Information about COVID-19 Response

The New School is actively updating relevant information about COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and  updates regarding the opening of campus in August.

Current Schedule

The New School will begin classes on August 13, 2020. 

The following options are available for parents to choose through October 16, 2020, and will be re-evaluated at that time. 

Early Childhood Education

The New School will resume on-campus instruction for students in Early Childhood Education (ages one through pre-kindergarten.) 

Kindergarten through Grade 12

The New School will provide parents the option to choose between 5-Day On-Campus Learning or Distance Learning for their students in Kindergarten through Grade 12. 

  • Our small class sizes and our spacious campus provide an advantage to student and teacher safety that we intend to leverage in this highly unusual time. 

  • In response parent interest, we are offering the Distance Learning (DL) Option to all families in K-12.

We are prioritizing risk mitigation, keeping early childhood education open, minimizing disruption during possible brief closures, providing student access to meaningful learning during any separation from school (individual or collective), and nurturing and doing right by our community. 

Please see the Ready to Open Campus Plan linked below for more information regarding Distance Learning and On-Campus Learning. 

Resources and More Information

The New School has created the plan linked below as a living document that we will update as needed and will be referenced throughout this time. This plan includes but is not limited to:

  • Requirements and Requests for families
  • Decisions Regarding Campus Closure
  • Risk Mitigation and Health
  • Traffic Flow for Drop Off and Pick Up
  • Dining and Food Service
  • Division Specific Information (ECE, K-6, 7-12) 

The New School Ready to Open Campus Plan

Leadership and administration will also continue to update the frequently asked questions (FAQs) document linked below, which should serve as a helpful reference for The New School community.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs


From the Head of School



Parent Resources


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Community Encouragement and Advice

We are really enjoying the daily "Mindful Moments" from Ms. Cailey! Her video about being silly had all of us laughing together. — Jennifer Holland

Ms. Laura deserves a Cougar Callout because she looked through 101 pages of chapter books on the Scholastic website and came up with an excellent list of recommendations for third grade students! We are so appreciative to her for taking the time to do that and to give her input on books that will be great for our kids. Plus, it gave us great direction on where to spend our Book Fair money! — Jennifer Holland

My shoutout goes to ms madison because she is handling this sooo well and is constantly making sure we are all understanding all the concepts that we are going over in our pre-algebra class!!

— Caylie Apperson

As far as Fiona was concerned, we were outside playing in the backyard like we always do and suddenly we began to hear a guitar coming from the front yard and Troy's voice. Fiona lit up and ran to the fence clapping and singing "Mr. Troy! Mr. Troy!" He sang to her for about 15 minutes. I could hear some of the neighbors cheering for him from another fenced in house.

Fiona was so excited. We love Troy so much; he is such a treasure.

Mr. Jason Mitchell is staying really connected with all of his advisees, and in science class he keeps mixing it up and keeping it interesting for all of us! — Middle School student

We have a wall in our house of each person's daily schedule and to-do list we've had before COVID-19. This giant to-do list keeps us on track without having to constantly refer back to the computer. 

TIP FOR PARENTS RUNNING TO ENTERTAIN YOUR TODDLERS... We love sensory play in our house! Find some plastic tubs around the house and you have endless possibilities.

Today, we used sugar and a kool-aid packet for color. I buried my 3-year-olds tiny trucks & now he's using his bigger construction trucks to rescue them...


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