1. Getting Here
Everything you need to know about getting to campus.
Pre-Travel Quiet Period Prior to arriving at Pomfret, we strongly recommend that students and their families greatly limit travel and face-to-face contact with people outside the household for the ten days prior to the student's arrival date. This precaution will reduce the risk of contracting and then inadvertently bringing the virus to campus.
Initial Negative Covid Test All students are required to present documentation of a negative Covid-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) molecular test taken within four to eight days prior to your arrival on campus. Procurement of this initial test is your responsibility, and the results must be uploaded to your Magnus Health account before you arrive on campus. (We will share detailed instructions with you in August.) This was policy was updated on
UPDATED 8/5/2020. Previously, we specified a 72-hour timeline between testing and arrival to campus. The School is aware of the highly variable return time for Covid-19 test results. We will now accept Covid results from tests taken 4–8 days prior to arrival.
Travel Quarantine All Pomfret students are expected to abide by US government and State of Connecticut quarantine regulations. For the latest on these guidelines, please visit the CDC and State of Connecticut websites. If your child is coming from a high-risk state or country, they are required by law to observe a 14-day quarantine. Any student who selects to quarantine on the Pomfret campus must arrive on August 24. To take advantage of this opportunity, please denote your interest in the required Arrival Form at the bottom of this plan.
UPDATED 8/5/2020. The State of Connecticut has recently modified its expectations. Travelers can no longer be tested for Covid-19 and avoid the quarantine period. Previously, a negative Covid test, obtained within 72-hours of arrival, made the quarantine period unnecessary. This is no longer true. For students coming from a high-risk state or country, the 14-day quarantine period must be observed.
Connecticut Travel Form To control the spread of Covid-19 in Connecticut, all travelers and Connecticut residents who (within 14 days of arriving in Connecticut) have spent 24 hours or longer in a Covid-affected state, and who are staying in Connecticut for more than 24 hours, are required to complete this Connecticut Travel Health Form.
Transportation As in past years, our Transportation Coordinator Chris Lamothe stands ready and able to assist with your travel arrangements. If you need help, please contact Chris directly at (860) 963-6114. Please Note: During the pandemic, we are unable to provide our normal bus transportation service to and from Darien, CT and New York, NY. Additionally, faculty and staff cannot serve as transportation resources. Chris can help secure private livery services that meet our stringent safety guidelines.
Arrival Dates In a departure from previous years, boarding families will select a specific arrival date and time. On August 10, we will provide detailed instructions on how you can make an appointment. These appointments will be made on a first-come, first-served basis. This year’s arrival dates are:
- Monday, August 24 – travel quarantine only
- Sunday, September 6
- Monday September 7
- Tuesday, September 8
Day students should report to campus on September 10 for Covid-19 testing and then not again until the first day of in-person classes on Monday, September 14.
Move-In Protocols The vast majority of the registration that would normally occur in person will take place online, prior to your arrival on campus. The rest will take place outdoors under tents. While you may choose to arrive with multiple family members, we ask that no more than one parent assist with registration and move-in. Masks will be required in all indoor spaces. They will also be required outdoors when social distancing is not possible. Boarding students will have approximately 1.5 hours to complete their move into the dorm. During registration, each student will receive a starter kit of personal protective equipment (PPE), including two cloth face masks.
Welcome and Orientation Even before new students arrive on campus, they will have an initial virtual orientation consisting of written tutorials, on-demand videos, and live Zoom meetings. This preliminary orientation is designed to get the nuts-and-bolts information out of the way early. This virtual orientation will be followed by an on-campus orientation, which will help new students acclimate to our campus and our community. All students, irrespective of longevity, will go through a rigorous health and safety training during their first week on campus.
Calendar As previously announced in A Roadmap to Reopening, students who require an initial two-week quarantine period must arrive on August 24. From September 6 through September 8, the rest of the student body will arrive by appointment (described above). Fall term classes will begin on September 11 and end on November 20. The first few days of the fall term will take place online. In-person classes will begin on Monday, September 14. In accordance with our Closed Campus policy (described below), we do not anticipate hosting a Long Fall Weekend, but we do anticipate building in “break days” throughout the year to give students and faculty time to decompress and destress. We will not host an on-campus Family Weekend this fall. If circumstances allow, we hope to offer an on-campus event for families in the spring. Between December 1 and December 16, students will participate in a distance learning period.
At this point in time, it is our intention to resume classes on January 8. Though we do not have the back half of the year pinned down just yet, Spring Break is tentatively scheduled for March 6–22. Commencement is planned for May 23. May 28 will likely be the last day of school for underformers. We will communicate modifications to our calendar no later than November 1, and we appreciate your patience in the interim.
Entry Points To help manage the flow of students this fall, we have established eight unique entry points through which students can return to campus this year. The dates are:
- August 24, 2020 – early quarantine
- September 6, 2020
- September 7, 2020
- September 8, 2020
- October 18, 2020 – fall midterm
- January 7, 2021
- March 22, 2021 – spring midterm
- April 25, 2021
All return-to-campus requests should be submitted to Dean of Students Wes Jenkins. Any student can transition from in-person learning to remote learning at any time. Refunds will be based on full or half terms only (see Finance section).
Closed Campus Policy In an effort to reduce campus exposure to the virus, Pomfret will begin the year as a Closed Campus. Student travel and visitor access will be severely restricted until October 1. After this time, the administration will assess the health and safety of the community and the surrounding region, and reexamine our travel and visitor policy.
There may be times when extenuating circumstances require travel, and the Dean of Students Office will review any leave requests to determine its merit. Once campus has opened for visitors, parents are welcome to visit campus, but are restricted from entering the dormitories. Visitors may be subject to screening prior to arrival.