Brown Environmental Leadership Lab: Rhode Island

Accepted student information for BELL: Rhode Island

Welcome to Brown University Pre-College Programs

Congratulations! We are looking forward to your participation in this unique and engaging program. Please review these pages carefully with your family and don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions. Students and families can speak with a Program Advisor by calling 401-863-7900 during business hours (Monday - Friday 8:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. EST) or by email at precollege@brown.edu.

Important Dates

Be sure all of your forms and payment are completed by their assigned deadline:

  • April 13: Full payment and all required forms 

Students registered after these deadlines are expected to complete form requirements and make payment within 48 hours of registration.

  • Mandatory Pre-Departure Orientation Session on May 16, 2022  from 6 p.m. to 6:50 p.m. EST.

There will be a mandatory online program orientation for you and a member of your family on May 16, 2022 from 6 p.m. to 6:50 p.m. EST. You will receive an email invite to this information session that will include a link to register. You can either attend the orientation live or receive a recording of the orientation for later review. This is a mandatory orientation, so please be sure to register so you can access the  live session and to receive the recording. To participate in this orientation, you will need access to a computer or smartphone (no webcam is necessary, but useful if you’d like to use it). Please note, only those who are registered for the orientation session will receive the recording. 

Forms

Forms are submitted electronically through DocuSign, an electronic signature provider where you can digitally fill out and sign our required forms and waivers as well as upload your required Physician’s Immunization and Health History Form signed by a medical provider. Most forms include sections for both students and parents/guardians to complete.

Checklists

You should log in to your student portal as soon as possible to complete your pre-program requirements. Parents and guardians also receive a checklist of items to complete, which are sent via email. Please remind them to check their email accounts for this important information that requires action. The usernames and passwords associated with your Brown email address will be needed prior to and during your course time. Please be sure to document all usernames and passwords.

Accessibility Services

If applicable: Students may request accommodations based on a learning, psychological and/or physical disability, including medical conditions, temporary injuries and significant food allergies. Please be aware that all accommodation requests will be considered, however, there may be limits as to what can be provided without sufficient notice. Be sure to submit your requests using the Medical Authorization and Health History Form by April 13, 2022. Please email accessibility@brown.edu to request an accommodation.

Please visit the Healthy Summer at Pre-College page for updates and information about Brown Pre-College Programs preparedness, action and response to COVID-19.

Students attending Location-Based or BELL programs are expected to follow the same Health and Safety Protocols as students attending on-campus programs. There may be additional protocol implemented by a partner lodging site, field trip, or local airport. Any additional information specific to this program will be provided on this page once finalized.

Arrival: between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. EST at Brown University (Main Campus)

Departure: 3 p.m. EST from St. Andrew’s School in Barrington, Rhode Island.

Session

Arrival Days

Departure Days

Session 1

Sunday, June 26

Thursday, July 7

Session 2

Sunday, July 10

Thursday, July 21

Arrival Day Schedule:

9 a.m. to 11 a.m.    Registration on the Main Green. Please check in no later than 11 a.m.

11:30 a.m.              Brief orientation for students and parents. 

Noon                      Bus from Main Green to St. Andrew’s School. (Students will be served lunch upon arrival at St. Andrew’s School.)

Parking Information: The Power Street parking garage, located at 111 Power Street, Providence, RI 02903, is our preferred parking location for students, families and guests. The garage entrance is located at the intersection of Power and Thayer Streets. The Main Green, where Pre-College check-in is located, is a short walk up Thayer Street. Families and guests may park at this location for no fee on check-in days. We ask that all cars be moved from the parking garage once check-in is complete.

If the parking garage is full when you arrive, please find street parking in the surrounding area.

Useful Links:

Departure Day Schedule:

1 p.m.                   Enjoy the grounds, meet staff and students

1:30 p.m.              Closing presentation

2 p.m.                   Action Plan presentations

3 p.m.                   Depart from St. Andrew’s School

We strongly encourage parents and families to come to our closing day program. This will be an opportunity for you to see the site, hear Action Plan presentations from the students, and meet the staff. You are welcome to arrive between 1 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. on Departure Day. Detailed information about Departure Day will be provided via email to all family members on our email list (i.e., the parent/guardian contact information from each student application).

Airport Pickup/Drop-Off

Arrival 

Students and their families are required to coordinate transportation to and from Brown’s campus. Brown Pre-College is unable to provide transportation or coordinate travel assistance. Students should arrive at Brown University's Main Green on Opening day between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. There is only one form of transportation from Brown University to the program site (St. Andrew’s School in Barrington, RI), so all students must be on campus for check-in to travel with the group. Students who do not arrive in time to take the provided bus will be responsible for arranging transportation to St. Andrew’s School.

Departure 

On Closing Day, we provide bus transportation for students to go to the TF Green Airport (PVD) or back to the main Brown University Campus. The provided bus will depart St. Andrew’s at 3 p.m. and will arrive first at Brown University between 3:30 and 3:45pm then at PVD between 4 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.. Keep this time in mind when booking departing flights, trains, or other transportation. Students may also depart directly from St. Andrew’s with friends or family.

Early Arrival/Late Departure

Early Arrival

Although students should make every effort to plan their travel to Brown based on a Sunday arrival, procedures are in place to accommodate Saturday arrival for those students who are arriving from long distances and need to work around flight schedules. There is no cost for BELL: RI Early Arrival, but it must be requested by the Wednesday before your program start date. If you meet the early arrival criteria due to long-distance travel, please click through the Early Arrival/Late Departure purchase link in the Optional section of your student portal.

Late Departure

Students should plan to leave St. Andrew’s on the Thursday that their session ends. If flight schedules and long-distance travel plans necessitate a Friday departure, we can reserve a room on the Brown University campus for you for Thursday night. There is a $150 fee for Late Departure and it must be purchased by the Wednesday before your program start date. If you meet the late departure criteria due to long-distance travel, please click through the BELL RI Early Arrival/Late Departure purchase link in the Optional section of your student portal.

If a program address is needed for customs purposes, please use the following address. Students cannot receive mail or packages while in the program.

St. Andrew’s School

63 Federal Rd

Barrington, RI 02806

Unaccompanied Travel Statement

In recent years, bus, train, and airline carriers have instituted a range of policies related to unaccompanied minors traveling. As such, Brown Pre-College Programs are unable to meet many of these new requirements. Program staff can support students upon arrival after clearing customs and at departure upon reaching security.

Flight Delays

If you experience a delay while traveling to Providence, please call or text the BELL On-Site Director at (401) 749-3828 with your new arrival time, and we will help coordinate your transportation to St. Andrew’s. Please Note: This number will not be active until a few days before the program starts. This number will also be shared during the Pre-Departure Orientation Session.

Communication with Families regarding Arrival and Departure

The program staff will send out an email to confirm that all students have arrived safely at St. Andrew’s and have started to build community together at BELL. After students depart St. Andrew’s, the program staff will send out another email to confirm that students have started their journeys home.

Please note that these emails will be sent out to the family member email address that we have on file. If you have an alternative email address that you’d like included in this list, please contact the BELL On-Site Director once the program begins or contact the Program Director (jane_diener@brown.edu) before the program begins.

Important Packing Tips:

  • Bring only what you need. We will be in a classroom or outdoors every day.  If your bag is too heavy to carry by yourself, you have packed too much.
  • New England summer weather can vary, so check the weather in Barrington, RI (zip code: 02817) prior to packing. 
  • Linens, including blankets, sheets and towels will be provided for you. You will not be provided with a pillow.

Required Items (Required/Recommended for BELL)

  • Pillow (or to reduce bulk, bring a pillowcase and stuff it with your clothes)
  • Rain jacket
  • Warm sweatshirt or fleece jacket
  • 1–2 pairs long, lightweight pants for hot weather wear
  • 3–6 pairs of shorts (quick-dry are best)
  • 10–14 T-shirts
  • 2–3 long-sleeve T-shirts
  • Sleep wear
  • Underwear 
  • Socks
  • Bathing suit
  • Sturdy, close-toed walking shoes (no need for hiking boots)
  • Closed-toed water shoes (old tennis shoes, Tevas, Keens or Crocs with a back strap; NOT flip flops)
  • Toothbrush and toiletries, feminine products (if needed)
  • Any prescribed medications in their original bottle with a copy of the prescription
  • Prescription glasses or contacts (if needed) and back up pair of glasses if lost or broken
  • Journal or notebook and writing implements
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Hat for sun protection
  • Flashlight or headlamp and extra batteries
  • Wristwatch (preferably waterproof)
  • Warm hat for cool nights
  • Beach towel
  • Sun block (30+ SPF)
  • Insect repellent
  • Reusable sandwich bag or snack bag (to bring your own snack for hikes and outings)

Optional items:

  • Sketch pads or art materials
  • Flip flops or other types of shower shoes
  • Inexpensive camera (we recommend that this be separate from a phone to avoid overuse of cell phones)
  • Musical instrument (We also have a piano on site!)
  • Book to read/independent leisure activities
  • Additional face masks (Brown Pre-College will provide face masks to students)
  • EARLY ARRIVALS ONLY: Linens and a pillow for your stay in a residence hall

Computers

Students will not have time to use their personal laptops and will not have access to computers outside of organized computer lab time.

Laundry Facilities

There is no access to laundry facilities at the St. Andrew’s School. Students should pack enough clothing to last the entire program.

Spending Money

Meals, snacks, and housing are covered in the program. Students will only need money while traveling to and from Providence and for any incidental expenses. Some students may choose to purchase items at the Brown Bookstore the day we visit campus.

What Not to Bring

  • Laptops, tablets or other valuable electronics
  • Students are prohibited from bringing illegal drugs, alcohol and weapons of any sort, including pocket or Swiss Army knives

Where We Stay

The BELL: Rhode Island program is located on the St. Andrew’s School campus in Barrington, RI. Students will be assigned up to one roommate and will be staying in dorm-style rooms with shared, private bathrooms. We will also spend one full day on Brown University’s campus, however, students do not stay overnight at Brown University during BELL unless they are approved for early arrival or late departure.

Itinerary

Students receive a detailed schedule upon arrival. Students must attend all days of the program in order to qualify for the individualized program evaluation from BELL staff. This schedule is subject to change.

Curfew

Students have a strict curfew of 10:30 p.m., though they can stay awake longer while observing quiet hours in their respective rooms. This is an example of a typical day at BELL:

Daily Schedule

Breakfast

8:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.

Community Tasks

9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

Morning Session

9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Free Time

11:30 a.m. to Noon

Lunch

Noon to 1 p.m.

Solo Time

1 p.m. to 2 p.m. 

Afternoon Session

2 p.m. to 5 p.m. 

Free Time

5 p.m. to 6 p.m. 

Supper

6 p.m. to 7 p.m. 

Recreation Time

7 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. 

Evening Program

7:45 p.m. to 9 p.m. 

Free Time

9 p.m.  to 10 p.m. 

Hall Time (hang out in your building)

10 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. 

In Rooms

10:30 p.m.

Dietary and Medical Conditions

We will work with the staff to make accommodations for dietary restrictions and food allergies if we are notified in advance. Students must communicate significant food allergies that require meal accommodations (e.g. gluten, shellfish, soy, eggs, milk) on the Medical Authorization and Health History Form by April 13. Please also indicate any dietary preferences, including vegetarian and vegan diets, to allow us to plan accordingly.

Prescription Medications

Students are responsible for safely storing and taking their own prescription medication. Students who are not accustomed to managing their own medication should work with their families to determine the best approach to do so during the program. All students who are taking prescription medications should bring prescribed medication in its original container and a copy of their prescription (which can be an electronic copy). Having a copy of the original prescription will enable us to replace medication if needed. Students with life-saving asthma and anaphylaxis medications (e.g., inhalers and epi-pens) must keep them on their person at all times.

Personal Health and Medical Emergencies

As with most outdoor locations in the Northeast, deer ticks that sometimes carry Lyme disease may be present at our site. We take a number of precautions throughout the program, including review with students on high-risk areas, provision of tick identification charts on-site, and designated time for three tick checks per day, with a fourth recommended before bed. When students are out in the woods, they are required to wear long pants tucked into socks.

Should a student find a tick on themselves, our staff works closely with Brown Health Services to implement a protocol that may include a preventative course of antibiotics. Although not required, some families may be interested in purchasing tick repellent clothing prior to the course or having their own clothing treated. Information can be found here: http://www.tickencounter.org/prevention/tick_repellent_clothing

If your student experiences any flu-like symptoms, joint aches, or a bulls-eye rash upon return home, you should contact your medical provider and inform them that your student has been in an area where there are deer ticks that sometimes carry Lyme disease. We have had hundreds of students participate in BELL programs without problems, but we want you to know about deer ticks and tick-bite prevention should you be unfamiliar with this information.

Swimming During BELL

Students are not permitted to swim outside of supervised lessons or without the use of a life vest.

Safety and Supervision

Students will have clear guidelines regarding where they can go alone or with a buddy, but the group stays together most of the time. Staff is available for support and assistance 24 hours a day. St. Andrew’s is located on a private property that houses some full-time staff and hosts a variety of daytime programs. Trespassers or people not affiliated with a program are strictly forbidden from entering the property.

Communication During the Program

Parents may call the BELL Rhode Island On-Site Director with urgent requests or concerns. Their number will be added here prior to your arrival time. Note: this number will not be active until a few days before the program starts. Students will also have their phones back for two days of the program, including the day they are on campus at Brown University.

Cell Phone Policy

On the first day of BELL Rhode Island, all students will be given the opportunity to turn in their cell phone to do a voluntary phone-free program. We believe in disconnecting from digital devices to better pay attention to each other and to our natural surroundings. While this may be a difficult ask at first, many former BELL students have expressed that the intentional elimination of technology is one of the things that made their experience more unique and enjoyable and that it allowed them to get to know each other better. We strongly encourage students to consider a phone-free program. While students who choose to participate will not have access to their own phones very often, they will always be reachable. The BELL On-Site Director cell phone (401) 749-3828 is on 24/7 and a family member can always call that number to get in touch with a student. That number will also be shared during the pre-orientation session.

For safety reasons, all students will have their phones during field trips to Providence or other large cities/towns.

Fellow Students/Program Cohort/Connecting with Classmates in Advance

Students attending BELL are encouraged to come with an open mind to meeting new people with diverse and varied perspectives. Each student accepted to BELL brings with them their own experiences and the cohort comes together to create a fascinating community.

All students will have an opportunity to introduce themselves and get to know their peers during pre-departure orientation on Canvas and on the first day of the program. 

 

Code of Conduct

Please review the Brown Code of Conduct.

Financial Information

Please review our Financial Policies for more information.

Course Completion Materials

You will receive a Course Performance Report from your instructor and you in turn will be asked to complete a course evaluation. If you successfully complete your program you will receive a Certificate of Completion. All completion materials including the Course Performance Report will be sent out in early September. The certificate will be sent via US Mail to your listed address and the Course Performance Report will be sent electronically to the email address we have on file for you.