Coronavirus Information


Our first priority as a school is always the safety and well-being of our students, faculty, staff, and community. 

As the outbreak has spread and evolved in the U.S., all students are off campus and we have moved to virtual learning for students for the entire spring 2020 term. Classes will be held exclusively online and the campus remains closed.


We will celebrate and honor the Class of 2020 with a virtual (online) Commencement on Saturday, May 23, and plan to hold in-person Commencement exercises on campus at a date to be determined (when it is reasonable and safe to gather together). Information (including start times) for both events is being finalized, and will be posted on our Commencement webpage.

Below, please find a number of communications we have sent to our school community regarding the outbreak, and a snapshot of steps we are taking as a school. We will continue to follow federal, state, and global organizations for guidelines in how we respond to the outbreak and will continue to keep everyone in our community informed.

Latest Communications

Dear students and parents—our Mercersburg family,


“...she’s faced the wild storm waves of years, and bravely she faces them still.”


Our Alma Mater provides us with inspiration at a time when we need it most. While our hearts have held onto hope that we would all be able to come back together on campus this spring, it is with great sadness that I officially share with you today that Mercersburg Academy will finish the academic year virtually and remain closed to on-campus activities through the balance of the spring term. Even as the optimist who tries to seek the positive in every challenge we face, I will not attempt to make this better by asking you to seek a silver lining right now. While I believe those will exist, for this moment, let us be accepting of being sad, together. 


There is no amount of “ceaseless devotion to a mighty task” of virtual learning that can replicate the joys of being on campus, living and learning together. It is why we all chose boarding school. And, over our time at Mercersburg, whether that has been six months for our newest students, or 40 years for some of our faculty and staff, we have all contributed to and been inspired by the Mercersburg spirit. We are now faced with the reality that we must sacrifice what matters most to us, being back together on campus, for the greater good of protecting the health of our school and local community.  We are facing a wild storm wave this year, and like other storms our school community has faced, we will do so bravely, and we will do so together.


While we all have likely known this was coming, the finality of the decision can still be difficult, and we should expect a range of reactions—sadness for all; anger and denial for some; for still others, a sense of relief for having some certainty at this tumultuous time. Every reaction is normal and will be accepted. And many of you will also immediately turn to more practical questions as a way to exert some sense of control in response to something over which you have none. To that end, we have tried to create clarity on the most important questions for you now. We know additional questions and topics will likely emerge in the coming days and weeks.


The most critical questions now:

  1. How and when will we be able to access our belongings on campus? 
    • Attached to this email is the protocol we have put in place so that students and families can safely obtain their belongings. Please remember that the state of Pennsylvania is currently under a stay-at-home order. Until that order is lifted (date to be determined), our campus remains closed.
  2. Will there be tuition reimbursement to families?
    • Yes. The Board of Regents approved the decision to provide tuition reimbursement to families as it relates to expenses not incurred by the school this spring. Families will receive emails by April 10 with the specific details of their personalized reimbursement based on tuition paid, as well as the options related to how to receive or apply reimbursements. 
  3. How do we plan to end the year? What will the schedule be and how will we celebrate the Class of 2020?
    • Attached to this email are dates outlining the end of the year for your planning purposes. In the coming weeks, the school will work with student government and the senior class to plan virtual experiences and traditions to honor the Class of 2020 and bring closure to the school year for all. 


In closing, regardless of where you find yourself on the emotional spectrum with this news, I hope you will not retreat, but instead connect at this time. I will make myself personally available to any student or family who has concerns or questions in the coming days as it relates to this decision. Send me an email at headofschool@mercersburg.edu and we will schedule a time to talk. If we turn back to our Alma Mater for inspiration, this world will sweep mightily onward, we will emerge stronger as a school and community, we will continue bravely with full hearts, and we will return to loud swelling cheers.


With sadness, gratitude, and hope,


Katie Titus P ’20 ’23

Head of School

At this time, there are no known cases of coronavirus at Mercersburg Academy. For the latest information about the presence of coronavirus in Pennsylvania, visit the Pennsylvania Department of Health website.


Contacts

Parents or students with questions may email the Office of Student Life

Alumni with questions about regional events or campus visits may email the Office of Advancement and Alumni Relations

Prospective families with admission questions or Revisit Day inquiries may email the Admission Office

If you need to reach the Rutherford Health and Wellness Center or the Rahauser Counseling Center, please call 717-328-6136




Learn more about the steps Mercersburg Academy has taken and is taking in response to the outbreak of COVID-19.



  • All students are off campus.
  • The school is limiting visitor access to campus, including for those who are visiting faculty members. 
  • Our health and wellness/medical director and health center staff are in contact with local and regional hospitals to keep updated on policies and procedures should the virus impact our campus.
  • The school is in constant communication with Mercersburg families.
  • Job interviews will be done through Skype or other video conferencing.


  • All students are off campus; the dormitories and all campus buildings are closed to students and families until further notice.
  • All offices and departments are required to hold on all non-essential work travel until further notice. Domestic travel may be canceled based on new information received from the CDC and other organizations.
  • The school is taking all required and necessary steps to ensure that our international students who hold F1 visas are able to maintain their status even though they are not studying at school at this time.

  • We will celebrate and honor the Class of 2020 with a virtual (online) Commencement on Saturday, May 23, and plan to hold in-person Commencement exercises on campus at a date to be determined (when it is reasonable and safe to gather together). Information (including start times) for both events will be posted at mercersburg.edu/commencement-weekend.
  • We are still planning for Reunion Weekend 2020 to take place, though we will make a decision on this on or before Wednesday, April 15. Visit mercersburg.edu/reunionweekend for more information.
  • We contacted families who had planned an admission campus visit to cancel those visits. A virtual Revisit Day experience is available for accepted students and their families.
  • We have postponed our Cum Laude Convocation, which was scheduled to take place March 20.
  • We have canceled/postponed all upcoming campus speakers, programs, and events (including athletic events) through the end of the spring term; all other programs are under review.
  • We have canceled/postponed all external facility rentals/events.
  • We are reviewing our summer travel programs and will make adjustments if conditions change.
  • To do our part in helping to contain the spread of COVID-19, all campus tours and in-person interviews have been postponed indefinitely.
  • Spring Preview Day for prospective families (sixth grade and older), originally scheduled for Friday, April 24, has been postponed. Stay tuned for updates.
  • If you would like more information about Mercersburg Academy, please fill out our inquiry form.
  • We also invite you to explore our virtual campus tour and the rest of our website.

Mercersburg Summer Programs fully understands that many parents are concerned about the well-being of their children in light of the COVID-19 outbreak. Mercersburg Academy wishes to reassure families that the school is monitoring this complex, dynamic, and evolving situation closely. At this time, it is too early to make strategic or operational decisions in respect to the coronavirus, as it relates to summer programming. 


For more information, read this message from Mercersburg Summer Programs sent March 24, 2020.


Please contact Director of Summer and External Programs Coleman Weibley with any questions or concerns at 717-328-6225 or weibleyc@mercersburg.edu.



Learn more about the signs, symptoms, and preventions of COVID-19 and what to do if you are sick.





(Images courtesy of the PA Department of Health.)