Families, many of you have reached out concerning the 2020/21 school year and your child’s return to campus. After weeks of research, conversation, and consideration, our school leadership has formulated a plan to reopen our school for the 2020/21 school year. Based upon CDC/State guidelines and best practices concurrent with recent data, this is how Grace Prep intends on approaching the 2020/21 school year:
The Fall semester will begin on Wednesday, August 12, with the school open to all families and students attending in-person classes. Elementary and Primary students will start on Thursday, August 13, in the same fashion.
We will continue with on-campus, in-person classes for all grade levels until Thanksgiving Break (November 23-27). After Thanksgiving Break, we will begin virtual classes (online learning) and continue with virtual classes until the end of the semester (December 16, 2020).
On December 16, Christmas Break will begin. After Christmas Break, we anticipate a full, in-person return to campus on January 6, 2021 (the beginning of our Spring Semester).
This format follows the lead of many universities and institutions of higher learning. Coupling Thanksgiving and Christmas Break with online learning allows us to prioritize the safety of our students/staff/faculty during the height of the “flu season.” This window also gives us time to deep clean our school and monitor the local and national progress in the fight against COVID-19
Along with this modified calendar, we are taking measures “within our halls” to safeguard our students/staff/faculty against the spread of COVID-19. These measures include:
1) Placing automated hand sanitizing stands/dispensers in every classroom and high traffic areas throughout the school.
2) Practicing and teaching good hygiene principles regularly, including handwashing for 20+ seconds.
3) The hiring of an upper school (MS/HS) and lower school (Ele/Primary) nurse(s).
4) Temperature checks for every student at the beginning of the school day, as they enter the building, using touchless infrared thermometers. Students with a temperature of 100.4° or higher will be sent home.
5) Though wearing a mask will not be mandatory, it is an option for those students/staff/faculty who desire to wear one. Grace Prep will have masks on hand at school for those who chose to wear them.
6) Where possible, we will practice social distancing guidelines; this includes creative spacing measures at extra-circular events, recess, and lunchtime.
As you can see, we are doing everything within our reach to provide a safe learning environment for our students/staff/faculty. We understand the importance of face-to-face learning, and we know that you long to be on campus. We long to see you! At the same time, we are responsible for providing a safe learning environment, and we will do that at any cost. I pray that you find these measures both reasonable and practical as we navigate these odd and trying times.
Thank you for supporting our school. Be well and stay safe.