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Community Wellness Guide

Please refer to this page for official updates and resources related to Darlington School's plans for the 2020-2021 school year related to Covid-19.

Thanksgiving & Winter Breaks

November 9, 2020

Dear Darlington Community,

I write today to again say thank you for your diligent efforts in helping us have in-person learning through the first 11 weeks of the school year. As mentioned in previous calls, to date we have seen 10 positive cases of COVID-19 and 50 resulting student or faculty quarantines in our school community. To our knowledge, none of those 50 have resulted in positive cases. Our students are doing well in navigating these frustrating, confusing and uncertain times. Just last week, they were forced to navigate the usual challenges associated with this school year in combination with the loss of electricity for over 24 hours on campus and throughout the community as a result of Tropical Storm Zeta. I am very proud of them! 

As we look ahead to Darlington’s anticipated Thanksgiving and winter breaks, I am asking our entire school community to continue to commit to following safety precautions and health practices to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Personally, I find the guidance from the CDC to be both disappointing yet understandable given the circumstances. That being said, we too ask that students and families adhere to these low-risk activities/guidelines that are in line with the Centers for Disease Control holiday gathering and celebrations recommendations: 

  • Avoid significant travel as much as possible.
  • Have a small dinner with only people who live in your household.
  • If a larger gathering is planned, have the gathering outside with each household sitting separately using social distancing between households.  
  • Avoid large gatherings for parades, social gatherings, holiday shopping, and sporting events.
  • Wear face coverings in all public settings.
  • Frequently wash hands and social distance when outside of the home.

It may be necessary to require students and/or employees to complete a quarantine following holiday travel based on location traveled to, precautions taken, and the general health and wellness of travel companions or others in close contact during the holidays. We have partnered well thus far in these matters and I ask that you continue to communicate with the appropriate division director. 

Please join me in staying the course through the month of November and into the holiday breaks through the continued practice of wearing our masks, washing our hands, and in particular watching our social distance. 

I am grateful for your support and send best wishes for some well-deserved rest and relaxation.

Warmest regards,

Brent Bell, Head of School

Community Wellness Guidelines

A group of students/faculty who are grouped together based on common age, grade level, and/or learning space proximity. We have designated overarching cohorts within the school. At the start of the school year, we will avoid mixing the three cohorts and will limit some interaction within the cohorts based on CDC guidelines and best practices.
Face coverings will be REQUIRED for all faculty, staff, and students in grades 3-12. Some exceptions will include recess, Physical Education, and sports. While we are not requiring students to wear face coverings in pre-K through second grade, we encourage parents to assist children in gaining comfort in wearing a face covering and should have one at school each day. Students may wear face coverings of their choice that are appropriate and not offensive. Face coverings may display the Darlington mascot/logo or a college mascot/logo. No other writing will be allowed on face coverings.
All Pre-K to 12 students will have health checks, including temperature readings. In addition, faculty and staff will have health checks each morning prior to the students’ arrival. Parents will trust Darlington to adhere to our strategies and plans, and Darlington trusts that students and faculty will abide by the CDC’s regulations for staying home when sick and continuing learning through Darlington’s Hybrid Learning Platform. More details on daily health monitoring will follow prior to the start of school.
While Darlington plans to resume on-campus learning for our students in August, our teachers are also preparing for hybrid classes. In short, the school is planning coursework from the beginning to accommodate students both on-campus and from a distance when circumstances dictate the situation. A new set of course standards and lesson templates have been created to provide a more consistent and productive learning environment for students, whether they are in the classroom or not. Please reach out directly to the division director if you anticipate starting the year with online learning.
We continue to work with Flik, Darlington’s food service provider, as we prepare for the upcoming school year. There will be several changes to the meal structure for the 2020-2021 school year. At the start of the year, all hot and cold meals will be pre-packaged for students and faculty. For students with dietary restrictions and/or allergies Flik Manager, Bret Clark, will be available to discuss individual meal plans this summer. Mr. Clark can be contacted at
Water bottle filling stations have been installed throughout campus and all students are encouraged to bring their own water bottle to class. The traditional water fountains are disabled.

Community Wellness: Frequently Asked Questions

Community Wellness: Protocols and Procedures

Middle & Upper School Athletic Event Guidelines

Archived Updates
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July 10, 2020
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June 11, 2020
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A piece of work, resource, learning activity or class
Contact your teacher.

A technology-related question or issue
Contact Darlington’s I.T. Department.

A personal, academic or social concern
Contact your teacher, advisor or head of house.

Other issue related to distance learning
Contact your division director.
Event Updates

The Purple Tie Affair has been postponed. Stay tuned for more information.

Sept. 10 - Opening Convocation, Chris Hunter Stadium at 9:30 a.m. (rain date will be Sept. 11)