For Parents

Welcome Parents

Welcome Parents!

At Holderness, parents are an important part of our community. Our password protected portal myHOLDERNESS will keep you informed about all things Holderness. Please use the red myHOLDERNESS button at the top of the page to access the portal. Once you login, you'll have access to lots of content made just for parents, including an online directory, electronic forms, information about volunteer opportunities, and the school calendar. You'll also be able to update your profile and access your child's report cards. 
We look forward to getting to know you and seeing you around campus!

Holderness Parents Association

The Holderness School Parents Association offers parents an opportunity to become involved in the life of the school through its support of a variety of programs and events during the school year. All current parents are members of the HSPA, and are encouraged to get involved in different activities to meet other parents and stay connected to the school. 
The Parents Association Fund supports activities throughout the year that include faculty appreciation programs, Exam Bake, student activities, dorm nights, and more! 

If you would like be more involved with planning any Parents Association activities, please contact Tracey Blandford P'23 or Jane Lewis-Raymond P'23. You can find their contact info the myHolderness portal or contact us at

Support the Parents Association

Parent Contacts

List of 4 members.

  • Photo of John Lin

    John Lin 

    English Faculty
    (603) 779-5320
  • Photo of Tyler Cabot

    Tyler Cabot 

    History Faculty & Director of Residential Life
    (603) 779-5355
  • Photo of Marilee Lin

    Marilee Lin 

    English Department Chair & International Student Coordinator
    (603) 779-5379
  • Photo of Carolyn Soucy

    Carolyn Soucy 

    Assistant Director of Parent Relations & On-Campus Events

Student Handbook

COVID-19 Updates


As we plan for the 2021-22 school year, we are focused on the health and safety of all community members. We take confidence from our experiences during the 2020-21 school year, and in particular, during the spring of 2021. We were able to navigate the ever-changing landscape of the pandemic which allowed for more in-person activities with fewer restrictions. We continue to benefit from the expertise of our medical team, the NH Department of Health and Human Services, and guidance from the CDC. We are optimistic for the fall and expect most of our activities and operations to be back to near normal, and we are ready to adapt if conditions change. 

We will keep families informed as we approach the opening of school. Below are a series of commonly asked questions that will help you plan.

Vaccine FAQ's

List of 4 frequently asked questions.

  • Does Holderness require students to be vaccinated?

    At this time, we are encouraging all students to be fully vaccinated when they arrive on campus, and we plan to require the vaccine as soon as Emergency Use Authorization is lifted and full approval is granted from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for any one of the COVID vaccines. Religious and medical exemptions are available. Please be sure to check the Holderness portal for more information.
  • Will Holderness provide opportunities for vaccinations to students who arrive unvaccinated or partially vaccinated?

    Yes. If students are unable to complete vaccination at home, we will either vaccinate students in our Health Center on campus or coordinate with a local pharmacy to offer vaccinations. These students will be expected to follow the same recommendations of other unvaccinated students until they are two weeks beyond their final vaccination.
  • How many unvaccinated students and adults will be on campus?

    While we do not yet have complete records, we anticipate that the percentage of unvaccinated students and adults will be very low, once we are able to provide vaccinations to students who have been unable to get them prior to arrival.
  • Will unvaccinated students be tested?

    Yes, unvaccinated students will be tested weekly on campus. Depending on the status of COVID in September and local infection rates, we may test all students for COVID on a regular basis.

Arrival and Drop-Off

List of 4 frequently asked questions.

  • Will Holderness have any additional requirements for unvaccinated students?

    Unvaccinated students will be required to smart-quarantine at home for ten days before the start of school and obtain a negative COVID PCR test within 72 hours of arriving on campus.
  • If students and families are vaccinated, do they need to wear masks when they arrive?

    For registration and move-in days, we ask that all students and family members, regardless of vaccination status, wear masks when indoors. Masks will be optional for everyone when outdoors. We know that we will have high numbers of visitors in small spaces on these days, from many different parts of the world, of various ages and with varied vaccination status and comfort levels with being in proximity. We ask everyone to be masked indoors on arrival days to put more families at ease on their first day at Holderness.
  • What are the requirements for students traveling from out of the country?

    Students traveling from outside of the United States are encouraged to check the CDC website and to check with the airlines before travel. Holderness expects that students will follow specified requirements in order to assure safe arrival to campus.
  • Will parents be allowed in the dorms at drop-off?

    Parents, guardians, and other family members will be allowed to enter dormitories with their child but are asked to be mindful of the number of people in each dorm room as students are unpacking. We ask that all students and families, regardless of vaccination status, wear masks whenever they are indoors for registration and move-in.

Safety Protocols

List of 3 frequently asked questions.

  • Will students need to remain physically distanced and practice good hand hygiene?

    While six feet of separation was a requirement for safety last term, the CDC no longer suggests this is necessary for fully vaccinated individuals. We ask that everyone keep in mind that not all students or adults will be or can be vaccinated against COVID-19 and a respectful distance should be maintained from others as much as is feasible. All members of the community should continue to practice good hand hygiene. Hand sanitation stations will remain available throughout campus.
  • What safety protocols do unvaccinated students with a health or religious exemption need to follow?

    We strongly recommend that unvaccinated students wear a mask when indoors in most settings unless they are alone or eating and distant from others. At this time, we do not plan to require mask use by unvaccinated students indoors. We also recognize that pandemic conditions could evolve in such a way that might prompt us to require masks for all community members in order to further protect those students and the community.
  • Will contact tracing and quarantine policies continue?

    Students should continue to be aware of close contacts and distancing. We will continue to conduct contact tracing to identify close contacts of anyone who tests positive for COVID-19. Students testing positive for COVID-19 will isolate on-campus or at home for 10 days. Any unvaccinated close contacts will need to quarantine for 10 days. If fully vaccinated, close contacts should closely monitor symptoms for 10 days and report to the health center at the earliest onset of symptoms.

Campus Life

List of 10 frequently asked questions.

  • Will there be a hybrid option for classes this year?

    It’s not an option for students to choose to learn remotely this year. However, if a student needs to isolate or quarantine for a brief period of time, we will work with those students and teachers on how best to keep up with classwork.
  • What can students expect in terms of the dorm experience?

    Residential life will continue to be an important part of the Holderness experience for boarders and day students. More information regarding open dorms and visitations with students not affiliated with a dormitory will be available later this summer. 
  • Will there be interscholastic athletics?

    Yes. We will be holding athletic activities and spectators are allowed for indoor and outdoor events. If unvaccinated, spectators are expected to mask for indoor events. If COVID conditions change, we may need to update our spectator guidelines.
  • What will dining look like?

    The dining hall will return to near normal operations with the self-service salad and deli bar, dishes and flatware for indoor dining, and dining rooms open for students, employees, and resident faculty families. We will also offer additional outdoor seating in good weather. 
  • Will there be an on-campus family weekend in October?

    Yes. Parents Weekend is scheduled for October 8th and 9th. Program details will be forthcoming.
  • Will students be able to walk into town this year?

    Students will be able to go into town and request permission to leave campus on the weekends. We will be using a new program call SchoolSuite to approve these requests. More information will be forthcoming.
  • Where can students study on campus? 

    During the day, students can study in their rooms, in the Alfond library, and in Weld. 9th grade students will be required to attend daytime study hall in the Alfond library during their free blocks. In the evenings, students can study in the dormitories, and in the Davis Center. There will be a proctored evening study hall in the Davis Center for new 9th and 10th graders, and for any student on academic warning or probation. The Carpenter Center for the Arts will be open for students working on art or music assignments. Schoolhouse will be open for members of the senior class. 
  • Will there be any orientation activities?

    Yes. We are planning our traditional Orientation Hike trip for all new students and then additional on-campus orientation activities for new and returning students before classes begin on Tuesday, September 7th. More information will be forthcoming.
  • What will the classroom experience be like?

    Classes will be held in person, in classrooms, laboratories, and performance spaces. Increased ventilation will remain in place with supplemental systems where needed.
  • Are visitors welcome on campus this fall?

    Yes. Parents and other visitors are welcome to visit campus. Unvaccinated guests will be required to wear masks whenever indoors.  
Holderness School
33 Chapel Lane, Holderness, NH 03245

MAIL P.O. Box 1879 Plymouth, NH 03264-1879
PHONE (603) 536-1257