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COVID-19: Planning for Fall 2020


The Latest News, Information, and Valuable Resources from Norfolk Academy

Norfolk Academy's highest priority is the health and safety of all our students, and we are closely monitoring developments about the worldwide COVID-19 outbreak and following guidelines from medical authorities. This page's goal is to provide the latest updates from our school, as well as academic and health-related resources valuable to our entire community.


On March 23, Gov. Ralph Northam announced all onsite classes for public and private schools are suspended through the remainder of this school year, to protect Virginians' health during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Norfolk Academy is committed to doing everything we can to support the Tidewater community through this unprecedented challenge.

In mid-March, we implemented a Distance Learning model that will continue through the close of the school year. All spring extracurricular programs, including athletics, are canceled for the remainder of the school year.

Other spring/summer events: 

  • May 2: Virtual Family Fun Run in celebration of Field Day
  • May 15: Seniors conclude studies and exams; Virtual Senior Speech Finals 
  • May 26: Virtual Ninth Grade Speech Finals
  • May 27: Virtual Lower School Awards for Grades 1-5 
  • May 28: Virtual Ninth Grade Awards
  • May 29: Final day of school for students in grades 1-11; Virtual Sixth Grade Closing Exercises 
  • July 26: Tentative on-campus Graduation for the Class of 2020, if conditions allow at that point.

Unfortunately, the pandemic has caused us to cancel all six weeks of Summer at the Academy. Please visit our website periodically, as we explore other potential summer offerings for our families.

The road ahead may require much endurance, but we know that our family will, like the Bulldogs we are, show our stamina, ingenuity, and love of learning. We will continue to send updates through emails, our social media channels, and this page, to keep you apprised of developments as conditions evolve.

Additional Resources and Information

Norfolk Academy's Global Health Fellows COVID-19 Reports

Our Fellows students have been delivering updated and comprehensive situation reports about the novel coronavirus pandemic, a crisis that is engulfing the globe and changing the daily lives of citizens across the U.S. and in Hampton Roads.

Message from the Headmaster

Norfolk Academy Counselors

As we experience the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in our daily lives,  particularly through the move to distance learning and the requirements of social distancing, we are united as a Bulldog community in meeting this challenge. Yet we know that families are facing unexpected stress and anxiety as a result of this significant disruption, and our school counselors are available to help. 

If you would like to schedule a phone call or a Zoom meeting with a counselor, please contact them by email and provide times that you would be available to meet. They are monitoring their email, and they will get back to you promptly.

Dr. Graham Hudgins, Upper School
Dr. Jennifer Gildea, Middle School
Mrs. Susan Duquette, Lower School
Ms. Katie Aladj, Lower School