March 6, 2020

Dear Members of the Cushing Community,

With Spring Break beginning on March 12 and the global situation surrounding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) evolving, I want to provide an update about the policies we have put into place for students’ and adults’ return to campus after the break. 

Before departing for Spring Break, we are asking all members of the Cushing community—students, faculty, and staff—to inform us if they plan to travel and, if so, to what cities, states, and countries.  Parents, faculty, and staff should click here to fill out a very brief travel survey as soon as possible .

Upon return from Spring Break, if there is concern that a student has been exposed to the virus, based on their symptoms and recent travel, they will be isolated and next steps will be dictated by local and state health officials. Unfortunately, this might mean that students would miss days of their classes and afternoon programs. It's highly possible that any health concerns will be detected prior to an individual’s return to school, in which case they would remain in isolation at home. We are planning for virtual learning should this situation arise. We would take the same steps with all faculty and staff and their family members.

Given the fluidity of the COVID-19 situation, we cannot predict if additional areas will be considered "risk" areas for the Coronavirus. If a student travels to one of these areas during break, that student would need to comply with a 14-day quarantine period before returning to campus . Families planning trips or their student’s return to their home country should keep this policy in mind.

While we do not want to prevent students from seeing their families or taking part in travel plans, we do need to be cognizant of the well-being of the entire Cushing community. Please reach out with any questions or concerns you might have.

Lastly, please remember you can review any of our previous communications about COVID-19 on our website here .

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