We continue to make plans for the 2021-22 school year and will post updates here.
Our plan is to fully open for in-person learning five days a week for all grades. Remote support will be available for students who must quarantine for health reasons. The top priority in any plan for the fall must be the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff. We continue to look to school leaders, the CDC, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and state and local leaders for up-to-date information on the pandemic and guidance.
We had a very successful school year in 2020-21 and were able to safely remain open with mitigation procedures in place. We will continue to remain flexible in 2021-22 and respond to the pandemic as it changes over time.
Below is more information about the last school year. Although fall 2021-22, will have some differences, many of the same safety and risk mitigation procedures will remain in place.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, we have remained ready and flexible. In the past, we used the analogy of building three airplanes. One airplane was the fully in person school experience. Another was a full distance learning experience. The third was a hybrid: part in person, part distance learning. We knew that we had to be ready to change airplanes at any moment.
As the pandemic continues, if we continue with the analogy and we have experience doing school during COVID, we could say that now we’re building one plane, the “ready for anything” plane.
The top priority in any plan for the fall must be the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff. We’re learning from other countries, school leaders, the CDC, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and state and local leaders as we build our “airplanes.”
The fall of 2020-21 was unlike any back-to-school opening we experienced before. We created a downloadable plan with the possible scenarios that could be implemented at any point in the school year based on health and safety. The fall of the 2021-22 school year will have some differences–for one, we plan to be fully in person and not in a hybrid model.
If you would like to see last year’s plan, it is below. We’ll be in constant communication with parents as we know more about our plans for the fall. We’ll keep this page updated. You should always feel free to reach out with questions. We have provided contact information on the last page.Re-Opening Plan Fall 2020
We have modified the school program to limit the in-person interactions of students, faculty, and staff, while preserving the integrity of our program.
Preschool and Kindergarten
Preschool and Kindergarten are on-site every day.
First-Fourth Grades and 8th Grade
If a family wishes to remain distance learning when school is on-site, they must seek permission from the school.
Children need time to play and move their bodies in a safe environment. We have made plans for outdoor play that do not involve use of common space at the park.
The school will increase utilization of software to support distance learning: Mathspace, Raz-Kids, Seesaw, Savvas, IXL, Google Classroom, Zoom, and Google Meets.
If you have further questions, contact Tom Postema, Head of School, [email protected]
Because we must be prepared for three different learning scenarios, we redesigned our multi-grade approach in grades two through eight to be a single grade model for the fall of 2020. This will continue in 2021-22. Although a multi-grade approach has served students well for many years, it is best experienced when students and teachers can be physically together in the classroom. We believe that the single-grade model will better serve our students in an unpredictable environment.