RE-ENTRY PLAN (Click for pDF VERSION)
There is a great deal of uncertainty with the COVID crisis, and believe us: we get it. We know families are anxious about school and are wondering what their options are. While we are wondering the same thing, we are actively pursuing strategies to be ready for whatever comes our way.
Here are some typical questions:
Do you plan on opening in the fall?
Yes... we do. August 24 for 1st through 12th and August 25th for kindergarten.
Are you going to be physically open or only open by long distance learning?
We plan to be physically open, but have distance learning options whenever possible. So we hope to give families a choice: in-school learning with social distancing or at-home learning with a live feed into the classroom. But the plan is to open school with all the students here physically.... but with social distancing modifications. This will NOT be easy to be ready for so many scenarios, but we feel it is doable.
How do you 'social distance' in a school?
With lots of planning and a measuring tape! This is a unique problem because schools are designed to be space efficient.
- So we plan to have six foot spacing between students to the greatest extent possible. This limits the number of students in a classroom under normal operating conditions,
- We feel that with custom plexiglass partitions and face shields, it can be done.
- Picture 'see-through plexiglass' barriers 4 by 3 feet in between two adjacent desks, which are separated from other desks by six feet.
- Kindergarten desks will have see-through barriers to protect students.
This may be accomplished in a variety of ways.
- plexiglass barriers in the classrooms (some from ceiling/some on the desks)
- face shields for classroom (we provide)
- mandatory masks when in hallways (students provide)
- banning of non-students in the building - to cut down on hallway traffic
- auxiliary school office by Door 3
- in grades 7-12, the teachers will move to the students rather than the normal SOP (standard operating procedure) of students in the hallways
- a drastic elimination of in-classroom storage (Sorry, teachers, we are in survival mode.)
- Health checks... Students and teachers will be subject to temperature screenings upon entering.
- No large groups... We will be limiting student interaction in large groups such as lunch (eat in classroom), chapel (video) and choir. Groups larger than 32-33 will use the auditorium to facilitate the distancing requirement.
- Suspension of field trips until we can get back to our normal - and crazy- field trip schedule.
What happens if a student comes down with COVID?
- The class as a unit would have to distance learn for a two week period.
- We would pivot as we did before (Spring 2020) but will return to class when the coast is clear
What about DAYCARE?
It is our intention to have daycare, but because of the many rules surrounding daycare, we have more work to do with how to figure out how to handle with the pandemic guidelines. We rely on mixing groups to cover daycare with staff, but the rules do not permit mixing students, which makes trying to run daycare pretty difficult. We will figure something out, but at the moment we are waiting for further government clarification.