Our Response to COVID-19

Our Response to COVID-19

We care deeply about the health and wellbeing of our students and employees and their safety is our highest priority. As we continue to monitor the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in order to support our students, families, and employees, we will post important information and updates on this page.

School Response Q&A

Updated on 01.12.2021

List of 6 frequently asked questions.

  • Q: Are there any suspected cases of COVID-19 at Emma Willard School?

    UPDATED 01.12.2021

    There have been a couple of positive cases within the Emma Willard School community. We work closely with public health officials and notify our school community when our testing results in a positive test. For the latest testing information, visit our COVID Dashboard.
  • Q: Is the campus closed? Can I visit campus?

    UPDATED 04.15.2021

    The campus is CLOSED to the public. Only visitors with an appointment are allowed. Campus is open to students, employees, those who live on campus. Deliveries and visitors with an appointment should check in at Campus Safety. This includes use of the athletic buildings, walkways, and fields.

    In the event that a visitor needs to come to campus, they will be screened by answering the following questions and undergoing a temperature check:
    • Have you or those you live with had close contact with a COVID-19 patient in the 14 days prior to your visit?
    • Have you or those you live with had close contact with a person under investigation for COVID-19 in the 14 days prior to your visit?
    • Have you had a fever and respiratory symptoms in the 14 days prior to the visit?
    • Have you experienced flu or cold-like symptoms in the 24 hours prior to your visit?
      Do you have a fever?
      Do you have shortness of breath?
      Do you have a dry cough?
      Do you have a sore throat?
      Do you have a runny nose?
      Do you have an upset stomach?
      Do you have loss of taste or smell?
    If you answer in the affirmative to any of these questions, you will not be allowed to visit the Emma Willard School campus. (If you are a campus resident and have any affirmative answer to one of the questions above, please contact Director of Human Resources Saytra Green.)  
  • Q: Has the school cancelled upcoming classes, trips, events?

    UPDATED 01.12.2021

    Classes are currently in session with some students attending virtually and some in-person. The school is currently not undertaking any outside trips, and all large events are being held virtually.
  • Q: What is the revised academic calendar for this year?

    UPDATED 10.26.2020

    The current academic calendar can be accessed here (pdf).
  • Q: What about the ACT, SAT, and AP Testing?

    For information on ACT or SAT, please contact the College Counseling Office or visit the College Board website
  • Q: How do I contact school personnel when the campus is closed?

    Emma Willard School administrators, faculty, and staff are working remotely when they are not on campus, and can be reached via email or their office phones. Please see the school’s directory for contact information.

COVID-19 Communiques

List of 5 news stories.

  • Jeffrey Miner of RPI assists Emma Willard School nursing staff Jennifer Bliss and Jennifer Mazzariello in setting up for testing

    Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Begins COVID-19 Testing at Emma Willard School

    Two historic Troy institutions are teaming up to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the community. Weekly surveillance testing of all Emma Willard School students, faculty, and staff is now being conducted by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
  • Emma students as part of the on-campus learning orientation held on September 30

    COVID Reminders as the Cooler Weather Moves In

    Trey Dobson, MD 
    Trey Dobson, M.D., is the chief medical officer at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center who also provides medical consultation to Emma Willard School. This article was originally posted in the online news service, VTDigger.
  • Emma Willard School is ready for 2020-21!

    New York State Department of Health Opening Plan

    The New York State Department of Health requires that all schools submit their plans for reopening and operating during the COVID-19 public health emergency. The Emma Willard School plan was submitted to NYSDoH on July 31, 2020.
  • Math Instructor Laszlo Bardos sharing good will

    Building Community Always

    Suzanne Romero Dewey
    Springtime in a vibrant and gutsy city nestled on the Hudson River not far from the Berkshires offers an array of beauty, variable weather, and an energizing force that makes the days a blur of activity. For a high school student at Emma Willard School, this time of year is typically fast and typically furious with end-of-year assessments looming, anticipated culminations beckoning, and growth and leadership opportunities inviting.
  • Jen in her nursing uniform


    Suzanne Romero Dewey
    They step forward when many of us would back away. They are committed to the purpose of their work and that work is helping and caring for others. The Emma Willard School community has many of these unsung heroes who serve in hospitals, ambulances, urgent care centers, medical offices, nursing homes, and veteran centers. Many are alumnae, parents, employees, or good friends of the school. We share the story of one such selfless caregiver. We know there are many others. We thank you. We honor you. And we do, indeed, need you. 
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In Community with COVID-19

March 13, 2020
Emma Willard School ends this week with all students on spring break. The recess would have started today, but we expedited the break and extended it into April as a COVID-19 response. The faculty has been meeting these past days to organize and adapt their coursework to an online platform in preparation for teaching digitally should that become necessary. Those are the stark facts. If you look deeper, however, the context and comfort of community shine forth and demonstrate compassion, thoughtfulness, and good will. Keep reading...
PLEASE NOTE: Our campus is currently CLOSED to the public. This includes use of the athletic buildings, walkways, and fields. Only visitors with an appointment are allowed. Deliveries and visitors with an appointment should check in at Campus Safety and follow COVID safety protocols. Campus is open only to students, employees, those who live on campus.

Contact Us

Jen Bliss
Director of Nursing

Shelley Maher
Dean of Student Life and Wellbeing

Emily Snyder
Director of Student Life
285 Pawling Avenue, Troy, NY 12180 | P: 518.833.1300 F: 518.833.1815
PLEASE NOTE: Our campus is currently CLOSED to the public. See our COVID-19 Response page for details.

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