Wyvern Strong

‘Caring Beyond Self’ for a safe community

Community Goals

List of 2 frequently asked questions.

  • Our Aim

    • Protect the health and safety of our students, our employees, and their families, and our local community by minimizing the risk of the spread of COVID-19 in our School.
    • Provide an excellent academic and community experience for all of our students regardless of the learning platform.
    • Preserve flexibility to adjust to any changes in pandemic conditions as health and safety requirements allow or dictate.
  • State Guidance for Reopening

    • To safely resume campus operations, the prevalence of COVID-19 in Hartford County must remain low.
    • Local hospitals, including Hartford Hospital, St. Francis, and UConn Health, must have adequate surge capacity.
    • KO must be able to ensure adequate supplies of cleaning and disinfecting products and other necessary supplies to facilitate frequent handwashing and sanitizing.
    • KO will use technology to monitor the overall health of our community members and track the spread of COVID-19, if any.
    • Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to maintain appropriate social distancing protocols, wear face masks or coverings, and wash hands frequently.
    • Wearing a mask and abiding by social distancing guidelines is practicing personal responsibility and ‘caring beyond self.’
    Together, by respecting one another, we can face this challenge.

The Pandemic Response Team

List of 2 frequently asked questions.

  • Pandemic Response Team

    KO has formed a Pandemic Response Team (PRT) to help guide the school through the many challenges surrounding the reopening of our campus. The primary mission is to ensure the safety of all students, staff, and faculty at KO and to serve as a resource for all members of our community as we develop the plans and policies necessary to protect our families while maintaining the educational and developmental goals of the school.

    In order to accomplish this goal, we will look both outside our campus as well as within. The members of the PRT will keep informed on the current trends and statistics presented by the CDC and WHO, review the policies and recommendations issued by the State of Connecticut, become familiar with best practices for schools and other group gatherings, and evaluate the reopening plans of our peer schools. On campus, we will monitor the mental and physical health of our community, establish one set of protocols to prevent the spread of the virus and another to protect the community if a student, faculty, or staff member should test positive for the virus.

    Because the progress of this pandemic is unpredictable, the PRT will remain flexible in assessing the effectiveness of current policies and adjusting them as necessary. Foremost in our minds will remain the need to keep our community safe while providing the best opportunity for our students to learn and grow, so we will continually provide updates as new information becomes available, and will be at the disposal of anyone who has questions or concerns regarding any part of the process of reopening our school.

Ascend (Basecamp) Platform

List of 2 frequently asked questions.

  • What is Ascend (Basecamp)

    Kingswood Oxford has partnered with Base Camp Health’s Ascend platform to provide a safe and healthy environment- for learning and working. Ascend not only monitors your symptoms but uses machine learning to predict Covid-19 outbreaks and clusters before they happen.

    Each morning, prior to leaving for work and school, students, faculty, and staff will log into Ascend, answer a few questions (takes less than 30 seconds), and find out the recommended course of action based on CDC guidelines and internal policy. 

  • What steps do I take to access?

    KO families should have received two emails, one with an introduction and one with instructions on how to sign in to Basecamp Health’s Ascend platform. Students or parents/guardians, depending on division, will log in through a web browser on any device to the Basecamp Health site each morning prior to coming to school and complete the screening questions. Please add the site to your favorites on your web browser of choice. Upon arriving to school, students can show their phone or other device, open to the “cleared for campus” screen, or the faculty member who is there to check in students can look them up on our list for the day in the case that the student does not have a phone. Please log in daily (including Saturday and Sunday) and fill out the survey starting immediately, even though school has not started. This will enable us to ensure that all the kinks are worked out prior to the start of school.

    If you have not received an email with login information, please contact Beth Scully or Kathy Dunn.

Forms to Start the School Year

Additional Information

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  • Fall Semester Key Dates

    All trips that were planned for the fall semester have been canceled.

    September 8 & 9: US and MS Orientation Days
    September 10: First Day of School for US and MS
    September 28: Yom Kippur - No School
    October 12: Nicholson Day - No School
    October 17: Hewett Day (if permissible)
    October 30: Fall Mid Semester
    November 12: Parent Teacher Zoom Conferences - No School
    November 25-27: Thanksgiving Break - No School
    November 30: School Resumes
    December 18-20: KIT Basketball Tournament (if permissible)
    December 21- January 4: Winter Break - No School
    January 4: Professional Development Day - No School
    January 5: School Resumes
  • Tuition and Enrollment

    Concurrent online learning will be available to students who cannot or choose not to be on campus while school is open for in-person learning. The cost for the online learning option will be $9,100 per quarter for the MS and $10,050 per quarter for the US. Families can opt-in to the online learning option at the beginning of each quarter, but once the quarter starts, you will not be able to change the option for that quarter.

    The quarter dates are:
    • (First Quarter) September 3 - October 30
    • (Second Quarter) October 31 - January 15
    • (Third Quarter) January 16 - March 26
    • (Fourth Quarter) March 27 - June 7
    Tuition payments for the 2020-2021 school year began on June 1; contracts will go into effect August 1, after which each family will be responsible for the full amount of their tuition for the year. As a reminder, please review the previous letter regarding COVID-19 related financial assistance for more information.
    If you have any questions about your tuition payment plan or need to change your tuition payment plan, please contact Carolee Remme in the Business Office.

    If you need more information about financial assistance, please contact Amy Bosco in the Financial Assistance Office.

    For any other questions about enrollment, contact Zaira Santiago, Assistant Head of School for External Affairs, or the Office of Admissions.
Located in West Hartford, CT just steps from Blue Back Square, Kingswood Oxford is a private school inspiring co-ed day students in grades 6-12 with a college preparatory curriculum. Empowered students become clear confident communicators, resourceful problem-solvers, and ethical leaders. KO: where unlimited potential meets endless opportunities.
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