The Foundation for a Meaningful Life
Kindergarten - Grade 9 in Southborough, MA

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.


List of 8 frequently asked questions.


List of 9 frequently asked questions.


List of 6 frequently asked questions.

  • Will Fay School reopen in time for the start of the 2020-2021 school year?

    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.
  • While the campus is closed, what services will continue to be available to campus residents?

    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 with any questions.
  • Is Fay taking any steps to support the greater community at this time?

    Fay has donated over 2,000 pairs of gloves, many masks, and containers of hand sanitizer to local hospitals and emergency rooms.
  • Will any refunds be provided to families?

    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
  • Who is permitted to be on campus while it is closed?

    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.
  • When campus reopens, will there be restrictions in place for students returning to campus and classes?

    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

Sarah Remsberg
Head of Upper School

Lainie Schuster
Head of Lower School

Katie Knuppel
Head of Primary School and Director of the Early Learning Center

Fay School Health Office