We are carefully monitoring the spread of COVID-19 and are taking steps to monitor the health, wellbeing, and travel plans of all community members following the recommendations of local, national, and world health authorities. The School’s Incident Response Team (IRT) is following this situation closely and meeting regularly to share information and updates.
With an abundance of caution, we scaled back on- and off-campus activities in early March, canceled professional development travel for faculty and staff, and started Spring Break early, on Wednesday, March 11. We chose to keep the dorms open during Spring Break and beyond so that students who are not able to travel home have a safe place to stay.
Students leaving the United States due to COVID-19 who are continuing their studies remotely outside the United States can remain in active status. Read the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) statement.
Distance learning began on Monday, April 6 and will continue it through the remainder of the academic year.
We are committed to keeping the community informed of developments on and off the MHS campus. This page will be continually updated as the situation evolves.
Phone numbers for health departments. If you are in an area where cases of COVID-19 develop, in addition to contacting the Health Center at Miss Hall's, please reach out to the health department in the area where you are for more information.
The School’s Incident Response Team (IRT) monitors updates and advisories from local, state, and federal officials daily and is meeting regularly to review action plans and next steps, in consultation with the School’s Leadership Team and the Board of Trustees. We are in frequent contact with other schools, universities, and professional organizations to learn about how they are handling this situation and to determine how we might shape or alter our plans.
The School is currently on Spring Break and will begin distance learning for all students on April 6 for the rest of the semester. We will not resume on-campus instruction or activities through the end of the academic year. This includes Alumnae Weekend and Commencement activities. The June trip to Tanzania is canceled.
At this time, we are not letting any students come to campus to collect their things. We are honoring the Governor's order to limit all non-essential travel/activity, and also limiting visitors to campus for safety/health reasons.
You have three options for your belongings:
You can store them on campus until we resume regular programming. (This year, there is no cost to you for this.) If you store belongings on campus, they will be packed, using luggage you might have and boxes supplied by the School. Your belongings will not stay in your current room.
You can pick up your items at a later date. (The date and time to be determined; we will coordinate the pick up option as soon as it is safe to do so.) If you choose to pick up your belongings, they will be packed for you and ready. We will use luggage you might have in your rooms (this will be discussed on a Zoom call with you) and in boxes supplied by the School.
You can have your belongings shipped to your home or to your next living location (You are responsible for this cost. Please see this document for estimated costs.)
Hall parent(s), along with a few others, will be packing each room. We have clear protocols in place and will move through this process with care and respect. You are expected to Zoom with your hall parent(s) briefly while they are in your room to go over a few things and to ensure that all of your questions are answered. Someone will be in touch about setting up a time, given your survey results.
Dean of Academics and Faculty Lisa Alberti will be in touch with families no later than March 30 with instructions and expectations about the distance learning that will begin April 6. This shift will be easier for some students and faculty than for others, and we are committed to working to accommodate all MHS students and adults as we put this plan into action. MHS students will continue to learn, and faculty will continue to teach, but how that teaching and learning take place, and what that looks like, will be different. This recent communication from the Deans is our starting place. Dean Alberti will soon be in touch to fill in details.
Faculty have been deeply involved in planning and preparing to offer distance learning. Teachers have been working hard and thinking creatively and collaboratively about how best to engage students in learning, in varied ways. We know that this will look and feel different, and we are dedicated to providing clear, reasonable and equitable expectations for all students and teachers.
If your family has or will have challenges accessing remote learning for technical reasons, please contact Director of Technology Matt Pocock (413-395-7069 or email@example.com), Dean of Academics and Faculty Lisa Alberti (413-395-7108 or firstname.lastname@example.org), or your student’s advisor. We are committed to working with you to find a solution.
Students will receive direct communication about coursework from each of their teachers through their Miss Hall’s School email and PowerSchool, our learning management system. The majority of work will be done asynchronously, with the option of “class meetings” or small-group meetings through Zoom, in addition to other contact points. Each student will be provided with a weekly schedule.
These developments will not affect a student’s academic standing; students will receive their mid-semester grades and comments by Friday, March 27th, and they will receive end-of-the-semester grades in early June. We are asking everyone to approach the next few months with patience and flexibility. Learning is important, but more important is making sure that our students stay healthy and safe and connected.
Yes, but because of the uncertainty around reopening of the campus and restrictions on travel and gathering, we urge all families to make arrangements for students who are currently on campus to return home, if possible. As always, every family must decide what is best for them and their student. Please know that we will do all we can to accommodate each situation, and we will continue to care for any students who need to remain on campus.
Most students and adults have left school for Spring Break. Students affected by travel restrictions are staying on campus for all or part of the break, and meals, small group activities, and check-ins are happening during their stay. The campus is generally quiet, and though there are still concerns and a lot of uncertainty, MHS adults and students have been incredibly thoughtful and supportive to each other, as we together navigate this uncharted territory.
We are using the break to deep clean many areas of campus. We are also reviewing and updating our health and safety protocols. We have increased the number of hand-sanitizing stations across campus, most noticeably at entrances and exits to school buildings and at entrances to large gathering spaces, including the Living Room and Dining Room. Members of the Housekeeping and Campus Services teams have also increased cleaning frequency in communal spaces — including the Dining Room, Living Room, Student Center, Sun Room, and Library.
Yes. The School is closely monitoring visitors to campus. Per CDC recommendations, we have limited group visits and rentals until further notice. We are also asking all singular visitors to campus to complete a Travel and Exposure Questionnaire prior to coming onto campus.
Students and employees who are sick should not come to school and should stay home until symptoms subside. If you suspect that your student may have been exposed to the coronavirus, please alert the MHS Health Center — 413-395-7074 or Director of Health Services Christie Puz, email@example.com. Employees should contact their supervisor or a member of IRT.
On Friday, March 13, we learned through our contact at SEVIS, the Student and Exchange Visitor Program, that students leaving the United States to travel home due to COVID-19 and who are continuing their studies remotely, can remain in ACTIVE STATUS.
The health and safety of our students is our top priority, and we will work with students and families to make any needed accommodations. If students cannot travel, we are committed to either housing them on campus or with host families.
If a student or MHS adult travels to an area identified with a Level 3 Travel Health Notice as issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, their ability to return to the United States may be limited, and the School will require them to self-quarantine and self-monitor their health for 14 days before returning to school.
If a student or MHS adult travels to a Level 2 Travel Area, they should monitor health and practice social distancing for 14 days after return from travel. Social distancing means staying out of crowded places, avoiding group gatherings, and maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet or 2 meters) from others when possible.
We have asked all students and adults to provide information about expected travel, including dates and locations, in order to provide support in the event that travel advisories change. Given the rapidly developing nature of the situation, we are urging all community members to weigh the risks of traveling anywhere until the outbreak subsides.