Better Together Pomfret School 2020-2021 Reopening Plan


Throughout the summer, the OpenPomfret Task Force has been hard at work developing a fall reopening plan. Today, I am pleased to share with you the fruits of that labor: a comprehensive vision for how Pomfret can safely reopen its campus this fall.

In Better Together, you will find detailed information on health and safety protocols, academics, athletics, afternoon programming, campus life, financial obligations, and next steps. Each element presented here is supported by additional layers of planning that will allow us to operate safely and ensure a positive student experience. Please keep in mind that this plan can (and likely will) change to reflect the evolving landscape of Covid-19.

If I have learned anything during this pandemic, it’s that we are better when we are together. When high caliber educators and motivated learners hold space, you get amazing results. Yes, some things will be different this year. But I think you might be surprised — once you get used to the masks and the six feet of distance — that much more will remain the same. Of course, it is important to recognize that not everyone will be able to join us on campus, at least not right away, which is why we have put together an exemplary distance learning program for anyone who needs it.

Whether you start the school year with us on-campus or at a distance, you can take great comfort in knowing that you will be receiving the very best educational experience possible. And now on to the plan...

— Tim Richards | Head of School


Scroll through this document to read the plan sequentially, or use the hyperlinks to skip between sections. At the end of each section, you can use the Back to Top button to return here.

  1. Getting Here
  2. Health and Safety
  3. Academics
  4. Athletics and Afternoon Program
  5. Campus Life
  6. Finance
  7. Next Steps

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
  • September 6, 2020
  • September 7, 2020
  • September 8, 2020
  • October 18, 2020
  • January 7, 2021
  • March 22, 2021
  • 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.

UPDATED 9/29/2020 Families are now invited to visit campus on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays only. The visit must take place on campus, outside of the academic day, and students must make their athletic/activity commitments a priority.

2. Health & Safety

Our goal is to make sure no member of the Pomfret community contracts Covid-19 on the Hilltop.

Phased Approach: Red, Yellow, Green Similar to many states, Pomfret has adopted a phased approach to reopening our campus. When students arrive in September, the School will begin in the Red Phase, with our most restrictive safety measures in place. If and when it is deemed safe to do so, we will move to the Yellow Phase, where some practices and protocols can be adjusted to allow for more freedom of contact and movement. Moving to the Green Phase would signify a return to normal, pre-pandemic operating procedures, and is unlikely to occur until a vaccine becomes available. This plan is still under development.

Health Screenings Each day, students will complete a brief electronic health survey via Boardingware. Faculty and staff will participate in a similar monitoring and reporting protocol. This self-reporting structure will allow the School to monitor for fever and other signs of illness. For this reason, students must arrive to campus with a personal thermometer. When an individual indicates symptoms of infectious disease, they will be directed to stay in their room and await instructions from health center personnel.

Handwashing and Sanitizing The importance of hand washing and personal hygiene will be a major focus of education across campus this fall. It is one of the simplest, most effective ways to stop the spread of Covid-19. To help facilitate this effort, the School is tripling the number of sanitizer dispensers across campus to approximately 150.

Masks Along with handwashing and basic sanitation, masks are our greatest defense against the spread of the virus. For the beginning of the school year, students will be required to wear masks in all interior spaces on campus. This includes classrooms, common spaces, hallways, dining areas (when not eating), and dorms (except for the student’s own room). Masks will also be required in all public outdoor spaces when appropriate social distancing is not possible. Every Pomfret student and employee will be provided with two reusable cloth masks. All students should bring no fewer than five additional reusable cloth masks. Teachers and administrators will hold students accountable should they fail to follow these physical distancing and mask-wearing requirements.

Social Distancing and Campus Density As recommended by the CDC, members of the Pomfret community are required to maintain six feet of physical distance whenever possible. Signs of various kinds will promote these behaviors. Separation and social distance will be created on campus by reducing density in areas such as classrooms, chapel, and the dining hall, with additional protection provided by plexiglass shields installed in select locations across campus. The size of gatherings will be reduced to meet guidelines issued by the State of Connecticut.

Personal Protective Equipment All employees will follow state and industry guidelines for PPE utilization. Kitchen staff, custodial staff, and health center staff will all follow state and industry guidelines for PPE utilization and will engage in mandated educational programs to ensure PPE knowledge and compliance.

Cleaning and Sanitation Enhanced and detailed daily campus-wide cleaning will be a top priority this year. Cleaning and disinfecting in accordance with CDC guidelines will occur in common areas such as classrooms, dining halls, and bathrooms. In some instances, professional cleaning will occur multiple times per day. Extra supplies will be located in spaces such as bathrooms and classrooms to allow students and employees to properly wipe down spaces after individual use; education on how to do so will be provided at the beginning of the year.

Health Center Access and Medication Any student needing to see the nurse for any reason will need to call first. The nurse will ask a few questions and offer next steps, which may include a trip to the Health and Wellness Center. Routine medication will be dispensed from a satellite med cart located in a secure location near the dining hall.

Testing Schedule As previously stated in the Getting Here section, all students must complete a Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test within 72 hours of arriving on campus and must present proof of a negative test to access campus. Students who do not have results will not be allowed on campus. Beyond these initial testing requirements, Pomfret will conduct additional PCR molecular testing for quarantine students on August 25; for boarding students on September 6, 7, and 8 as they arrive; and for day students on September 10. (All Pomfret employees will be tested in August, prior to the arrival of students on campus.) Afterward, we will conduct PCR molecular testing from a random sample of 5 to 10 percent of our population (students and employees) on a weekly basis through at least the fall term. Should a student or employee exhibit symptoms of Covid-19, they will be required to be tested. Our testing plan will be continually assessed as new testing options become available to our community.

UPDATED 08/21/2020 The School has made changes to its on-campus testing protocols. Pre-arrival quarantine students will be tested on August 25. Boarders will be tested upon arrival on September 6, 7, and 8. Day students will be tested on September 10.

Contact Tracing If and when a student tests positive for Covid-19, the School will identify those people who may have been exposed to interrupt transmission of the disease. For Covid-19, this includes asking cases to isolate and contacts to quarantine.

Quarantine and Isolation Students testing positive for Covid-19 will be isolated in on-campus housing separate from the general boarding population until the student can be picked up. Families (or a designated representative) have 24 hours to retrieve their child. Should a student be confirmed to have Covid-19, the School will require any person who has had close contact with the infected student (as determined through our contact tracing program) to be quarantined for 14 days. This quarantine will ideally take place at home while the student participates in distance learning, though a student may quarantine on campus if necessary.

Shutdown and the 24-Hour Rule In the unlikely event that leadership feels Pomfret can no longer operate, or if the State of Connecticut decides to close school campuses in our area, Pomfret will initiate a rapid shutdown procedure. In the most basic terms, this means all students will be required to leave campus within 24 hours of the announcement.

Designated Guardian All families are required to identify a parent, family representative, or agency who can transport a student from campus within 24 hours of the school requesting that the child leave, either because of a positive Covid test or a campus-wide shutdown. Pomfret will be unable to transport the student should any of these scenarios occur. For a fee, Student Health Advocates (SHA), a private company that provides comprehensive support services to boarding students and families, will be available to serve students who are unable to immediately return home. Pomfret will facilitate informational webinars with families who are eager to learn more about SHA and evaluate their services.

UPDATED 8/10/20 Acknowledgement of Risk If we all work together, we can significantly reduce the risk of contracting the virus, but we cannot eliminate the risk entirely. Even with these safety measures in place, it may still be possible to contract Covid-19 on the Pomfret campus.

3. Academics

Classes will feel a little different this fall, but the essence of the Pomfret Experience — rich with human relationships, challenging courses, and engaging learning opportunities — will remain unchanged.

Agile Course Design This fall Pomfret teachers will employ a flexible approach to teaching and learning called agile course design. Agile course design allows classroom teachers to seamlessly integrate in-person and online learning by matching the learning goal to the mode of teaching. By adopting this approach, we will be able to offer plenty of in-person instruction each day, even as we continue to support our distance learners.

Daily Schedule Over the past few years, students and their families have grown accustomed to our trademark seven-block schedule. This year, in order to reduce classroom density and create additional layers of flexibility within each day, we are moving to a new ten-block model.

It may look a little different at first glance, but much of what you know and love about the old schedule is present in the new schedule. Students will still take six 70-minute classes, each of which will meet five times every two weeks. Designated blocks for school meeting, chapel, advisory, and clubs will also remain. Some key differences include a new QUEST block on alternating Wednesday and Thursday afternoons, multiple meal seatings, alternating Saturday class blocks, and an adaptable approach to athletics. You can expect to receive your child’s schedule in mid-August.

Learning Spaces The pandemic has reminded us that not every learning task requires the same number or combination of people, the same number of minutes, or the same physical space. As we continue to refine our on-campus learning practices, one English class might find itself spread across two classrooms for an entire period, with the teacher going back and forth to monitor the progress of the discussion and offer guidance. Meanwhile, a chemistry teacher might bring in one pair of students at a time to complete a lab practical, then send them back to their dorm rooms to write up the report. We will be creative and nimble in the ways we engage learners, facilitate collaboration, and prioritize the student experience.

We may also expand our understanding of what constitutes a meaningful learning space, as classes take advantage of the outdoors. We are also introducing new bookable flex-spaces to help increase a teacher’s ability to match the teaching venue to the learning task each day. At the same time, students and teachers will continue to use Zoom for 1:1 feedback sessions and coaching, as needed.

Courses and Sectioning Some classes will invariably have both in-person and distance learners enrolled. Academic administrators along with department chairs are being trained to help coach those teachers to manage both at once. Where possible and practical, we are creating “distance sections,” so a single teacher can focus on crafting a positive experience for students who are not on campus.

Grading and Exam Week In order to prioritize teaching time this fall, signature assessment events throughout the trimester will replace an end-of-term final week. Though we may differentiate assessment strategies for distance learners and those who attend in person, all classes will be graded on our traditional scale and all learners will receive letter grades.

Distance Learning Even as we prepare to welcome students back to campus this fall, we recognize that not every student will be able to join us right away. We also recognize that even if we return to campus under semi-normal conditions, a rise in the prevalence of disease may require a temporary return to remote instruction, in the dorms or at home. That’s why we have created a best-in-class distance learning option available to any student who needs it. Our distance learning program will enable students to remain on-pace with their on-campus classmates, so when they return to campus, their integration into in-person classes will be as seamless as possible.

Our Better Than Before distance learning model will continue to leverage asynchronous coursework, but this time around it will be supplemented by a heavy dose of synchronous connection with teachers and classmates, which we know is essential to building and maintaining the relationships that are at the core of the Pomfret Experience. Advisors will continue to serve as primary advocates and touch points for our distance learners.

Collaborative Learning Center The distancing requirements of our in-person program present a particular challenge for our learning specialists, whose usual “shoulder-to-shoulder” approach will not be practical. Fortunately, the learning specialists found Zoom to be an effective tool for synchronous, one-on-one work with students last spring, and the default mode for those learning support sessions this fall will be videoconferencing. The learning specialists will still be present on campus, and Supported Study Hall will continue to be supervised by CLC faculty.

College Counseling Pomfret’s college counseling program applied energy and creativity throughout the spring of distance learning and offered excellent service and support to our students. Seniors attending Pomfret at a distance this fall can expect the same frequency of individual contact they would normally receive if they were attending in person. In addition, we will invite and encourage parents to attend Zoom meetings between college counselor and counselee.

Further, we will offer students the opportunity to connect virtually with admissions officers through RepVisits, the online platform we use to arrange visits on our campus. Admissions officers will sign up for a time to meet with any and all interested students, perhaps with three or four reps from other schools. We are also urging our students to attend virtual college fairs, like those sponsored by the National Association of College Admission Counseling (NACAC).

Standardized Testing Pomfret is committed to supporting students as they prepare for the college process and standardized testing. We will host the ACT on campus on September 12 and April 17. We expect to administer the SAT on September 23 and October 14, as part of The College Board’s School Day program, and to be an open test site for the November 7 and May 8 dates. We do not expect to offer the PSAT on our campus this October. It appears Pomfret students studying remotely this fall can take the PSAT at a different location. Summit Educational Group, with whom we partner to provide on-campus test prep, has official practice PSATs they can administer for students. Students can take the PSAT individually on-demand or in a group setting through a virtual live-proctoring session. Upon completion, both students and counselors will receive a comprehensive score report.

4. Athletics and Afternoon Program

Never stop playing.

Fall Sports Offerings and Interscholastic Competition The fall athletic program will be adjusted in ways that are prudent given our current health and safety concerns, and honor the School’s commitment to athletic excellence. We will work to preserve as many traditional fall sports offerings as possible. Programming may be reimagined in response to on-campus population size, student interest, and industry guidance regarding ways to safely play and compete.

Teams and programs will begin training on approximately September 14 with a focus on conditioning and skill development rather than competition and contact. Small scale scrimmages and intra-squad games will be introduced when it is safe to do so. Interscholastic competitions have been suspended through October 10. This timeline will be re-evaluated in late September; Pomfret is in conversation with a small cohort of schools that are striving to implement the same expectations, guidelines, and safety protocols as Pomfret. If advisable, we will begin a six-week season in the second half of the fall term leading up to the start of Thanksgiving Break.

Additional Afternoon Program Offerings Non-interscholastic activities will still be offered each afternoon, and the School will look to create new offerings that meet our students’ needs. However, indoor space and travel restrictions prevent us from offering advanced weight training, introduction to fitness, and community service.

Facilities and Usage To begin the fall season, students will change for athletics in their dormitories (or in another identified space) before traveling to their respective meeting locations. Day students will have access to a locker in the Corzine Athletic Center, where density will be controlled and monitored. Directional markers will indicate traffic patterns and students are encouraged to swiftly change and depart. Showers will be available for day students after practices end. The athletic training room (ATR) will be modified to accommodate social distancing, and no more than six athletes will be allowed in the room at one time. Treatment tables and areas have been moved to allow athletic trainers to work with students and maintain a six foot distance. As with any indoor space, all students and adults must wear face masks. Signage will be placed on the floor outside of the ATR to remind students of spacing while waiting for treatment. A second space has been identified with a queuing area for students who only need to be taped before practice.

Off-Season Training Our governing body, NEPSAC, has changed the out-of-season coaching policy for the 2020-2021 school year. Non-fall sports can begin training in the fall. As a result, students will have the option to pick a main sport or activity and train on campus in an alternative sport twice per week through the fall season.

Club Sports In accordance with our closed weekend policy (see Getting Here section), we are unable to allow students to pursue club sports. The health and safety concerns surrounding these competitions, as well as the testing requirements and timelines needed to ensure each student’s safe return to campus, makes participation in club sports impractical for any boarding student. This policy applies to day students as well. Any student who opts to participate in club sports will be required to enroll in our distance learning program.

5. Campus Life

If we have learned anything during this pandemic, it’s that there is no substitute for being together.

Housing As in past years, dorm assignments will be by grade — with our underformers (third and fourth form) concentrated mostly in our smaller house dorms and upperformers (fifth and sixth form) residing in the Bricks. We will not use triples in the 2020-2021 year. Each hallway or house dorm that shares a bathroom will act as a “family unit.” At the start of the year, students will not be allowed to visit each other’s rooms, and different floors will not be allowed to mingle with each other inside the dorm. This restriction will be periodically reviewed and adjusted based on the phase (red or yellow) guiding our protocols at any given time. If and when conditions allow for a more relaxed set of guidelines, students might — for example — be granted the freedom to visit other rooms or floors, and/or not wear masks within a family unit. Dorm assignments will be released in mid-August.

UPDATED 9/29/2020 Starting today, students within a dorm family unit can visit each other’s rooms.

Open Dorms In a departure from previous years, campus will be open to all current students for the duration of the school year, including traditional breaks and the distance learning period. During these times, we strongly encourage international students to remain with an identified family member or guardian who resides in the US — though they may stay in the dorms, if necessary.

Dining and Meals Perhaps one of the most significant changes to how we do things will occur in the dining hall. Each meal (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) will occur in two waves (rather than a single seating). Community members will be assigned to a particular wave based on their schedule. Grab-and-go meals will be available for breakfast and lunch, and FLIK Dining staff will offer a full-service dinner. Tables will have plexiglass dividers and capacity limits, and we will encourage students and employees to utilize outdoor seating whenever possible.

Advisory While at a distance, advisors will continue to host weekly meetings and check-ins with their advisees, though the traditional advisory dinners we all know and love will be postponed for at least a little while. Instead, advisors will look for new and novel ways to engage with their groups.

School Meeting and Chapel School Meeting and Chapel are among our most cherished traditions at Pomfret. This fall, we will not be able to gather as a full community in a single space, whether it be Hard Auditorium or Clark Memorial Chapel. Pomfret will continue to honor these traditions, but will do so through live-streaming and small group engagement. Senior chapel talks will continue.

QUEST The cornerstone of our student life curriculum, QUEST will primarily take place on alternating Wednesday and Thursday afternoons, with different forms rotating through these two time blocks.

Weekend Activities Weekend activities will work differently, for sure, but there will still be plenty to do on campus. After October 1, we will assess the health and well-being of the community, as well as the surrounding areas, to allow for more freedom to shop and take trips.

Counseling Services For on-campus students, counselors will provide a hybrid model of tele-health and in-person meetings, utilizing social distancing, masks, and open-air settings. Counseling will continue to offer therapeutic support to students on campus and collaborative support to students at a distance. A counselor will be available for crisis intervention. The School will not provide crisis response for students at a distance, but the Counseling Office will help families find therapeutic support as needed.

Day Student Experience For the most part, day students will be treated the same as boarding students. They will be expected to follow the same community norms (whether they are on or off campus) and in exchange they will enjoy the same freedoms as boarders. As in past years, day students will be assigned a dorm affiliation as a matter of protocol, but they will not be allowed to enter specific dorm rooms. Social gathering spaces — including affiliated dorm common rooms, day rooms, The Tuck, and the dining hall — will remain open to day students.

International Student Concerns If you are having trouble obtaining or renewing your Visa, please contact Assistant Head of School Don Gibbs to discuss your options.

6. Finance

The bottom line.

Tuition Deadline Your first tuition payment is due on Saturday, August 7.

Refunds If you elect the distance learning option, we will refund 15 percent of your net tuition on a prorated basis and enroll your child in our distance learning program. For a boarding student who is not on financial aid, the annual amount calculates to $10,000. Refunds will be credited in the last month of each term.

Variable Cost Savings Pomfret remains committed to refunding variable cost savings to tuition-paying parents. Pomfret will prioritize expenses essential to meet the student expectations of a Pomfret School education. These variable cost savings, if realized, will be returned to families in an equitable manner, similar to the approach the School adopted in Spring 2020.

Tuition Refund Insurance Tuition refund insurance is available for all tuition-paying families. The cost of tuition insurance is 2.4 percent of net tuition. It provides coverage for 50 percent of all unused tuition as long as the student has attended Pomfret for 14 continuous days (attendance as a distance learner is covered by this policy). Purchasing this insurance is an option for those families who are concerned about this school year fully meeting their expectations.

Healthcare Costs and Burdens Every Covid test administered by Pomfret School will be billed to the student’s insurance provider.

International Insurance Coverage This insurance has first-dollar coverage for all medical treatment, including Covid-19.

Managing Individual Cases and Hardships We realize not every situation fits into a neat category. Please Contact Chief Financial Officer Ed Griffin or Director of Enrollment Management Amy Graham to discuss your particular circumstance.

7. Next Steps

Before your child can start school, there are still a few things we need you to do.


Step 1: Fill out an arrival form

Now that you have read the plan, it's time to officially commit. You can begin by telling us whether you will be starting the school year on campus or at a distance. This form will also ask if you plan to arrive early (August 24) for our two-week quarantine period — and confirm whether or not you have a person or agency who can pick up your child from school within 24 hours of being notified.

Step 2: Make your tuition payment

Bills for the first tuition payment of the year were mailed on July 1. If you have not already made this payment, please do so at your earliest convenience. Your first tuition payment is due by August 7. For questions, please contact Student Account Specialist Deb Favreau in the Business Office.

Step 3: Sign the Pomfret Pledge

We all have a duty to act in a manner that keeps each other safe. By signing this pledge, you acknowledge that you and your family have read and agree to abide by the protocols and expectations of Pomfret School.

Join us for a TimTalk

A town hall-style webinar designed to help you better understand what the fall will look like.

Chairs of the OpenPomfret Task Force and other members of the senior leadership team will be on hand to answer your questions and address your concerns. These TimTalks will also give you an opportunity to discuss topic areas not directly addressed in this plan. This webinar is sponsored by the Pomfret Parent Executive Council and powered by Zoom.

International Families | Tuesday, August 4 | 8:00 AM EST

Domestic Families | Tuesday, August 4 | 7:00 PM EST

To submit a question in advance, please email Director of Communications Garry Dow.

We are better together.
And we'll see you soon. :)