Young people gain so much from the boarding school experience, and we are working hard to offer our students as much of this experience as possible and practical during the 2020-21 school year. While our academics are fully virtual for the winter trimester, our residential life program is in full swing. With responsive protocols for living in shared housing that allow for appropriate interaction and socialization, our residential students are coming back to campus. These protocols are informed by the CDC Guidelines for Living in Shared Housing, among other resources, and set the foundation as we open our dorms for this winter. We also ask that all students please review the Solebury Commitment.
While learning is remote, there are many opportunities to be together. Please see this Question and Answer which provides more detail and information around protocols for return to campus, as well as health and wellness requirements.
Sunday-Thursday Dorm Schedule
7:30-9pm Study Hall
10:45pm Lights Out
During the school day, students study in Abbe unless their advisor or LS teacher approves dorm study. Art rooms are open for students in art classes and the library is open for a quiet space to study. We offer a robust schedule of activities this winter. The fitness center is open from 2:00-3:00pm Monday-Friday. We have created a student lounge in the athletic center that is open a few days in the afternoon and on the weekends. Residential students can look forward to proctor run activities, dorm meetings, Boarders Bonding, and various activities both in-person for those on campus and virtual. We do not anticipate taking off-campus trips in the winter.
Solebury School continues to use REACH as our boarding student software. REACH is incredibly robust, with the capability to monitor wellness reporting (used by day students as well), as well as manage evening check-ins, activity signups, our dorm reward system, and much more. We adjusted our weeknight schedule slightly to meet the needs of our students. We do not anticipate offering a grocery store shuttle in the winter, but we are testing ways for students to receive groceries while on campus. In addition, we have added additional microwaves and mini-fridges to the larger dorms for student use.