Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

A Message from Head of School Meera Viswanathan - March 25, 2020

During this unprecedented time, one thing central to our ethos remains the same — community. At Walker’s, we cherish and honor our students, colleagues, alumnae, parents and our extended family and we value the time we spend in community with each other either here in Simsbury or virtually. 

Today, teaching and learning is as active as ever at Walker’s. Distance learning offers new opportunities for our students and faculty to be creative, explore new technologies and interact with their peers and teachers in ways that challenge the notion of what a classroom can be in 2020. Here, nothing will deter the spirit of inquiry and creativity and the passion for new knowledge that we see in our classrooms every day. While our faculty has always been exemplary, today they are forging new paths to engage students in their learning. Physical distance will not hinder us from moving forward in an uncertain world. In the words of the polymath futurist R. Buckminster Fuller: “If you want to teach people a new way of thinking, don't bother trying to teach them. Instead, give them a tool, the use of which will lead to new ways of thinking.”

Our lives are both constrained, but also framed in new ways by the current situation. We have an opportunity to explore new ways of thinking and being. I encourage students and adults alike to read, to tell stories to one another, to play games, to solve puzzles and to move — by taking a walk, doing yoga or engaging in personal fitness. Be in community with those you love and be safe. While we don’t know what tomorrow will bring, I do know that Walker’s will endure. It is times like these where we are reminded of our school’s motto: Nullas Horas Nisi Aureas. In a world that is so uncertain, we know that in so many small ways, we can continue to experience “None But Golden Hours.”

Please take care of yourself and your families. Until we see each other again in Simsbury.

Sincerely,

Ms. Vis

Dr. Meera Viswanathan
Head of School

 

FAQ

Events

Please note that due to developments related to the coronavirus (COVID-19), events being held on campus may be cancelled or postponed. Below is a list with an indication of the status of the event. For some others, there is still ample time to consider whether the event will occur. Should a decision be made to cancel additional events, the community will be notified as soon as possible.

  • March 24 - 27 - Visiting Writer Events (rescheduled - details to come)
  • March 27 - Artist Reception (cancelled)
  • March 28 - Horizons Comedy Night (postponed until Fall 2020)
  • March 28 - 29 - IEA Zone 1 Finals (cancelled)
  • April 2 - Revisit Day (cancelled)
  • April 4 - Spring Fling (cancelled)
  • April 4 - The Ethel Walker School Spring Horse Show (cancelled)
  • April 7 - Spring Concert (postponed)
  • April 29 - Grandparents and Friends Day (cancelled)

As of March 12, 2020

Contact

If you have additional questions or concerns, please contact:

General Concerns

Meera Viswanathan
Head of School
mviswanathan@ethelwalker.org
+1-860-408-4210

Dan Meyers
Assistant Head of School
dmeyers@ethelwalker.org
+1-860-408-4212

Dorms/Boarding

Kathleen McNary Pillsbury
Dean of Students and Director of Residential Life
kpillsbury@ethelwalker.org
+1-860-408-4239

Health Center

Joyce McIntyre
Director of Health Services
jmcintyre@ethelwalker.org
+1-860-408-4289

Academic Administration

John Monagan
Dean of Studies
jmonagan@ethelwalker.org
+1-860-408-4221

Technology/Distance Learning

Sarah Edson
Dean of Academic Technology and Innovation
sedson@ethelwalker.org
+1-860-408-4233

Athletics

Kati Eggert
Athletic Director
keggert@ethelwalker.org
+1-860-408-4290