Start of School

We look forward to welcoming everyone back for the new school year, which begins September 1 for all divisions. Remember, there will be no remote or hybrid learning offered this year.

If you have any immediate questions particular to you and your family, please email your division office or one of our school nurses:

Lower School questions: Adriana Cornell (acornell@mosesbrown.org, 401-831-7350 x 218)
Middle School questions: Celeste Thompson-Roach (CThompsonRoach@mosesbrown.org, 401-831-7350 x 115)
Upper School questions: Mary Pat Radeka (MRadeka@mosesbrown.org, 401-831-7350 x 120)
School nurses: Barret Clarke [6–12] bclarke@mosesbrown.org, 401-831-7350 x173
or Shanna Salazar [N–5] ssalazar@mosesbrown.org, 401-831-7350 x192)

Please be sure to scroll all the way down through the below two sections of tabs, the second including information regarding Field Trips, Textbooks, the Major Dates Calendar and Volunteer opportunities.

  • First day of classes

    First day of classes

    First day of classes is Wednesday, September 1. Convocation begins at 8:45 am with a reception to follow for families of the Class of 2022 and Lower School has noon dismissal this first day.

  • Drop Off and Pick Up

    Drop Off and Pick Up

    Student Drop Off & Pick Up
    Information and FAQs for All Divisions

    [View the pick-up and drop-off map]

    WHERE do I DROP OFF and PICK UP my child from school?

    Nursery & Pre-Primary
    Please park and escort your child directly to their classroom door. The Nursery classroom is in the lower level of East Wing (underneath the Y-Lab). Families should park in the lower lot (first parking lot on the left), entering the campus from Lloyd Avenue just across from Brown University athletic fields (stay in LEFT lane). Leonard (our security guard) will greet you at the top of the hill and direct you to reserved parking spots. You will be given a blue hanging car tag so Leonard can easily identify you as a Nursery parent. In the morning, the entire access roadway is one way and Nursery families MUST EXIT on to Hope St. by proceeding straight to the end of the roadway (in the RIGHT LANE) and through the Ross House lot. The Pre-Primary classroom will be in the Providence Meeting House on the corner of Olney St. and Morris Ave. Families should find street parking and walk their child to the Meeting House door. For both classes, park in the same locations for pick-up and come to the classroom door (please wait outside the classroom; children will be dismissed directly to you outdoors).

    Kindergarten through 4th grade
    For returning families, this is the same process as last year. Students are dropped off and picked up along the roadway running from the Front Circle (directly in front of Middle House) to the Front Gate on Lloyd Ave. Families should enter campus from Lloyd Avenue just across from Brown University athletic fields (stay in LEFT lane) and proceed along the roadway, taking a left at the Front Circle (you will be directed) to the drop-off zone. Faculty and staff will be present to help children out of their cars and direct them to a tent in the Grove where they will be met by teachers and escorted to their classrooms. Exit campus through the Front Gate back to Lloyd Avenue. Children are picked up in the same location using the same traffic pattern.

    5th Grade
    Drop off and pick up students in the Ross House lot, entering campus from Hope St. (just down from the corner of Hope and Lloyd) Proceed straight and take a left at Ross House along the curb as directed. Pull ahead as far as possible and drop off /pick up students at the curb on the right side.

    Middle School
    Students may be dropped off along the access roadway or in the Ross House lot. If families enter campus from Lloyd Avenue just across from Brown University athletic fields, please stay in RIGHT lane and proceed along the roadway, dropping children off on the right side. Proceed beyond the Front Circle for Middle School drop-off. Please be conscious of pulling forward and not stopping at the first available spot, to allow as many cars as possible to pull up the roadway at one time. Families MUST EXIT on to Hope St. by proceeding to the end of the roadway and through the Ross House lot. If you enter campus from Hope Street (Ross House lot), proceed straight and take a left at Ross House along the curb as directed, Please pull forward as far as possible before dropping off your child. Circle around the lot and exit back onto Hope St.

    Upper School
    Students should be dropped off along the access roadway. Families should enter campus through the Lloyd Avenue entrance just across from Brown University athletic fields (stay in RIGHT lane) and proceed along the roadway, dropping children off on the right side before the Front Cirlce (in front of the Y-Lab and Friends Hall). Please be conscious of pulling forward and not stopping at the first available spot, to allow as many cars as possible to pull up the roadway at one time. Families MUST EXIT on to Hope St. by proceeding to the end of the roadway and through the Ross House lot.

    WHAT TIME IS DROP OFF in the morning AND PICK-UP in the afternoon?

    Nursery & Pre-Primary
    DROP OFF: 7:30 – 7:55 am; we encourage families to get to campus as early as possible so students can begin their day on-time at 8:00 am. Doors to classrooms open at 7:45 am.

    PICK UP: Students will be ready for pick-up at the classroom door at 12:00 noon (please pick-up no later than 12:10 pm).

    Kindergarten to 4th grade
    DROP OFF: 7:30 – 7:55 am; we encourage families to get to campus as early as possible so student can begin their day on-time at 8:00 am. Faculty and staff are ready to unload students starting at 7:30 am.
    PICK UP: Parents may start lining up on the roadway at 2:45 pm; students will be ready for pick-up by 3:00 pm. Always have your personalized hang tag visible (we will provide). Please be on campus for pick-up no later than 3:10 pm.

    5th to 8th grade
    DROP OFF: 7:35 – 7:55 am; students must be in their classrooms no later than 8:00 am
    PICK UP: Students will be ready for pick-up at 3:05 pm. Please be on campus for pick-up no later than 3:15 pm. If entering at Lloyd Ave. and picking-up along the access roadway, please call or text your child to make sure they are ready before entering.

    Upper School
    DROP OFF: 7:40 – 7:55 am; US students must be in their first period classroom no later than 8:00 am; students may arrive as early as 7:30 am.
    PICK UP: Students will be dismissed at 3:00 pm. There will be NO WAITING along the access road, please call or text your child to make sure they are ready before entering.

    What if my family or our child(ren) WALKS TO SCHOOL?
    You are always welcome to walk to school.

    Nursery & Pre-Primary
    Walk your child directly to their classroom door.

    Kindergarten to 4th grade
    Walk your child to the tent in the Grove to meet their classmates and be escorted to their classroom.

    5th to 8th grade
    Students proceed directly to their classroom.

    Upper School
    Students proceed directly to their classroom.

    ARE MASKS REQUIRED of everyone in the car during drop-off and pick-up?

    Nursery & Pre-Primary
    Yes, you will be walking with your child on campus where masks are required at all times.

    Kindergarten to 4th grade
    Yes, faculty and staff will be opening your car door to help your child in and out of the car. Masks are required to help keep everyone safe.

    5th to 8th grade
    Not required of parents, as they must remain in cars. Students must be wearing a mask when they exit and enter vehicles.

    Upper School
    Not required of parents, as they must remain in cars. Students must be wearing a mask when they exit and enter vehicles.

    Where do I drop-off IF I HAVE CHILDREN IN MULTIPLE LOWER SCHOOL GRADES who are supposed to get dropped off in different locations?

    Nursery & Pre-Primary
    If you have a Nursery student and a K–5th grader. Park in the lower lot with both/all children. Take youngest child to classroom first and then walk K-4th grade child to arrival tent in the Grove and/or direct 5th grade student to walk to their classroom in Middle House.

    Kindergarten to 4th grade
    If you have a K – 4th grader and a 5th grade child, you should drop all children off in the K-4 drop-off zone and 5th grader will be able to walk to 5th grade classroom in Middle House.

    What do we do if we are RUNNING LATE FOR DROP-OFF?

    Nursery & Pre-Primary:
    After 8:05 am you park in the lower lot, walk to the classroom door for a hand-off to the teacher.

    Kindergarten to 4th grade
    After 8:05 am, drop students off on the main access road near Front Circle. Students will need to check-in at the front entrance to Middle House.

    5th to 8th grade
    After 8:05 am, drop students off on the main access road near Front Circle. Students will need to check-in at the front entrance to Middle House.

    Upper School
    After 8:15 am, students should enter at Friends Hall deck and report to the US office.

    What if my child TAKES THE BUS?

    Students will be greeted on arrival and dismissal by an MB staff member at the Front Gate who will support and direct students.

    Kindergarten to 4th grade
    At arrival, students will be escorted to a drop-off tent in the Grove. At dismissal staff will escort students from under the tent to the bus pick-up location.

    5th to 8th grade
    At arrival students can proceed directly to their classroom. At dismissal, students should proceed directly to the Front Gate and staff will meet students and organize them by bus.

    Upper School
    At arrival students can proceed directly to their classroom. At dismissal, students should proceed directly to the Front Gatestaff will meet students in the Grove and organize them by bus.

    What if MY STUDENT DRIVES TO SCHOOL and parks on the perimeter of campus? What if they bring younger siblings?

    Students are welcome to drive themselves to school. They must find street parking; there is no on-campus parking for students.

    Kindergarten to 4th grade
    If they have a K – 4th grade sibling, they should escort them to the tent in the Grove.

    5th to 8th grade
    5th – 8th grade siblings should walk onto campus and proceed directly to their classroom.

    Upper School
    Students proceed directly to their classroom.

    If I have CHILDREN IN MULTIPLE DIVISIONS, where should I drop them off and pick them up?

    Families with children in multiple divisions should use the arrival procedures of their youngest child. If you have a child in N or PP, you should park your vehicle in the lower lot and have your middle school or upper school child proceed to their designated entrance. If you have a child/children in K to 4th grade, we ask that you drop both/all children at the K-4 drop-off zone. The older child(ren) will then walk directly to their classroom. The same is true for dismissal; older children should meet their family at the pick-up location of their youngest sibling.

  • COVID Vaccinations, Masks, and Quarantining

    COVID Vaccinations, Masks, and Quarantining

    COVID Vaccinations

    As we’ve indicated throughout the summer, all members of our community who are eligible are expected to be vaccinated. Every family must upload a picture of their child’s completed vaccination card in SchoolDoc or request a medical or religious exemption by indicating in SchoolDoc that your student’s immunizations are not up to date, and then completing and uploading the appropriate exemption form.

    Students may not come to school or participate in Upper School pre-season athletics without having provided this information. 

    Contact the Technology department (email) with questions on your MyMB log-in or accessing SchoolDoc.

    Mask Wearing Required Indoors

    Given the recent changes in recommendations from local and national public health agencies, mask wearing will be required of everyone when indoors, regardless of vaccination status. Masks are optional for everyone outdoors. We continue to follow the best knowledge about practical safety measures, and we will regularly evaluate this requirement.

    Managing Positive Cases, Quarantining and Travel

    Based on current guidance, those who are vaccinated will not be required to quarantine if they are a close contact of a positive case (immediate testing will be strongly recommended). Unvaccinated close contacts of a positive case will be asked by the RI Dept. of Health to quarantine for at least 7 days, with a return to school on day 8 assuming a negative test on day 5 or later.

    Rhode Island has quarantine recommendations in place for those returning to RI from locations that have high positivity rates; you can review those here. We expect all families to comply with state travel guidelines.

    General health reminder – monitoring symptoms: While Moses Brown will not require daily health screening, there is an ongoing expectation that families will remain vigilant in supporting the health of the entire community and keep children home who present with any symptoms related to COVID or other maladies. MB will maintain on-site testing capacity and our nurses and athletic trainer will provide point of care testing for students, faculty and staff who present with COVID symptoms.

    Questions: contact school nurse Barret Clarke bclarke@mosesbrown.org or Lower School nurse Shanna Salazar ssalazar@mosesbrown.org.

  • COVID Testing

    COVID Testing

    Regular On-Campus Surveillance Testing

    We will continue asymptomatic surveillance testing on-campus for grades N-6 – the ages not yet eligible for vaccination – seeking to test at least 25% of students on a weekly basis. Testing will begin the week of Sept. 20.

    On-Campus Point of Care Testing

    We will maintain additional on-site testing capacity and our nurses and athletic trainer will provide point of care testing for students, faculty and staff who present with COVID symptoms.

    Off-Campus PCR Testing Strongly Encouraged Before Sept. 1

    MB strongly recommends that all community members take a PCR COVID test within 72 hours of the start of school (Sept. 1) regardless of vaccination status. State testing information can be found at https://covid.ri.gov/testing.

    Regular Off-Campus Testing

    We recommend that those who are eligible but not vaccinated get tested on at least a bi-weekly basis. Given the potential for breakthrough cases, we also encourage periodic testing for vaccinated members of our community.

  • Classroom Configurations & Physical Spacing

    Classroom Configurations & Physical Spacing

    Classrooms, libraries, cafeterias and other spaces will return to their previous, pre-pandemic configuration and function. Plexiglass barriers have been removed. Portable HEPA filter machines will remain in place in most classrooms, offices and gathering spaces. We will not be using assigned seating in classes. We will have one outdoor tent in the Grove to facilitate Lower School drop-off/pick-up and provide extra space for lunches and outdoor gatherings.

    We will practice social distancing where possible and encourage use of outside spaces, but will not be insisting on any particular metric for physical distancing for all circumstances [see “Additional Health & Safety Measures” section for information on lunch plans].

  • Additional Health & Safety Measures

    Additional Health & Safety Measures

    Moses Brown continues to rely on guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control, the R.I. Department of Health, the World Health Organization, the American Academy of Pediatrics and regularly consults with local experts who have strong personal connections to our school community, including: the school’s Consulting Physician Dr. Judith Shaw (spouse of long-time faculty member, Bruce Shaw), pediatrician Dr. Cindy Klipfel, infectious disease specialist Dr. Maria Mileno, emergency medicine specialist Dr. Sam Goldman (spouse of faculty member Katie Goldman), and economist Dr. Emily Oster (Brown University faculty member), who has also become among the most respected national voices on COVID-related data analysis, and education policy.

    Beyond those already outlined in other sections of the 2021-22 School Opening webpage, additional health and safety measures include:

    *We are maintaining upgrades to air handling units with hospital-grade MERV-13 filters that screen out aerosol particles and UV light disinfection units remain in place at key locations in ductwork. Portable HEPA filters are also in place throughout the campus, especially in areas with limited air handling or natural ventilation.

    *Frequent hand washing will continue to be encouraged, and hand sanitizer stations remain in place at numerous locations throughout campus.

    *For those in grades 3-12 who participate in the meal plan, lunch will be served in a more traditional buffet line fashion this year with masks required in all servery areas. We will strive to maximize social distancing for students when eating and drinking. Students will be encouraged to eat outdoors, as desired and weather permitting. On inclement weather days, grades 7-12 will be asked to utilize indoor spaces around our campus to de-densify and maximize distancing. Students in grades 3 & 4 and 6 will eat in the cafeteria at dedicated times that allow for greater spacing. Grades K, 1, 2, and 5 will eat in their classrooms, which provide ample space for distancing.

    *Expanded outdoor seating will be maintained (picnic tables everywhere) and an outdoor tent will remain in to maximize the outdoor use of our campus as weather permits.

    *Elevated campus cleaning protocols will be sustained.

    *We are committed to supporting the mental health of our students, with three priorities in mind: 1) monitoring for wellbeing and mental health concerns; 2) providing social emotional education about trauma and resilience, as well as individualized care and referral for those in need; and 3) providing accommodations and flexibility for those experiencing social and emotional challenges.

    *Lower School students will be in stable grade level pods and, during the Lower School construction project (until early 2022), our youngest population of students will be in distinct physical locations that provide an additional level of safety.

    *Middle school students will be organized by grade level for the majority of their school day. Some grade level mixing will occur, particularly in music and co-curriculars.

  • Athletics and US Pre-Season

    Athletics and US Pre-Season

    Fall pre-season athletics in the Upper School begins on Monday, Aug. 23. 

    Quaker Nation! The countdown has begun to preseason.
    (please also see the overview below)

    We are so excited to see all of you back in action! Please note, you MUST have all of the required forms submitted prior to August 23rd in order to participate. The following forms can be found via MyMB using SchoolDoc linked in “Resources” to participate.

    1. RIIL Assumption of Risk for all 9th grade and transfer students only. MUST BE NOTARIZED.
    2. Family Acknowledgment and Consent for all 9th grade and transfer students only.
    3. Concussion Form
    4. Travel & Liability Waiver
    5. Physical- MUST be up to date prior to Aug 23rd

    Contact Leslie Jones in the athletics office with questions lcaitojones@mosesbrown.org.

    Overview:

    Below is a list of all required forms. Student athletes will not be permitted to participate in team activities until all forms are submitted. If you have questions, please contact Barret Clarke (bclarke@mosesbrown.org) regarding required medical information or Leslie Jones (lcaitojones@mosesbrown.org) regarding other required forms. Please contact the
    Technology department (email) with questions on your MyMB log-in or accessing SchoolDoc.

    As of August 16, 2021, the Rhode Island Interscholastic League has not announced any COVID-19 related restrictions or changes. Moses Brown Athletics will update teams and families of changes if they occur.

    NEST (Northeast Sports Training & Rehabilitation) will be returning to campus this fall offering General Fitness and more Intensive Programs for MB students. The Fitness Center will re-open on September 1, 2021 and operate from 3:00 PM – 5:30 PM Mondays – Fridays. There is the possibility of an adjusted schedule on Wednesdays from September 20, 2021 – October 29, 2021.

    We look forward to all that the upcoming school year has in store and we can’t wait to see you all on campus. Go Quakers!

    Schedule:
    Monday, August 23rd
    • Field Hockey registration 7:30 AM (Field House). 7:45 AM-9:45 AM Practice
    • Boys’ Soccer registration 8:15 AM (Field House). 9:00 AM-12:00 PM Practice
    • Girls’ Tennis registration 9:30 AM (Field House).10:00 AM-12:00 PM Practice
    • Football registration 2:00 PM (Field House). 3:00 PM-6:00 PM Practice
    • Girls’ Soccer registration 2:45 PM (Field House). 3:30 PM-5:30 PM Practice
    • Cross Country registration 3:15 PM (Field House). 3:30 PM-5:00 PM Practice

  • Parents & Visitors/Meetings & Events on Campus

    Parents & Visitors/Meetings & Events on Campus

    Parents & Visitors/Meetings & Events on Campus

    Parents & Visitors on Campus

    Parents and visitors are welcome on campus and in buildings for meetings with teachers, administrators, etc. All parents and visitors who plan to enter a campus building must check-in at the front desk of Middle House (per normal security practice at MB), wear a mask, and complete a symptom screening (we are required to keep a log of all visitors who enter our buildings).

    The Class of ’14 Cafe in the Woodman Center will be for student and faculty use only at the start of the school year.

    Business and Committee Meetings on Campus

    Regular school business and committee meetings (Parents Assoc. Exec. Board, Alumni Association Board, committee meetings of the Board of Trustees, etc.) and small gatherings (20 people or less) may be held in-person on campus. Masks are required at all times and specific check-in and symptom screening processes will be established for these meetings and modest events.

    Large Meetings and Events Should Remain Virtual

    At the start of the school year, large meetings and events normally planned for indoors should remain virtual (we will re-evaluate this at the end of September). These include but are not limited to events like all-school Parents Association meetings, divisional parent coffees, and divisional Parent/Back-to-School Nights.

    Outdoor Events

    Masks are not required outdoors on campus and outdoor community events are permitted. Unless conditions changes, signature events like the Fall Harvest dinner will be held outside as in the past. Gatherings such as post-game parent/team receptions, class potlucks, etc. may also be held outdoors on our campus. We encourage guests to be mindful of personal spacing when outdoors and unmasked. At times, when large groups are gathered in ways that allow for little spacing, the school may require masks.

  • Mandatory forms

    Mandatory forms

    Required summer forms are due on Aug. 1; access via MyMB — contact the Technology department (email) with MyMB log-in questions.

  • Indoor Student Gatherings (Meeting for Worship, etc.)

    Indoor Student Gatherings (Meeting for Worship, etc.)

    Coming together in community is an essential element of Quaker education and allows for the development of relationships that anchor the student experience. Moses Brown does plan to hold in-person gatherings like divisional Meetings for Worship and assemblies. Masks will be required at all times, and we will strive to hold these events in larger areas: outdoors, when possible; in the Woodman Center (with its highly sophisticated ventilation system – hospital grade filters, UV light sterilization, etc.); and in other areas that allow us to de-densify and take advantage of natural ventilation (a single MS grade in the Meeting House, or using Sinclair Rom) We will pay close attention to the mental health of our students and the anxiety that large group gatherings may cause for some, making available opportunities for alternate participation.  

  • Field Trips

    Field Trips

    Field trips are allowed. Masks are required on buses, but capacity limits have been lifted. Additional safety measures may be required on a case-by-case basis and per the requirement of specific locations/facilities students visit.

  • Textbooks

    Textbooks

    Books are available through the Moses Brown online bookstore at http://bnck-12.com/mosesbrown. You may also order by phone at 800-325-3252. There will be free shipping from July 19 – August 2, with orders of $99 or more.

    Book lists

    Middle School textbooks

    Upper School textbooks

    Providence resident textbook loan form (non-public)

    Book buyback

    Book buyback will remain as an online only program this year, available at http://bnck-12.com/mosesbrown. This process is the same as the EZ drop buyback: students will create their quotes online and then receive a prepaid shipping label. For questions, please contact Dina Barber at dbarber@mosesbrown.org.

  • Major Dates Calendar

    Major Dates Calendar

    You will find a calendar of major dates for the coming school year here.

  • Volunteers

    Volunteers

    Our school runs on volunteers — please consider lending the community a few hours of your time and expertise! Just let us know some of your areas of interest by submitting this form, and we’ll be in touch to match you with some volunteer opportunities.

  • Meal Plan

    Meal Plan

    Please login to MyMB and visit the SAGE Dining Resource page for specific plan pricing information. For questions about the dining program, please contact Jen Rawson, jrawson@mosesbrown.org

    For those in grades 3-12 who participate in the meal plan, lunch will be served in a more traditional buffet line fashion this year with masks required in all servery areas. We will strive to maximize social distancing for students when eating and drinking. Students will be encouraged to eat outdoors, as desired and weather permitting. On inclement weather days, grades 7-12 will be asked to utilize indoor spaces around our campus to de-densify and maximize distancing. Students in grades 3 & 4 and 6 will eat in the cafeteria at dedicated times that allow for greater spacing. Grades K, 1, 2, and 5 will eat in their classrooms, which provide ample space for distancing.