Distance Learning During Coronavirus


March 24, 2020 - In accordance with the State of Connecticut and CDC guidelines and in consultation with area schools, New Canaan Country School has moved to a robust system of online learning from March 30 through April 24.
At New Canaan Country School we are monitoring COVID-19 nationally and locally. We are in the process of actively and continually preparing all levels of care for our community. In planning, our focus is – as always – on the safety and wellbeing of our students, faculty and staff and on the continuity of our educational program. We are in regular contact with town and regional planning, the Connecticut State Department of Health, the New Canaan Public Health Department and other schools in our area, as well as closely monitoring the CDC and WHO recommendations.

Community Updates

Head of School Aaron Cooper has been providing regular updates to our community.

Current families, faculty and staff: For a full list of COVID-10 communications, please login to the website.

Distance Learning 

We are providing continuity in learning and classroom connections for our students. We are fortunate to have a deeply talented, caring and creative community of educators who have developed a plan to best serve our students during this unusual time. Director of Studies Reshan Richards along with our Division Heads and Academic Technology Team are leading our thoughtful and deliberate distance learning efforts. (Read Dr. Richards’ post, “10 Strategies for Leading Online When School is Closed,” on Global Online Academy.)  For more details, please refer to our Mar. 10 Letter to the Community

Tips for Talking with Children

Our Wellness Team is supporting our faculty, staff and parents as they engage in conversations with children about the coronavirus. Even as adults uncertainty can breed anxiety, and this is even more true for children. When discussing coronavirus with children the goal is to communicate accurate information in age-appropriate ways. If you need guidance, please continue to refer to our Feb. 26 Letter to the Community 

Country School families, please login to the website for a list of helpful links.

Fostering Inclusion During COVID-19

Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Kojo Clarke shared these guidelines with faculty and staff to assist them in supporting students and families during this outbreak, from the lens of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion. An unfortunate side-effect of the coronavirus has been a significant uptick in racism and xenophobia, disproportionately impacting individuals of Asian and Pacific Islands descent. We share them with you as well in case they are helpful to you in guiding conversations at home.

How Can I Help?

Please consider supporting local families who experience food insecurity through our community partner Person-to-Person's virtual food drive. More information available here.

A Special Note to Prospective Families:

While our students and teachers are continuing their learning community online, we welcome to opportunity to get to know you and your family and discuss your child’s future. Please inquire online or contact the Admission Office and we would be delighted to speak with you.