Preparing for September

Posted by: Chad Cianfrani on Wednesday, August 26, 2020 at 12:00:00 am

At Oakwood Friends School we are excited to welcome new and returning students back this September. After a summer of extensive work focused on the health and safety of our community, a commitment to mission and the academic strength of our program, we are prepared to support each of our students, through both our in-person and our online learning platforms. 

We are prepared and ready to safely and responsibly get going this fall.

During this last year, I have seen our Oakwood community at our creative, adaptive, and resilient best. Health and safety, a sense of community, and our commitment to academic excellence continue to guide our decision-making as we support and challenge our students. We are closely monitoring the environment in New York and are prepared and ready to adapt quickly and thoughtfully, should conditions change. 

Over the summer, we  have:

  • made significant investments in the health and safety of our community

  • enhanced the physical spaces, classrooms, and performance spaces

  • expanded out outdoor classrooms to include more of the 55 acre campus

  • fully updated and renovated our 100-year old theater

  • expanded the technological infrastructure

  • invested in the support of and professional development of our faculty and staff

  • Listened, responded to, and supported families and students through these difficult months away from campus


Classes will look different this fall

  • Social distancing, masks, and adherence to all DOH and CDC health protocols 

  • Creative scheduling allows both boarding and day students to engage in all levels of core and elective class offerings

  • Students will continue to eat well and eat healthy in our dining hall. 

  • Great outdoors! We have created several outdoor classrooms and offerings; thankful for and taking advantage of our 55+ acre campus

  •  You may even see a physics lab or music class with students participating synchronously in-person and remotely from four continents. 


Regardless of where our students are physically, we will be connected as one Oakwood community. 

Over the last 224 years, Oakwood Friends School has guided, nurtured, and inspired students. Remaining true to mission, we see challenges as opportunities and find strength in diversity. I look forward to seeing you this year and continuing this journey together. See you on campus!

Read the most updated, detailed version 
of our Oakwood Campus Opening plan:

Oakwood Campus Opening Plan

We look forward to seeing you this fall!