January 3, 2022

Dear Madeira Community,

I am sorry to write on such short notice with an update to our reopening plan. As I write, the electricity is flickering, and I am using a hot spot for internet access due to the winter storm that blew through the area over the past few hours. Due to a confluence of factors – most significantly the recent snow, ice, and wind; the cancellation of many airline flights; the diminishing supply of PCR tests in the local area; and the general spread of the omicron variant -- we have updated Madeira’s reopening plan. For the health and safety of our entire community, we are offering additional flexibility to our community as students return for Mod 4.   

Here is our new plan: 

  • Campus is open, however, learning will be virtual beginning Tuesday, January 4, through Monday, January 10 (Note: all classes will occur in the Madeira time zone). In-person classes will resume on Tuesday, January 11. 

  • January 4 PCR testing 

    • Boarding students who are on campus and all employees who live on campus will be PCR tested on Tuesday, January 4, between 7-8:30 am. 

    • Any day students or off-campus employees who can safely get to campus for PCR testing on Tuesday, January 4, in Lecture Hall (SH2) from 7-8:30 am are welcome to do so. 

  • Students who participate in the January 4 PCR testing are welcome to be on campus and learn remotely from any space on campus January 4-10.  

  • The dining hall will be open for both in-person and grab-and-go options beginning Tuesday, January 4. 


All students and employees MUST be PCR tested on-campus from 7-8:30 am on Tuesday, January 11 in the Lecture Hall. If you miss this testing appointment, you may not be on campus until you present a negative PCR test. 
If you are exempt from this test, you will hear directly from Mrs. Sotos (students) or Ms. Weymouth (employees).  
Classes will resume in-person on Tuesday, January 11. We are grateful for your continued partnership as we provide flexibility during this complex time.   


Yours sincerely, 
Gretchen Warner