COVID-19 and Remote Learning Updates

On this page, you can find information and updates about The White Mountain School's continued preparedness and response to the ongoing 2019 novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. We are continuously monitoring the latest data and recommendations from local, state, and national public health and civic authorities.

The health and safety of our students, employees, and friends and neighbors in the local community are of paramount importance to us. We will endeavor to add the latest updates from the School to this page in a timely and transparent manner as they happen.


Community Update from Head of School John Drew



Previously Sent Communications




List of 5 frequently asked questions.

  • Has or does The White Mountain School have a confirmed case of COVID-19?

    There have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 among White Mountain students, employees, or external contractors, such as the construction crew building our new dormitory, to date.
    What steps has White Mountain taken to reduce the risk of a community member contracting and/or transmitting COVID-19?

    To date, White Mountain has taken the following steps related to the fluid COVID-19 pandemic:
    • On February 27, the School canceled its Field Course to France, which would have run through mid-March. 
    • On March 6, the School mandated that families of current students fill out a survey about the travel of their student(s) during Spring Break (March 7-23). Families were informed that filling out this survey would be a requirement before students were allowed to return to campus.
    • During the week of March 8, facilities management and operations staff performed a deep clean of all public buildings on campus (including classrooms, workspaces, community spaces), as well as student dormitories.
    • During the week of March 8, the School canceled all events that would bring external parties to campus through at least the end of April.
    • On March 12, the School informed families and students that students would not return to campus on Monday, March 23, as originally scheduled, with distance learning instead scheduled to begin on Monday, March 30. Distance learning will last until at least mid-April, at which time the School will reevaluate whether students can realistically return to campus safely and healthily.
    • On March 13, the School informed employees of policy and procedure related to return to campus for those traveling during Spring Break, and under what circumstances the School would require self-quarantine. Employees were asked to fill out a mandatory travel survey similar to what students received. 
    • On March 16, the School began to allow all employees to work from home voluntarily. This decision was made to accommodate employees' comfort level traveling and working in public, as well as employees with children at home due to the State of New Hampshire's mandatory three-week closure of all schools on March 15. 
    • On March 27, School administrators announced that after the conclusion of Spring Break on Monday, March 30, all instruction will be provided remotely until the final day of classes on Friday, May 29.
    This list of actions will be updated as developments occur.

  • Does White Mountain have a plan in the event of a confirmed case of COVID-19?

    In late January 2020, The White Mountain School was one of the first residential communities in the United States to have a community member quarantined at a local hospital and tested—both out of an abundance of caution—for a possible case of COVID-19. Fortunately, the test came back negative. The silver lining to this situation was that administrators at the School were able to develop cooperative, informative, working relationships with local and state public health officials—including those at the New Hampshire Division of Public Health Services (NHDPHS)—long before the COVID-19 situation in the U.S. became widespread. Throughout February, after reflecting on our work with the NHDPHS, our administrators were able to refine further the School's protocols related to infectious disease outbreaks.

    Like most K-12 schools, colleges, and universities, White Mountain does not have the proper facilities to place students or employees who live on campus in isolation for extended periods, as is recommended for potential COVID-19 cases. With the steps taken to date, as outlined above, we believe that we have significantly mitigated the risk of a community member becoming infected with COVID-19. However, if a community member does become infected with COVID-19, we will follow the NHDPHS' guidelines and take the necessary steps to protect the individual, as well as the campus and local communities. Communication about a confirmed case will be shared with our campus community first, and then with the public in a timely and transparent manner through this web page and other media.

  • Will students be able to take their SAT, ACT, or AP exams?

    The latest information about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on SAT and AP exams, both of which are administered by CollegeBoard, can be found through the following links:
    The latest information about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on ACT exams, which are administered by ACT, Inc., can be found here

  • Will students be able to access other student services remotely?

    White Mountain's Learning Center academic coaches, faculty/staff advisors, college counselors, and Student Assistance Program (SAP) staff will also be available remotely during this period—either through video conferencing or by phone—to ensure that progress in one or more of these areas continues for our students. If/when classes resume on campus, these services will resume on campus, too.


Contact Us

Director of Health Services (Health-Related Inquiries)
Corah Edwards P’20 | 603.444.2928 x247

Communications and Marketing Manager (Media and Website Inquiries)
Luis Ruuska | 603.444.2928 x242

Assistant Head of School for Teaching and Learning (Distance Learning Inquiries)
Mike Peller | 603.444.2928 x237

Front Office (General Inquiries and Personnel Directory)
Angela Callahan | 603.444.2928 x210


371 West Farm Road  •  Bethlehem, New Hampshire 03574  •  603.444.2928
Founded in 1886 and set in the beautiful White Mountains of northern New Hampshire, The White Mountain School is a coeducational college-preparatory boarding and day school for students grades 9-12/PG.

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The White Mountain School admits students of any race, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, or disability to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, or disability in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.

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