Clifford Academy Re-opens July 6th Summer Program

Located on 166 acres in Walpole, Massachusetts, Clifford Academy is a day, residential and summer program for students who have social, emotional, and learning challenges. Clifford Academy has immediate opening for the summer and fall of 2020.   Clifford Academy is an approved chapter 766 private school for middle and high school students of all genders. Clifford Academy’s curriculum, taught by certified teachers, is aligned with the Massachusetts Frameworks. During the week of July 6th, Clifford Academy will re-opening the school to in-person programming.

Phase guidelines

Phase I. - Starting the week of July 6th, we will offer 2 days of remote programming and 3 days of in-person programming. We will continue to offer 5 days of remote programming for those students and families interested.

Phase II. - We will offer 1 day of remote programming and 4 days of

in-person programming. We will continue to offer 5 days remote for those students and families interested.

Phase III. - We will offer 5 days of in-person programming. We will continue to offer 5 days remote for those students and families interested.

We will assess each phase on a weekly basis to examine the implementation of health and safety protocols and engagement levels in both the remote and in-person programming. We will communicate regularly with students and staff and provide ample notice when we decide to move to the next phase.

Stay home if staff and/or students are sick:
Clifford Academy students and staff must stay home if they are feeling sick or have any symptom associated with COVID-19.

Wear face coverings and masks at all times:
Students and staff must wear face coverings or masks, with exceptions only for those students or staff for whom it is not safe to do so due to age, medical conditions, or other considerations. In cases in which face coverings or masks are not possible, social distancing of 6 feet is required, unless not feasible due to the personal situation. Parents will be responsible for providing students with face coverings or masks. Clifford Academy will have disposable masks available for students who need them. Staff may choose to wear their own mask, or one provided by the school.

Practice frequent hand washing and hand sanitizing:
All students and staff must engage in frequent handwashing, including upon arrival, before and after meals, after bathroom use, after coughing or sneezing, and before dismissal. We will provide time in the schedule to allow for frequent and effective handwashing in which individuals use soap and water to wash all surfaces of their hands for at least 20 seconds, wait for visible lather, rinse thoroughly, and dry with an individual disposable towel. If handwashing is not available, hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol content can be used.

Maintain 6 feet of separation at all times:
All students and staff must maintain a social distance of 6 feet to the greatest extent possible. Desks must be spaced at least 6 feet apart and facing the same direction, and the separation must be maintained when students are entering and exiting the building and moving through the school (including to and within restrooms) when feasible.

Isolation and discharge protocols for students who may become ill during the day:  Clifford Academy has a room isolated from the main floor for students who become sick during the school day. The room is maintained for students with COVID-19 symptoms and is separate from the nurse’s office.

Isolate staff and students when sick:
 Instead of transitioning to different classrooms, students will remain in same classroom for the day.  Groups will not mix with other students. At this time, group sizes are restricted to a maximum of 7 students, with a maximum of 9 individuals, including students and staff, in each room.  Students will leave the classroom to go to the gym or outside while continuing to maintain the 6 feet separation expectation.

Clean, sanitize and disinfect high-touch areas: Clifford Academy will ensure that facilities and surfaces are regularly cleaned, sanitized, and disinfected in accordance with health and safety guidelines and that hazardous materials are disposed of properly.

Use entry screenings:
 All staff and students will receive temperature checks at the entrance each morning.

Safe practices on transportation: All bus/van drivers must maximize space between riders and follow requirements for wearing masks or face coverings.  Windows must be kept open when possible.  Buses and vans must be cleaned and disinfected on a regular basis.

Training for staff and students: All staff and students will receive training on the new health and safety standards and practices.


Clifford Academy

  399 Lincoln Rd, Walpole, MA 02081

  Phone: (508) 668-7703
  Fax: (508) 660-9639

  PRINCIPAL: Rene Dickhaut