Reopening Rationale

The first COVID-19 vaccinations are underway, but community transmission numbers continue to rise. In such an environment it is important to remember why – and how – we are forging ahead with reopening plans.

Enough data has been gathered now to determine that schools are not hubs of viral spread. An October 21st NPR report helped make it clear that “despite widespread concerns…studies show no consistent relationship between in-person K-12 schooling and the spread of the coronavirus.”

We have also learned directly from other schools that have remained open through the fall. The Children’s School, for example, operates a choice-based hybrid model and has experienced no community spread within the school.

Even with that evidence in place, choice will remain a central feature of our reopening plans as long as community spread remains high. Parents will retain the right to choose virtual or in-person learning for their students based on their own circumstances and comfort level, and teachers will enjoy the same option. Please remember to respect every member of the school family’s right to choose. Parents should not contact teachers about their decision to teach remotely or in-person. 

Learning Options Selection Results 
A look at the choices parents made across all grades

74% of all students K-8 chose the hybrid option – a one-week rotation between virtual and in-person learning – when we return to the classrooms in February 1, 2021. 

  • 79% of students in grades K-5 chose the hybrid option.
    • Kindergarten: 78%
    • First grade: 85%
    • Second grade: 74%
    • Third grade: 79%
    • Fourth grade: 76%
    • Fifth grade: 82%
  • 66% of students in grades 6-8 chose the hybrid option.
    • Sixth grade: 65%
    • Seventh grade: 76%
    • Eighth grade: 56%
What Comes Next
  • December 17-18: School-wide reopening pre-planning, collaboration and professional development for faculty & staff – asynchronous learning for all students 
  • January 4: Faculty & staff return to prepare for second semester 
  • January 5: First day of second semester virtual learning for students
  • Week of January 5: Kindergarten & First grade meet & greets
  • January 6: Cohort information released to parents, teacher choices (in-person instruction or remote teaching) published to parents 
  • Week of January 11: In-person supplemental instruction begins for high-needs students
  • February 1: Cohort 1 returns to the classrooms for their first in-person week
  • February 8: Cohort 2 returns to the classrooms for their first in-person week
  • Week of February 15: Mid-winter break for students, adjustments to classrooms, protocols and staffing assignments made based on the experience gained in the first two weeks of in-person learning