COVID-19 Information for Prospective Families
Updated 3/23/20 at 7 p.m.
While we have been keeping our current families apprised of our response to COVID-19 and plans for distance learning through our current parent portal, we understand that prospective families also have a lot of questions. This page was created to provide you with information about how Flint Hill is keeping our community safe and to answer questions that are specific to families who are considering applying to Flint Hill or who have enrolled for the upcoming school year.
What We’re Doing
On Monday, March 23, we announced to our community that our plans to transition to distance learning beginning Wednesday, April 1, will continue through the end of the 2019-20 academic year. Plans for distance learning by division will be shared with parents and students in advance of the transition on April 1.
All School-related student activities, including athletics, field trips and performances have been canceled for the remainder of the year. Admission events previously scheduled for April and May will transition to a virtual format and we will update the details for those events on our “Visit Campus” page shortly.
If the school closes long term for a pandemic, do enrolled families still have to pay tuition?
Despite the ongoing impact of COVID-19, there is still a need for us to provide a quality education to our students. At Flint Hill, we are innovative and flexible, so we will ensure that there is continuity in education for our students, even if it can’t be in-person, on-campus.
How can prospective and newly enrolled families stay informed of Flint HIll's plans during the pandemic?
In addition to checking this page, prospective and newly-enrolled families can contact the admission officer for their division for updates.
How is the continuity of education achieved during this critical time when the school is closed for a pandemic?
Well before the pandemic, our teachers were well versed in current studies and evidence related to the role of technology in education and thoughtfully integrated technology with traditional teaching methods in the classroom. This history, coupled with a foundation of close relationships and meaningful communication with students, has made a transition to distance learning a seamless one.
Given that this pandemic may last for several months, has the School considered its plans for continuing school if its campuses are unable to reopen for the 2020-21 academic year?
Currently, the School is focused on meeting our students’ immediate learning needs. If longer-term measures are required for next school year, we will develop and implement a robust learning plan over the summer.
Is there a backup plan if the School is unable to administer Upper School placement testing on April 18?
An alternative approach for Upper School placement testing will be developed during the week of March 30. We will provide an update to families when this determination is made.
What resources does Flint HIll recommend during this time?
At school, we sometimes encourage the use of the Calm app to help our students and teachers take a mindful moment and re-center. Here are a few additional resources we’ve provided to current families to help with discussions about the coronavirus at home.
How can I learn more about Flint HIll’s approach to distance learning?
One great way to get a glimpse is to follow our social media channels — Facebook (don’t miss the Flint Hill bunch video!), Twitter, YouTube, Flickr, and Instagram. Even though our campus is closed, there is plenty of activity! You can also view the distance learning launch edition of our Weekly Newsletter here.
Have a question that hasn’t been answered here? Either email the admission officer for your division or leave a detailed voicemail at 703.584.2314 and your call will be returned as soon as possible.