Second-Semester Plan

Berkshire School is committed to ensuring a safe return to campus in January. This page contains information and updates on our second-semester planning, guided by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health protocols and the status of the COVID-19 pandemic. All updates for returning to campus and health and safety protocols for the remainder of the 2020–2021 school year will be posted below.

Second-Semester Plan

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Please Note: Any second semester change from boarding to day student status must be finalized by Sunday, January 31.  At this late stage in the school year, no tuition adjustment accompanies such a change.  As of Monday, February 1, all students are expected to maintain their boarding/day status for the balance of the winter term through March 6.  Families with questions should reach out to both the Student Life Office and Admission.


Note: Students who encounter travel cancellations or who are not able to arrive on campus on their designated day, please contact Lisa Miller in the Student Life Office at
For more information regarding Spring Recess, please visit the Second-Semester FAQs


Do you have a question about the reopening of the 2020-2021 school year? Please submit your question below:




JAN. 5–14
Virtual Learning for all students to begin the second semester.

JAN. 15, 16, 17
In-person learners return to campus on scheduled arrival/testing dates.

MAR. 5
Students may depart for Spring Recess after their last school commitment.

MAR. 6
Spring Recess Begins (International students may elect to remain on campus)

Note: Our buses will leave at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 6. Students must load the bus at 7:45 a.m. (EST). 

MAR. 26–27
In-person learners return to campus on scheduled arrival/testing dates below:

  • March 26: Godman, Eipper, de Windt, Spurr, Stanley
  • March 27: CGR, MacMillan, Buck, Allen, and day students

For any families wishing to celebrate Seder and the first days of Passover at home, please contact Lisa Miller in the Student Life Office at to schedule a Monday, March 29th arrival.

MAR. 29: In-person Learning

MAY 25: Prize Night
A closed campus event for students only and will be streamed live.

MAY 26: Underformers (9, 10, & 11 grades) Depart Campus
Underformers with graduating siblings may remain on campus through Commencement.

MAY 28: 114th Commencement 



At this time, The Commonwealth of Massachusetts is requiring that face coverings be worn in all public places, businesses, and common areas—both indoors and outdoors—where social distancing is not possible. If you are interested in purchasing a Berkshire face mask, please contact Bookstore Manager, Melanie Williamson at or call 413-229-1217.