This spring, the novel coronavirus created an unprecedented challenge across our country and the world. Since then, the Bridgton Academy community has come together in a shared understanding of what it would take to return to school in the Fall. Open and meaningful collaboration and a rigorous approach to planning led to the following plan to reopen the Academy for the 2020-21 school year. We are deeply committed to the idea that the best teaching and learning environment is one in which students and teachers engage one another in-person. We believe we are uniquely positioned to welcome students, faculty, and staff back to campus while ensuring that the health and safety of those on our campus are the highest priority. The state of Maine continues to have among the lowest incidence rates of COVID-19 in the country and the trend of critical statistics offers a favorable forecast. Our rural setting and our small size offers an advantage in managing COVID-related challenges, with tremendous opportunities for the growth of our young men, through socially distanced learning and recreation, as well as social and emotional wellness.
This plan reflects the work of our administrative leadership working in concert with out staff, and in consultation with the Independent School Association of Northern New England, public health experts, as well as resources provided by the Centers for Disease Control.