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Frequently Asked Questions

Academics & Attendance

List of 4 frequently asked questions.

  • Q. What happens if CSW is closed?

    If the school needs to close in-person learning for inclement weather or pandemic conditions, learning will be remote (on Zoom) for all. Boarders will still have access to all necessary services on campus.
  • Q. Do students need to make an appointment to meet with a teacher?

    We are pleased to share that have re-instated our school's office hours (2:30 – 3:00 p.m. M, T, TR, F) for the 2021-22 school year. Teachers will communicate any changes or instructions to their students directly.
  • Q. What will the daily schedule look like for 2021-22?

    We will be returning to a daily schedule similar to what we had in place prior to the pandemic, with two small changes: 
    • Students and faculty will engage in one A-B-C Block every Wednesday morning on a rotating basis (A in weeks 1 and 4, B in weeks 2 and 5, C in weeks 3 and 6). 
    • We will be offering a virtual, evening D Block option on Mondays and Thursdays. 
    To view the updated schedule, please click here.

    Should the school need to pivot to virtual learning, a revised, virtual schedule will be shared via email.
  • Q. Can I engage in classes remotely if I am not feeling well?

    No. If a student is unwell, they should stay home, seek medical attention, and return to school only when they are no longer symptomatic, and have received a negative COVID-19 test result. 

    With the exception of evening D Blocks, we will not be offering any virtual classes this year, unless extraordinary circumstances warrant a school closure. 

Public Health

List of 9 frequently asked questions.

  • Q. What is the school's masking policy for the start of the 2022-23 school year?

    CSW is a mask optional campus but if you are not vaccinated, AND/OR you have been exposed to the COVID-19 virus in the past 10 days, the expectation is that you will wear a mask in school buildings. Masks are always required in the Health Office. 

    As always, we will continue to monitor public health information and we reserve the right to change our masking policy as community health warrants.
  • Q. What is the school's vaccination policy?

    CSW requires vaccination against COVID-19 for all students, faculty, and staff. Students who have not provided documentation of having received at least one vaccine dosage will not be permitted on campus unless there is a demonstrated religious or medical exemption.
  • Q. What is CSW's visitor policy?

    The health and safety of our community is of paramount importance. At CSW, vaccinations are required for all employees and enrolled students. Given that many of our students and faculty also live on campus in shared spaces, it is critical that those around them — including outside visitors — adhere to the school’s COVID-19 policies and procedures. 

    All visitors are asked to please make note of the following prior to their arrival:

    • Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 and/or exhibits symptoms associated with the illness is asked to refrain from visiting campus.

    • CSW is a mask-optional campus. However, for those who are not vaccinated and/or have been exposed to the COVID-19 virus in the past 10 days, masks are required in school buildings. 

    We thank you for your partnership in keeping our community safe.
  • Q. Will the school be conducting any testing?

    CSW has suspended the routine surveillance pooled testing. We will continue to conduct rapid antigen testing of symptomatic individuals.
  • Q. Do students/faculty/staff need to complete daily symptom checks?

    No, we will no longer be asking students, faculty, or staff to complete online daily symptom checks.
  • Q. What if someone who is vaccinated starts to show symptoms?

    Anyone showing symptoms, regardless of vaccination status, should stay home until they are feeling better, communicate with our school nurse, and get tested prior to their return. 

    Specific details and instructions on return requirements will be made available in the "Public Health Response Protocol" section of the COVID-19 tile.
  • Q. What will the school do if someone tests positive?

    Specific details and instructions in the event of positive cases will be made available in the "Public Health Response Protocol" section of the COVID-19 tile.
  • Q. What should a family do if a student or someone in their household tests positive?

    Specific details and instructions on return requirements are available in the "Public Health Response Protocol" section of the COVID-19 tile.
  • Q. Can I engage in classes remotely if I am not feeling well?

    No. If a student is unwell, they should stay home, seek medical attention, and return to school only when they are no longer symptomatic, and have received a negative COVID-19 test result. 

    With the exception of evening D Blocks, we will not be offering any virtual classes or listen-in-learning this year, unless extraordinary circumstances warrant a school closure.

Student Life

List of 5 frequently asked questions.

  • Q. What kind of support will the school be able to offer for students suffering from anxiety and other mental health concerns?

    Student health and counseling support will be available during the school day. If a student would like to talk with Toni, Jenn K, Tracy or Bernice - please contact us directly to schedule a same-day check-in through Zoom, Google Hangouts Meet or a phone call.
    CSW Health Team

    Bernice Ruiz
    Director of Counseling Services
    Tracy Dormitz
    School Counselor 
    Toni Singleton
    School Nurse 
    Jenn Kusch
    Athletic Trainer/Assistant Director of Athletics

    CSW Counseling
    CSW counselors provide social/emotional support to students with the primary goal of supporting student engagement in school. The meetings are private and information is shared with others only with permission of the student, unless there is a safety concern. When students are facing clinical issues such as depression and anxiety, CSW counselors will provide referrals as necessary and can communicate with outside providers with parental permission. In the case of emergency, when a student’s safety is the primary concern, a CSW counselor will contact the student’s parent or guardian and/or local emergency services to provide swift assessment and care.

    The CSW nurse and athletic trainer can provide health consultation on an as-needed basis. 

    Remote Counseling/Consultation
    While CSW is online, all counseling/consultation will be provided via phone, Google Hangouts Meet, or Zoom. A request for counseling/consultation should be submitted by email request. The clinicians will make every effort to respond to message requests within the school day, however, due to the timing of the email and prior engagements, it may take up to 24 hours for a response. If the student is in a state of crisis or emergency, students or families should call 911 or call the nearest Emergency Department.  Students are encouraged to use the Crisis Text line: 741-741, or or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255.

    CSW counselors’ use of standard phone communication, Google Hangouts Meet and password protected Zoom meetings will allow for direct and private communication. Each student is encouraged to create and use additional safeguards if the phone/computer used to access services may be accessed by others, such as creating passwords to use the computer, keeping their email and chat IDs and passwords secret, and maintaining security of their wireless internet access points by having a Wifi password. The counselor will address these considerations with each student early in the first remote counseling session so as to develop strategies to support privacy and limit risk.
  • Q. How will lunch work this year?

    Meals will continue to be the time in which our community is most vulnerable to COVID-19 and other viruses. To begin the school year we will continue to prioritize our boarding community and will not be offering breakfast or dinner, except on special occasions, to our day student community. We hope to once again offer breakfast to our day students community, for a fee, at some point during this school year. We anticipate that dinner will not be served to day students at any point this year. If your child is experiencing food insecurity and would benefit from breakfast at school please contact Rosanna Salcedo, Dean of Equity and Inclusion, to make arrangements for your child to receive breakfast at school.

    Hot lunch will be served daily to all students. There will be seating available in the dining hall at a reduced capacity. We encourage students to eat outside when the weather permits and we will make several indoor spaces available for students to eat inside during inclement weather or as the temperature gets colder. More information about indoor dining options will be available at the start of the school year.

    Our plan at the moment is to return to a self-serve model. Understanding that many of our community members will opt to take their lunch “to-go,” we will be providing each student, faculty, and staff member with one 9”x9” to-go container with three separate compartments. Each person will be responsible for keeping track of their container, bringing it home each day to wash, and back to school again for lunch the next day (note: our kitchen staff has generously offered to wash our boarding students’ containers for them. More info to come). This system will not only reduce the chances of costly kitchen plates and utensils getting damaged or going missing, but will also vastly cut down on the waste that we accumulate, in keeping with our mission to promote green and sustainable living.  
  • Q. Will non-boarders be able to take part in weekend outings?

    Yes, we plan to offer all of our students a range of weekend activities to choose from. We will continue to focus on outdoor activities as much as possible and will monitor the COVID-19 numbers in the surrounding area in an effort to mitigate risk.
  • Q. How will athletics competitions against other schools work? Will student-athletes be masked?

    At this time we anticipate returning to a full interscholastic athletic program competing against schools both in and out of the leagues in which we compete. CSW will follow the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) guidelines for health and safety regarding COVID-19. At the time of writing, masks are to be required for indoor sports practices and competitions only. 
  • Q.
    How will assemblies and larger gatherings work?

    While assemblies and group gatherings will function much as they did prior to the pandemic, we are at this time planning to require all community members to wear masks at such events, unless they are speaking on stage or performing. 

Boarding/International FAQ

List of 5 frequently asked questions.

Additional Resources

Our Community

The Cambridge School of Weston is an inclusive community, with members from around the world. Each and every one of us must take care not to make assumptions about others based on perceived symptoms or identities (i.e. ethnicity and/or national origin). 

We are a community that looks out for one another, and every step each of us takes — whether it be in washing our hands, staying home when sick, or avoiding non-essential international travel — is of benefit not only to ourselves but to the entire community, especially those vulnerable to more serious medical complications.

The Cambridge School of Weston is a progressive high school for day and boarding students in grades 9–12 and PG. CSW's mission is to provide a progressive education that emphasizes deep learning, meaningful relationships, and a dynamic program that inspires students to discover who they are and what their contribution is to their school, their community and the world.