Fall 2021 Trimester
October 14, 2021
Welcome to the 2021-22 School Year!
All of us who live, work, and play on this corner of Phillips Mill and School Lane are beyond excited as we anticipate a school year that feels far more typical than what we’ve experienced over the past two years. I cannot wait to welcome our community back to campus for joyful and safe learning and begin this year’s journey to provide our students with the values, work ethic, skills, critical thinking, moral compass—everything they need to prepare them for life, not just college. It is an ambitious goal, but one we have been successfully delivering for nearly 100 years.
On these pages is our plan for Fall 2021—a commitment to returning to in-person education while taking the steps needed to keep ourselves and our families healthy. We have instituted some changes from when we originally released our plan in July 2021, so please review this carefully. When you return in September, you will see:
A return to fully in-person education. The hybrid, remote-on-demand environment that we offered our students and faculty during the spring of 2021 will not be offered as we begin the 2021-22 school year. Classes will meet in-person at their pre-pandemic capacity, the dining hall will return to full capacity, and we will gather (with masks) for assemblies, concerts, and theater productions once again.
A student and employee community that is 96% vaccinated against COVID-19. Solebury School requires COVID-19 vaccinations for our enrolled students as well as our employees with few exceptions. A fully vaccinated Solebury community offers us the strongest possibility of remaining in person and able to gather in all the normal ways we do for the school year. Full details on this requirement can be found in the Health and Wellness section of this plan.
Classrooms and other spaces will return to full capacity and classes will return to 80-minute periods.
Outside, masks will be optional.
Inside, masks will be required for all in classrooms and community spaces (not including dormitories for residents) at this time.
We have lots of gatherings and events planned for this trimester. The best way to stay informed about all dates from breaks to athletic events to theater productions and concerts will be to use this online calendar, found here.
As we look ahead with you to the exciting 2021-22 school year, we keep in the back of our mind that conditions can change and require us to pivot and modify some, many, or all of the plans we have in place. If changes have to happen—well, we’re used to that now, aren’t we? Know that I will always communicate with you directly and as quickly as I can so that we may effectively partner and support one another.
Again, welcome to the 2021-22 school year, one that fosters a community that prepares our students for life by nurturing and fostering positive and impactful relationships in an environment of joy. I’m ready for my morning coffee and “hello’s” on the circle starting on September 10. See you there.
Head, Solebury School