At the forefront of our decision-making process as we plan our return to campus is the health and safety of our students and employees. This focus is balanced with the knowledge that the best learning environment for our community is one in which students and teachers can interact face-to-face.
To that end, we have developed division-specific hybrid plans, which include both on-campus and off-campus learning. We are intentionally launching a staged return, beginning with the months of August-October so that we can continue to refine our work and respond to needs as they arise.
These five guiding principles inform our decision-making at every stage as we plan for a return to campus:
- We are committed to the physical and emotional well-being of our students, employees, and families, and equally committed to social responsibility and public health.
- We cannot eliminate all risk; our goal is to take reasonable steps to mitigate risk exposure and communicate those clearly, while considering local, national, and international health organization mandates and guidelines.
- We are committed to analyzing decisions based on their implications for the community’s health, the student experience, our families’ circumstances, and the financial implications for the school.
- We are committed to supporting the community through timely and accurate communications.
- For the safety of the community, decisions can change as more information becomes available.
混合模式使我们能够满足教育（ODE）的俄勒冈部门制定的安全要求，因为它降低了谁的学生在校园内的一个时间的数量。我们在俄勒冈州的国家方针决策的关键 准备好学校，学生安全 包括以下要求：
- Requirement of maintaining 6-feet of distance between each person during activities and instruction to the extent that it is possible to do so.
This model also allows us to easily transition to a fully remote scenario should conditions within the school or county require us to do so. Instances that would require a return to all remote learning include multiple infections in the school community and/or the 俄勒冈 Governor re-issues stay-at-home orders and closes schools. All families would be notified via email should there be any potential changes being considered based on the general health status of the community.
Each division is designing a model that prioritizes safety and health and the quality of the experience for children, centering designs on relationships and community, and keeping our mission and progressive education tenets in mind. As we schedule students for the fall, we will do so with an eye to schedule siblings together to the extent possible. While we cannot promise this will work perfectly, it is a primary scheduling goal for all three divisions. Divisions will share further specifics in mid-July.
We are prioritizing on campus learning for preschool and kindergarten because remote learning is the most difficult with this age group. To best meet their needs all preschool and kindergarten students will be on campus Monday through Thursday. Fridays will be remote learning for all 开始和更低的学校 students, which will allow for cross-cohort and grade-level interaction, as well as community building. Preschool and kindergarten are also two grades with many new students and families. Requirements for preschool (a licensed early childhood program) differ from kindergarten-12th grade requirements. Due to the varying requirements, the Beehive is not a large enough classroom space for all Beginning School students. Therefore, kindergarten will also use another space on campus. Specifics about the hybrid schedule, the new space usage, and homeroom information will follow in mid-July.
1st grade students will be on campus Monday through Thursday, and remote learning on Friday. One of the key considerations was the developmental, social, and academic needs of our youngest Lower School students.
The hybrid model for grades 2-5 will be based on stable cohorts, one of the state requirements. Students will be placed in single-homeroom groups that will enable daily instruction from and connection with their homeroom teachers, who will actively track their progress and engagement both during on-campus and remote days. 2nd-5th grade students will either be on campus Monday/Wednesday and learning remotely on Tuesday/Thursday, or vice-versa, with Fridays being remote learning for all students. Reducing classroom density will allow us to prioritize active, inquiry-based, experiential teaching and learning for on-campus days. Fridays will also allow for community meetings, cross-homeroom interactions, affinity group gatherings, and other division-wide activities. Further specifics, regarding the schedule, including homeroom information, will follow in mid-July.
Placing students in stable cohorts is not easily accomplished in grades 6-12; we will group students when possible. The Upper and 中学s’ hybrid model will include a new shared schedule that facilitates half of 6th-12th graders on campus one week and off campus the next. This schedule is based on a Monday-Friday rotating model that will allow for greater continuity of learning whether students are on- or off-campus. The instructional plans will include two-week arcs that take into consideration that students are both on and off campus. The reduction in density of people will allow us to ensure generous physical distancing in classroom spaces, which is a key health component during a pandemic. Unlike this spring, students will largely follow the on-campus schedule in a way that keeps in-person and remote learning connected. More specifics about how this will work, along with the new schedule, will follow in mid-July.