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COVID-19 Information

Remote learning will extend through the spring trimester.
We will not reopen campus this academic year.


The leadership of Vermont Academy, working with the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees, has spent a lot of time considering the impact of COVID-19 on our community. Despite all of our hopes and best wishes, the public health data trends are not good. We firmly believe that Vermont Academy should act in accordance with the CDC’s 8-week recommendation for social distancing. 

We made this decision on March 25, 2020, and it was extremely difficult to make, but it is consistent with our core beliefs. Each member of the Vermont Academy community: 
  • acts with the highest level of honesty and integrity
  • considers the impact of their actions, on both the immediate and world community, for the benefit of present and future generations.
We need to stay closed to protect the health of our students, faculty, staff, neighbors, and all of their families. All of your families. This is what we have to do.

Thank you for understanding.

Note: On March 26, the State of Vermont ordered all public and independent schools to suspend in-person learning for the remainder of the academic year. 
COVID-19 is leading Vermont Academy to make difficult decisions based on a rapidly changing situation. We will update this page as soon as anything changes.

We appreciate your cooperation and patience!
Detailed, up-to-date CDC information about COVID-19 can be found at the bottom of this page.

Below are answers to some of your questions. Please email additional questions and concerns to the following people:
 
 

General Information

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  • Is there a plan for graduation?

    High school graduation is the culmination of many years of a student’s hard work and Vermont Academy is making plans to honor that hard work.  The school is planning to host a commencement on campus and will work to incorporate some of the senior spring traditions as well.  While no dates can be confirmed at this time due to the fluidity of the health situation, Vermont Academy is leaning towards a ceremony in August, prior to our graduates heading to college.  Diplomas would be awarded at that time, or mailed home afterwards.  Plans are also in place for seniors and post-graduates (PGs) to receive their commemorative brick on the Long Walk!

    Having an opportunity to say goodbye and good luck to friends, faculty, and staff is also part of the graduation ceremony.  In order to honor this, Vermont Academy will host a special, online Community Meeting for the seniors/PGs to be able to share and receive well-wishes.  
     
  • Why is the school shifting to remote learning for the trimester?

    It’s amazing to think how fast our world has changed.
    • On March 6 faculty all gathered in Chivers for Student Review. At that time, our biggest worry was for our Chinese students who could not travel home for Spring Break.
    • On March 11, just 5 days later, our government shut our borders to European countries, and our thoughts immediately went out to our other international students who had travelled home thinking they would be safe until they returned to our campus.
    • On March 15, in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention started advising against gatherings of 50 people or more for the next eight weeks. The CDC allowed exceptions for schools because public schools provided meals and safe and healthy places for children. It was unthinkable for people to close a city’s schools, never mind the schools in an entire state.

      Later that same day, Vermont Governor Phil Scott ordered all Vermont Schools to close until at least April 6.
    The unthinkable has now happened. As of March 25:
    • Forty six states have closed all public schools.
    • Twenty five of those states required private schools to close as well.
    • Two states have required all public and private schools to close for the entire year.
    On March 24, Governor Scott effectively shut down all non-essential businesses and nonprofits in Vermont until April 15
    • Vermonters have been directed to stay at home or in their place of residence, leaving only for essential reasons like maintaining critical infrastructure; groceries or medicine; curbside pick-up of goods, meals or beverages; medical care; exercise; and care of others.
    • All businesses and not-for-profit entities must suspend all in-person business operations.
    • Schools will continue to be closed.
    On March 25, Vermont Academy announced that we would utilize distance learning for the remainder of the trimester.

    We’ve spent a lot of time considering the impact of COVID-19 on our community. Despite all of our hopes and best wishes, the public health data trends are not good. 

    We firmly believe that Vermont Academy should act in accordance with the CDC’s 8-week recommendation for social distancing. 

    That would allow us to reopen on May 18 at the earliest. That would be just two weeks before the end of the spring trimester. And we do not know if we’d be allowed to open then.

    Because of this, the leadership of Vermont Academy, working with the Board of Trustees, has decided that remote learning will now extend through the entire spring trimester. We will not open campus for the remainder of the academic year.

    This decision has been extremely difficult to make, but it is consistent with our core beliefs. 
    • Each member of the Vermont Academy community acts with the highest level of honesty and integrity and considers the impact of their actions, on both the immediate and world community, for the benefit of present and future generations.
    We need to stay closed to protect the health of our students, faculty, staff, neighbors, and all of their families. All of your families. This is what we have to do.

    On March 26, the State of Vermont ordered all public and independent schools to remain closed to in-person instruction for the academic year, confirming that our closure was the correct decision to make.
  • Is the campus closed?

    Our campus is closed until further notice. We need people, including students, to stay off our roads, paths, fields and trails. 
     
    We are closed in support of the Governor's Stay Home/Stay Healthy executive order. Vermont Academy is home to many faculty and staff and we need to protect their health and the health of their families. 
  • Is anyone allowed to visit campus?

    The Governor of the State of Vermont issued an order prohibiting all "in person" business until May 15, 2020.

    We are closing our campus to all non-essential visitors until May 15, 2020 at the earliest.

    We are happy to provide a virtual visit in the meantime. Please email 
    admissions@vermontacademy.org to set one up!
  • What early steps did Vermont Academy take in response to COVID-19?

    When the pandemic first started threatening the U.S., Vermont Academy notified staff of the following:
    1. All Vermont Academy sponsored travel was cancelled.
      This included travel for conferences, professional development events, recruiting events, or any event that may have brought faculty or staff into contact with large groups of people.

    2. Faculty and staff are being required to declare personal travel.
      People who have traveled anywhere outside of the United States or to an area inside the United States where there has been a COVID-19 outbreak need to communicate with the CFO / Assistant Head of School before returning to campus.

    3. We cancelled off-campus trips and events.
      Cancelled trips included student trips to Tanzania and the Ripkin Baseball camp in Myrtle Beach, SC. Events included alumni gatherings in Stowe, VT and Washington, DC.
  • Are you an alumnus or alumna working on the frontlines?

    First off thank you for the work that you are doing to help your community during these uncertain times. We would love to hear your story!

    Please reach out to Savanna Poole at spoole@vermontacademy.org to share or nominate an alumnus or alumna.

    Check out the stories we have collected, here. Look out for the green drop down labeled, "Alumni on the COVID-19 Frontlines".

Academics

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  • What is the plan and schedule for remote learning?

    We have put together the following distance learning plan for our students. Please bear with us as we implement this plan beginning March 30, 2020. There is nothing we would like more than to see our students here on campus, but we value our students’ health and safety above all else. 
     
    The Plan
    Our distance learning plan combines the online platform Zoom with our current class pages in My School App to provide students with both a synchronous and asynchronous online educational experience.
    • Zoom allows us to hold synchronous (everyone meets together at the same time) online classes and one-on-one conferencing. It features video and audio to facilitate live discussion among teachers and students. Teachers will send out Zoom links to each class period. Students will quickly grow accustomed to joining these classes. 
    • Class pages in My School App give us asynchronous discussion page capabilities. They will receive instructions on how to so this. As always, students’ assignments will be posted on their current class page. 
    • Students will turn in assignments in a variety of ways—Class pages, email, and Doogle docs. Again, most students are familiar with this process. 
    The Schedule
    We worked to make our schedule compatible for all time zones, which is why the synchronous portion of this model is mostly between 10:00 AM and 12:00 PM Eastern Standard Time. That said, we are looking at early mornings and late nights for some of our students depending on where they live.
     
    Please note that we will record classes on Zoom for any student who is unable to participate due to illness or time zone incompatibility. 

    Please note that students may not be scheduled for every open meeting/classwork or conferencing time. We do not expect every student to be engaged in academic pursuits from 8:00 AM-3:05 PM. 
  • Where can I find the schedule?

    Students' new schedules are in the My School App platform. Simply log in to see the new schedule.
     
  • What do the notes on the schedule mean?

    Here is a key for the blocks on the schedule:
    • Conference blocks: Zoom, group work, or one-on-one time with faculty
    • Open meeting: one-on-one time with faculty
    • Classwork: homework/study hall (work on your own)
    • Zoom: Synchronous (everybody meets at the same time) class time
    • Community Meeting: Zoom community meeting
    • Advisory: Synchronous Zoom session with advisory group
  • Where are the Zoom links?

    1. Faculty will email an invite their students. The email should be to a recurring Zoom session.
    2. Faculty will also post links to the Zoom session on the class page.
    3. Most importantly, Zoom links will appear in the student's Google calendar (whether the student clicks “yes” on the invite or not). This may be the easiest way to access them. 
  • How will you support students in multiple time zones?

    We worked to make our schedule compatible with all time zones, which is why the synchronous portion of this model is mostly between 10:00 AM and 12:00 PM Eastern Standard Time.

    Please note that we are able to record classes on Zoom for any student who is unable to participate due to time zone incompatibility.

    We encourage students in alternative time zones to make a plan that works for their learning style. Students can participate in the synchronous Zoom classes or they can follow the same daily schedule in your time zone and watch Zoom classes. (Although attending live lets students interact with peers!)

    Teachers also have multiple slots throughout the day to conference with those in different time zones.
  • What about books and materials?

    Faculty will post readings and textbook passages online, as we recognize many students will not all have access to textbooks. 
  • What about classes that are hard to translate to distance learning like some arts classes and science labs?

    Our faculty is committed to creatively finding solutions and alternatives for assessments and assignments in even the most hands-on classes.
  • Will students be sitting at a computer screen all day?

    The schedule is intentionally designed so that students are not expected to be at their computers for an entire class day. We do not feel that model would serve students well during this unprecedented time. 

    Some students will have a higher computer-based workload as a result of AP or honors classes. 
  • Will students fall behind? What if someone is struggling with distance learning?

    We hope students do not fall behind or struggle, but every teacher and student in the country is struggling with adapting so quickly to distance learning. If a student becomes frustrated or a little lost they will not be alone!

    We have asked our teachers to carefully consider what content they need to drop from their class and what content they need to add in order to make this distance learning experience one that is meaningful.

    If a student takes any classes next year that rely on this year’s knowledge, the teacher will be fully committed to making sure the student gets caught up.

    If a student is struggling to learn through distance learning, please reach out to the advisor so we can put a support plan in place. Teachers are all available for extra help sessions. 
     
  • Will the trimester be graded as Pass/Fail?

    At this time, we plan to keep our letter grades as usual.

    However, if you believe an excessive drop in letter grade is a direct reflection of these circumstances, please let us know.
     
  • How do I set up a meeting with my student’s teacher?

    Parents should feel free to check in with your student’s advisor and faculty via email or telephone. Email addresses and phone numbers are available in the faculty directory. Vermont Academy’s faculty and staff pride themselves on their accessibility, and even with the health concerns, this has not changed.
  • Will I receive all my credits?

    Yes, your child will receive credit for all classes passed this trimester.
  • What if we do not have high speed internet?

    Please contact advisors and class deans. We are committed to making distance learning work for our students, even those who do not have access to the internet.
  • Was emotional health considered in this distance learning plan?

    Yes.

    Everyone at Vermont Academy cares about you holistically. When rolling out the schedule, workload expectations, and class expectations to the faculty, the salient theme was that this is an uncertain time in your lives.

    The faculty was reminded that in order for children to learn, they must feel a sense of safety and security. We know students may not feel safe and secure considering what is going on in the world.

    Faculty was also reminded that anxiety, distraction, and learning new technology takes up valuable working memory space in the brain. This too will be considered when implementing the curricula online.
  • Has scheduling for next fall begun? What are the key dates?

    Ms. Schilling notes that in a typical year, scheduling for next fall would be underway soon, but this year it will occur at the end of April and early May.  The process will need to evolve to an online format. Vermont Academy will provide lots of information to parents and students alike to help with the process.  Additional questions can be directed to Ms. Schilling at lschilling@vermontacademy.org.  Key dates for the 2020-2021 school year can be found on the Vermont Academy website.

Student Life

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  • May I retrieve belongings from my room?

    The State of Vermont’s Stay Home, Stay Safe order means that the Vermont Academy campus is closed until May 15.  Because of this, students are currently unable to get their belongings. Be assured that the dormitories are locked and security remains on campus.  Many of the dorm parents also live on campus and are sheltering in place at their homes.  

    Dave Hodgson, Assistant Head for Student Experience / Senior Associate Director of Admissions at Vermont Academy, is working with his team to develop different scenarios for belonging retrieval.  While the preferred option is for families to come and pick up their own belongings, some other options being explored include:
    • Vermont Academy staff packing and shipping belongings with remote student guidance.
    • Vermont Academy staff packing up items and storing them until they can be accessed.
    If your student has a particularly essential need for something that was left in the dorm room, please reach out to Mr. Hodgson directly at dhodgson@vermontacademy.org, or Brian Gilloran, Dean of Student Life, at bgilloran@vermontacademy.org.
  • Have community standards changed with distance learning?

    Given the different set of technology platforms that underpin distance learning, we ask all students to abide by the following guidelines related to their work with teachers in virtual classes, one-on-one meetings, and class discussions:
    1. Students may not modify personal information (username, first & last name, photo) so that teachers and other students can’t identify them.
    2. Students will adhere to normal classroom decorum when interacting online with teachers and other students. That is, students will use language respectful of all participants in the meeting and dress appropriately.
    3. Students will acknowledge that online classes and discussions will be recorded and shared with students who, for one reason or another, could not attend the event.
    4. Students will turn on their cameras for live classes so that the teacher and classmate can see them.
    5. As much as possible, students will create a distraction-free environment for themselves when attending virtual meetings. They should understand that the camera picks up not just faces, but backgrounds. Students should seek to create a neutral background during online interactions.
    6. Students may not take screenshots or make recordings of class meetings. Doing so is a violation of the privacy of all involved in the meeting. Students may not post any recordings, video or screenshots of class meetings on social media.
    7. Students must stay focused on the content and conversation on the call. That is, students may not use other applications while on a teacher-call or during an online class meeting.
  • How will communication and access to support from advisers and Dean of Students Office be handled?

    Advisers will be reaching out to students for a check-in conversation prior to the start of the spring term. There are weekly advisory meetings built into the academic schedule. Individual meetings can be made between the advisee and the adviser as well.

    Class deans will continue to support student needs and requests as well as providing class-wide messaging and updates for students and parents/guardians.

    Your vermontacademy.org email account will be the official mode of all-school announcements. Make sure to check your email at least twice a day.
  • If I am having an emotionally difficult time “self-isolating,” who can I talk to?

    This is a hard time for everybody. In addition to your adviser, our counseling staff is available to talk. Please reach out to Ms. Robin Patch, Director of Health Services at rpatch@vermontacademy.org to schedule an appointment.
  • Will we still have Community Meeting?

    As of now, we have eight Community Meetings built into the new schedule before the end of the year. We know they will include student elections, awards, celebrations, and harmless shenanigans of some sort or another. 

    We'd love to hear your ideas for Community Meeting topics or activities! Please email your ideas to Mr. Brian Gilloran at bgilloran@vermontacademy.org.


Health Information

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  • General Health Information

    As we all face this global health crisis, please know that Vermont Academy Health Services is committed to doing all that we can to support your health and wellbeing. We understand that the separation from the Vermont Academy community is a difficult adjustment and that this separation brings a number of challenges for every family. In times of crisis our need for connection and support increases, yet the COVID-19 pandemic calls upon us to practice social distancing, isolation and at times even quarantine. Please know that we are here to support you and to help you navigate these troubled times.

    For national COVID-19 health information: 
    • Use the United States Centers for Disease Control (CDC) information provided at the bottom of this website or visit your state’s Department of Health website.
    For specific health questions:
    • Contact your local primary care provider or Robin Patch, Vermont Academy director of Health Services, via email nurse@vermontacademy.org

    For counseling and mental health questions contact:
    Other online resources:
    National Emergency resources:
    • Call or text 9-1-1 
    • Call Suicide Prevention Lifeline: (800) 273-8255
    • Reach the Disaster Distress Helpline through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The Disaster Distress Hotline offers crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to disasters and infectious disease outbreaks. Call (800) 985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746
  • How is Vermont Academy reducing the risk of COVID-19 contagion?

    Vermont Academy closely follows guidance from the United States Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Vermont Department of Health, the state of Vermont and the federal government. At this time the Vermont Academy campus is closed to all students and the public for the remainder of the trimester and employees are working from home.

    A number of preventative measures will be in place prior to the reopening of campus including but not limited to: 
    • Enhanced campus-wide cleaning and sanitizing protocols.
    • Posting of educational materials.
    Plans for reopening campus safely and securely are being created with guidance from the CDC as well as state and federal governments. Details will be available as plans are formalized.
  • What can I do to reduce my risk of catching COVID-19 and take care of my overall health and mental health?

    It is important that you follow all federal and state recommendations and orders.

    Detailed, up-to-date CDC information about COVID-19 is available at the bottom of this page. 

    At times of crisis it is important for each of us to put in extra effort to take the best possible care of ourselves!
    • Avoid contact with anyone who is sick.
    • Practice social distancing (keeping at least 6 feet between you and other people).
    • Wash your hands properly (vigorous scrubbing with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer for 20+ seconds).
    • Avoid touching your face (especially your mouth, nose and eyes).
    • Create a daily schedule.
    • Get plenty of sleep! (Teens need 8-10 hours/night!)
    • Eat a healthy well-balanced diet and drink plenty of water.
    • Exercise every day—outside if you can!
    • Make time for enjoyable and creative activities.
    • Stay connected with friends and family through phone calls, texts, social media and other on-line platforms.
    • Practice relaxation and mindfulness!
  • What should I do about medications prescribed by and/or left at Vermont Academy?

    Robin Patch, VA director of Health Services, emailed each family to make arrangements for any medications left at school. If you did not receive this communication or have further questions please email her at: rpatch@vermontacademy.org 

    All Vermont Academy prescriptions are filled at Greater Falls Pharmacy in Bellows Falls, VT. The pharmacy can work with your home pharmacy to transfer any prescriptions. Contact Michelle Laurendeau (pharmacy manager) at (802)460-2634 x3 or michelle@gfprx.com with any questions.

    For additional orders of medications prescribed by Judith Tietz, MD, contact your local provider or call Dr. Tietz (802)365-9277. 

    For additional orders of medications prescribed by Cynthia Howes, CPNP, contact your local provider or call Just So Pediatrics (802)251-8626.
     
  • Will I be able to continue meeting with my Vermont Academy counselor?

    Yes!

    If you previously met with one of the counselors, they will be trying to reach out to you. 

    Even if you did not previously meet with a counselor on campus they can connect with you. The counselors are available by email and for teleconferencing.

    Remote counseling can be less than ideal and in some cases it may make the most sense to transition care to a provider closer to home.  In that case, the Vermont Academy counselor can help you find another resource.

    To reach the Vermont Academy counselors by email:

International Students

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  • What will happen to my F-1 visa?

    U.S. government agencies recently issued guidance regarding COVID-19 adjustments to academic programs and maintenance of visa status. The guidance allows for greater flexibility than usual. 

    SEVP (the administrator of SEVIS) recognizes that schools are updating their emergency operations plans to minimize the potential impact of COVID-19 on the school. Per SEVP guidance, we have notified SEVP that we are exercising temporary operational or curricular changes and the accommodations we are making for our F and M nonimmigrant population.

    We have been in communication with SEVP about how to help you continue your studies and maintain your F-1 visa status. SEVP is monitoring that rapidly evolving situation and making addendum to their policy when appropriate.

    Here is the most recent information from SEVP:
    1. While Vermont Academy is offering classes online to all of its students, students may study from wherever they are in the world and maintain their F-1 status as long as they follow the design and requirements of the online classes.
    2. Once Vermont Academy returns to on-campus instruction, students who cannot return to the USA because of travel bans may continue to study remotely and maintain their F-1 status as long as they follow the design and requirements of the distance learning program created by the school.
    3. Seniors who are completing their final trimester remotely because of travel bans will still be able to transfer their I-20 to the US college or university in which they have enrolled as long as they have satisfactorily completed Vermont Academy’s design and requirements for distance learning.
  • How can I take care of updating the signature on my I-20?

    If you need updated signatures on your I-20 before returning to campus, Ms. Tammy Clark, Registrar and DSO, will make arrangements for sending a reprinted copy of your I-20 with updated signatures to your home address before the end of spring term.
  • What if I am graduating and need to transfer my I-20 to a U.S. college or university?

    Seniors who are completing their final trimester remotely because of travel bans will still be able to transfer their I-20 to the US college or university in which they have enrolled as long as they have satisfactorily completed Vermont Academy’s design and requirements for distance learning.

    Please contact Mrs. Tammy Clark, Registrar and DSO, before the end of spring term. She will transfer your SEVIS record to your next school. She will also help you complete a “Transfer In” form if the college or university you are attending requires one.
  • What can you tell us about the TOEFL® test?

    Due to concern for the health and safety of students and staff, TOEFL® test administrations have been postponed in some locations. In each case, the decision to postpone testing has been made in collaboration with country governments, test centers or other partners on the ground.

    To assist test takers during this time, ETS is waiving all rescheduling fees. 
    • If your TOEFL iBT® test appointment is postponed, you will be notified by email and your test will be rescheduled in your account. Check your account and your email regularly to confirm your testing status.
    • If your TOEFL iBT test appointment is not postponed but you would like to reschedule, you must contact TOEFL Services directly via one of the options below. You cannot reschedule your test in your ETS account without incurring a fee.
    Live chat: Live chat
    Email: toefl@ets.org
    Phone: +1-609-771-7100 or +1-877-863-3546
    If you want to register for a test, you can check test center and date availability in the TOEFL iBT test registration system.
     
    ETS has launched an at home testing solution for the TOEFL iBT test for students who have been affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19).
    • Monitoring of the test will be conducted using live remote proctors by ProctorU®, the leading proctoring solution for online testing.
    • The TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition test is now available in selected countries where students can take the test at home.
    • ETS is continuing to assess the impact of the pandemic on test centers worldwide and is working to make the solution available in additional locations impacted by the pandemic.
    • The test is identical in content, format, on-screen experience and scoring to the TOEFL iBT test taken at a test center. It is monitored online by a trained human proctor from start to finish to maintain test security.

College Counseling

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  • I'm a Senior/PG: Can you still help me?

    We want to support our seniors and PGs as they make their college decisions for next year. We are happy to:
    • review college choices and financial aid packages
    • help with financial appeal letters
    • anything else you might need!
    Students have received an invitation to schedule individual sessions with their counselor through Calendly, an online appointment scheduling app.

    Please continue updating your Naviance list with decisions from colleges. We do not always hear these decisions and it is important for us to know the outcomes! You can update the list or just email us the results and we will update it for you. Send them to Mrs. Anne Atkins at aatkins@vermontacademy.org or Ms. Maryann McArdle at mmcardle@vermontacademy.org

    Some colleges have extended their deposit deadlines to
    June 1 for accepted students while some remain at May 1. There is some information on the NACAC link in the "College Visits" question below regarding this but please check individual college websites for the most timely information.
  • Will you still be holding College Seminar classes and individual sessions for Juniors?

    College Seminar is held weekly on Wednesdays between 1:00 and 2:00 PM Eastern time. Students receive both ZOOM and Calendly invitations through their VA email accounts.

    We strongly suggest students get in the habit of checking their VA email several times per day, as all ZOOM class invites will be coming to them in that format. 
     
    Here is a copy of the updated syllabus for College Seminar: 
    Edited College Seminar Syllabus - Google Docs.pdf
  • How can we choose a college without a visit?

    Unfortunately, the vast majority of college campuses have closed for visits and information sessions at this time. Their admissions departments know the value of an in-person visit and are working hard to provide you with an experience to help you confidently choose your next school.

    There is a lot of information about different institutions online. Here are some sources that can help you find out what you can do:
    1. The National Association for College Admissions Counseling gives information on over 900 colleges and how they are responding to COVID 19. You can search the database by college name. They can be found here: https://www.nacacnet.org/news--publications/newsroom/college-admission-status-coronavirus/ 
    2. There's a spreadsheet of college virtual tours created by Ms. Rebecca Chabrow at Gratz College using data from the College Board. It lists colleges alphabetically and gives information on and links to their virtual tour sites. You can find the spreadsheet at: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1sO7pVos0EvK0BvXoMbnyg00K6r7hXbOQE0HNXF4N4eM/edit?fbclid=IwAR2leAJ8yG_hAvST-vgY01_3-HImLI2QMRclIJXkgoF2Knp7CV3guMupbuo#gid=0 
    3. College counseling expert Brennan Barnard wrote an article called, "Picking a college during a global pandemic." We recommend you read it at: https://www.forbes.com/sites/brennanbarnard/2020/03/17/the-covid-college-choice-how-to-pick-a-college-during-a-global-pandemic/#52277286767a
    4. The College Counseling class page has multiple resources for learning about colleges and the college admission process.
  • What can you tell us about the cancelled SAT and ACT tests?

    The March, May and June SAT and the April ACT have all been cancelled. We hope that students will be able to take the ACT in June. The College Board hopes to administer the SAT in August, September, October, November and December. If necessary, they are developing an at-home online SAT test.

    If students need help with any of this, please ask by emailing Mrs. Anne Atkins at aatkins@vermontacademy.org or Ms. Maryann McArdle at mmcardle@vermontacademy.org.
  • How will the test cancellations change the college process?

    Please know that the colleges understand that students may not be able to take all of the tests they had planned on taking. Many colleges have committed to offering test-optional admission process for the coming year while many have decided to offer test-optional from now on (beyond this next year). Thus, admissions officers will place more weight on the transcript, extra-curricular activities, the essay, letters of recommendation, etc.
  • What about SAT Subject Tests?

    There are very few colleges that require Subject Tests. Already we have seen that many colleges are not making that a requirement for this coming year. As we move forward, the priority should be to take the regular SAT and/or ACT. If there is time later in the year, students can take a Subject Test. 
  • Was there a parent response form that needed to be filled out?

    Yes!

    We are still looking for many completed parent response forms. If a parent has not yet completed and returned a form, please download the PDF, type into the spaces provided, and email it back to Ms. Maryann McArdle as an attachment.

    Note: the re-writeable PDF will not work on a mobile device. You will have to use a laptop to fill it out.

    You can also download, write on the form, and mail it in if you would prefer. 

    You'll find the form here: Parent Form