COVID-19 Coronavirus

COVID-19 CORONAVIRUS

Dear Students and Parents,

On March 23 Virginia's governor ordered all schools in the state to stop in-person instruction through the end of the current school year. Unfortunately this means Woodberry students will not return to campus for the spring trimester.  
 
This is a difficult moment for all of us in the Woodberry community, and especially for the class of 2020. I'm heartbroken that seniors won't be able to enjoy the spring trimester on campus and all of the milestone events that come with the weeks leading up to graduation. The governor believes that this crisis is going to continue for many weeks to come, and his decision means that the rest of the school year will be far different than what we were anticipating even a few weeks ago.
 
We will celebrate the class of 2020. Please know we will have a traditional graduation ceremony at Woodberry for your sons. We will need time to develop and communicate those plans, but I want you to be clear that the class of 2020 will have a graduation ceremony at Woodberry when we are able to hold one.   
 
This charge from the state government does not alter our plan to begin online learning on Wednesday. Our faculty are moving ahead with work on their classes and our plans to engage your sons through the course of the spring trimester. I remain hopeful that Woodberry will emerge through this crisis as a an even stronger school community. We are all called upon to meet this challenge as directly and as enthusiastically as we can, and I urge us all to do so.   
 
I understand that you all have a large number of questions ranging from refunds for room and board to how we will get your son's belongings home to him. We ask that you give us a few days to develop and communicate our plans for addressing these dynamic challenges. In closing, I remain grateful to the Woodberry community for your understanding and support, and I share the deep disappointment that so many boys and teachers have about the decision that has been forced upon us today.  

Sincerely,
Byron Hulsey '86
Headmaster 
  
 
RESOURCES FOR BOYS AND THEIR FAMILIES


Academic
Canvas (online learning management system). Teachers already post assignments here and will utilize functions such as online discussion boards in the coming weeks.
Headmaster’s Office: 540-672-6000
Dean of Students Nolan LaVoie: 540-672-6051
Third/Fourth Form Dean Ryan Alexander: 540-672-6037
Fifth/Sixth Form Dean Greg Guldin: 540-672-6706

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Key Changes, Cancellations, and Events We are Monitoring

OneWoodberry, March 26: OneWoodberry has been postponed, and we will share a new date later. None of the in-person or virtual events scheduled for Thursday will be held.
OneWoodberry postponed message to alumni
 
Invite Back Weekend, March 29 - April 2: Save the Date for Woodberry's First-Ever Virtual Invite Back Weekend! Look for your invitation being sent directly to accepted students about an online programs where you can learn more about Woodberry and ask questions to students, faculty, and staff.

Reunion Weekend, April 17-19: Postponed.

Graduation Weekend, May 22-23: Postponed. We will have a traditional graduation ceremony at Woodberry for the class of 2020. We need time to develop and communicate those plans but are committed to celebrating the class on campus when we are able to hold a graduation. 
 
Summer Camps, Summer 2020: TBD as we monitor the situation. 

Woodberry Summer Study Abroad Programs
While the situation is uncertain right now, Woodberry summer programs are on track to travel this summer. Program directors and school leaders will continue to monitor advice from the US State Department, the CDC, and International SOS and communicate with families directly about any changes to summer plans.

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