REmote School

Ransom Everglades responds to COVID-19

Ransom Everglades School continues to monitor the COVID-19 outbreak after successfully implementing REmote RE during the spring of 2020. Connecting with our families and keeping them informed are vitally important as we prepare to reopen our campuses for the 2020-21 school year. We will share updates as we have them on this page.

Frequently Asked Questions

List of 8 frequently asked questions.

  • Q. Will learning take place in person or remotely at Ransom Everglades in the fall?

    There is no substitute for in-place learning. While we are proud of what we accomplished and learned during REmote RE, we are hopeful that proper protocols, individual and collective responsibility, and the full adherence to community guidelines will enable us to return to our beloved campuses and get on with the school year.

    Ransom Everglades will resume classes remotely on Monday, August 24, for all grades. The earliest RE will return to on-campus learning is Monday, September 14.
  • Q. If students return to campus in the fall, what measures will be in place to ensure their safety?

    See this document, which provides a detailed overview of what we have worked on to date and what policies and procedures we have adopted for our eventual reopening. Specificity will be added as we progress through the summer.
    We will ask every member of our community to commit to the policies and procedures outlined. We know that some families have individual needs: members who are at-risk, for example. We have not forgotten that, and we are prepared to make accommodations. We will provide more information and update these plans throughout the summer.

    At the upper school, cross country, golf, swimming, football and volleyball practices will not begin until at least Monday, September 14, the earliest possible date for a return to on-campus learning.

    We offer opportunities for small-group sports training and instruction beginning August 10, which will allow upper school fall and winter athletes to begin preparations for their seasons in a safe environment.

    As in previous years, middle school students will receive information about fall sports opportunities after classes resume.

    For more information, contact athletics@ransomeverglades.org.

    The school greatly values co-curricular activities for its students. Ransom Everglades intends to continue to provide meaningful opportunities for students to engage in co-curricular pursuits including drama, band, strings, competitive clubs, service clubs and more. The scope and precise nature of those engagements will vary across activities, and likely will look different than in previous years to ensure the safety of all participants.
  • Q. Do enhanced safety measures mean higher costs? Is RE considering cuts to its faculty?

    Yes and no! In preparation for additional costs, the Board of Trustees paused all new construction projects except for those that are currently underway: most notably, the STEM Center and parking lot on the La Brisa property. Both will be fully open when students return to campus in the fall. The Board of Trustees has worked to reduce expenses and preserve cash. RE’s most valuable asset is its teachers. With that in mind, RE applied for and received PPP funds to ensure it could retain teachers, coaches, administrators and staff.
  • Q. What if current RE families are in financial distress because of COVID-19?

    Sensitive to the economic stress many RE families have experienced, the Board of Trustees has worked with Head of School Penny Townsend to extend financial aid to families whose financial condition changed as a result of COVID-19.

    We are following CDC guidelines with respect to travel and we expect our families to do the same. The CDC recommends that Americans avoid all nonessential international travel. If you must travel, follow the recommendations in the Global COVID-19 Pandemic Notice.

    We were delighted to celebrate the Class of 2020 with a virtual ceremony on commencement day, May 22, followed by hand delivery of diplomas by mask-wearing faculty members on May 23. Our hope is to bring the class of 2020 alumni back to campus during the Thanksgiving holiday for an in-person celebration if it is safe to do so. The class of 2020 alumni are invited to help plan the event.
  • Q. What if I have a question not answered here?

    Contact the Head of the Middle School here or the Head of the Upper School here.

Communications from Ransom Everglades

Head of School Penny Townsend addresses RE community during REmote School
Coconut Grove, FL 33133
Middle School2045 South Bayshore DriveTel: 305-250-6850
Upper School3575 Main HighwayTel: 305-460-8800
Founded in 1903, Ransom Everglades School is a coeducational, college preparatory day school for grades 6 - 12 located on two campuses in Coconut Grove, Florida. Ransom Everglades School produces graduates who "believe that they are in the world not so much for what they can get out of it as for what they can put into it." The mission of Ransom Everglades School is to provide an educational environment in which the pursuit of honor, academic excellence and intellectual growth is complemented by concern for the physical, cultural and character development of each student. The school provides rigorous college preparation that promotes the student's sense of identity, community, personal integrity and values for a productive and satisfying life, and prepares the student to lead and to contribute to society.