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Reopening Plans and COVID-19 Resource Page

This webpage is a resource for communications regarding Northwood Forward and our reopening plans for the fall semester. The plan requires expenses that are necessary to provide a safe and whole Northwood experience for our students. The Northwood Forward: Crisis Response Fund will support the addition of proper medical testing and staffing, the implementation of supplementary educational technology, the operation of an infirmary, and other expenses.

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Academic Affairs Update

August 4, 2020

The following is an update on our academic preparations for the 2020-2021 school year.

Full communication

Audio file


Important Update: Modifying Student Return Dates

July 27, 2020

One of our core principles throughout our planning for the 2020-21 school year is to be flexible enough to change when the situation calls for it. Today, we are announcing an important adjustment to our plan. 

Full communication emailed to parents and student on 7/27/2020

Listen via audio file

Updated Academic Calendar


Keeping Students Healthy

July 21, 2020

The following update provides details on some of the changes that Northwood has made for the 2020-21 school year to provide for the health needs of students.

Full communication was emailed to parents and students, please check your inbox. 


Communicable Illness Management and Exclusion Policy

July 17, 2020

Addendum to the 2020-21 Student Handbook


Cohort Community Exchanges

July 16, 2020

Community Exchanges for the five cohorts were held July 13-15.  Many of you joined one of these virtually, but for those of you who were unable to attend we recorded the Community Exchanges and the links have been emailed to all students and parents. If you did not receive please contact Gino Riffle or John Spear. 


Updated Fall Calendar and Save the Date: Cohort Virtual Town Hall Meeting

July 7, 2020

Full letter with details


Important Information About the Start of School

June 30, 2020

Full letter with important dates. 

Brief video with an overview of how students will return to school.

"Our plan for the 2020-21 school year needs to be highly conscientious, unusually creative, and above all flexible. Successful implementation of any plan during this pandemic requires all members of the community to take on a shared responsibility to do what is necessary to preserve the Northwood School experience while keeping everyone safe. This is just the beginning of our work that will require all of us to come together at this historic moment with care for ourselves and each other, with adaptability and generosity of spirit. But that is, after all, what Northwood School does well."

Michael Maher, Head of School


Northwood School Announces Reopening Plan 

June 23, 2020

Full Letter

“The guiding principle in all our decision-making is the health and safety of our entire community — our students, staff, faculty, and the Lake Placid community. Our highest goal is to work together to bring our students back to campus this fall.”

Michael Maher, Head of School 


Letter to the Northwood Community

April 28, 2020

Updates and more information on what Northwood School is doing to plan for the next school year and beyond.

Full Letter


Letter from Head of School, Michael Maher

March 30, 2020

After a great deal of thoughtful counsel and guidance, we have made the difficult decision to continue with remote learning for the rest of the 2019-2020 academic year.

Read the full announcement

"Northwood School is focused on minimizing the spread of COVID-19, maintaining the health and wellness of our school community, and fulfilling our mission via distance learning. Thank you all for your understanding, patience, and partnership during this challenging time." 

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