Online, on-campus options offered at Western Reserve Academy

Dorms will remain open, even during breaks, for students unable to go home

April Helms
Kent Weeklies
Western Reserve Academy graduate Walker Larivee works on a medical face shield in WRA's Wang Innovation Center.

HUDSON — An online option, restructured course loads and social distancing protocols are some of the changes students attending Western Reserve Academy will see when school resumes.

The first day of classes is Aug. 24, with orientation and athletic preseason from Aug. 16 through 22.

While students will need to complete an online health screening before returning to campus, students not living in the dorms will need to do a daily temperature check. COVID-19 testing for symptomatic students, faculty and staff will be provided.

Students will be provided with seven masks, which will be needed for public spaces and classrooms and should be laundered nightly. There will be mandatory social distancing in classrooms, campus buildings and dorms, and there will be ongoing training on prevention and protocols. Disinfectant supplies will be provided, and visiting will be limited, according to information provided by the school.

Western Reserve Academy is working on a staggered schedule for registration and move-in, as well as a different arrangement for dining services.

The dorms will remain open all year this year, including for breaks, for students who can’t travel home. This year, Hobart House will be used for COVID-19 care and quarantining.

The school’s Wang Innovation Center has been making face masks and face shields not only for the school but the community.

This year’s schedule consists of four modules, with 40 days in each module, according to information provided by the school. Students will take a maximum of four classes during each 40-day module, with one free period.

Western Reserve Academy also will offer a remote learning program for students unable to come to campus or preferring to stay at home. This program is developed and delivered by a small cadre of teachers dedicated to online learning and working closely with the school’s technology team.

There will be three options for students. One is for those who will attend classes in person; these students will be able to remain in the dorms if there is a need to switch to virtual learning. In the second option, students will take classes online but hope to come back to the campus sometime during the school year. Regular tuition and fees apply for both of these options.

There is a third option for students who plan to take their courses online with no plan to return to the campus this school year. In this option, boarding tuition will be reduced to $53,275, and the international fee will be waived.

Registration is Aug. 14 through 16.

For details on the coming school year and about the school, visit https://www.wra.net/ online.

Reporter April Helms can be reached at ahelms@recordpub.com