A Message from the Head of School

Dr. PJ McDonald

Please join me in congratulating the Class of 2020 for officially concluding their high school careers on May 25th. While we look forward to celebrating graduation in person on July 24 and 25, we couldn’t allow the actual day of graduation to pass without showing how much we care for and admire our graduating seniors through Operation Diploma Delivery…a massive, coordinated, covert, multi-state and multi-country effort to have each senior's diploma delivered to him or her in person by an alum, a parent, a past parent, a trustee, a faculty member, or a friend of EHS.  I had the absolute privilege of delivering two diplomas on Saturday, May 25th and it was one of the best moments I have experienced as an educator. 
Thankfully, there are much brighter days ahead as we look toward summer and fall. With that in mind, I would like to share with you our latest plans for the 2020 summer program, 2020-2021 academic year, and graduation exercises:
I have been working with state officials at the very highest level with regard to opening an abbreviated three-week summer program. Recent discussions and decisions have made it abundantly clear that even if residential summer programs are permitted to open as part of the Governor’s Phase Three re-opening plan in Massachusetts, the number and restrictiveness of the proposed guidelines make running an academic summer camp committed to serving each student’s individual needs impossible. Therefore, given our previous decision not to invoke our “essential school” status for the summer program, the decision has been made to cancel the 2020 in-person summer program.

We will be offering a four-week online summer program from July 5 – July 31. The program will consist of synchronous instruction for four classes per day, Monday through Friday. The specific courses and times will be be made available shortly. The cost of the online summer program will be $3,200, and the program will be limited to 60 students on a first come, first served basis. We will honor our 50% summer discount to students who were enrolled in the 2019-2020 academic year as a courtesy in light of the shortened in-person academic year.

Please confirm with the admission office your desire to enroll in the summer online program.

Families not wishing to participate in the online summer program may receive a full refund of any summer down payments or tuition paid to date. Please contact Dawn Raymond for a refund.
We remain resolute in our conviction to open the academic year in-person, and the cancellation of the summer program—while unfortunate—allows us to focus our efforts and energy even more fully into planning for a safe and sustainable opening in September. We will have both our Health and Safety Plan (HSP) and our Operation Reopen Plan (ORP) to you on or before July 17th.

As stated previously, we are fully prepared to open in September under our “essential school” status if Massachusetts does not open public or other private schools in September. Of course, we would only do so if we were confident in our ability to do so safely. However, rest assured, we are developing innovative and comprehensive plans to allow us to live and learn in the tranquility of Hardwick. You know the world is a bit upside down when Hardwick real estate is temporarily more valuable than that of Manhattan!

We also remain committed to and hopeful that we can host baccalaureate and graduation exercises on campus on July 24 and 25, as our seniors have clearly earned and deserve recognition for their remarkable journeys and achievements. The Governor’s office has not offered any new guidance since my last communication, so we will again update you as soon as we learn more information.

I will keep you updated on our progress and will render a final decision on graduation in Hardwick no later than July 10th as previously stated.
Stay well, stay safe, and stay connected.
PJ McDonald, Ed.D.
Head of School
P.O. Box 116
242 Old Petersham Road
Hardwick, MA 01037
Phone: 413.477.6000
Fax: 413.477.6837

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