School Year Updates
May 19, 2021
Update about in-person learning and the 2021-22 calendar
Given the wide availability of COVID-19 vaccination for people age 12 and older, and what continues to be a low incidence of illness in younger children, MB is excited to be planning for the resumption of full in-person teaching and learning next year. Unless state health officials mandate a closure of schools, we anticipate that the use of remote learning next year will be limited to two specific circumstances: 1) Non-vaccinated students who are isolating or quarantining as the direct result of a positive COVID case; and 2) International students who experience difficulty or disruption in returning to the U.S. In those circumstances, MB will provide ways for students to engage remotely, which could include synchronous or asynchronous instruction, depending on division and circumstance. Remote learning will not be available as a matter of personal preference, or for those who are traveling or quarantining after travel. MB will also return to its regular calendar, including 3:00 p.m. dismissal on Wednesdays, no additional Fridays off, real snow days as necessary and, assuming approval from RIDOH and RIDE, a return to our normal academic schedule for classes in all divisions.
For the 2021-22 school year, Moses Brown strongly encourages and expects all eligible members of the school community to get vaccinated as soon as they are eligible, or to obtain an approved exemption completed and signed by an MD as a reasonable accommodation for medical or religious reasons. Completed forms (Religious Exemption Vaccination Form, Medical Exemption Vaccination Form) must be sent to the School Nurse. Depending on circumstances at the time, the school may require those who are not vaccinated to take additional steps in support of community health, such as submitting a negative test result on a weekly basis.