We are so excited to welcome our kindergarteners and first-graders to campus this week! And we'll launch our hybrid schedule September 28, welcoming our second - eighth-graders to campus. We know this in-person schedule is dependent on us all taking great care and protecting one another. We have to be flexible and prepared to shift our policies and procedures as situations change. Think of the flow of school this year as a dimmer switch. The higher the risk, the stricter our risk mitigation will be, and we may need to adjust the dimmer several times throughout the year. We're prepared to be as flexible as safety requires, while still offering an excellent and enriched education to our students. No matter the circumstance, parent partnership will be essential.
The scenario marks a "return to normal" with all students on campus each day. We will also provide a 100% remote learning option for families who need it.
A combination of on-campus learning with physical distancing and remote learning. We have evaluated classroom size, large group gatherings, movements around campus, lunch, scheduling, personal protective equipment, continued online learning, and more.
Fully remote learning via Trinity Online. We have developed new protocols, procedures, and training to support teachers and parents. No matter the risk level of COVID-19 in our community, any family can choose an option of 100% remote for the 2020-2021 school year.
Our Plan for Fall 2020
Start Remote, Shift to Hybrid Learning
We began the school year on August 25 with 100% remote learning via Trinity Online (Scenario 3). We welcomed our kindergarteners and first-graders to campus this week and now that virus transmission rates in our area have decreased, we will slide the "dimmer switch" down to a hybrid model (Scenario 2) on September 28.
The hybrid model balances time on campus and strict risk-mitigation strategies. Because of precautions to limit exposure, schedules will differ based on grade level. The main difference? Students in grades K-1 attend classes on campus every day, whereas students in grades 2-8, who are more independent, only attend classes on campus every other week. Across all grades, we'll reorganize classes into smaller groups to ensure safe distancing. See sample schedules for Lower School and Middle School. While on campus, all students and adults must follow campus safety procedures (e.g. wear masks, practice physical distancing).
Students attend classes on campus daily and follow a full-day schedule. Each homeroom practices safe distancing by splitting in smaller groups.
Students participate in on-campus learning and remote learning. We'll split students into two groups: Blue and Silver. Each week, one group participates in on-campus learning while the other participates in remote learning via a modified version of Trinity Online. The schedule for on-campus learning is different than that of remote learning. We will not split siblings into separate groups, ensuring the entire household follows the same schedule.
Remote Learning Option
We recognize that each family is different, and we know some may not feel comfortable returning to campus. If you do not want your child to participate in on-campus learning, you may opt into 100% remote learning. Once you select 100% remote learning, your student cannot change back to on-campus learning until the start of the next trimester, to avoid disruption for teachers and classmates. After campus opens, the 100% remote option will be a modified version of Trinity Online (Scenario 3). If you wish to opt into remote learning, please contact your division head.
Summary of Hybrid Learning Policies
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|Policy||Grades K-1||Grades 2-8|
|On-campus Learning||Students can attend campus daily.||Students are split into two groups — Blue and Silver — and each group attends classes on campus every other week. Families will not be split into separate groups.|
|Remote Learning||Students can opt into 100% remote learning at any time, but they can't switch back to on-campus learning until the start of the next trimester.||Students participate in remote learning every other week. Students can opt into 100% remote learning at any time, but they can't switch back to on-campus learning until the start of the next trimester.|
|Required Safety Procedures||Face masks, physical distancing, temperature screening, frequent hand washing, and more. See details for Campus Safety Procedures.||Face masks, physical distancing, temperature screening, frequent hand washing, and more. See details for Campus Safety Procedures.|
Leadership Team members and faculty volunteers comprise three planning task forces.
Specific decisions and plans continue to evolve as more information and updated public health guidelines are issued.