In many ways, our intentionally small size, expansive campus and remote location work to our great advantage in terms of COVID planning.  Like many schools and colleges, Marvelwood is taking a number of strategic measures to allow for the maximum in-person experience for students, while also building in the flexibility to adjust our plans, if necessary, to accommodate new information about the virus, testing, vaccines, and other factors.  Marvelwood is confident that our blueprint for resuming traditional operations will give us the best chance of controlling our environment and being in person and on campus together. 

Since our announcement last March about moving to online learning for the remainder of the 2020 academic year, our faculty, administration, students and families have yearned for a return to the traditional school experience.  The heart of our community lies in the relationships between teachers and students, coaches and players, roommates and peers who spring from different corners of the world and form lifelong friendships.  We are all eager to welcome returning students back to campus, and to introduce new students and their families to what we believe to be a uniquely caring, nurturing, and inspiring community in which students grow and thrive.  

With Marvelwood’s mission front and center, we adopted these three guiding principles:

  • Preserve Community: Health and safety is our top priority as we keep our community together. Community is the bedrock of our mission and our greatest strength.

  • Confront Reality: Become as well informed as possible about the myriad challenges posed to our community by COVID-19. Develop a frank and accurate assessment of Marvelwood’s circumstances. Examine the advantages and disadvantages of our location and resources. What must we face? What can we change?  Make decisions responsibly in the face of uncertainty and while acknowledging that decisions and plans may need to change. 

  • Collaborate and Communicate: This is the most important component of maintaining and preserving community.  In addressing the unknown, we must always be available to, and honest with, each other.

Information about our reopening plans will be updated throughout the summer as priorities are determined, decisions are made, and new information is considered.

The Marvelwood Compact

Marvelwood has devoted an immense amount of time, effort, and resources to preparing a sustainable and safe reopening of school.  It is our expectation that all members of the Marvelwood family will join us in our determination to keep our campus safe and to protect the collective health of our school community by signing The Marvelwood Compact.  This Compact represents a promise on the part of all of us – students, parents, employees and their families – to do our best to comply with measures, guidelines and expectations established for our protection, and to support each other in meeting this goal.  Marvelwood will go to great lengths to teach, model, and encourage thoughtful commitment to this Compact in recognition of the important role and responsibility all members of our community share to safeguard both ourselves and each other.   Please print the Compact, discuss it together, and return signed copies to the school before or at registration.

The Marvelwood Compact


Important Information

8/17/20: Updated info on testing before arriving on campus (Back to School folder)

Contact Us

For all questions and concerns about the School's response and preparedness, please contact:

Heather Hastings
CPC Task Force Coordinator
Dean of Students
(203) 788-4985‬