2021-22 School Year Re-Opening

Released: August 10, 2021

Our goal is to return to our normal programming this year, including mixed age groups, travel, and large group gatherings.  These guidelines will be re-examined every three weeks based on our campus experience and information from our medical advisory team out of Washington University.

Symptoms

  • No one should come to campus with COVID symptoms unless they have contacted Diane Loyd to work out the appropriate procedure.
  • Students will be sent to the office for evaluation if COVID symptoms develop during the day.
  • We will follow the same School Nurse Algorithm as last year, with new quarantine rules for those who are vaccinated.

Lower School

  • Inside the classroom, it will be mask-optional for the students (we will honor and enforce parents’ decisions).
  • Students should keep a 3-foot distance from each other when possible.
  • Regular handwashing/sanitizing will be encouraged.
  • Masks will be worn to go to Friday Morning Gatherings, or any other time the cohorts mix.
  • Masks will be worn when entering and leaving the school building.

Upper School

  • Inside the classroom, it will be mask-optional for the students (we will honor and enforce parents’ decisions).
  • Students should keep a 3-foot distance from each other when possible.
  • Masks will be worn when working closely with other students or teachers, per teacher request. 
  • Regular handwashing/sanitizing will be encouraged.
  • Masks will be worn when mixing with another age group (like volunteering in Lower School).
  • Masks will be worn indoors in a large group, such as Morning Meeting.
  • Masks will be worn when entering and leaving the school building.

Travel

  • Students who travel will follow the same guidelines that they follow while at school. If they experience symptoms while away, parents have to be prepared to bring them home or, when possible, get an antigen test on location.
  • While carpooling to athletic events and/or on transportation to/from field trips, masks should be worn inside vehicles.

Vaccinations

  • We respect that there is a wide range of opinions regarding vaccinations, and we will do everything in our power to keep attitudes and conversations respectful of everyone in our community.
  • Groups of 100% vaccinated adults (faculty/staff/professionals) are not required to mask.
  • We are not going to acknowledge which students are vaccinated and which aren’t, which precludes separate rules for students.
  • Per the CDC guidelines, a vaccination alters one’s quarantine rules after an exposure and we will follow those guidelines if we have the vaccination on record in the office.

Quarantine

  • Students 3rd grade and under who have to quarantine will work with their classroom teacher and parents to determine what, if any, assignments will be completed.
  • For 3rd grade and under: If an entire cohort has to quarantine, the teacher will send out enrichment ideas and specific goals to the parents.
  • Students 4th grade and up who have to quarantine will video-conference into classes one-on-one with a phone or laptop via Facetime or Google Meet.
  • For 4th grade and up: If an entire cohort has to quarantine, we will send out an alternate schedule and all classes will be via Google Meet. 

Cohorts

These are our five cohorts this year:

  • Toddlers
  • Preschool/Kindergarten
  • 1-2-3
  • 4-5-6
  • 7-12