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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates
COVID-19 Information and Updates
Please check this page for important updates related to Fay's response to the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).
UPDATE 4/17/20: After careful consideration of the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and local and national authorities, and with the health of our entire community in mind, we have made the decision to keep Fay's campus closed for the remainder of the school year. Distance Learning classes and programs will continue through June 5, 2020. Click here to read the Head of School's full message.
Fay School is committed to providing an exceptional distance learning program for its students throughout the remainder of the school year. Please continue to visit Fay's Distance Learning resources pages for parent guidelines and other pertinent information.
Fay will automatically send a final transcript to the secondary school that each of our students is attending. While our grading systems will be slightly modified for the spring term, secondary schools will be anticipating these adjustments given the move to distance learning programs across the country during this period.
Fay’s end-of-year celebrations are high points of the year for all of us. Our long-standing tradition of celebrating our students' achievements and earnest efforts will not be precluded by the COVID-19 pandemic. The School’s administration is currently evaluating a number of options to recognize our students, and especially our graduating class, with a memorable, if non-traditional, experience. We will provide more details in the coming weeks.
At this time, we are delaying our decisions to organize international and out-of-state trips for Upper and Lower School students. Decisions will be made based on travel advisories from the CDC as well as local, state, and federal authorities.
The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation and to adjust its guidance as needed. On March 13, SEVP issued the following statement, which is relevant for Fay international students who have returned home:
If a school closes temporarily but offers online instruction or another alternative learning procedure, nonimmigrant students should participate in online or other alternate learning procedures and remain in active status in SEVIS. Given the extraordinary nature of the COVID-19 emergency, SEVP will allow F-1 students to temporarily count online classes towards a full course of study, even if they have left the United States and are taking the online classes from elsewhere.
Fay will continue to update SEVP about any program changes. Please remember that all students who are on a Fay F-1 visa must keep the school informed about a current address.
At this time, students and parents are not permitted on campus. If an essential item is required from the dorms, students should contact Max Bogaert, Dean of Residential Life, at email@example.com. We will provide updated information about options for collecting, storing, and shipping student belongings in the coming weeks.
Students may return to campus at any time before fall midterm grades are released. After the fall midterm, we ask that students come at the end of a term or at the midterm point in the winter or spring in order to ensure that we can provide an appropriate welcome and acclimation to campus.
Members of Fay’s Upper School faculty will teach the distance learning courses. The courses will be similar in structure and format to the courses that have been offered this spring. Academic department chairs will coordinate efforts to ensure that distance learners will be able to make a smooth transition to the in-person classroom once they return to campus.
If students are not able to come to campus in the fall because of COVID-19, they will receive prorated refunds for room and board, based on the number of unused days and the amount or room and board already paid.
No. We are committed to providing a Fay education to all of our enrolled boarding students. Any boarding student who is not able to come to campus because of COVID-19 will be able to participate in distance learning.
More information about TuitionNet is available here and on its website. If you didn’t enroll in TuitionNet for 2020-21, there is still time to do so -- but you must enroll before August 1. Please contact Sterling Fitzgibbons at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our preparations for the 2020-2021 school year are continuing as planned, and at this time we plan to be in session on campus in September. We will observe federal, state, and local guidelines for health and safety as we develop careful plans to open dorms and classrooms and resume in-person teaching and learning. We will share more detailed information about these plans in the coming months.
Trash pick-up from outside buildings will continue. No food services will be provided. Our Facilities Department will provide only emergency and essential services. Routine facilities requests will not be provided. Please contact Sheryl Traylor, Director of Facilities, at email@example.com with any questions.
The Board of Trustees has approved the prorated refund of room and board fees to boarding student families for spring term. For returning boarders, refunds will be credited towards next year's tuition payment. Students who are leaving Fay at the end of this school year will receive a cash refund.
Since Fay will continue to educate students via distance learning through the end of the academic year, the School is not offering refunds for tuition. This scenario is addressed in sections 7 and 12 of the enrollment contract. If you have any questions, please contact Diane Byrne, Director of Finance and Operations at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Only essential employees and campus residents are permitted to be on campus. The School's athletics fields, gym, playgrounds, and tennis courts are closed to all visitors and non-essential employees and residents. The mail continues to be delivered and sorted Monday through Friday; campus resident mail continues to be available for pick-up from the Root Faculty Room.
We will continue to monitor travel advisories, health notices, and social distancing recommendations provided by the CDC, the U.S. State Department, and other agencies. Students who are travelling from or who have recently visited countries that are on the level 2 or 3 level advisory list may or may not be permitted to return to campus. We will also use available COVID-19 testing guidelines to inform our decisions.
Diane Byrne Director of Finance and Operations 508-490-8213