Reopening Plan

July 2020

We are maintaining the current 2020–21 academic calendar and plan to start classes on August 19. Students in each division will attend classes in a modified manner to match the social distancing and PPE requirements to meet the needs of different ages of learners. 

Our planning and policies offer the ability to be flexible and responsive to developing situations and changing federal and local guidance. Depending on the pandemic situation, we will be ready to adjust to a variety of scenarios.

Overview

Depending on the growth of the pandemic, and in compliance with all government restrictions and health guidelines, we will be ready to adjust to a variety of scenarios. We are being realistic about the possibility of spikes and intermittent transitions from on-campus learning to online learning and preparing for all options and transitions. Those scenarios include the following and all work toward the full return to normal campus activities.

  1. On Campus Learning with health and safety modifications in place.
  2. Blended Learning that will give us greater capacity for social distancing and other measures to limit the virus spread.
  3. Online Learning includes regular, live (synchronous) experiences as a component of instruction.

The school is committed to accommodating students, faculty, and staff who need to operate remotely due to being in a high-risk category related to COVID-19. Please complete the questionnaire in your Magnus Health Portal to indicate this need. 

Blended Learning Model

Blended Learning creates opportunities for social distancing AND in-person instruction where on-campus operations resume at a limited schedule (2/3-days a week), with restrictions imposed by public health authorities and following recognized health and safety best practices, while continuing online instruction on the other days. The school is committed to accommodating students, faculty, and staff who need to operate remotely due to being in a high-risk category related to COVID-19.

  • All health and safety and social distancing protocols and procedures from the On Campus Model will be required for on campus time in a Blended Learning Model.
  • The blended model for Lower School will be very similar to the on-campus model. Every effort will be made to have all Lower School students on campus within the restrictions of a blended model.
  • For Middle and Upper School, alternating between online and on campus learning split between half of the student population.
  • Students and employees that are healthy, but documented as immunocompromised by their doctors, will be able to experience school remotely through online content delivery and regular check-ins with teachers.
  • All extracurricular activities will be altered and modified to meet the policies and protocols of the school during on-campus learning (Athletics, Arts, International Studies, Coordinate Programs, Clubs, Faculty/Staff Wellness Programs).
  • Large gatherings will need to be significantly modified or postponed.

Online Learning Model

If, for public health reasons, students and faculty must continue with full remote operation, Country Day is able to transition to Online Learning when needed to ensure the safety of our community. Online Learning does not change our mission of providing excellence in education to prepare students for their future. While Country Day was able to transition to emergency remote learning for a short-term crisis period at the onset of COVID-19, we are no longer in response mode for a sudden crisis.

Country Day’s online learning model includes regular, live (synchronous) experiences as a component of instruction, with check-ins for wellness and support during learning from home. Instruction will also include additional lessons and assignments that students can complete during the day on their own schedule. Teachers will utilize consistent tools within each division to streamline the student experience.