February 25, 2020
 
 
Dear Parents and Guardians,

As I have announced in previous communications, Cushing Academy is monitoring news and recommendations from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) as they continue to address the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). 

As we work to maintain the healthiest possible environment for our student and faculty population, we have decided that we will expand the offering of our Alternative Spring Break   to students from South Korea and Japan since the CDC and State Department have recently updated and increased their travel advisories to include South Korea and Japan. 

Resources for Japan: 

CDC

Resources for South Korea:

CDC

As this situation evolves further, we have also decided to expand this Alternative Spring Break offering to students from Vietnam, Thailand, and any other country with confirmed COVID-19 cases.  For a list of countries, please click here.

Because of this expansion of students being eligible for this program, we are also extending our deadline to reserve space for the Alternative Spring Break program. If you would like your child to participate in this program, please email Josh Doyon, Director of Student Affairs, by Sunday, March 1. As a reminder, the details of this Spring Break program are as follows:

  • All meals will be mandatory and family-style. 
  • Health services will be available during the day, and nurses will be on call throughout the evening for emergencies.
  • Similar to the schedule on weekends, we will have times for lights out, check-ins, and limited wi-fi access. 
  • To enroll in the program, a student must participate in the program for the entire time period. We are not allowing students to participate in shortened portions of the Alternative Spring Break. 
  • The cost of this 16-day stay, including meals, lodging, supervision, and activities, will be USD 4,400.00. To secure your child's space, please email Josh Doyon, Director of Student Affairs (jodoyon@cushing.org), with confirmation of student attendance, and submit a non-refundable payment. Both items must be completed by Sunday, March 1.
  • If students are interested in alternative options that are off campus, Commonwealth Student Services of Boston is also offering alternative Spring Break options which include skiing and trips to Boston, Newport, Philadelphia, Washington, DC, and several destinations in California. Interested families should contact Commonwealth Student Services of Boston by email (dkorb@cssob.com) or by WeChat (CSSofBoston).

As an additional reminder, please be sure to provide the Office of Student Affairs travel plans for all students via REACH by March 3. This will allow us to better monitor this situation and make decisions and updates as needed. Thank you again for your understanding, and do not hesitate to let me know if you have additional questions. 

All my best,
Randy R. Bertin, Ed.D.
Head of School
Cushing Academy
39 School Street
Ashburnham, MA 01430