Guiding Principles

The Foote School leadership team, in partnership with the Campus Reopening Task Force and the Board of Directors, developed plans for in-person learning that are guided by several key principles:

Health and Safety

Our highest priority is the health and wellbeing of the entire Foote School community—students, parents, teachers and staff.  We have re-imagined our program and implemented a series of safety measures in order to create as safe a learning environment as possible.

emotional wellbeing & in-person learning

Our plan prioritizes the social and emotional wellbeing of students by getting students and teachers back on campus safely for in-person teaching.

Academic Excellence

We are pleased to offer in-person learning on campus four days a week (Monday through Thursday). Students engage in a comprehensive and challenging program of academics, specials and physical education.


Our plan is flexible by design to be responsive to changing health conditions. If conditions permit, we may loosen restrictions and carefully re-introduce various aspects of the school program. If conditions worsen, we are prepared with contingency plans, up to and including a return to full remote learning.

COVID-19 Task Force Members

Foote's COVID-19 response has been guided by a task force composed of Foote administrators and staff along with leaders in public health, medicine, higher education, risk management and crisis communications, many of whom are Foote parents. We are grateful to this group of professionals for their guidance as we chart our path forward.


Task Force Members

Aléwa Cooper
Head of School
Rich Lee
President, Foote School Board of Directors
Beth Mello
Assistant Head of School
David Sklar
Business Manager & CFO
Ted Cohen
Professor of Epidemiology, Yale School of Medicine
Camille Brown
Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at Yale School Medicine & Foote's consulting pediatrician
Christina Price
Chief of Allergy & Immunology, Yale School of Medicine
Alex Dreier
Senior Vice President for Institutional Affairs &
General Counsel, Yale University
Andy Bromage
Director of Communications
Silvia Gee
Assistant to the Head of School
Chris Duble
CEO, Fred C. Church Insurance
Duby McDowell '75
Founder, McDowell Communications Group

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Key Contacts

Aléwa Cooper, Head of School
Phone: 203-777-3464

Student Health Office
Phone: 203-777-3464

Beth Mello, Assistant Head of School & Acting Head of Middle School
Phone: 203-777-3464

Chrissy Khachane, Head of Lower School
Phone: 203-777-3464

David Sklar, Business Manager & CFO
Phone: 203-777-3464

Foote Front Desk
Phone: 203-777-3464