2020-21 School Year Re-Opening

TFS@TFS Plan

PHASE 1 - Beginning August 26

After much deliberation, research, conferences, webinars, cross-checks with various publications, and recommendations, we have settled on the first phase of our plan for returning to the building. This plan will constantly be evaluated with the latest requirements, recommendations and best practices.

Our overarching goal is to balance safety needs and government recommendations with the developmental needs of our students, aiming to give them the most "normal" experience possible while delivering our mission without compromise.  Our plan is to take advantage of our small size and cohort our groups so that students and staff will have minimal contact with all but their regular class. Student life can continue as per usual within these cohorts.  

This school year promises to be the most unique on record as we all face tremendous uncertainty, stark differences of opinion, and a wide range of anxiety and frustration.  My hope is that Fulton School can be an oasis of calm, kindness, and grace amidst the craziness around us.  This is what your children need most, and this is something we all long for.  

The In-Person Experience
Our focus will also be to provide the best learning experience possible under the circumstances, with a preference to maintaining the in-person classroom experience. We maintain a particular emphasis on in-person options for toddler through third grade, recognizing the extra difficulty of the online experience for our youngest students. If officials issue a stay-at-home order during the 2020-21 school year that prevents us from having toddler through third grade on campus, we will work with parents to evaluate available options, such as revisions to the academic calendar.

Our Expectations
We expect this to be a year that requires outrageous flexibility.  We might be in school for a few weeks, then have to stay at home for a few weeks. We might have to transition to Upper School online at home with Lower School in the classroom.  We might make calendar adjustments to shorten the week or take time out of the building for the upper grades.  We expect absences to be high, and we expect students and teachers to sometimes be home when they're not even sick. We will roll with it all.  We will take it one day at a time.  And we will work together to make it a safe year, but a great year.

The Establishment of Cohorts
The idea behind cohorting is that you become a family.  You’re in it together, risks and all.  Like your home, you do not have to follow all precautions within a cohort (like your home), the way you do outside your cohort (or home). Having cohorts at school reduces the number of people you come in contact with, thereby limiting your risk and the spread without sacrificing the students’ quality of education.

Epidemiologists at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and St. Louis Children’s Hospital with whom we consulted feel that it’s also the only truly realistic option -- no group can truly follow all precautions eight hours a day for months.

We will have five cohorts:

  • Toddler/Preschool
  • 123
  • 456
  • Middle School (7-8)
  • High School (9-12)

What does this mean for the school day?

  • All faculty and students will be in the building daily.
  • Interactions between cohorts will be limited.  
  • Teachers will cohort with their homerooms. 
  • Students between 4th grade and 12th grade will be required to wear face masks/shields in the building, but teachers will allow for removing them when the risk is low, keeping in mind physical distancing.
  • Teachers will spread kids out when possible. 
  • Teachers who move between cohorts will “scrub in and out” and wear masks.

Details Within a Cohort
Find out what the school day will look like within a particular cohort by clicking the links below:

Toddler/Preschool
123
456
Middle School (7-8)
High School (9-12)

Additional Details
Find out what the school day will look like within a particular cohort by clicking the links below:

Our Facilities
Medical Practices
Absences
Family Commitment