Hybrid Learning Guide

Bolstered by robust online learning capabilities, Commonwealth School plans to deliver as much in-person instruction as is consistent with protection of the health and safety of its students, faculty, and staff. Much will differ in the way we conduct ourselves this year—but we will approach the work with the same dedication, thoughtfulness, and good humor that have always defined the Commonwealth experience. 

Last Updated February 18, 2021, 10:00 p.m.

Together with consultants from Fusion Cell (who have deep experience in managing infectious risk), we have devised a set of health and safety requirements that will, we believe, greatly diminish the threat of COVID-19 to our students, staff, families, and community at large for any in-person instruction. These requirements meet and in many instances exceed those set by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the CDC; we will update our protocols as needed based on their evolving guidance and will notify families, faculty, and staff accordingly. We will also be ready to shift to a fully online model with Virtual Commonwealth as we did in the spring, should the need arise. 

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation as we embark on this new path for our school. There will be challenges ahead, but we look forward to working with your children in the 2020–2021 school year—in whatever format that may be. 

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: spoynter@commschool.org 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 communications@commschool.org



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