The Delbarton faculty and administration look forward to welcoming our students back to campus and are committed to doing their best to support their learning in the new school year. Although COVID modifications are necessary, many of the hallmarks of the Delbarton Experience – rigorous course offerings, access to excellent teachers and a collegial culture focused on mutual respect – will be maintained.

The Daily Schedule

Delbarton’s block schedule remains unchanged, though the actions and habits of both students and faculty will be modified to prevent COVID-19 contagion.

Attendance Policy

Delbarton School requires in-person attendance for all students who do not have a personal health issue, a circumstantial health issue or an unexpected and extraordinary event. Our attendance policy ensures that the School offers each student the best possible academic experience in all circumstances and conditions, including during the current pandemic.

  • Delbarton will act with strict adherence to its existing attendance policy for excused and unexcused absences as stated in the Student Handbook. Excused absences are reserved for personal illness, a death in the family, a legal obligation, medical appointments and procedures, driving exams, religious observations, and essential extraordinary events.

  • The quarantine period associated with travel for other than an excused absence is not considered an excused absence, regardless of a student’s ability to participate in classes remotely.

  • Unexcused absences carry a heavy academic penalty. During an unexcused absence period, all assessments have a grade limitation of 60%.

  • If a conflict with the Delbarton School calendar is foreseeable and the conflict may be considered an extraordinary circumstance, please communicate immediately with the Assistant Headmaster for Student Affairs who will render a decision.

Daily Arrival/Locker Access/Hallway Traffic

  • All students and faculty members must be masked before entering any campus building.
  • Parents must wear a mask to enter any campus building. To limit visitors, please do not to drop off forgotten items during the school day.
  • Students may access lockers before 8:05 and after 2:40 only to limit hallway traffic.
  • After accessing lockers, students proceed directly to their classrooms.
  • Students will have assigned seating for more efficient contact tracing if necessary.
  • Lingering or gathering in hallways and common areas is not permitted.
  • To avoid unnecessary mingling, hallways will be marked to indicate right lane/left lane traffic.
  • The transition period between classes has increased from 5 minutes to 10 minutes to provide additional time for teachers to set up in-class technology and to ensure that all health and safety procedures are followed upon entering and exiting the classroom.

In The Classroom

  • Masks must be worn by students and teachers.
  • Desks will be spaced as widely as possible to create a socially distanced environment.
  • Students will have assigned seating for more efficient contact tracing if necessary.
  • Housekeeping staff will sanitize each classroom at the end of the day using an electrostatic fogger.
  • Writing Center, Mathematics Center and Communications Center will operate using COVID-19 modifications.
  • Weather-permitting, classroom windows will remain open for enhanced ventilation.
  • Physical Education classes will operate in a modified context this fall. We hope to take advantage of mild fall weather that allows for outdoor, socially distanced activities.
  • All individual guidance meetings will take place wearing masks and social distancing. Class meetings will take place in the FAC to ensure ample space between each student.

Remote Learning

If circumstances compel us to transition back to distance learning...

  • We intend to offer a robust Virtual Delbarton learning schedule for contiguous learning
  • Activities/Arts/Athletics will be built into the weekly schedule
  • We will host weekly community-wide Morning Meetings

Remote Learning Policy (Effective 8/27/20)

Under certain circumstances during the current Covid-19 pandemic, Delbarton students may need to learn remotely. For these students their classes will be live streamed (via Zoom) allowing them to participate in class. With the exception of significant illness, all remote learners are required to attend scheduled classes daily. If a student who is learning remotely must miss a class for any reason, he must email his guidance counselor and teacher(s) in advance of the class meeting. Links for Zoom classes will be available on the individual course Schoology page. 

Students who meet CDC Guidelines for quarantine should attend classes remotely as their health permits. Students who have or live with someone who has a substantial medical problem or vulnerability should contact (in writing) Mrs. Deirdre McAuliffe, the school nurse, and Mr. Chuck Ruebling, Assistant Headmaster for Student Affairs, to discuss the possibility of full time remote instruction. It is imperative that students discuss their needs for remote instruction with Mrs. McAuliffe and Mr. Ruebling as soon as possible. All information provided to the school will be confidential and decisions will be handled on a case-by-case basis.

Extracurricular Activities

Delbarton intends to offer a comprehensive list of extracurriculars during the 2020-21 school year. This includes clubs and activities that are able to operate given the current restrictions. Each club moderator will be required to follow mandatory COVID-19 modifications regarding masks and social distancing during club or activity meeting this school year.

All-School Events

All large group, school-wide activities, including Morning Meetings, Service Fairs etc. will take place via Google meet-ups. Students will remain seated in classrooms where they can access the gatherings online.

Parent Events

Key parent events in 2020-21, including Back to School Nights, will take place in-person but modified to conform to social distancing best practices. If a faculty member is providing remote instruction due to a health issue, we will arrange for parents to access a Zoom conference or a recorded video presentation.

If you have questions about Delbarton academics, please contact Assistant Headmaster for Academic Affairs Josh Hartle at 973-538-3231 x3025 or

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