Returning to Campus

With Marvelwood’s mission front and center, our ongoing COVID planning and preparedness is guided by these 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.

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 has taken 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.  Under the guidance of DOCS Urgent Care in New Milford, Torrington Area Health District, and the State Department of Health, and in collaboration with the Town of Kent Emergency Management Team, protocols have been established and followed, including weekly testing, which keeps our on-campus community safe and healthy.  Marvelwood is confident that our blueprint for traditional operations gives us the best chance of controlling our environment and being in person and on campus together.  

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.

Read & Sign the Compact

Bringing the Campus Community Together

In order to do our very best to ensure campus-wide health,  cohorting and other additional precautionary restrictions will be in place for a period of time, commencing upon students’ return to school after breaks. 

In March, we will PCR test the community on day five after the return to campus.  If all tests are negative, cohorting will discontinue.  Cohorting may be re-established if there is a positive case.


Important Information

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