Winter-term Return Plan 

As we prepare to welcome students back to campus, our plan may shift in response to COVID-19 conditions and government guidelines. The health and safety of our students and community are our highest priorities. We will share all updates directly with families. Please send any questions to

Classes will resume remotely on Jan. 11 for all students, as planned. Students will begin returning to campus on Jan. 21, and we have adjusted our in-person class schedule to begin on Feb. 8. Our successful re-entry and continuation of the winter term in-person will require heightened levels of personal vigilance, institutional protocols, and collective support for the hard work ahead.

Pre-Arrival and Return Checklist for Students and Families

We will extend our closed-campus pod for the balance of the winter term. Here is what this means for students:

  • All students may elect to continue with distance learning in their current classes.
  • All students choosing to return to campus will arrive Jan. 21–23 (see schedule below).
  • Day students who have applied and been approved to board will reside in the Upper and Lower Mods and will remain on campus through March 4.
  • Boarding students who remain home for the winter term will be scheduled for a phased return March 6–14 for the spring term (exact dates to be assigned).

Read Head of School Brian H. Hargrove’s Jan. 7 letter to NMH families.

Important Dates

Jan. 7: 14-day home quarantine period begins for students planning to return to campus in January. Students begin daily health screening via REACH (see below).

Jan. 11: Winter-term classes resume remotely for ALL students. 

Jan. 13: Required all-school Zoom meeting for students at 1:40 pm ET. Link to follow.

Jan. 14: Head of School Fireside Chat with families at 7 pm ET. Please use this link to join Zoom.

Jan. 18–20: Students returning to campus must get tested for COVID-19 within 72 hours of their scheduled return. Proof of a negative test result is required to enter campus. Here is a list of testing options.

Jan. 21–23: Students return by dormitory pod.

  • Jan. 21: 
    • 8-11 am London, Hubbard, and Rikert
    • 11 am-2 pm Manchester, Monadnock, and Upper Mod
    • 2-5 pm Lower South Crossley
  • Jan. 22: 
    • 8-11 am Upper Tron, Hayden, and North Farmhouse
    • 11 am-2 pm North Wallace, Shea, and Oaknoll
    • 2-5 pm Upper South Crossley
  • Jan. 23: 
    • 8-11 am Lower Tron, Lower North Crossley, and South Farmhouse
    • 11 am-2 pm Upper North Crossley and MacKinnon
    • 2-5 pm South Wallace and approved day students

Please contact your associate dean if you are not able to arrive on the date specified.

  • Students may arrive on Jan. 20 with special permission. 
  • Students unable to arrive until after Jan. 23 will be tested when they arrive and will begin a supervised room quarantine at a nearby hotel for an additional fee (not their dorm room) until they have a negative test result and can join their dorm pod. 

Feb. 8: In-person classes and on-campus activities resume if conditions allow. Students who are off campus continue with synchronous remote learning or the NMH Lab Program.

Before Returning to Campus

  • Beginning Jan. 7, students are expected to quarantine at home. When outside of their home, students and household members should wear masks, adhere to physical-distancing, and practice excellent hand hygiene. We urge students to limit exposure outside of their home and family (avoid social gatherings, sports practices/games, indoor public spaces, etc.). 
  • Students must complete a daily health screening via REACH. See instructions here. This screening during home quarantine is required every day in order to return to campus.
  • Please arrange to have your student receive a PCR test for COVID-19 within 72 hours of their return to campus. Students will not be allowed on campus without a negative test result. Testing access varies domestically and internationally, so please research the options that exist in your area. There are several home-testing kits that may be the best option for your student; they are listed among these testing options
    • It is important to schedule your student’s test now to ensure that they have a test within the required 72 hours. We urge you to confirm turnaround times with testing sites. 
    • If you are unable to secure an appointment, please consider a home-testing kit. 
    • If you are unable to secure a test for your student within 72 hours, you must email as soon as possible. 
  • Test results must be uploaded to the Magnus Health Portal via NMH Connect (log in, click on “Resources,” and then “Magnus Health Portal”) and also be carried by hand to campus. 

Returning to Campus

  • According to the Massachusetts Travel Order, all visitors entering Massachusetts, including returning residents, who do not meet an exemption, are required to complete the Massachusetts Travel Form prior to arrival, unless you are visiting from a lower-risk state as designated by the Department of Public Health.
  • Students must show their negative COVID-19 test results when they arrive on campus. 
  • Students will receive PCR tests upon arrival to campus and then again roughly 7 and 14 days after arrival.
    • Any student testing positive for COVID-19 when they return to campus will be required to return home for a 10-day isolation period. Students testing positive who are unable to return home will isolate at the NMH O’Connor Health and Wellness Center.
    • All students deemed to be close-contacts to a student testing positive will have to quarantine for 14 days. If students opt to quarantine at home, they will need to perform a one-week, on-campus quarantine and PCR test prior to rejoining their hall pod. 
  • No more than two family members may accompany a student for drop off. They must stay with their cars and may not access dormitories or any campus buildings. Please note that there will not be access to on-campus restroom facilities for families.
  • During the rest of the winter term, the NMH campus will maintain a closed-campus pod. 
    • No visitors to campus will be permitted. Families are invited to send items from home to their students at One Lamplighter Way, Mount Hermon, MA 01354.
    • Students will not be allowed to travel off campus due to quarantine limitations through the winter term. Any requests for a leave for special circumstances will need to go through the Dean of Students Office and will be reviewed.
    • The campus leave policy will be reviewed for the spring term depending up on the COVID-19 landscape and NMH safety protocols.
  • Students will be expected to review and recommit to the community expectations as outlined in the documents below:
  • Students will not be able to shift to synchronous, remote learning at home without permission from the Dean of Students Office and Academic Dean.