Divisional Reopening Updates

Lower School Schedule and On-Campus Instruction

Lower School students will return to campus in a "split group" pod model. This means that students: 

  • Will be assigned to a homeroom class, as they have in the past, but then will be divided into two equal "pods," who they will stay with throughout the school day.  
  • Each pod will have their own learning space--using the traditional classroom space and an additional space on campus. 
  • Our assistant teachers and lead teachers will rotate between the pods, working equally with each pod. 
  • Students will rotate between the learning spaces on a weekly basis, but to ensure safety and distancing in the classroom, will not be in the same space at the same time, or on the same day. 
  • To launch the school year, our special area teachers will be assigned to two homeroom classrooms, where they will rotate through the pods to provide instructional and social-emotional support to our students.  
  • Students will have physical education outside, weather permitting, in their pods 2–3 times a week, in addition to two recesses a day. Due to the size and open nature of our campus, we will also provide ample opportunities for our students to get outside. 
  • Student drop-off this year will run from 7:45–8:30 am, and the school day will begin at 8:30 am. The increased drop-off time will allow families flexibility for when they arrive to campus in the morning, and will allow our school to do the quick health screening (including temperature check) to safely begin the school day. Students will go directly to their classrooms when they arrive (at this time we will not be able to have supervised morning wait).
  • The timing of the end of the day will be similar to the times in the past, though to safely dismiss our students, we will have to stagger our dismissal time in a way where grades have the ability to dismiss from both the front of campus and the back at the same time. In my communication next week, I'll send out more end of day details, as well as details about our first week of school.

Read Bill Mulchay's e-mail (7/24/20) to Lower School parents.

Middle School Schedule and Instruction   

Each day, Middle School has reduced the number of students by 50%.

  • Each Monday and Wednesday, students whose last names begin with the letters A-L will physically be on campus. Each Tuesday and Thursday, students whose last names begin with the letters M-Z will physically be on campus. Fridays will have some flexibility; sometimes, the A-L groupings will physically be on campus, sometimes the M-Z groupings will be physically on campus. Due to the nature of missed Mondays, we need to balance out equal opportunities on Fridays for all children. 
  • Right now, classes will run from 9:00 am–3:30 pm. Schedules along with opening weeks daily calendar will be sent out on July 31
  • For teaching and learning, when students are at home we will have a synchronous model with times where their work will be asynchronous. Teachers will have students in front of them (in person) while students at home will join via Google Meet. Depending on what the teacher thinks is best for the given material, students may be asked to stay connected to the class for the full time or for just a part of it. There will be days when the teacher might want to work individually with on-campus students conducting science labs, or there may be days when groups of on-campus and remote students work together during class time.   

Read Warren Sepkowitz's e-mail (7/24/20) to Middle School parents.

Upper School Schedule and Instruction
  • To begin the year, students with last names A-L will come on Mondays and Wednesdays, and those with last names M-Z will come to campus on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Fridays will be used to balance the schedule when we have days off like Labor Day. The daily schedule through September will be shared with you in early August. 
  • Our schedule will be a one day, 7 period rotation going through all blocks A–G for 40 minutes each. Right now, classes will run from 9:00 am–3:10 pm. We plan to use parts of lunch for advisory, clubs, DAF, and other stuff. Schedules along with opening weeks daily calendar will be sent out on July 31.
  • For teaching and learning, when students are at home we will have a synchronous model with times when their work will be asynchronous. What does this mean, you ask? When class starts, teachers will have students in front of them (in person) while students at home will join via Microsoft Teams. Depending on what the teacher thinks is best for the given material, students may be asked to stay connected to the class for the full time or for just a part of it. There will be days when the teacher might want to work individually with on-campus students going over chemistry problems, or there may be days when groups of on-campus and remote students work together during class time. You may also see a day when a student does not have to attend a live class from home (asynchronous). It may be a test day, an on-campus lab, workshop day for writing, or doing a remote lesson to prepare for the next day of content.  

Read Matt Less's e-mail (7/24/20) to Upper School parents.

 

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