School / Division Schedules + Procedures
First Day of School - New Start Date
The first day of school has been moved to Friday, August 14, in order to give administrators and teachers sufficient time during Pre-Planning for COVID-19 preparations and training.
- Student Attendance
- Division Daily Schedules - Overview
- Division Daily Schedules - Lower School
- Division Daily Schedules - Middle School
- Division Daily Schedules - Upper School
- Division Maximum Class Sizes
The guidelines for the daily schedules of all three divisions follow, and they each reflect both the uniqueness of the divisional structure and the age and developmental readiness of the students within that division. The Lower School spans seven grades, and most of the guidelines and suggestions for daily schedules are set by classroom teachers once the classes are formed and a culture is established. The Upper School students are mature enough and run more independent school lives here on campus, and the need to articulate and impose outside structure is a bit less for them. The Middle School students, by the very nature of adolescence, benefit from very clear guidelines and expectations, and that belief is reflected in this section.
Lower School will follow a schedule that incorporates team-teaching to minimize transitions within the hallways. To ensure that an appropriate traffic flow is followed in the building, Lower School will utilize directional arrows. Additionally, students will wear masks when transitioning through the hallways, as well as maintaining an arms-length distance from their peers. Lower School will also use grade-level groups to ensure that students do not commingle outside of their grade levels.
Following the morning check-in, students will be walked into Happy Hall and will report directly to their homeroom. Exterior doors will remain locked during this time to decrease excess traffic. A staff member will be stationed at the door to allow entrance. Students will be required to “gel in, gel out” when entering and exiting each classroom.
Teachers will be encouraged to use outdoor spaces when conducting whole-group sessions or when breaks are needed.
Lower School faculty will be required to complete a secondary temperature check at lunchtime. If a fever is present, Nurse Pope will be notified and the student will be relocated to a secure location.
Every Middle School classroom will be limited to no more than 16 desks, each desk separated by six feet. Middle School students will continue to maintain a traditional seven-period schedule. The goal is to keep students separated by grade whenever possible. Following check-in in the morning, students will follow procedures as previously outlined. Students may NOT gather in the halls prior to their first period class or prior to any class during the school day.
To minimize the number of students in the hallways, students will only be allowed at their lockers three times throughout the day: before school, lunch, and dismissal. Students will use their backpacks to carry items needed for their morning classes and then switch items at lunch to carry items needed for their afternoon classes. Students will need to adhere to the following protocol:
- Teachers will begin a five-minute wrap up at the end of each class to prepare students for transition.
- Teachers will pass out wipes for students to wipe their desks and seats, then use it to wipe hands. If wipes are not available, the teacher will spray each desk and the student will wipe their desk with a paper towel. Students will throw their wipe and or paper towel away upon exiting the classroom.
- Faculty members will open their door and use a door stopper to keep it open during the entire transition time.
- Students will wear a mask in the hallway at all times.
- Faculty members will hold the doors open during this time.
- Students will follow the assigned ONE WAY traffic pattern at all times. Doors will be clearly marked with entrance and exit signs, and the hallways will be marked with directional arrows. Upper School students will be required to follow the same traffic pattern. Students will walk around the buildings using the outside spaces to use the appropriate doors. Students will need to carry appropriate outdoor clothing for inclement weather.
Fleming Hall - Hamilton Hall end
Benefield Hall - Courtyard end
Fleming Hall - Courtyard end
Benefiled Hall - Carline end
- Students will maintain an arm-length width apart from other students while walking in the hallways and when going through the doors.
- Classroom doors will be opened by faculty members and remain open until the start of class.
- Students will sanitize their hands upon entering and exiting the classroom. (gel in, gel out)
- Students will need to use the designated key cards (housed in every classroom) when traveling the hallways during class time to go between buildings, the nurse, and the bathroom. Only one student will be allowed to leave the classroom at a time and will be required to be masked at all times.
- Students should use designated outdoor spaces during break.
- Students will stay together by grade six feet apart.
- Advisory will be grade specific and held in the Advisor’s classroom.
- Group meetings larger than 16 students should meet OUTSIDE in a tented area or move their meeting to a livestream/ Zoom/ Google Hangout platform.
- Upper School students will continue to maintain a traditional seven-period schedule.
- Class dismissal modifications will be developed during the first few days of school to help minimize the number of students in the hallways at one time.
- Students may go to their locker before traveling to their next period class.
- Following check-in each morning, students may go to their lockers to gather their belongings and should then immediately proceed to their first-period class. Students may NOT gather in the halls prior to their first-period class or prior to any class during the school day.
- Students should use outdoor spaces during break.
- As with the Middle School buildings, certain Corn Hall exit doors are designated for entering and exiting, respectively. Hallways will be clearly marked as “one-way,” directional hallways. These guidelines are designed to limit closer than six-foot interactions.
- Group meetings larger than 16 should meet OUTSIDE in a tented area or move their meeting to a livestream/ Zoom/ Google Hangout platform.
- Students will wear a mask in the hallways at all times.
- Students will sanitize their hands upon entering and exiting the classroom.