The calendar below reflects several major dates and events that punctuate the second semester to assist with long-term planning. Please note that all dates are subject to change.
- Jan. 9-11: Boarding students return to campus
- Jan. 11: COVID testing on campus for all day and boarding students
- Jan. 12: Distance learning & 3rd Quarter begins
- Jan. 18: MLK Day- distance learning & celebration of Dr. King
- Jan. 21: COVID testing on campus for all day and boarding students
- Jan. 25: In-person classes begin
- Feb. 3: Unity Day
- Feb 6-8: 3-day Weekend
- Feb. 26-Mar. 1: 4-day Weekend
- Mar. 12: Interim planning day
- Mar 13-19: Interim
- Mar. 24: 4th Quarter begins
- Apr. 21: Earth Day activities
- May 17-20: Senior Seminar
- May 18-20: Final Exams
- May 21: Baccalaureate
- May 22: Commencement
As announced earlier this year, Spring Break will not occur as it traditionally would, and instead, we will conclude the school year one week earlier and distribute at least seven days of rest into the semester. These days include the long weekends reflected above, as well as additional days to be determined based on opportunities and the needs of our community.
In addition, we also recognize that blocks of time without structured activities may provide only a pause, and not necessarily the rejuvenating and refreshing break from routine that is intended. With that in mind, in addition to existing programs such as Unity Day, Interim, Earth Day, and Senior Seminar, we are working to develop “days of difference” that will leverage opportunities on and off campus for all students to take part in structured community activities. Examples could include ski trips and other recreational outings if safely possible, days of service learning, or visits to the cultural destinations such as the Olympic Museum that have offered exclusive access to their facilities.
And finally, another important insight gleaned from the first semester was the importance of inclusive weekend activities. Thanks to the generosity of members of our community both past and present, we were able to safely enjoy trips to Wishing Star Farm, Kimball's Peak Movie Theatre, and the Broadmoor Zipline course. We will continue to seek out and cultivate opportunities such as these and others like our “dorm dash” program and on campus activities facilitated by our faculty to enrich the student life experience for both boarding and day students.
With the shift of arrival date, Interim will now take place from March 13-19. As shared earlier this week, the changing COVID-19 landscape may impact our ability to travel and may require that we avoid contact with those outside of the FVS community. While Interim is still months away and we do not know what the situation will be in March, we have started looking at contingencies in the event that we are unable to travel or if conditions dictate that we change other elements of our plans. It is, however, still too early to make a determination either way and we need your patience and support as we monitor the situation. We will communicate any changes to Interim by the end of the second week in January, and no billing will take place until then. In the meantime, please know that Interim will happen and that the School is 100% committed to providing a robust and enriching educational experience, whether in our local region or in another state.