Reopening Safely: Fall 2021

Last Updated October 19, 2021, 3:40 p.m.

Commonwealth School looks forward to beginning the 2021–2022 academic year fully in person, with a comprehensive yet nimble reopening plan informed by state and federal recommendations, as well as the expertise of infectious disease risk mitigation consultants. 

This return will allow for the structure and routines, the warm community and connection, that make learning at Commonwealth so invigorating. And we are confident that we can do so safely and joyfully. We are also heartened by the fact that at least 95% of the school community is fully vaccinated and that our state’s vaccination rate is one of the highest in the country. But, as we have since the onset of the pandemic, we continue to closely monitor public health conditions, including the Delta variant, and we are prepared to adapt quickly to this evolving situation. 

Though some of last year's restrictions have been lifted, many safety measures remain in place, and we expect our community to become familiar with the new policies outlined below. We are confident that our layered COVID-19 prevention strategy will continue to safeguard the health and well-being of our community. Our requirements meet and, in many instances, exceed those set by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). We will update our protocols as needed based on their evolving guidance and will notify families, faculty, and staff accordingly. 

Contact Us

As always, students and families are welcome to reach out to Head of School Jennifer Borman ’81 or Assistant Head of School Rebecca Jackman with concerns as they arise. Please contact us with any general questions about this page. 

If a Commonwealth student or member of their household tests positive for COVID-19, they must contact Office Manager Stephanie Poynter, our COVID-19 point person, immediately: or 617-266-7525.

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