Ransom Everglades responds to COVID-19

Ransom Everglades School has been operating REmote School since March 12 and is continuing to monitor the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) outbreak. Connecting with our families and keeping them informed are vitally important at this time. We will share updates as we have them on this page.

Frequently Asked Questions

List of 10 frequently asked questions.

  • Q. How long will students attend REmote School?

    We began REmote School on March 12 and will continue virtual learning, per state and federal guidelines, through Friday, May 1. All school events scheduled for that period are canceled or postponed, and our campuses are closed. Our hope is to reschedule lost events once we return to campus.
  • Q. What should parents do?

    Public health experts say that avoiding large gatherings and practicing social distancing offer our communities the best hope of averting a major public health crisis. Limit social interactions outside of your immediate family. You may find this article on social distancing helpful. You also should encourage your children to do the following to guard against any and all contagious infection:

    • Wash hands thoroughly and often.
    • Cough or sneeze into a tissue or elbow.
    • Avoid touching face and eyes.
    • Keep an appropriate social distance.
    • Avoid sharing food or beverages.
    • Get enough sleep and eat a healthy diet.
  • Q. What if my child is ill?

    If your child is sick and unable to attend REmote School, emails should be sent to msattendance@ransomeverglades.org or usattendance@ransomeverglades.org, as applicable, and your child’s advisor. The emails must be sent on each day of the child's absence with the reason for the absence. Students unable to attend school must check myCOMPASS for assignments.
  • Q. What if someone in our family or an associate (such as a co-worker) tests positive for COVID-19?

    If you or anyone in your family test positive for coronavirus or have been in contact with someone who tests positive, you must notify the Head of School immediately by email or phone at 305 460 8865.
  • Q. How does the virtual school work?

    Our virtual school relies on Google Meet, a video conferencing tool that works best in Google Chrome and is easy to use. Our teachers have created virtual classrooms that their students visit throughout the day. The locations of those classrooms are available to students in each class on their myCOMPASS schedules. During a shutdown, students are expected to follow their daily schedules, using links to click into their teachers’ classrooms. Attendance is taken. Students may also join their class by phone if they experience difficulties with audio or video.
  • Q. What about elective family travel?

    We are following CDC guidelines with respect to travel and we expect our families to do the same. Our families should avoid travel to CDC Warning Level 3 or Alert Level 2 locations, which can be viewed here.

    If you or someone in your family travels to those locations, you must report that information to healthline@ransomeverglades.org. You must also follow the CDC recommendation of a 14-day self quarantine after returning from a Warning 3 country. Our policy further requires that all people — including students, faculty, staff, alumni, parents and visitors to either of our campuses — who have recently traveled to a country that is listed as Warning Level 3 or Alert Level 2 provide proof that they were in the United States and symptom-free for 14 days before coming to campus. Proof would be a letter from a physician, much like we require of our students after an extended absence from school. The Head of the Middle School, who can be contacted here, and the Head of the Upper School, who can be contacted here, are the points of contact on this issue.
  • Q. What is happening with student trips, activities and sports?

    All school-sponsored trips, co-curricular activities and sports are suspended at least through May 1.
  • Q. What is happening with RE alumni events?

    Ransom Everglades has postponed Alumni Weekend 2020 (and all the activities related to the April 17-18 weekend) and the REEF tournament that was scheduled for May 6. We reached these decisions by following the guidance of local authorities and health officials, and after consultation with reunion class members, alumni board members, board of trustee members and school leadership. We are pushing this year’s reunion and all special reunion celebrations — 1970, 1971 (Ransom), 1980, 1990, 1995 and 2000 — to our next Alumni Weekend in April 2021. The RE advancement team will work directly with those who have registered for refunds. REEF will also be rescheduled for sometime in 2021. In regard to other alumni activities currently scheduled through June 2020, we will be reviewing each event on a case-by-case basis and will post updates in this space.
  • Q. What is the school doing to ensure a safe environment when students return?

    We are in close contact with our local, state and national accrediting organizations, and we are also following all directives from Miami-Dade County. We have deep-cleaned all surfaces in dining halls, classrooms and athletic facilities per health department protocols. We have disinfecting wipes and hand sanitizer available on both campuses. We are also cleaning and sanitizing student lockers.
  • 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.

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.