Classroom Spaces

Physical distancing will require a reduction of the student-to-teacher ratio in most classes. Class sizes will vary by classroom space and by the number of students routinely enrolled in each course.

We have been discussing optimal layouts to accommodate six feet of separation between students in all of our classrooms. Typical classrooms should hold 9-12 students and a teacher, while most arts and science classrooms can accomodate more than 12. We will convert reading rooms and other non-academic spaces into classrooms, as some of those spaces can accommodate 15-18 students. We will also erect tents that can serve as both outdoor classrooms and lunch spaces. Even though our learning spaces will look a bit different, our commitment to the principles of Harkness learning and high levels of student engagement remains unchanged.

Large gatherings such as announcements and Community Life will be redesigned to meet physical distancing criteria.

Classroom Ventilation

Thanks to the relative newness of our buildings, we have excellent, advanced ventilation systems. Our HVAC systems can run all day, keeping fresh air coming into rooms without creating turbulent airflow. We will be able to keep windows open, doors closed, and run fans with MERV-13 filters, replacing them multiple times throughout the school year. MERV-13 filters capture aerosol particles from coughs and sneezes, and are recommended by experts studying the coronavirus and indoor ventilation.