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Virtual Learning

Over fifty years of leading lives of passion and purpose.

Campus is closed, but learning continues

    • Fall 2020 Outlook

Over the last three years, Derryfield has proven itself to be an innovative school. Our faculty and staff are adept at implementing the now, while preparing for the future. As part of a multi-year Academic Vision planning process, we designed a program focusing on collaboration, innovative problem solving, and communication. Through the recent implementation of that Academic Vision, we have stayed committed to our thinking forward approach. The pandemic has only reinforced the powerful ways we can enhance the Derryfield experience with online experiences. With a nimble faculty and a caring community, Derryfield has quickly transferred to an engaging, synchronous online learning program. Like our students, we are ever better, every week.

Virtual Community Updates

Derryfield's weekly Virtual Fireside Chats have allowed parents to stay connected with the school through evening webinars on a range of topics, including remote learning feedback and mental health advice.

Fireside Chat Topics

January 27, 2022: COVID Update

January 3, 2022: Prudent Phase Update

December 7: December COVID Update

November 4: Winter COVID Update

August 19: Fall Reopening Update

July 28: Look Ahead to Fall

May 27: Planning for Fall

April 7: Creative Arts Update - Assistant Head Lindley Shutz and Creative Arts Department Co-Chairs Becky Barsi and Bill Westenberg

March 25: Updated COVID Protocols - Head of School Mary Halpin Carter and Director of Safety Gill Roberts

March 11:  - Return to Extraordinary - Head of School Mary Halpin Carter and Director of Enrollment Kathleen Rutty Fey

February 18: Spring Term Details - Assistant Head Lindley Shutz and Dean of Faculty Pete Brandt

February 4: Stress Less Parenting - Dean of Students Reina Stimpson and Counselors Mary Perkins & Courtney Cheetham

January 7: Reopening Update - Head of School Mary Halpin Carter, CFO Scott McPherson & School Nurse Lainee Shaughnessy

November 5: Calendar & Schedule Updates - Head of School Mary Halpin Carter & Assistant Head of School for Academics Lindley Shutz

September 8: Our Decision-Making Process - Head of School Mary Halpin Carter, public health consultant Mike 
Klingshirn of Fusion Cell, & Board Chair Brad Benson

August 27: 2020-2021 Campus Flow Update - Head of School Mary Halpin Carter, Head of Middle School Mark Blaisdell & Head of Upper School Jed Silverstein

August 13: 2020-2021 Reopening Safety Update - Head of School Mary Halpin Carter, Dean of Students Reina Stimpson & Director of Safety Gill Roberts

July 29: 2020-2021 Reopening Update - Head of School Mary Halpin Carter, Assistant Head for Academic Program Lindley Shutz 

July 16: 2020-2021 School Year Rollout - Head of School Mary Halpin Carter, Assistant Head for Academic Program Lindley Shutz & Director of College Planning Brennan Barnard

June 1: Derryfield’s Vision for 2020-2021 - Head of School Mary Halpin Carter & Dean of Academic Program Lindley Shutz

May 18: Spotlight on Remote Learning: Part 2 - Head of School Mary Halpin Carter with Science Teacher Dr. Taylor Moon & English Teacher David Baroody

Head of School Mary Halpin Carter with Math Teacher Jim Watt & History Teacher Brandon Gauthier 

May 4: Breaking the Worry Cycle - Dean of Students Reina Stimpson & psychotherapist Lynn Lyons

April 27: Athletics & Wellness Update - Director of Athletics Chris Hettler

April 20: Meet Our New Head of Upper School - Head of School Mary Halpin Carter & incoming Head of Upper School Jed Silverstein

Head of School Mary Halpin Carter & Dean of Academic Program Lindley Shutz

April 9: College Admission Update - Director of College Planning Brennan Barnard & Rick Clark, Director of Undergraduate Admission at Georgia Tech   
March 30: Remote Learning Update - Head of School Mary Halpin Carter 

Nuts & Bolts of Remote Learning

List of 8 items.

  • The details:

    Faculty are prepared with online lesson plans and will provide coverage for one another should a teacher become ill.
    • We will continue to conduct classes digitally and design an abbreviated schedule to run from 9:00 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. each day, and the four scheduled classes will meet for 45 minutes each.
    • Daily structure includes taking attendance and continuing to engage as a community through classes, advisory, and other touchpoints.
    • Teachers will post homework daily. 
    • Extra help will be offered daily via Google Meet.  
    • 8th carrier experiences such as LEAD, Visual Foundations, Computer Science, and Exploration Courses will be suspended during the closure.
  • Schedule for remote learning:

  • How faculty prepared for remote teaching:

    During our delayed openings on March 4 and 11, faculty were training, planning, and sharing ideas to prepare distance learning lessons. Our IT Department has assessed the needs of faculty to support remote learning, and we have created a shared document for exchanging ideas and resources among faculty. Even before schools closed, our teachers were “testing” remote learning scenarios with their students—similar to how we practice fire drills—so we would be prepared for/experienced with what may lie ahead. They included activities and discussions into their classes to prepare students for the remote learning plan.
  • How students can access tech support for remote learning:

    Email helpdesk@derryfield.org for technical questions. Unfortunately, we are not able to support hardware and wifi connectivity issues.
  • How students can access academic support for remote learning:

    If you have questions about a specific course, contact the teacher.  

    Advisors can address questions or concerns about multiple courses, how your child is experiencing remote learning in general, or if you need advice about who might help on other topics.

    For Academic Support, contact Jenny Boesch at jboesch@derryfield.org.
  • How parents support learning from home:

    • Find a quiet, professional space where students can set up laptops and other materials on a table.  
    • Confirm that your children have the materials needed for class, including their devices, chargers, and other supplies listed by their teachers on MSA. 
    • Make sure your children sign in to classes. Attendance will be taken daily in each academic class. 
    • If your child is unable to attend class, please email Diane Wall at dwall@derryfield.org or Andrea Stevenson at astevenson@derryfield.org by 8:30 a.m. or as soon as you can.
    • Encourage your children to approach this new learning environment with openness, curiosity, excitement about growth, and partnership; let their teachers know what is working and not working.
  • How faculty support learning from home:

    • Teachers will create online experiences true to our core values of community and aiming high and cultivating 21st century skills.  
    • Teachers will be available via Google Meet or email between 8:30 and 1:15 daily. 
    • Teachers will be available during Block 8 and Academic Block to provide extra help via Google Meet. 
    • Teachers will provide feedback, grade, and return work digitally and keep the class moving as best they can to assure content progression. 
  • How students support learning from home:

    • Dress to learn: because many classes will include videoconferencing (Google Meet) please wear clothes that meet Derryfield dress code.  
    • Find a quiet, neutral space conducive to collaborating and learning, where you can set up your laptop on a table (videoconferencing can heat up a laptop so table tops are preferred versus soft surfaces). Please make sure the area lighting is sufficient for video. 
    • Login to the MSA system during scheduled times.
    • Work on assignments as posted.
    • Submit completed work on time as assigned.
    • Send emails to your teacher or meet with them via Google Meet to share questions and requests for extra help.


2/4 COVID Protocol Update
The Science Behind the Rollback
1/27 COVID Update
1/16 Return to Campus Update
1/10 COVID Testing Reminder
IMPORTANT Information About Prudent Phase
Athlete & Thespian Prudent Phase Guidelines
Prudent Phase Transportation Schedule
12/21 Prudent Phase Announcement
12/16 Testing Update
12/14 Testing Announcement
12/7 COVID Update
11/29 Magnus Reminder
11/5 COVID Fireside Chat Recap
9/16 COVID Protocol Reminders
8/27 Fall Reopening Info
7/30 An Update from the Head
3/4 Required Forms for Spring Term
3/3 Spring Term Letter of Intent Form
3/2 Spring Athletic Offerings
2/9 Independent Senior Project Update
1/25 COVID Update
1/18 COVID Testing Reminder
Winter Student Council Newsletter - Middle School
Winter Student Council Newsletter - Upper School
1/14 Pooled Testing Consent Form
1/13 Pooled Testing FAQ
1/8 Winter Term Letter of Intent
1/4 COVID-19 Update
12/17 Health Update
12/15 Winter Athletics COVID-19 Checks
11/28 Guidelines for Family Phase
11/23 COVID-19 Update
11/20 Thank You to DS Families
11/11 COVID-19 Community Update
11/9 Calendar & Schedule Update for 20-21
10/22 Late Arrival/Early Dismissal Policy
10/20 Senior Food Delivery Protocols
10/15 Athletics Tier 4 Announcement
10/14 Health Protocol Reminder
10/8 Community Health Update
10/2 New US Schedule
9/30 Virtual Learning Policy Update
9/10 Reopening Updates
Letter from the Dean of Students
Outside Club Team Participation Protocol
Student Safety Protocol
Virtual Learning Guidelines
9/4 Zoom & Device Updates
8/29 Magnus Daily Health Screenings
8/24 Athletic Update
8/20 End of Summer Update
8/14 Lunch Plan Registration
8/14 Student Retreat Week Schedule 
8/11 New US Parent Retreat Info
8/11 New MS Parent Retreat Info
8/3 Reopening Reminder
7/31 Athletics Preseason Update
7/27 Reopening Update
7/21 Reopening Information
7/2 Summer Opportunities for Students & Parents
5/1 Community Update

4/17 Community Update
4/3 Community Update

3/31 ISP Update
3/30 A Message About Grading
3/27 Community Update
3/25 Fireside Chat Save the Date
3/24 MS Virtual Learning Plan
3/24 US Virtual Learning Plan
3/20 Message to Students
3/12 Distance Learning Update
3/9 Community Update
3/1 Community Update


Susan Grodman 
Associate Head of School
Admission, advancement, and travel-related questions

Lindley Shutz 
Dean of Academic Program
Questions about remote learning or the academic program
Jed Silverstein
Head of Upper School
Mark Blaisdell
Head of Middle School
Classroom-related questions

Michele Leclerc 
School Nurse
Health-related questions

The Derryfield School

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