March 16, 2020 — As Northfield Mount Hermon (NMH) has monitored and responded to the rapidly changing circumstances around COVID-19, the school’s highest priorities have been and remain the health and safety of students and all community members.
“Without question, this is an anxious time for all of us,” says Head of School Brian Hargrove. “We will not compromise in our commitment to our community’s well-being.”
Here is our response, to date:
Spring break extension and remote learning
NMH will extend its two-week spring break by one week, through Sunday, March 29. Students have been asked to stay home through April 12. On Monday, March 30, classes will resume and shift to Remote Learning Plans (RLPs) that include virtual classes, online instruction, and regular online conferences. Remote learning will continue as long as it is required to limit the potential for COVID-19 exposure. Some international students may return to NMH and live in temporary campus housing, supervised by faculty members.
The goals of this plan are to ensure that NMH delivers its educational program in as safe an environment as possible, to reduce the population density on campus, to lessen the possible spread of COVID-19, and to return to regular operations as soon as possible. Making the most of the NMH experience requires a safe and healthy campus, and this plan is part of NMH’s commitment to the community’s well-being.
COVID-19 Task Force
NMH’s COVID-19 Campus Task Force meets daily. The team tracks federal, state, and international recommendations, including medical expertise from our school’s director of medicine, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization, and other sources. The task force coordinates NMH’s logistical efforts and campus programs, events, and travel.
Right now, the plan is to reopen the campus as soon as possible. However, NMH is prepared to change that plan as needed based on government advisories and new regulations that may prescribe how to proceed.
COVID-19 resources and updates
In an effort to consolidate communication about our school’s response to COVID-19, we’ve assembled all updates regarding NMH’s response to COVID-19 here. Find letters to community members, the current spring-term schedule, contact information for key NMH offices, and links to state and federal governmental agencies.