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FAQs on Academics

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  • How will remote learning work in the hybrid model?

    When we have campus open, with in-person classes, our remote learning will be synchronous and students will be following the same daily academic schedule. Some teachers will be available in the evening to assist remote learners as they move through the work.
  • When will virtual classes be held within the hybrid model?

    The hybrid system will allow for “live” synchronous classes for our remote learners. Distance learning students will be attending live classes following the same academic day schedule as on-campus learners. We will have some evening tutorial sessions available for remote learners to connect with educators.
  • How long will it take to move to virtual learning if the School is required to close campus?

    It should not take long (a matter of a couple days, perhaps) to pivot to school-wide distance learning should the need dictate this paradigm change. With 100% faculty/staff retention, and having delivered remote learning this past spring, it will be a fast change for our teachers and they understand that they must be ready to shift when/if the time calls for it.
  • How will the Skills and Academic Support (SAS) program run?

    We are fortunate to have a variety of rooms and spaces to keep the SAS program running. We will keep the distancing guidelines while still having in-person SAS classes. It will look different; it will be physically distanced.
  • Would you consider making evening tutoring sessions required?

    Yes, we would ask some remote learners to attend these, but we would be flexible on individual circumstances. All 9th and 10th grade students will have required office hours during the academic day. It can be seen as flex time for students that need to connect with content area teachers.
  • Are you considering the possibility of holding some classes outside during early fall?

    We have internally promoted the concept of "Campus as Classroom" for years, and have continued to encourage teachers to bring the classroom outside, including the creation of several outdoor teaching spaces. Now is a great time to get more use from these already existing spaces. We are lucky to have a lot of room on the 42 acres of campus to spread out our teaching-learning environs.
  • Will there be any changes to the school calendar?

    We have been closely monitoring what some of our peer schools are doing in this area. We have decided that pushing the school year forward will be problematic. Our plan is to stay with our current academic calendar at this time.
  • Is there a plan to end fall on-campus learning early, at Thanksgiving Break, and wait until after Winter Break in January to return the community to on-campus learning?

    We are considering this as a possibility. We will inform our community as soon as possible about this. We want to wait and see the development of the fall. This is a potential step. As we hit cold/flu season, along with the contact tracing that we will be doing, it may be difficult to manage with other illnesses afoot. As such, it may necessitate this calendar adjustment.
  • Can there still be on-campus summer sessions for College Boot Camp?

    Our College Boot Camp is part of our college counseling program for rising seniors. We have a large senior class this year, and the two scheduled groups are both big. Director of College Counseling Brooke Fincke and Assistant Head Josh Bubar have decided that it is best and safest to run Boot Camp virtually this year since we do not wish for students to be gathering on campus until after our initial regimen of school-wide COVID-19 testing on September 7th.
  • How do we make sure a student that is quiet in class will be able to speak up while wearing a face covering?

    One of the things we are looking at is how to re-imagine small group work. We are currently working on the ways we will continue building the benefits to any model we move forward with, including how to increase class participation both for in-person and remote learning.
  • How are you looking after the work/life balance of our teachers?

    We aim to make the work environment as safe as possible for our educators. We strive to be mindful of their work/life balance and to remove burdens from their workload, when we can, as we add required new elements. Our CH-CH educators are consummate professionals and will strive to provide the best possible educational experience possible given the realities at hand.
  • Why are DESE and the medical community recommending in-person learning, rather than move to 100% remote learning?

    There is clear consensus from DESE’s Return-to-School Working Group, infectious disease physicians, pediatricians, and other public health experts that with the low transmission rates of COVID-19 in the Commonwealth, in-person learning is the preferred model. While we were satisfied with many aspects of CH-CH’s remote learning model last spring, there is no substitute for in-person instruction when it comes to the quality of students’ academic learning. In-person school plays an equally important role in supporting students’ social-emotional needs, including their mental and physical health, and mitigating the impacts of trauma.
  • What are the campus closure metrics for when the school will decide to close campus to in-person learning due to COVID-19 outbreaks in the CH-CH school community?

    CH-CH will switch to 100% remote learning (either long-term or short-term) when:
    • Massachusetts public schools close per order of Governor Baker
    • An impactful percentage of our full-time, on-campus teachers are unable to instruct due to COVID-19 related monitoring/illness
    • 25% of the on-campus student body are out due to COVID-19 related monitoring/illness

FAQs on Residential Life

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  • Will there be boarding?

    In reviewing guidelines from the Governor’s office and DESE in Massachusetts, at this point we do not believe we can safely operate our boarding program to begin the academic year. We will continue to assess the campus environs vis-a-vis ongoing guidance from the Commonwealth concerning residential safety measures. If we can safely open our dormitories to students later in the academic year, we will.
  • What will the emerging Host Family Program look like?

    At this time, a task force continues to work on the development and details of the Host Family Program.  This task force includes Assistant Head of School Josh Bubar (, Director of Residential Life Lori White (, Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Nikki Turpin (, Director of International Programs Steven Christenson (, Director of Enrollment Management Lisa Pelrine (, Assistant Director of Admissions and International Student Coordinator Christina Leonelli (, and Chief Financial Officer Gwen Pojasek (

    The purpose of the 2020-21 Charger Host Family Program is to match non-local boarding students with a local CH-CH day family who volunteers to temporarily care for them and provide that student an opportunity to attend classes in-person on campus.  It is our hope that we will have as many host families necessary to fulfill the needs of our hosted students.  We cannot guarantee that this will be the case, and for that reason we are encouraging families to seriously consider the gift of becoming a host family to our non-local boarding students in need.  It can be a true difference-maker in a student’s life, and we believe it can be an enriching experience for all involved.

    Hosted Students
    How to Participate
    Students who wish to live with a host family (“hosted students”) should have indicated their interest in the program on the “CH-CH Return to Learning Form” that was part of the Initial Return to Campus Plan published on August 7th.  Students wishing to be part of this program should carefully review the expectations of the program below and agree to abide by the expectations of the program and their host families for the duration of their stay.  To directly discuss participation in the program, prospective hosted students and their parents/guardians may directly contact Assistant Head Josh Bubar (
    Hosted students occupy a special place as cherished guests in their host family’s home.  We believe this experience will be enriching for both students and host families, and we expect that hosted students will:
    • Follow the rules and expectations as outlined in the Student Handbook
    • Follow the rules and expectations set by the Host Family
    • Wake up, get ready, and depart for school on time
    • Complete homework assignments
    • Maintain proper hygiene and follow all health and safety guidance
    • Additionally, we expect that hosted student families will:
    • Be responsible for providing alternative lodging as well as transportation if, for any reason, the hosting arrangement ends
    • Be responsible for picking up their student directly (or arranging other transportation) within 24 hours should that student test positive or become symptomatic for COVID-19
    • Be responsible for maintaining health insurance for their student
    • Understand that host families do not become legal guardians for the hosted student 
    Host Families
    How to Become a Host Family
    Families wishing to participate in this program should indicate their willingness on the “CH-CH Return to Learning Form” survey that was part of the Initial Return to Campus Plan published on August 7th.  Alternatively, potential host families, including CH-CH faculty and staff members, may directly contact Assistant Head Josh Bubar ( to further discuss or declare interest.  Host families will need to participate in a school vetting process that includes:
    • Interviewing with a school representative
    • Providing a description of the household and accommodations for host student
    • Testing for COVID-19, a requirement for each member of the host family and the host student prior to commencing the stay
    It is an incredibly generous act for a family to open their home to another student, and the School appreciates the offer and opportunity.  It is the School’s expectation that a host family will provide the same care and support to a hosted student as they would a member of their own family.  The School will provide the host family with a $500 per hosted student stipend.  All other costs related to hosting a student should be shared between the host family and the hosted student family.  We encourage the two families to have a conversation regarding living expenses prior to the placement.  If a family is not in a position to share costs, please contact Associate Director of Admissions and Director of Financial Aid Susie Horan ( regarding additional support for living expenses.
    In addition, we expect that host families will:
    • Provide transportation to and from school at appropriate times
    • Provide healthy food and clean accommodations for the student(s) in your home
    • Provide appropriate study space and supervision, as needed
    • Communicate with the hosted student’s family, as necessary and/or required
    • Maintain confidentiality regarding hosted student information, where appropriate
    • Ensure that the host student completes the daily health screening
    • Care for the student for up to 24 hours in case of illness, and notify emergency responders, as necessary
    • Notify the School promptly if circumstances change regarding the hosted student
    • Maintain appropriate homeowner’s or renter’s insurance
    The Matching Process
    Hosted students and host families will state their intent to participate in the program.  Some may match on their own, which is encouraged.  For those that do not match on their own, the School will provide the list of host families to potentially hosted student families.
    Important Disclaimer
    Except as expressly stated, CH-CH makes no representations or warranties about the hosted student, the host family or their home.  Hosting arrangements are strictly voluntary.  They do not create a guardianship between the hosting family and the hosted student.  Hosting arrangements do not create a contract between CH-CH and either the hosted student or the host family, nor between the hosted student and the host family.  Hosting arrangements do not create any contractual or other legal obligations for CH-CH, and CH-CH expressly disclaims any such obligations.  Both the hosted student’s family and the host family agree that CH-CH shall not be held liable for any harm arising from a hosting arrangement, and both the hosted student’s family and the host family unconditionally waive and release any such claims against CH-CH to the fullest extent permitted by law.

FAQs on Student Life

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  • How are you orienting new students?

    There are several ways we are orienting new students, in addition to grade-level orientation events for all students on Wednesday, September 9th. First, all new students are invited to visit campus with a parent or guardian during one of the scheduled "Meet and Greet" sessions. Please email 9th/10th Grade Program Director Kelly Walsh ( if you are interested in attending the August 11 or August 17 campus Meet and Greet. Second, all new students are invited to join smaller Zoom Meet & Greet sessions with their new classmates, some teachers, and current students. These are occurring between August 10th and 21st. These are being coordinated by the class deans:9th Grade Dean Kasey American Horse (; 10th Grade Dean Jacquie Macdonald (; and 11th Grade Dean Cassandra Dinkel (, we will hold an evening Zoom Meet and Greet for our new families (parents/guardians and students) on August 31st; invitations to come. And, finally, while most new families have connected with the Academic Office, new students are welcome to reach out to Program Directors Kelly Walsh (9/10th) and Ben Riggs (11/12th) to arrange time for a Zoom or phone call if they have questions about their schedules.
  • Can we host a Zoom session with students?

    Yes, we will be hosting a Zoom discussion with students on August 19th at 9:00am. This will come directly after our CH-CH Return to Campus Plan and mid-August community letter have been released.
  • How will food service look?

    Charger Cafe occupancy will be at about 30% capacity. Food will be pre-packaged “grab-n-go” meals. We are also adding a third lunch block. Students will have socially distanced spaces to eat in the Charger Cafe, Clements Room, and other self-selected safe spaces to eat, such as common rooms, conference rooms and outdoors (weather dependent).  There will be limited breakfast service, but no dinner service, to begin the school year.
  • What changes are you making in the Charger Cafe?

    As we move to a “grab-n-go” model, we are aiming to de-densify the dining space whenever and however possible. We have had a significant increase in costs, specifically in food service. We are balancing the need to make sure our students are fed and ready to learn, but also de-densifying the dining hall which is a higher risk area.
  • When students are in the Charger Cafe or in other spaces to eat, what is the space requirement?

    During meals, because masks are not worn, 6 feet of physical distancing is required. To provide adequate distancing, there will be additional dining spaces and an added lunch period to de-densify the dining hall.
  • What will the food delivery policy be on campus?

    No student-originated food orders with campus deliveries will be allowed during the day.

FAQs on Co-Curriculars

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  • How will sports and co-curriculars run in the fall?

    We have decided to cancel our interscholastic athletics this fall. We will continue to have optional, after-school, co-curricular activities five days per week. We will follow health and safety guidelines to create and maintain these programs, and these could include distanced workouts, added options in the arts, and possibly some hybrid options.
  • Any chance cross-country and/or fitness & nutrition will be possible?

    Despite no interscholastic athletic competition, we will be running a number of physical co-curricular programs, including a probable running club and some forms of fitness and nutrition. Co-curricular activities will be optional in the fall for those families wishing to limit their day students time on campus.

FAQs on Health & Safety

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  • How are you ensuring students that are traveling are taking proper precautions?

    For any students traveling outside of New England (RI excluded), New York, New Jersey or Hawaii within a two-week window before Labor Day, we are requiring a two-week quarantine as stated by Governor Baker’s office. This cannot be completed on-campus. If students are traveling internationally, they too will need to adhere to two-week quarantine requirements before returning to campus.

    We need to all work together to stay safe and be honest brokers concerning travel and necessary quarantines. It is impossible for us to know everything that is going on, and we need to have trust in our community.
  • What protocols will be in place to support students who need to quarantine due to exposure but are asymptomatic/healthy enough to participate in school?

    Students will be able to shift from on-campus learners to remote learners, as needed. This will allow students to continue “live” instruction in our synchronous hybrid learning model from home.
  • When, if ever, should students and staff get tested for COVID-19? Is there routine testing?

    Current MDPH guidance states that anyone who shows any COVID-19 symptoms, even if mild, should get tested. Medical experts recommend close contacts of those who test positive also get tested four to five days after their last exposure to that person. If an individual chooses not to get tested (whether they are exhibiting symptoms or are a close contact of someone who tested positive), the student or staff member will be required to remain home in self-quarantine for 14 consecutive days and until asymptomatic.
  • In what circumstances does someone need to self-quarantine (when they have been exposed but are not sick) or isolate (when they are sick)?

    Individuals are required to self-quarantine if they have been exposed to a COVID-19-positive individual and choose not to get tested. An individual who chooses not to get tested must remain in self-quarantine for 14 days from last exposure. An individual who chooses to get tested four to five days after last exposure and receives a negative test may return to school if masked. Individuals are required to self-isolate if they test positive for COVID-19. In these scenarios, the self-isolation period is a minimum of 10 days with at least 3 days having passed with no fever and with improvement in other symptoms.
  • The guidance states that individuals who are exposed to COVID-19-positive individuals should stay home and get tested four or five days after their last exposure. If the exposure is ongoing, what is considered the "last exposure"?

    If a student’s or staff member’s exposure to an infected individual is ongoing, then the student or staff member should stay home in self-quarantine until the infected individual is no longer considered infectious per MDPH guidance. Once the infectious period is over, the student or staff member should be tested four or five days later.
  • If/when a student goes into quarantine with COVID-19, what happens to those that they were in contact with?

    Those that were within six feet, indoors, for more than 15 minutes, are defined as “close contact”. We are required to report that out to the Waltham Board of Health. Through contact tracing, we will be reaching out to these “close contact” students and their families, noting that they have been in contact with someone that tested positive. We need families to be open and honest with us about their students demonstrating symptoms. 

    All classes will have a static seating plan, so we know where each student is, and who they are in contact with. We will ask students to quarantine for 48 hours if in “close contact” with an ill or quarantined student. If that student comes back positive, then we will look for any close contact students to have a negative test before returning to school. We are creating a flow chart, so parents will know the steps if their child is showing symptoms.
  • How will you keep high traffic areas such as bathrooms safe?

    Our campus professional cleaning company will be cleaning bathrooms multiple times a day. We are adding cleaning staff to focus on highly trafficked areas, including bathrooms. Windows will be open as often as possible, and there will be additional signage and posted sanitation guidelines. Faculty and students will be asked to sanitize when leaving and entering classrooms, as well.
  • How are you examining air handling systems for each building? Especially newer HVAC systems, like those in the new arts building?

    Our building and grounds team is currently working on this. We are following the suggestions of the HVAC associations, as well as the DESE report, Fall Reopening Facilities and Operations Guidance (July 22, 2020). Filtration and increased ventilation are the main goals. We are installing some HEPA air scrubbers, as well. Furthermore, we will require windows to be open whenever possible.
  • What kind of face coverings are we going to require?

    We are not going to require a specific type of face covering or mask. We will have some logo masks in the School Store, for purchase. We will also have some emergency masks available for students in need.  Families and students are asked to regularly clean their face coverings and masks.
  • Will the School engage in pooled testing?

    CH-CH is committing to initial COVID-19 testing to start the school year, but it will be our only mandatory testing for on-campus learners, educators, faculty/staff families and daily vendors scheduled at this time.  This baseline standard exceeds the approach many other independent day schools in the Boston area will be taking; in fact, most of our peer schools will not be testing at all.  At CH-CH, we believe beginning the school year with a full round of testing is very prudent.

    We have signed a testing contract with PhysicianOne.  They will be setting up an on-campus testing operation for Monday, September 7th (Labor Day), to conduct approximately 250 tests (again, all faculty, staff, students, and residential faculty/staff families who want to test in this manner) with a 24-hour turnaround time guarantee.  Monday’s tests allow the School to receive results prior to Wednesday’s Orientation Day, September 9th.  The estimated price is $100 per test.  While the School will absorb the expense for this initial testing regimen as applied to faculty, staff, students who receive financial assistance, and on-campus faculty/staff family members, other student family accounts will be billed for this testing.  The School will also provide this on-campus testing regimen to our daily on-campus vendors, both Flik Independent Dining and Uniclean employees, as well as all family members from our host families in the emerging Host Family Program that care to secure testing on September 7th.

    Individuals can secure their own negative COVID-19 test results within 72-hours of our school opening and present these results to our School Nurse, Ashley Jones (, as a substitute for engaging in on-campus testing on September 7th.  As of now, the state requires a PCR test, so this will be the only test we will be accepting.  All students, faculty and staff members engaging in on-campus teaching and learning this fall are required to secure a negative COVID-19 test result before the start of school.  If results are delayed, then individuals will need to remain off-campus until a negative test result can be secured and presented to our health office.
  • Will face shields be required?

    Not at this point. Teaching faculty and students are welcome to wear one, but it is not a requirement. We have joined a company in Newton to commission a report with independent schools in the Boston area. This will give us recommendations on how we can move forward with additional PPE guidance and procurement.
  • How will daily self-screening take place?

    We will require all faculty, staff, and students to use the Magnus app to conduct and report daily health screening each morning. This will be a daily symptom check and sign-off that verifies individuals as asymptomatic.
  • What is the proper handwashing technique?

    When handwashing, individuals should use soap and water to wash all surfaces of their hands for at least 20 seconds, wait for visible lather, rinse thoroughly, and dry with an individual disposable towel.
  • What is the proper hand sanitizing technique?

    Hand sanitizer should be applied to all surfaces of the hands and in sufficient quantity that it takes 20 seconds of rubbing hands together for the sanitizer to dry. Hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent ethanol or at least 70 percent isopropanol content can be used.
  • Is hand sanitizing an acceptable replacement for handwashing? Is handwashing (not hand sanitizing) necessary?

    While handwashing with soap and water is the best option, alcohol-based hand sanitizer (at least 60 percent ethanol or at least 70 percent isopropanol) may be utilized when handwashing is not available. As has always been the case, hands should be washed whenever hands are visibly soiled and after using the bathroom.
  • What mental health supports are in place?

    For students, our Director of Health Services Kenna Weber (, and School Counselor, Cory McDinger (, are both available as licensed clinical social workers. They can also assist with referrals for outside mental health resources. Specifically, for students of color (SOC), our recent Students of Color Wellness Fund was created and funded to support SOCs seeking specific mental health supports that cannot be secured at CH-CH.  Kenna Weber can assist in accessing this support.  Finally, for our faculty and staff, an Employee Assistance Program exists to provide private, off-campus, confidential counseling services.

FAQs on the Host Family Program

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Prior Communication to Families

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Located 10 miles from Boston, Chapel Hill-Chauncy Hall is a coeducational college preparatory school that teaches the way students learn. The School welcomes students with diverse learning styles and helps them to develop self-confidence and achieve academic success through personalized, integrated learning. Chapel Hill-Chauncy Hall offers 180 boarding and day students a richly diverse cultural and academic environment and opportunities to engage in the arts, athletics and community service.