Reopening Guide

Last Updated April 14, 2021, 1:40 p.m.

Given the favorable vaccination trends and low transmission rates in schools, Commonwealth will return more fully to in-person learning in the spring of 2021, with a majority of our students, faculty, and staff in our building every day.

The safety measures currently in place (masking, testing, controlled movements and eating, open windows, etc.) will continue, with some adjustments to accommodate the greater numbers—most notably, a reduction to a 3-foot social distance minimum. Please see below for details.

The return to in-person instruction is optional: students can participate in classes remotely via our existing Virtual Commonwealth platform if they wish. Please note that we will go forward with these plans only if trends in COVID remain favorable. We are prepared to shift to a fully online model immediately should the need arise.

Contact Us

If a Commonwealth student or member of their household exhibits any COVID-19 symptoms or tests positive for the virus, they should contact Front Office Manager Stephanie Poynter immediately: or 617-266-7525.

As always, students and families are welcome to contact Headmaster Bill Wharton or Assistant Head of School Rebecca Jackman with concerns as they arise. General questions about our reopening plans may be directed to



Overview and Expectations



Health and Safety



Response Protocols and Communications



Student Schedules



Building Logistics



Academic and Extracurricular Activities