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Updates and Information Regarding COVID-19

Updated May 20, 2020, 3:00 p.m.

This page was developed to provide updates and information regarding our plans to cope with the spread of the coronavirus and the outbreak of COVID-19. It will be updated as needed, with critical alerts shared with the Commonwealth School community via email as well.

Please do not hesitate to be in touch if you have any questions: 617-266-7525,, or

Letters to the Commonwealth Community


Mental Health and Wellness

General Information About COVID-19

During this uncertain and unprecedented period, we appreciate the patience, vigilance, and flexibility of our Commonwealth community. As always, we are heartened by the response from students, families, alumni/ae, teachers, and staff. They have developed creative and effective ways of continued learning in the face of adversity, responded to fear and uncertainty with calm and composure, and demonstrated a concern not just for each other but our interconnected global community.

School Updates

Virtual Commonwealth

Until the school reopens, we will conduct courses, advising, and extracurricular activities via our robust online learning platform, Virtual Commonwealth

School Closure

Commonwealth School will be closed through the end of the school year, in compliance with Governor Baker's order. 


The following events will be commemorated in a virtual format:

  • Graduation: June 5, details shared via email.
  • Jazz Concert: June 22; this event will be pre-recorded and shared with the community.

The following events have been canceled as of May 16, 2020:

  • Beach Day
  • Hancock
  • Headmaster's Reception
  • Peru Trip
  • Prom
  • Revisit Days for Admitted Students
  • Reception for Admitted Families 
  • Senior Play
  • Spring Concert

Please contact with any questions.


We request that any students or family members heading abroad in the coming weeks let us know by calling (617-266-7525) or emailing Stephanie Poynter in our front office.

We ask that students and their families, as well as faculty and staff members, comply fully with recommendations for quarantine or limited interactions with others following the return from countries currently under Level 3 or Level 2 travel alerts or from areas in the U.S. with higher rates of infection.