Remote Learning

ECFS is currently in Phase Three of our remote learning plan. Please use the section below to learn more about Phase Three.

  • Please view the FAQ for help finding information, knowing which tools to use, and who to contact for support.
  • Please complete this survey to help us determine if your family needs an extra device at home.
  • If you need any support, please contact help@ecfs.org.
  • Upper School and Middle School families can locate their division’s faculty pages on the Families Portal. Divisional offices at Ethical Culture and Fieldston Lower will contact parents directly via email.


Phase Three (school is closed for more than two weeks)

Phase Three (school is closed for more than two weeks)

In the event we are working remotely for more than two weeks, the school will provide synchronous learning opportunities and tests/quizzes will resume. The school will use Google Hangouts Meet for real-time collaboration in the Middle and Upper School. Please use the links below to find more information about each division's Phase Three plan and schedules.

Phase Two (school is closed for over a week)

Phase Two (school is closed for over a week)

For Pre-K–5th Grades

    • Assignments will be emailed to families with a set of instructions for the week. For classes that routinely use Google Classroom, assignments will also be posted there.
    • Faculty will be available during the workday to communicate with parents via email or a scheduled phone call.
    • Tests and quizzes will not be administered during Phase Two.

For 6th–12th Grades

    • The first set of assignments will be posted on faculty websites by 8:30am on Wednesday 4/1. These assignments are due by 3:00pm on Friday 4/3.
    • We will provide optional opportunities for students and faculty to connect in real time in Google Meet video chat during Phase Two. On Wednesday 4/1, advisories will meet virtually for all students.
    • Teachers, deans, advisors, and administrators will be available during the workday to communicate with parents and students via email or a scheduled phone call.
    • Tests and quizzes will not be administered during Phase Two.
    • Middle School students will be expected to do their 30 minutes of free reading each day.


We recognize that students may be in situations that make it difficult to learn should this plan be enacted. Some students may have trouble with the format and pace of remote learning. Some students may need to take care of younger siblings. Faculty will work with students — during the closure and after — to ensure that students feel confident and connected in their learning. Students and parents/guardians should contact the student’s advisor (in Middle School and Upper School) or teacher (at Fieldston Lower and Ethical Culture) for support, guidance, and advice.

Please reach out to the Tech Department (help@ecfs.org) if you have any tech issues or need help finding a class page.

Phase One (begins on day two of closing, one day at a time)

Phase One (begins on day two of closing, one day at a time)

For Pre-K–5th Grades

    • Assignments will be emailed to parents. Additional homework will not be assigned.

For 6th–12th Grades

    • Faculty will post a 45-minute assignment to their class website homework page by 8:30am each morning if their class would normally meet that day. Additional homework will not be assigned.
    • Middle School students will be expected to do their 30 minutes of free reading each day.
    • Tests and quizzes will not be administered during Phase One.

Day one of closing

No assignments posted. We will use day one for teacher preparation time.

ECFS will implement our remote learning plan in the event it becomes necessary to close the physical school campuses. Our top priorities during an implementation of this nature will be delivering curricular content, supporting student learning, and maintaining a sense of community. The information below is an overview. More specific information will be shared in the event our remote learning plan is enacted. Please view the FAQ for help finding information, knowing which tools to use, and who to contact for support.

Because the situation is evolving rapidly, the decision to enact our remote learning plan may happen quickly. All students need to take the necessary materials home with them each day (books, calculators, etc.). Please note that we are not proactively sending devices home with students. Please complete this survey to help us determine if your family needs an extra device at home.