The School of The New York Times is vigilantly monitoring the situation with the coronavirus (COVID-19) to ensure that our community and our programs are prepared for whatever steps we may need to take. The safety and well-being of our community remains our top priority and we will keep this page updated with information on any potential scenarios that may impact our programs and operations.
Update: April 27, 2020
Dear Students and Families of Summer Academy 2020,
We hope this message finds you and your loved ones well.
365体育备用网址As always, our first priority is to protect the health and safety of our students, and in this unprecedented time, holding an in-person program would simply not allow us to do this.
In an effort to help our students keep learning and pursuing their passions this summer, The School of The New York Times is moving our Summer Academy online for the 2020 session.
Before making this decision, we spent a considerable amount of time working with our incredible faculty and instructional designers on developing a program that would provide an engaging educational experience for our students. In support of this, we will be using the Canvas learning management system to run our online program. Canvas is a best in class learning platform used by top education institutions.
Canvas is designed for live and interactive sessions that make virtual learning as engaging as possible. Through the platform, we can still offer an exciting line-up of guest speakers, take virtual site visits all over the world, and continue to keep our class sizes small, providing students with individual feedback on their assignments and final projects.
365体育备用网址In addition, we recognize that social engagement is an equally important part of the Summer Academy experience. In support of this, extra attention will be given to building friendships across the class and to interacting with peers from diverse backgrounds in a safe, virtual learning environment.
365体育备用网址We anticipate the vast majority of courses will be available online. Students enrolled in courses that are cancelled will have priority placement in another course or term of their choosing assuming grade eligibility and space availability.
In the coming days, every student who is currently enrolled in the program or who has applied to the program and is awaiting an admissions decision will receive personal communication from our Admissions Team about the status of their course and/or application.
365体育备用网址Given the move to an online curriculum, the tuition for Summer Academy Online will be reduced to $2,750.
If you are currently enrolled and Summer Academy Online is not the right fit for you, students may withdraw from the program and receive a full refund of deposits and tuition paid.
We know many of you will be disappointed that we won’t be using New York City or Washington D.C. as our classroom this summer, but we are confident our online program will continue to offer academic rigor and opportunities to learn from Times experts and other thought leaders.
Frequently Asked Questions
If you have questions prior to hearing from our Admissions Team or are looking for more information about course curriculum, course cancellations, financial aid, scholarships, refunds, technology or digital equity and access for example, please visit the Summer Academy Online FAQ Page. Our staff is also here to help answer your questions and can be reached at +1 (646) 438-7269 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
We hope you will join us as we embark on this new journey and bring Summer Academy to the online world.
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Director, Pre-College Admissions
365体育备用网址Dear Students and Families of Summer Academy 2020,
We’ve heard from many of you and we know our students and families have questions about the future of Summer Academy 2020365体育备用网址. The School of The New York Times is actively monitoring the status of the COVID-19 pandemic with the health and well-being of our community firmly in mind.
Please know that we are carefully considering all of our options for preserving this year’s Summer Academy, including exploring alternative formats that may be in the best interest of our students, faculty and staff. We will have more information to share with you in the coming days, so please stay tuned for an update.
We are grateful for your patience and understanding during this unprecedented time. As always, our staff is here to help and we encourage you to contact us at +1 (646) 438-7269 or email@example.com to speak with an Admissions Counselor about any questions or concerns that you have at this time.
Director, Pre-College Programs
Director, Pre-College Admissions
Dear SoNYT Community,
The School of The New York Times has been vigilantly monitoring the challenging and unprecedented circumstances of COVID-19 with student safety at the forefront of everything we do. As stewards of global citizenry and best practices, The School joins other universities and organizations by taking preventative action to ensure the health and well-being of our students, faculty, staff and community.
Therefore, through the lens of keeping student safety and well-being paramount, The School has made the difficult decision to close the Gap Summer program, which was scheduled to commence on June 22, 2020.
365体育备用网址In order to give families the time they need to adjust their schedules and make alternative plans, we are being proactive and making this decision now. As the vast majority of students are international and may be impacted by travel restrictions, we believe this an especially prudent call for our Gap Summer program.
365体育备用网址For many of you, the opportunity to spend your summer studying in New York City with The School of The New York Times was a dream come true. Please rest assured that we explored all options in order to preserve the program we have been developing for Summer 2020. As a community, we deeply share in your sense of disappointment and regret that this unforeseen situation has emerged.
Moments like these are trying for all of us. We are grateful for your understanding and support of decisions that are in the best interest of our students and families. Our staff is here to answer your questions, process refunds and discuss future program options with you. Please contact our Admissions Office at +1 (646) 438-7269 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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A Message from Our Head of School
Dear SoNYT Community,
365体育备用网址As we continue preparations for another great summer at The School of The New York Times, please know that we are staying vigilant and monitoring this challenging and unprecedented situation with our students’ safety and well-being at the forefront of everything we do. We are preparing for whatever steps we may need to take with our summer 2020 programs. We also recognize that we have several months until the start of the summer to learn, assess and act accordingly.
As of now, all summer programs at SoNYT, including Summer Academy, Gap Summer and August Writers’ Workshop, are scheduled to run as planned. We realize this situation could change at any moment and we will keep our community members advised of any changes. In the meantime, we want you to feel confident about applying to and enrolling in our programs and would like to provide the following guidance:
For Prospective Students
365体育备用网址We still encourage you to apply to Summer Academy and Gap Summer by the Next Application Deadline on March 30. After March 30th we will move to rolling decision and applications will be reviewed first come, first served as spaces remain available. While there is no deadline to register for August Writers’ Workshop, we encourage students to register sooner rather than later to reserve your seat. Please note that some programs are approaching capacity so it’s best to apply/register now and wait to see how this situation unfolds.
For Admitted Students
We are keeping our published deadlines for paying deposits and tuition. We are suspending our cancellation and refund policies until the situation stabilizes to give you the flexibility you need to make important decisions. If you need to withdraw from the program due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) related issues, we will provide a full refund or allow you to defer enrollment to a later term, pending space availability. We will be updating these policies as necessary and as more information becomes available.
365体育备用网址We hope our flexible cancellation and refund policy provides comfort to families so that you can apply to and enroll in our programs as normal, and, if the circumstances change in the future, alter your plans without penalty or inconvenience.
There is no higher priority than the safety of our community of students, faculty and staff. We will continue to communicate throughout the spring, but rest assured, we are actively monitoring this developing situation, staying in regular contact with state and local agencies, health organizations and other experts. We will continue to post updates on our website here and be in touch over email.
Thank you for your patience and trust in The School of The New York Times. We look forward to taking you on a transformative, intellectual adventure this summer.
Dr. Meghan Groome
Director, Pre-College Programs
In the meantime, it’s important to remember common sense guidelines for good health and safety, such as:
- Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.
- Stay home if you’re feeling sick. Call your doctor and let them know your symptoms and travel history.
- Do not come to campus if you have a fever or flu-like symptoms.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or sleeve.
365体育备用网址Please review information about COVID-19 so that you can make informed decisions about how best to protect yourself and those in your community:
We are committed to keeping everyone at The School of The New York Times safe and healthy. In our commitment to transparency and community, we will keep this space updated with information related to SoNYT’s actions regarding COVID-19 and how it affects our community and school policy. The SoNYT administration will remain in contact with local and international agencies and officials to ensure we understand how our programs might be affected and can quickly and effectively enact any recommended actions.
Students and families with urgent questions should call 646-438-7269 or email email@example.com.
The School of The New York Times is implementing additional measures to keep our community safe. Effective Tuesday, March 10, 2020, The School’s campus in New York City will be closed for the remainder of the week. Students currently on campus and their families will receive our transition plan with detailed next steps as soon as possible.
Though there continue to be no cases of COVID-19 in the SoNYT community, we believe these actions, though significant, are prudent, timely, and arrived at thoughtfully. We will continue to keep the community updated in the coming days as we respond to the dynamics of COVID-19.
The School of The New York Times (SoNYT) is closely monitoring the situation with coronavirus (COVID-19) to ensure that our community and our programs are prepared for whatever steps we may need to take.
365体育备用网址At this time there are no plans to close our campuses or cancel programs. If at any point we do need to close facilities or suspend programs, we will communicate that information through SoNYT’s website and by email.