Links for families, students, faculty, and staff
If you are looking for information and cannot find it on this website, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will add to this page.
- My BackPack (student life forms, course registrations, calendars, and financial forms — look in the “resource center” for communications sent from the school)
- SchoolDoc (health forms)
If you have any questions about logging in to these sites, please contact email@example.com.
Important resources for families
Your Contacts at Miss Hall’s School
• For questions about academics: Lisa Alberti ’73, Dean of Academics and Faculty, 413-395-7108, firstname.lastname@example.org
• For questions about student life: Cherèva McClellan, Dean of Students, 413-395-7015, email@example.com
• For questions about diversity and inclusion: Paula Lima Jones, Dean of Equity and Inclusion, 413-395-7117, firstname.lastname@example.org
• For questions about class schedules: Sarah Virden, Director of Academic Counseling, 413-395-7018, email@example.com
• For questions about travel and residential life: Christie Higuera, Director of Residential Life & Student Leadership Coordinator, 413-395-7016, firstname.lastname@example.org
• For questions about health and counseling resources: Kristen Milano, Director of Health and Wellness, 413-395-7072, email@example.com
• For general questions: Miss Hall's School Main Number, 413-443-6401
Back to School
Information for students and families about the 2021-22 school year, including campus health and safety protocols. We will add additional information here as we receive questions and clarify answers. — Updated August 17, 2021
When should students arrive at school?
Students traveling internationally may arrive on campus as early as August 26.
Returning students — boarding and day — should plan to arrive on September 3.
New students should arrive on September 4.
We encourage unvaccinated students to schedule their arrival no later than September 1, so they have time to complete quarantine prior to the first day of classes, September 9. If a student will be delayed due to reasons outside of their control, we will do our best to accommodate.
Do students need to be vaccinated?
We strongly encourage all students to get vaccinated. Research clearly shows that widespread vaccination is the best way to achieve “herd immunity” and to ensure the health and safety of our community. This will also allow us to take students off-campus for activities with other schools, welcome guests onto campus, and embrace the close-knit culture we all cherish and have missed so much during the past year. Further, unvaccinated students may not be able to participate fully in athletics, weekend activities, and all-school events. We ask that all students upload a copy of their COVID-19 vaccination card or other proof of vaccination in their SchoolDoc account.
Do students need a COVID test before returning to school?
Due to the surge of the Delta variant and the prevalence of breakthrough cases, all boarding students — regardless of vaccination status — are required to provide documentation of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours before arriving on campus.
Will students have to wear masks?
As of August 23, and until further notice, Miss Hall’s is requiring all students and adults to wear masks when indoors, in shared public spaces.
Will students have to quarantine when they arrive on campus?
Students who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 will not have to quarantine when they arrive on campus. Unvaccinated boarding students will be required to quarantine on campus for 5 to 7 days, until receiving a negative test result from in-room testing.
Can students get the vaccine after they arrive at school?
Yes! For students who have not had the opportunity to be vaccinated, Miss Hall’s will facilitate vaccination after their arrival on campus. Parents/guardians must complete a waiver giving the School permission to coordinate the vaccination.
Do students need health insurance?
All MHS students are required to have an active medical insurance policy that covers the cost of medical services provided by practitioners while under school care. International students in need of coverage can enroll in insurance from Clifford Allen. For enrollment instructions, select the “Insurance” tab in your SchoolDoc account and follow the instructions. Proof of insurance must be received by the Health and Wellness Center before students can move into their dorm rooms or participate in school activities.
Are Miss Hall’s School employees vaccinated against COVID-19?
Miss Hall’s is requiring all employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
What other precautions is Miss Hall’s taking to safeguard students during the pandemic?
We are requiring all students and adults to wear masks when indoors, in shared public spaces, and we are adhering to the CDC’s recommendations for at least three feet of social distancing at all times when indoors.
We will continue the practice started last year of daily health screenings using the MyMedBot application, which is accessible by phone or tablet. We will also continue weekly monitoring testing. Unvaccinated students will be tested weekly, along with random sample testing of other students and adults.
Further, all Miss Hall’s students, adults, and visitors are asked to follow our Common Good Guidelines for protecting community health.
What about visitors to the MHS campus?
All visitors, including families, must fill out this questionnaire and must wear masks at all times, indoors and outdoors.
Will Miss Hall’s dormitories and the Dining Room be open during breaks?
Yes. Dormitories and the Dining Room will be open during Long Weekend. In the event that there are international students who are unable to travel home due to COVID-related travel restrictions, campus will be open during the Fall, Winter, and Spring Breaks on a limited basis. Students who need this option must obtain permission from the School in advance and will be required to pay additional fees.
Does the School provide transportation to and from airports before and after breaks?
Except during the beginning of Fall Long Weekend, which directly follows Fall Family Weekend, Miss Hall’s School provides school vacation transportation to and from Albany and Bradley/Hartford international airports, as well as to and from designated drop-off and pick-up points for Boston and New York City-area international airports. MHS arranges transportation directly to and from John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) only at Fall Break, Winter Break, and Spring Break. The school does not provide transportation to any other airport or city.
Please note: due to additional COVID-related restrictions, and limited availability of shuttle drivers, the prices for transportation to and from airports — particularly Boston Logan and New York JFK and Newark — are much higher than in past years. Families should anticipate fees of $250 to $500, depending on the schedule and number of riders in each shuttle.
How do students order books?
Director of Academic Counseling Sarah Virden has emailed 2021-22 class information to all returning students. Please use the class information attached to the communication to order books for the upcoming school year through our book vendor, ecampus.com. The link to the MHS bookstore is https://misshalls.ecampus.com/.
When you go to the ecampus site, you will shop by schedule, using your class list as your guide. You can have books sent directly to MHS, if that is easier. Please make sure to use your name in the shipping address, so that we know to whom the package should be delivered. Should you have any questions about this process or the class information that you have received, please reach out to Sarah Virden directly via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
How does Miss Hall’s handle cultural and religious observations?
This year, each student will have a bank of excused absences to use for cultural or religious observations, up to 5 days in a given academic year (September-May). Under this policy, excused absences can be taken for observations such as Yom Kippur, Lunar New Year, Good Friday, Eid-al-Fitr, etc. More information about the policy can be found in our 2021-22 Student-Family Handbook.