2020-21 Back-to-School Guide
The Frederick Gunn School has committed to reopening our campus to students and faculty for the 2020-21 academic year. Students will be welcomed back starting Tuesday, September 8. Classes will begin Monday, September 14. We know far more about COVID-19 now than we did when news of the coronavirus began to impact our way of life in March. In Connecticut and our region, mitigation efforts have so far led to consistently low levels of new cases. We are encouraged by this and we are re-energized by the idea of having our students gather this fall, whether you are joining us in person or as part of our global online learning community, FGS GO.
We hope you find this Back-to-School Guide a useful resource, and have sought to gather information from various departments here in one place for easy reference. As you know, we have made changes in response to the global pandemic to the way we do things and the health and safety of our students, faculty, families and our town are our priority. In support of that, we are requiring all students, employees and visitors to our campus to take the necessary steps to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus, in accordance with the guidelines issued by the State of Connecticut and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This includes wearing masks indoors and at times when we cannot maintain a distance of six feet from others; washing hands often; maintaining social distancing; wiping down shared surfaces after use; and staying home when we are sick. It also extends to new testing and quarantine requirements and health and safety protocols in our classrooms, dorms and dining hall. On these pages you will find more information about our response to COVID-19 and our plans to safely return to campus and begin together our 171st year as a school. Let’s go, Highlanders!
Read our Reopening update that was sent out via email on August 7.
(Parents of new students will receive an email providing your username and password to access your child’s Magnus Health SMR.)
Students start returning September 8.
Classes begin on September 14.
Watch for the 2020-21 edition - coming in August!
Every student at The Gunnery has a Debit Account in the School Store, including day students.
The link to order text books is available now.
If you have questions as you prepare to return to campus, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Prior to September, please be sure that all required forms have been submitted to each department below.
Dean of Students
- Registration forms (Authorization to Publish, Emergency Contacts, Additional Student/Family Information, Parent/Guardian Information, Release of Student Information, School Store Debit Account) submitted through HighlanderNation.
- Completed Student Life Survey
- Academic forms and required placement tests available through HighlanderNation.
- Required Summer Reading
- Completed 2020-2021 contract (submitted through HighlanderNation) and required tuition payment.
- Please send a current school portrait scan (or hardcopy) of your child to Jamie Albro (email@example.com) for inclusion in our student handbook. Pictures must be received prior to August 1. Please do not send cropped pictures as the quality of edited photos does not reprint well in the handbook.
Who to contact with questions:
Dean of Students Office:
Ashley LeBlanc, Dean of Students, firstname.lastname@example.org
James Balben, Director of Residential Life, email@example.com
Lauren Lord, Assistant Dean of Students, firstname.lastname@example.org
Mary Ewing R.N., Director of Nursing, email@example.com
Business Office/Student Accounts:
Amber Noe, Director of Student Accounts, firstname.lastname@example.org
Peg Small, Registrar, email@example.com
Deborah Doody, School Store Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org
BJ Daniels, Director of Technology, email@example.com
DEI Annual Report: October 29, 2020 - sent to all current faculty & staff, current parents, students and alumni
Reminders and Updates from Campus: October 21, 2020 - sent to all current parents and faculty & staff
International Travel Updates: October 1, 2020 - sent to international students and parents
Revisions to Health and Safety Protocols: September 29, 2020 - sent to current parents, students, faculty & staff
COVID-19 testing on Monday: September 18, 2020 - sent to all parents & students
Compliance with our health and safety protocols: September 17, 2020 - sent to all parents, students and faculty & staff
Registration and Orientation Tomorrow: September 11, 2020 - sent to all current day parents and students
Parent Orientation: September 8, 2020 - sent to all parents
Your Return-to-Campus Checklist: September 2, 2020 - sent to all parents, students and faculty & staff
Important International Travel Information: August 26, 2020 -sent to international families
Signature Required for Notice of Informed Consent: August 26, 2020 - sent to all current parents
Pre-arrival COVID-19 testing instructions and resources: August 24, 2020 - sent to all current parents & students
Follow-up to Aug 12 Town Hall Meeting: August 19, 2020 - sent to all parents, students and faculty & staff
Campus Reopening Information and Forms: August 14, 2020 - sent to all current parents and students
Campus Reopening Update for Fall 2020: August 7, 2020 - sent to all current parents, students and faculty & staff
A message from Dean of Students: July 13, 2020 - sent to new parents and students
A message from Dean of Students: July 13, 2020 - sent to returning parents and students
Campus Reopening Update: July 8, 2020 - sent to all parents, students and faculty & staff
Update from The Gunnery Health Center: June 26, 2020 - sent to all parents
Fall Planning Update: June 24, 2020 - sent to all parents
Summer Reading Assignments: June 18, 2020 - sent to all parents and students
Fall 2020 Planning Process: June 2, 2020 - sent to all parents
Update on Fall 2020 Planning: May 18, 2020 - sent to all parents
Important Registration Information: May 18, 2020 and ongoing - sent to all new parents
Fall 2020 Planning Updates: May 4, 2020- sent to all parents
- CDC: Travel Notices
- CDC: Considerations for Institutions of Higher Learning
- CDC: Facts About Coronavirus Disease 2019
- CDC: Guidance for Student Foreign Travel
- CDC: Prevention and Treatment
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