PAGE UPDATED: 4/4/2020

In response to the COVID-19 health crisis, The Rivers School has closed its campus to all activities until further notice and has implemented a remote-learning program for all students. Information about the remote-learning program will be made available shortly.

The closing of our campus means that The MacDowell Athletic Center is not open for any student or community activities, and we ask that students not gather anywhere on campus for informal activities, such as captains’ practices.

Following is a brief summary of other actions the school has taken to date:

Convened a crisis response team that meets daily to review the latest information about COVID-19 and make recommendations for the Rivers community.
• Implemented a work-at-home policy for all non-essential personnel.
• Collected travel information from all of our families, faculty, and staff so that we are aware of who may have traveled to locations where the spread of COVID-19 has been particularly severe.
• Canceled spring break trips, pre-season athletic practices, campus rentals, and other events (see a complete list of affected activities below).
• Undertaken a deep cleaning of the campus and instituted new campus cleaning practices.
• Entered discussions with our peer schools about changes that might need to be made to the spring sports schedule.
• Begun developing plans for a virtual admitted families reception on April 1 that will allow newly accepted students and their parents/guardians to connect with the school in meaningful ways. We will be sending out more information on that soon.

At Rivers, we’re committed to doing our part to maintain the safest environment for learning, and we are working with local and state health services to ensure that we’re following the best practices for our school and local community. Please continue to visit this page regularly for updates as the situation evolves.

Canceled Events and Activities

• All spring break trips
• All athletic practices until at least March 30
• All rentals of campus facilities
• Campus Revisit Days and reception for newly admitted students on March 30, April 6, and April 7
• Lessons and ensembles at the Rivers School Conservatory (at least through April 3)
• Middle School trip to Quebec scheduled for April 17
• The Junior/Senior prom has been postponed. A new date is yet to be determined.
• All alumni and parent events through May 17, 2020. This includes The Parents’ League Auction, The Alumni Golf Tournament and Alumni Day.
• Rivers Summer in Spain scheduled for June
• Decisions on the Middle School trips to Chewonki and Washington DC (scheduled for June) have not been made yet
• As of this moment, no decision has been made regarding the status of the spring sports season.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Community Messages

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  • Weekly Parent Newsletter (4/2/20)

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  • Weekly Parent Newsletter (3/30/20)

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  • Weekly Parent Newsletter (3/26/20)

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  • Rivers Remote Program Extended to May 4 (3/25/20)

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  • Weekly Parent Newsletter ( 3/25/2020)

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  • COVID-19 Update: Rivers to Adopt Remote-Learning Plan (3/16/2020)

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  • COVID-19: Update on Athletics and Rentals (3/11/2020)

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  • Introduction to Rivers Remote Website (3/20/20)

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  • Update for Rivers Community on COVID-19 (3/10/2020)

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  • Middle School Quebec Trip Canceled (3/10/2020)

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  • Spring Athletics Trips Canceled (3/9/2020)

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  • Coronavirus and Flu Prevention Updates (3/1/2020)

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  • Health & Wellness: Monitoring the Coronavirus (2/12/2020)

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Key Contact Information

• Health and Medical Issues:
School Nurse Claudia Silva;; 339-686-2480
• Upper School Student Issues:
Assistant Head of School Jim Long;; 339-686-2272
• Upper School Academic Issues:
US Dean of Faculty Leslie Fraser;; 339-686-2261
• Middle School Academic Issues:
Head of Middle School Mike Kris;; 339-686-2282
• Technology Issues:
The Technology Office,​ or John Adams: Director of Academic Technology;; 339-686-2450

In Need of Some Support?

While the COVID-19 is affecting us all, we know that it has had a financial and emotional impact on some families more than others. If you and your family could use some extra support during this difficult time, please fill out this form to let us know how we can help. Our goal is to make it through this together! #RiversResponds

Best Hygiene Practices

• Cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze or cough.
• Cough or sneeze into a tissue, then throw it away.
• Cover your mouth with your upper sleeve if you do not have a tissue, then wash your hands.
• Clean your hands often using soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available use alcohol-based hand sanitizers.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
• Stay home when you are sick.