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 10 frequently asked questions.

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

    The RE Board of Trustees and school leadership are studying three scenarios for an on-time opening in August for the 2020-21 school year: a normal opening with social-distancing plans and additional safety measures in place; a bimodal opening that includes a combination of REmote School and in-person school; and a full-on continuation of REmote School.
  • Q. If students return to campus in the fall, what measures will be in place to ensure their safety?

    Regardless of how state and local directives affect the reopening, Ransom Everglades is focused on providing the highest level of campus safety and highest caliber of education. Plans are underway for procedural and structural changes, temperature screening, personal protection equipment (PPE), changes to how lunch is provided, reconfigured classrooms and more personnel to address the various challenges. A health and wellness task force has been assisting school leaders with recommendations for creating and sustaining a healthy environment. The school also completed three new hires in spring 2020 that are providing critical direction: director of security and auxiliary programs, director of buildings and grounds, and chief technology officer. Facilities team members have deep-cleaned all surfaces in dining halls, classrooms, locker areas and athletic facilities per health department protocols. The school remains in close contact with local, state and national accrediting organizations, and is also following all directives from Miami-Dade County.
  • Q. Is Ransom Everglades holding its annual RE Summer Day Camp?

    Ransom Everglades made the difficult decision to cancel its annual summer camp for the summer of 2020. The school is exploring smaller individual skills camps that will allow it to meet all local, state and federal guidelines for reopening the campus safely, and will post more information on the summer camp web page when it's available. If you have questions, contact summer@ransomeverglades.org or 305 460 8874.

    Ransom Everglades has dramatically expanded its slate of summer enrichment courses – and most are virtual offerings. RE faculty will teach a variety of new and exciting three-, four-, and six-week virtual courses in June and July. These academic offerings include options for math and social sciences credit, as well as enrichment in world languages, STEM, humanities and performing arts. Besides brushing up on the more traditional academic disciplines, students can explore the fundamentals of data science, the real world of the musical Hamilton, and much more. Find out more on our Summer Explorations website.
  • 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 has 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 are nearing completion and RE’s contractor is anticipating delivery early this summer, so they will be fully open for the start of school. The Board of Trustees will also be evaluating ways 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, which will be used to 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 are experiencing, the Board of Trustees is working with Head of School Penny Townsend to extend financial aid to families whose financial condition has changed as a result of COVID-19 and are in need.

    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 seniors back to campus July 21-August 1 for an in-person celebration if it is safe to do so.

    We are closely studying federal, state and local guidelines and will offer guidance later in the summer.
  • 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.