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Staying Current on COVID-19

Message from the Head of School: June 2021

In these beautiful early summer weeks, I hope that you and your family are enjoying activities together, perhaps with extended family and friends. Back-to-school will be here before we know it and I look forward to seeing all of you here in Simsbury. We are working on finalizing our policies for return to school in this stage of the COVID pandemic.

On June 14, we offered an information session on the COVID-19 vaccination with Dr. Shelley Marks ’81 who helped us to understand more fully the individual and community benefits of a vaccinated community. She also detailed some of the risks associated with emerging variants of the Coronavirus and shared the latest data on the progress that is being made with regard to the levels of vaccination among eligible groups. If you did not have a chance to join us, please visit this link for a copy of the full recording. Here also is Dr. Marks’ slide deck from her talk.

We also sent out a brief anonymous poll to take the pulse of our families after Dr. Marks’ talk. Here are the results of the poll that was sent to our current (2020-2021) sixth grade through eleventh grade families:

We had an open rate of 57% on the email communication with 103 responses (note these may include two responses from the same family). Approximately 83% were Upper School families (43% Day and 41% Boarding) and 17% Middle School families (15% Day and 1% Boarding). 95% were U.S.-based families and 5% international families.

91% of the adult respondents are either vaccinated (87%) or are planning to be (4%) and 9% do not plan to be. Of our students, families report that 87% are either vaccinated (69%) or plan to be soon (15%) or at some point but not sure when (3%) and 10% reporting that they do not plan to vaccinate their student with 3% not sure whether they will or will not vaccinate their student. Among our international families, 29% plan to vaccinate their child in their home country with 71% planning to have their child vaccinated in the U.S.

Dr. Meera Viswanathan
Head of School
+1-860-408-4210

Contact Information and Other Resources

General Concerns

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

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 (Through June 30)
Dean of Studies
jmonagan@ethelwalker.org
+1-860-408-4221

Technology/Distance Learning

Sarah Edson
Interim Dean of Faculty and
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