Response to COVID-19


Dear Members of the Birch Wathen Lenox Community:

The Mayor announced on March 15th that all New York City public schools will remain closed until April 20th, in light of widespread community transmission of COVID-19 in New York. New York City’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene recommends that all independent schools also remain closed until at least April 20th, when conditions will be reevaluated. The New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS) supports this decision for all independent schools in New York. It is possible that New York City schools, including BWL, may remain closed until the end of the academic year, but this has not been determined yet by the city's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

Meanwhile, social distancing is one of the best ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and it is imperative that all families in our community follow the guidelines put forth by the city as well as NYSAIS. BWL has developed a comprehensive distance learning plan, BWL Online, which will go into effect on Monday, March 30th--the first day after our spring break, when students would normally have returned to the building.

Beginning on Monday, March 30th, online learning will take place in all three divisions. We will be sending out additional information about these plans closer to the end of spring vacation, including guidelines for families with information about BWL Online. We know that this situation raises many questions, and the news about COVID-19 is rapidly changing and evolving. BWL’s administration, faculty and staff are here to assist families through this rapidly changing emergency, and we are committed to helping our students learn while following the School’s motto of Integrity, Loyalty and Civility. 


Headmaster Frank J. Carnabuci III