Coronavirus Response

Information and updates about COVID-19.

Campus is closed to all visitors until further notice
Only authorized faculty and staff are permitted on campus.


List of 2 news stories.

  • Fall Planning Update

    As we navigate the challenges brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, our school’s leadership team continues to seek a balance between planning ahead while also remaining nimble, flexible, and responsive moving forward. The most important thing we can do at this point is to plan based upon a number of different scenarios, making sure that each and every community member understands the school’s decisions, the thinking that went into reaching those decisions, and their individual role in making each successful. 

    The school will determine which model to implement based on the following color-coded system, dictated by regular health and safety assessments on our campus and in Massachusetts at any given time. The school may announce the transition between these levels at any point, regardless of whether some or all conditions listed have been observed. For example, if the government mandates that all schools closed, we would automatically move to Red: Level 3, even if we, as a school had zero infections. 

    In the coming days, as we continue to receive guidelines from the state of Massachusetts, our planning committees will be working to provide a detailed breakdown of what school, and all its facets — academics, athletics, student life, residential life, etc. — will look like under each of these three levels. 
  • Summer Committee Work

    We have recently established five strategic committees, comprised of faculty, staff, and students. These committees will be working over the summer to establish and fine-tune plans as the situation evolves. 

    A listing of committees is as follows:
    • Calendar & Schedule
    • Public Health & Hygiene
    • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Wellness and Transitions
    • Interscholastic/Athletics Programming and D Block/Enrichment
    • Communications

Pandemic Planning Tiers


A full return to brick-and-mortar with on-campus learning opportunities for everyone (with new health and safety protocols in place).

  • Full adherence to safety protocols by all community members
  • Infections remain low
  • No known cases currently at school
  • Local and federal agency clearance
  • Campus open (with whatever spacing is required by the state of Massachusetts)
  • All students have opportunity to be on campus
  • School open on all planned days
  • Safety measures in place (masks, social distancing, etc.)
  • Limited cohort mixing


A hybrid model with some students, faculty, and staff at home and others at school.

  • Minor or rare community member violations to safety protocols
  • Increased infection rates on campus and/or in Massachusetts
  • Several possible infection cases within the CSW community
  • Uncertainty in government agencies confirming epidemic control
  • Waning epidemic control
  • Blend of on-campus and at-home teaching and learning
  • Further reduction of frequency of students on campus
  • School open on all planned days
  • Elevated safety measures and PPE
  • Further reductions in cohort mixing


A distance learning model, with the entire community working remotely (as we were in Mods 5 and 6).

  • Poorly controlled community transmission in Massachusetts
  • Community-wide failure in adherence to safety protocols
  • Several possible infection cases within the CSW community
  • Government-mandated stay-at-home orders and/or school closures
  • Campus open to essential faculty and staff only
  • Distance learning for all students
  • Schedule changes (most notably at the end of each mod)
  • Impacts to academic calendar

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.

School Communications

Upcoming Communications

July 15, 2020
  • Key information for the start of the 2020-21 school year
  • Tentative 2020-21 school calendar
  • Summer engagement opportunities
  • Preliminary color-coded scenario response details (pending MA guidelines)
July 16, 2020
  • Live, open question and answer session for all parents/guardians with CSW leadership
  • Live, open question and answer session for boarding parents/guardians with CSW leadership
July 30, 2020
  • Fall re-opening community expectations and safety protocols
  • Schedule of events for opening days
August 13, 2020
  • Live, open question and answer session for all parents/guardians with CSW leadership
Previous Communications

SEVP Response, July 8, 2020

Fall Planning Update, July 1, 2020

Senior Week and Graduation Update, May 22, 2020

Fall Planning Update, May 14, 2020

Statement from Board Chair Ann Gorson and Head of School Lise Charlier, April 23, 2020

Letter to Alumni/ae, April 15, 2020

Mod 6 Update, April 14, 2020

GryphONLINE Week 1 Update

Letter to Alumni/ae, March 19, 2020

Resources from Director of Community Health and Counseling, March 16, 2020

Community Update, March 16, 2020

Letter to International Families March 16, 2020

Community Update, March 13, 2020

Letter to International Families NOT Participating in Spring Break Programming, March 13, 2020

Community Update, March 12, 2020

Community Update, March 5, 2020

Mod Abroad Cancellation, March 5, 2020 

Community Update, February 29, 2020

Amsterdam Cancellation, February 28, 2020

Letter to International Families, February 4, 2020

Community Update, January 27, 2020

Information and Resources


CSW Counseling Resource
  • CSW Staying Connected - Padlet, an interactive Padlet to help you find ways to take care of yourself and to get support.  Please feel free to add your ideas and resources. 
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The World Health Organization The U.S. State Department

5 Ways to Help Teens Manage Anxiety About the Coronavirus
Talking to children about COVID-19: A Parent Resource
Talking to Teens and Tweens About Coronavirus
How to Talk to Kids About Coronavirus
Five Ways to View Coverage of the Coronavirus
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.