Safe Reopening Plan

In Berkshire School's commitment to ensuring a safe reopening of school in September, we are providing this page which contains information and updates on our internal planning, guided by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health protocols and the status of the COVID-19 pandemic.

To support our planning and decisions, we have engaged the services of Environmental Health & Engineering, a consulting firm specializing in solutions to complex environmental and health issues. They will be reviewing our operations to minimize any COVID-19 risk during our reopening, and they are providing specific guidelines for all our core program areas on campus. These include recommendations on scheduling, social distancing, routes and movement on campus, cleaning and disinfection, as well as protocols for student health, academics, dining, residential life, athletics, etc. We have also formed a Safe Reopening Task Force, which is already at work across 15 distinct areas of school life to prepare for our return to campus.

All communication updates on reopening for the 2020–21 school year will be posted below on this page.



Adjustments to this year's school calendar will be on-going. Please check back regularly for changes.

Virtual learning begins for all students

SEPT. 24–27 
Students return to campus for orientation; arrival schedule to follow

SEPT. 28–NOV. 20
In-person classes at Berkshire

NOV. 21
Students depart for Thanksgiving Recess

DEC. 1–18
Virtual learning for all students concludes the first semester


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

MAR. 22, 23, 24
In-person learners return to campus on scheduled arrival/testing dates.

MAR. 25
Fourth quarter begins for all students as scheduled.

MAY 27
Prize Night as scheduled.

MAY 28
Commencement as scheduled. In-person sixth formers depart campus by 3:00 p.m. (EDT)

Final day of classes for all underformers as scheduled.



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


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.