings, campus tours and orientation sessions, a Club Fair, and other events in addition to classes and sports.
  • Universal masking will be required regardless of vaccination status during the "Closed Campus" period (in all indoor and outdoor location)
  • Grab-and-Go dining with customized options will be available for pickup in our Paresky Commons dining facility.
  • Students will remain on-campus for the duration of the "Closed Campus", period without access to downtown Andover or off-campus field trips until the campus is considered "Open"
  • Every student in every dormitory will have individual and collective responsibilities and chores such as keeping one's own room tidy, disinfecting high-touch surfaces in the room, taking out the trash, sweeping stairwells, and keeping common rooms clean. Together students and their dorm mates will take care of their homes on campus.
  • If deemed necessary based on contact tracing, quarantine will resume for individual students or full dorm pods after a verified COVID-19 exposure. See the section titled Testing, Tracing & PPE for more information.
  • Students will still need to bring a laptop or other device that can be used to access the internet and participate in remote classes in the case that a full in-dorm quarantine is needed at any point in the summer.

TESTING

Regular screening and testing of all students and any unvaccinated campus community members will be required, in order to prevent community spread and to facilitate effective contact tracing. Masking and physical distancing will also be essential elements of the summer's approach to risk-mitigation. Violations of any of the stated requirements, including absence from scheduled testing, failure to complete daily screening, or noncompliance with masking and distancing, will be cause for dismissal from the program.

  • After arrival, students will be tested twice during the first week and once each subsequent week using pooled testing administered in dorms. Unvaccinated adults will be tested once each week through the Sykes Medical Center.

MASKING

  • During the "Closed Campus" period, students must be masked and maintain physical distancing from others whenever they are out of their dorms, including during class. Once campus is considered "Open," students will receive explicit instructions regarding times when masks will be optional.
  • Students may eat with others of the same dorm, and do not need to be physically distant from them in outdoor spaces.
  • Students must be masked and maintain physical distancing during all encounters with adults within the dorms.

CONTACT TRACING, QUARANTINE & ISOLATION

Phillips Academy employs a year-round team (the Andover Contact Tracing - ACT - team) to support ongoing efforts to isolate students testing positive for COVID-19 and to quarantine those who have had direct contact with an individual who has tested positive.

  • Students will not attend classes and adults will not come to work (or engage with students in person), if they are experiencing symptoms or have been in contact with anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19. Contact tracing will be performed when any potential exposures occur.
  • If a student tests positive for COVID-19, the parent or guardian (or a designated local emergency contact) is expected to come to campus within 24 hours of being notified that their child has tested positive, to either care for the student in isolation at or to safely remove the student from campus (if they live within driving distance).
  • Several dormitories will be designated as "Quarantine Dorms" into which students will move during their quarantine period, unless an entire dormitory must quarantine due to an exposure within the "pod".

PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT

While students are welcome to bring their own face masks, shields, sanitizer, etc., Phillips Academy is committed to ensuring that school-issued PPE is available to all participants in our summer programs, including day students.

  • Upon arrival, all Andover Summer students will be provided with a PPE kit to include sufficient masks for the summer, along with hand sanitizer and cleaning supplies.
  • Dormitory rooms will be outfitted with fans and mini-refrigerators, and students will be provided with reusable grocery bags to assist with meal pickup and consumption throughout the summer.
  • Biweekly laundry service can be contracted by families through E&R Campus Laundry, but is not required.

CAMPUS BOUNDARIES & PHYSICAL SPACES

During the initial "Closed Campus" period, and any subsequent quarantine periods, students will have more limited access to campus facilities and cannot leave campus bounds. Other de-densification efforts and risk-mitigation practices have been put in place to ensure student safety, including:

  • Students living in dorms will be assigned to single rooms, or doubles that are set up to have separate living spaces for each student (i.e. 2-room doubles, 3-room triples).
  • No day or overnight excuses will be granted for the duration of the program.
  • No visitors will be allowed on campus during the "Closed Campus" period. Once campus is considered "Open," students may have visitors outdoors, though they may not come into the dorms or leave the walkable bounds of downtown Andover.
  • Students will not be allowed to walk to downtown Andover during the "Closed Campus" period, but may do so once the campus is considered "Open".
  • Typical student activities (trips to Boston, shopping, college trips, etc.) will be replaced with on-campus, physically distant activities during the "Closed Campus" period, but off-campus field trips are expected to resume as early as week #2. During off-campus trips, students must remain masked at all times unless eating, may not dine indoors, and may not use public transportation.
  • Only contactless food deliveries to campus will be allowed.
  • Access to campus buildings will be significantly constrained during "Closed Campus", with students having access only to their dorms, their identified study spaces, athletic facilities, and their academic buildings. Blue cards will be required to access all spaces

OPEN CAMPUS LEARNING

  • Students will attend classes in-person (masked) unless in quarantine or isolation. If unable to attend in person, students will be able to access courses virtually using Andover's "HyFlex" model.
  • All classrooms have been reviewed for safety, desks have been arranged to accommodate physical distancing, and in some cases improved with plexiglass barriers, ventilation systems, and technology to support alternative student engagement efforts.
  • An intensive classroom cleaning schedule has been put in place, which include full disinfecting between class periods by a member of the custodial team.
  • Students will be able access a variety of spaces across campus for the purpose of studying or simply finding a quiet, air-conditioned location to relax, without the need to make reservations in advance (though they will be asked to sign in to the facility they are using).

OPEN CAMPUS LIVING

  • Afternoon Activities (athletics) will take place outdoors in closely-supervised groups, with coaches working to ensure that physical distancing doesn't stop students from engaging in physical activity.
  • Weekly Clubs will be available to students for participation
  • Weekend off-campus field trips will be offered on Saturdays and Sundays to primarily outdoor destinations (Boston, Newburyport, local mini-golf/ice cream, outlet malls, the beach, etc.) Students must sign up in advance to secure a spot on any of the trips being offered.
  • In addition to off-campus trips, weekend activities will be brought to campus, and Andover will make every effort to ensure there are engaging, appealing options for all students. From petting zoos and outdoor movie nights to food trucks and tent-based video game tournaments, we hope to have something for everyone.
  • The Independent School and College Fairs will still take place, though virtually, and students who have signed up for the College Counseling program will benefit from in-person workshops, discussions, virtual college visits, and 1:1 counseling sessions.