Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates
See below for recent communications regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19), contact information, and links to helpful information regarding COVID-19.
- School Information
- Access to Campus
- Virtual Learning
- International Students
- College Counseling and Seniors
- Will Tilton School open as normal in the fall?
- On the chance that the school does not open in the fall, what is the plan?
- Where can I find the best information about New Hampshire and COVID-19?
Based in part on Dr. Anthony Fauci’s recent statements about returning to school in the fall, Tilton currently plans to open its doors as “normal” this coming fall. Some school operations will be modified in response to guidance from the CDC and state and federal officials: we will implement policies on campus designed to maximize the health and safety of our community and minimize the spread of COVID-19. Such policies will likely include measures to de-densify the campus, reduce the size of gatherings, disinfect shared spaces with high frequency, and provide daily health and wellness checks. These and other routines will represent a “new normal” at Tilton School for the 2020-2021 school year.
It’s difficult to predict what will happen in the fall, but we are hopeful for a normal opening of school based on recent comments by Dr. Anthony Fauci. While a normal schedule is our plan, it is possible that Tilton School may be required to alter its schedule in response to the then current situation with the pandemic. If we were to delay the opening of school, our hope would be to recover some of these lost days through schedule changes later in the school year.
Regardless of schedule, Tilton School will be ready with virtual instruction to support students who may not be able to attend some portion of classes in the fall due to illness, exposure, or travel restrictions. While we do not expect a need to do so, if in accordance with guidance from appropriate officials we are unable to host students on campus, Tilton will be ready to switch to virtual instruction for all students.
- Is there flexibility around enrollment decisions or deposits?
- Are there financial savings from virtual instruction?
- How does the Tuition Refund Insurance program support my investment during times of travel restrictions and virtual learning?
- Where can I find information about Tuition Refund Insurance?
We know it can be difficult to make financial commitments during a time of such uncertainty. Tilton is a tuition-driven institution and in order to best support your student, our planning depends on firm enrollment commitments. That being said, we know that for some families, the financial impacts of COVID have been significant. Several options can help:
- CARES Act Provider Relief Fund: Congress has provided assistance in several forms including small business loans (low APR and/or entirely forgiven), tax filing deferrals, unemployment extensions, and 401k access.
- Evergreen Tuition: Over the longer-term, Tilton’s Evergreen Contract provides a guarantee of zero tuition increases, for families that stick to a scheduled payment plan, for the duration of their student’s time at Tilton School.
We acknowledge that a small portion of families may need to delay their enrollment decisions. Please contact the Admissions Office at email@example.com to discuss options for alternative timelines and payment plans.
While there are some small savings, mostly in energy costs, from the campus being empty, we must nonetheless commit our staffing and facilities to students’ return. Thus far, the switch to virtual instruction has meant longer hours and an increased commitment of personnel—our largest expense as an institution. Some situations—the need to pack and ship student belongings, the need to cancel/postpone major events, and the loss of some categories of supplemental revenue—represent new and significant costs to Tilton School borne of the COVID-19 outbreak. While the possibility of refunds seems unlikely, we will do a final assessment of financial factors at the end of the fiscal year.
If the campus is open at the beginning of the academic year and students are able to attend school, insurance underwriters will require physical attendance on campus in order to satisfy the 14-day attendance requirement. The policy specifically excludes coverage if there is a government order that prevents the student from entering the country.
If the campus is closed at the beginning of the academic year and the school opens utilizing virtual learning, online attendance for all students will count toward meeting the 14-day attendance requirement. When the campus reopens and a student withdraws because they are prevented from attending school due to a government order, there would not be coverage as this is specifically excluded under the policy.
- Will students be required to wear masks on campus next year?
- Will the school be regularly checking temperatures of students and employees in the fall?
- Will yearbooks still be distributed?
The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (NHDHHS) currently recommends wearing a mask when leaving home. At present we anticipate that there will be circumstances when students are asked to wear masks on campus, and students should, therefore, plan to bring several masks with them when they arrive in September.
- When will I be able to retrieve personal belongings in my dorm room?
- Is Tilton School closed?
- Is Tilton School still offering admissions tours or information sessions?
A plan for student move-out including on-campus retrieval, storage, and/or mailing of student belongings has been shared in the parent newsletter. If you did not receive that information, please contact Dean of Students, Chapel Love at firstname.lastname@example.org or 603-286-1739 during normal business hours.
- How long will virtual learning last?
- What does my student need for virtual learning?
- Will there be afternoon activities?
- Will the Center for Academic Achievement be available to students as we move to virtual learning?
As many of you know, New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu ordered all public and private schools to maintain virtual instruction through the end of the school year in an effort to slow the spread of the virus, and this guidance aligns with our earlier decision to extend virtual learning through the end of Tilton's academic year. For seniors, the last day of classes is May 15 and for all others, the last day is May 22.
All athletic and extra-curricular afternoon programming and on-campus events are canceled for the rest of the spring term. Since all of the schools in our athletic conference are in the same position, no games will be played during this time period. We have implemented a virtual afternoon programming plan.
- How will an F-1 student status be affected by their distance mode of study?
- Is the Form I-20, which students received in February, valid for re-entry to the US?
According to the most recent broadcast by The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) from March 9, 2020 [Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and Potential Procedural Adaptations for F and M non-immigrant students]: “SEVP acknowledges that schools may need to adapt their procedures and policies to address the significant public health concerns associated with the COVID-19 crisis and is focused on ensuring that nonimmigrant students are able to continue to make normal progress in a full course of study as required by federal regulations. SEVP intends to be flexible with temporary adaptations.”
Tilton School will therefore provide SEVP the required notice of accommodations it is making for its F nonimmigrant population and continue to follow carefully all adjustments to the current guidance and additional information provided.
- What happens to the college process?
- Will there be any disruptions to college acceptances and matriculation?
- I am scheduled to take the ACT or SAT but the dates have been canceled. What do I do?
- What happens to Commencement?
- Will there be refunds for the Senior Trip?
Every college is handling the current situation differently, but most college acceptances are done electronically and should roll out on schedule. However, pay close attention to matriculation deadlines! Traditionally, May 1 is the deadline to enroll, however, many schools have had to cancel revisit days for accepted students. This has led colleges to push back its matriculation timelines. Pay careful attention to dates, since each college may use a different schedule.
Remember, you can only deposit at one college. It is important that seniors monitor their email daily as some colleges may delay the release of decisions. You are always welcome to email your college counselor if you have any questions.
The National Association for College Admission Counseling has put together a list of schools making changes in college admission events, deposit dates, and more as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.
Tilton School will not be hosting the ACT on April 4 or the SAT on May 2. In order to ensure the safety of students during the COVID-19 outbreak, ACT has decided to reschedule its April test date to June 13 and the College Board has canceled its SAT test date on May 2. At this time, the College Board will inform us of future administrations as soon as feasibly possible. The College Counseling Office is developing plans for each student to ensure that testing meets your college goals.
In the meantime, please register now for the most local ACT and SAT in July and August. We expect this to be a very popular time to test given the current situation and want to ensure you are able to secure a spot. Once you have made your selection, please inform your counselor.
We will host a virtual celebration on May 23. We continue to work on plans, with members of the Senior Class, for an in-person celebration at some point in the future; we will share updates as information becomes available. We are saddened by this decision, but the health and safety of our entire community continues to be our top priority.
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Virtual Learning Information
Standardized testing dates for April and May in the United States have been cancelled.