List of 7 frequently asked questions.

  • Is Greenwood's physical campus closing due to the novel coronavirus?

    Yes. Starting Monday, March 16th, we will officially transition to our e-Learning campus for instruction and assessment and our physical campus will close. Our students will continue to access all of their programming remotely via our Learning Management System (LMS), Whipple Hill. All students will have regularly scheduled remote video conferencing meetings with each of their teachers as well as their advisors.

    This decision was made on Thursday, March 12. We will continue to monitor the situation and health department recommendations, and we will reevaluate decisions accordingly.
  • Why is Greenwood making this decision?

    Multiple individuals from across our local geographical community are in self-quarantine because they may have been exposed to the COVID-19 coronavirus. Vermont has two verified cases as of this morning, and with the limited testing available, that number may be higher. As of today, the Vermont Department of Health was unable to guarantee that Greenwood would be permitted to evacuate even healthy students should a member of our community be diagnosed with COVID. It is imperative to us that we be able to send our students safely home without concern that their travel could be in any way impeded.
  • When and how should families pick up their sons?

    Families need to begin scheduling their son's travel immediately and relaying travel information to Cait Alexander at calexander@greenwood.org. Please be sure to share your student's travel details by 2PM on Friday, March 13th.

    Travel by Personal Car:
    Students are able to be picked up by family members from campus beginning at 8AM on Friday morning, March 13th, through Saturday, March 14, at 4PM. Please remember to stop by nurse’s office to pick up all of your son's medications and check out with an adult.

    Travel by Air:
    Airport runs to Bradley will begin at 2PM on Friday, March 13. If your student is flying on Friday afternoon or evening, information needs to be shared by 10AM on Friday in order to schedule transport to the airport. Airport runs will take place throughout Saturday from Bradley. Please share flight details with Cait by Friday at 2PM if your student is using the Greenwood shuttle. Flights out of other airports will require private transportation with Adventure Limo or Thomas Transportation.

    Travel by Train:
    If your student is traveling by train, we will have a Greenwood staff member escort him to the Brattleboro station.

    All medications will be sent home with your student.
  • How do we talk to our students?

    The most important thing we can do is to make sure our kids feel informed as we convey information with a reassuring sense of calm and competence. We want to make sure they know we are keeping them safe. Below are some suggestions for conversing with your child.

    Invite and encourage your son to ask you questions. If he asks you a difficult question, it's okay to say you don't know the answer. Kids are typically more comforted by simple and direct information than by false reassurance. 

    Be mindful of your own presentation and manage your emotions before working to support your kids around their emotions.

    Limit news and social media exposure.

    Be reassuring and focus on what you're doing to stay safe.
  • What about our students’ education?

    Education is not a place. It is Greenwood's mission. To that end, we are shifting our education from the classroom with four walls to the cloud. Students and their teachers will meet as classroom groups and with individual teachers. We will have evening group activities just like always too. We may all be cooking together in a Google chat room or monitoring a presidential debate and having discussion alongside the candidates. But we will be together. We are taking this strategic approach not because we think by doing so, we will stop an epidemic; we are simply trying to do our part to slow the spread of COVID-19. Our job is to provide quality instruction to our students in a safe and nurturing environment. By transitioning from the classroom to the cloud, we are also giving medical/public health officials and the community time to get some critical answers regarding incubation period, level and length of contagious status, and fatality rates, as well as a communication strategy that includes all necessary partners. We want to do our part to slow the spread of this coronavirus.

    While we are working to minimize exposure of our students, we are also concerned about the health of our staff. The Centers for Disease Control said today that children are not believed to be at serious risk for the disease, but we must be mindful of the population that is at higher risk. The new public health recommendations to slow the spread of coronavirus we received following yesterday’s press conference indicate that those people at higher risk should stay home and away from large groups of people as much as possible; e.g., those with weakened immunity, pregnancy, and those who are 60 and over. As we have a veteran staff we have employees who fall into all of these categories. Their health is also our priority.
  • How do I learn about COVID-19 coronavirus and how to reduce risks for my family?

    Visit the CDC's COVID-19 page, where you can find up-to-date information on the virus. 
  • What has Greenwood been doing to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19?

    We are continuing to follow protocols identified by the CDC, Vermont Department of Health and the National Association of Independent Schools:
    • Frequent hand washing with anti-bacterial soap as well as use of hand sanitizer. The recommended hand washing time is 20 seconds.
    • The cleaning of hard surfaces – desks, tables, phones, door knobs, toilet knobs, etc. – using anti-bacterial wipes, 2-3x a day on all hard surfaces.
    • If diagnosed, remain quarantined for 14 days. The whereabouts of quarantine will be determined by the school and parents, guided by recommendations from the CDC and local medical personnel.
    • Refrain from touching eyes, nose and mouth.
    For more information, please refer to these coronavirus prevention resources from the CDC.
At the Greenwood School, our students' health is paramount.

Our school nurse, Becca Hamil, is a full-time RN who administers all medication and communicates with parents and doctors if necessary. She manages care for flu, sports injuries, common colds, and more. She also organizes personalized meals delivered to the dorm room if bed rest is needed. We have dorm staff 24 hours a day who support her instructions.

Becca has a B.A. in environmental studies and dance and a B.S. in nursing. Before coming to Greenwood, she spent five years as a behavioral specialist at Kindle Farm School and two and a half years as a mixed medical-surgical/telemetry nurse at a hospital.



"As a school nurse, I incorporate a holistic approach that views the health and wellness of a child as a whole person, rather than just from a purely physical perspective. I also believe that health and wellness education are of critical importance, enabling our children to grow into adults who lead healthy, satisfying lives."

--Becca Hamil, RN