Returning to Campus

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We look forward to welcoming students back to campus for in-person learning this fall. Foote faculty and staff have spent the past several months preparing for a safe return to campus and reimagining our academic program to deliver the best possible experience for children in these extraordinary times.

Every one of us will play a critical role in keeping our community healthy. By looking out for one another and following public health guidelines, we can look forward to a happy and inspired return to campus this fall.

In This Section

1. Phasing In
2. Schedule
3. Cohorts
4. Drop-Off
5. Pick-Up
6. The Role of Families
7. Contingency Plans


Phasing In

Reopening campus will be a large and complex undertaking. To ensure a safe return for all, the school year will begin with a phased-in approach, with students returning to campus over two weeks. This process will facilitate a smooth transition and allow the school to quickly identify and correct any issues with our processes.

August 28: New student orientation

August 31: Grades K, 6 & 9 return to campus.

September 3: Grades 3, 5 & 7 return to campus.

September 9: Grades 1, 2, 4 & 8 return to campus.



In-person learning will take place four days a week, Monday to Thursday. Fridays will be reserved for remote learning; connecting with students who are not able to come to campus; and faculty planning and professional development. More information about the schedule can be found in the Academic Program section.

For those students who are not able to return to campus, we are developing a model for off-campus remote learning. If you are contemplating not having your child(ren) return for in-person instruction, and have not already done so, please contact the appropriate division head by August 14 so that we can discuss your situation. Email Chrissy Khachane for Grades K–5 ( and Beth Mello for Grades 6–9 (


To reduce the number of students in each classroom—and create as safe an environment as possible—students will be grouped in stable cohorts.

  • A stable cohort is when students remain together, and different adult teachers move between classrooms in that grade.
  • Grades K–5: Each class will be no larger than 12 students. Together, the classrooms in each grade will form a stable cohort. Each grade will have one in-person specials teacher assigned to that grade.
  • Grades 6–9: Cohorts will be no larger than 11 students. Each grade will be assigned an interdisciplinary team of teachers, including one specials teacher, who will teach in person.


  • Parents will drop off their children curbside at designated times and locations on campus.
  • Students will have their temperature taken in the car when they arrive for school. Children with an elevated temperature of 100.0 or above will be required to go home.
  • Prior to drop-off, all students will be required to complete a short health screening at home.
  • For at least the first six weeks, no one will be allowed to walk their children to class.
  • Staff members will be present to greet younger students and ensure they get to class.




  • Staggered pick-up will begin at 3:00 p.m.
  • There will be no After School Program for at least the first six weeks.
  • Students will be dismissed to their designated pick-up location.
  • Staff will be on hand to facilitate pick-up.


The Role of Families

The health and safety of our community is everyone's responsibility and families will be critical partners in reopening campus.

  • Keep your child home if s/he is sick.
  • Follow all relevant orders from state, federal and local officials, including quarantining if you have traveled to a coronavirus hot spot or are otherwise ordered to do so.
  • Covid testing and notification: Let the Foote's Health Office know immediately if you or someone you have been in contact with has tested positive for Covid-19.
  • Travel: We strongly recommend families do not travel to locations that are known coronavirus hot spots, especially within 14 days of returning to school.
  • Daily health screening: Students will need to complete a daily health screening at home before coming to school. Faculty and staff will complete the same daily health screening.
  • Face masks: Everyone on campus will be required to wear a face mask that completely covers the nose and mouth while indoors. We recommend families spend time this summer finding properly fitting, comfortable masks for their children and practice using them.
  • Hygiene: Regular hand washing and/or use of hand sanitizer will occur throughout the day.
  • Medical Forms/Emergency Contacts: Please make sure your medical forms are up to date. Children with incomplete forms will not be able to start school.


Contingency Plans

We are developing contingency plans in the event that the public health situation worsens..

  • Remote Learning: If conditions worsen to the point where we had to close campus, all students would transition to full remote learning. Each student would have use of their school-issued device at home and a schedule that prioritizes face-to-face meetings, the social-emotional wellbeing of children, an interdisciplinary curriculum and continuity in academic instruction. Plans for this will be shared in the event this switch becomes necessary.

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The health and safety of our community is everyone's responsibility and families will be critical partners in reopening campus.

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