Planning for 2020-21: Spartans Together
Health and Reopening Updates
2020-21 Reopening Updates
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This site outlines The Burlington School's plans for a safe reopening in the fall of 2020. As information becomes available, these plans will be adjusted and updated.
Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, TBS moved to a remote learning environment as of March 13, 2020. The school year ended in late May and graduation ceremonies were held in June.
If you are looking to enroll for the 2020-21 school year, our admissions office is available for you! Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 336-422-6873 for more information or to apply.
TBS deeply values the health and safety of our students, families, faculty and staff. We are regularly monitoring updates from a variety of organizations, including the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. We continue to communicate with the North Carolina Association of Independent Schools regarding best practices for preparedness and response plans.
We recommend bookmarking this page, since it will be updated regularly with information about The Burlington School's operations, reopening plans and procedures.
Red phase (remote learning) will be implemented if conditions deteriorate.
Lower School: All Lower School instruction will be remote. Weekly schedules, assignments and recorded lessons will be shared utilizing Google Classroom. Classroom teachers will provide one asynchronous lesson each day and one opportunity for whole-class synchronous interaction each day. Opportunities for live, small-group instruction will be available at a minimum of twice per week. “Specials teachers” will provide two grade-level lessons each week. When possible, assignments will be given digitally rather than in packet or print-required format. If red phase becomes necessary, we plan to convert our preschool program to a childcare program that will include select elements from our regular curriculum. It will not include our full curriculum offerings, such as specials classes. Childcare for our preschool students will be available Monday-Friday beginning at 7:30 a.m. Red phase remote learning will be available to our preschool students who do not participate in the childcare program.
Middle School: All Middle School instruction will be remote. We will follow a schedule similar to the one used this past spring, but with increased amount of direct instruction, including Wednesday. Electives and Healthful Living will both be incorporated into this schedule as well. Teachers will provide direct instruction and class meetings at least three times a week and advisory will be incorporated into the online schedule.
Upper School: All classes will be online, and we will follow a schedule similar to the one used this past spring. Teachers will provide direct instruction or virtual class meetings at least three times a week while clubs, advisory and community-building activities will be incorporated into the online schedule.
The following are narrative descriptions of orange phase (moderate social distancing) by division:
Lower School: All students will attend Lower School with increased measures to mitigate or reduce transmission of infection. This includes placing student desks six feet apart, reducing student movement between classrooms (specials teachers travel to the students) and eliminating the use of shared materials (such as pencils and crayons) or equipment (such as HL items or playground) as much as possible. Students in kindergarten-fourth grades will wear masks. LS students will be allowed to remove masks (with parent permission) once students are in class and stationary in desks which are six feet apart. Masks will be worn in the hallway. Arrival and dismissal procedures will be altered to maintain defined contact circles.
Parents will have the option for their child to work in a remote environment, however, it will be an asynchronous and modified schedule, including a recorded daily lesson in math and language arts, and access to assignment materials via Google Classroom. Weekly, asynchronous lessons (not occurring at the same time as in-person lessons) for specials will be provided on a rotating basis (for example, music and drama one week, Spanish and art the next, etc.). Students whose families choose remote learning during orange phase may not have the opportunity to interact with their peers and teachers during the school day.
Middle School: All students will attend Middle School in person, but will be in self-contained cohorts. Students will report to their cohort classroom each day and teachers will rotate to that room for instruction. We will have a five-day rotating schedule that allows for 45-minute classes that meet all five days of the week, with one being a tutorial time. Electives will be assigned to cohorts on a half trimester basis giving all students exposure to 12 electives throughout the year. Students will maintain 6-feet of social distance while in the classroom and we will limit the sharing of materials as much as possible, including playground equipment and HL equipment. There will be no mixing in the hallway and no use of lockers, as students will keep their belongings in their own space in their cohort classrooms. Arrival and dismissal procedures will be altered to maintain defined contact circles.
For those parents who are uncomfortable sending their Middle School student to campus at all or for any student who has symptoms or has potentially been exposed to COVID-19, they will be able to attend all classes virtually every day without penalty.
Upper School: The Upper School will have a hybrid schedule, that includes both online and on-campus learning. Upper School students will be divided into two groups, attending on-campus classes two or three days a week and virtually attending class the other days. We will have a five-day rotating schedule that allows for 45-minute classes that meet all five days of the week. Therefore, a student will be on campus either Monday and Thursday or Tuesday and Friday as well as every other Wednesday. When the student is at home, they will log on to Google Meet and attend each class virtually – simultaneous to the students having class on campus. Clubs, advisory and community-building activities will be incorporated into the schedule to facilitate connections between students and teachers. Our classrooms will accommodate between six to ten students at six feet apart – depending on the room. We will have fans in the rooms and doors open to increase air flow and tables will be marked in the Gathering Space in order to facilitate social distancing. Lunch and morning meetings will take place in smaller groupings and outdoor class meetings will be encouraged.
For those parents who are uncomfortable sending their Upper School student to campus at all, or for any student who has symptoms or has potentially been exposed to COVID-19, they will be able to attend all classes virtually every day without penalty.
Green phase (minimal social distancing) will be implemented if conditions improve.
Lower School: All students will attend Lower School with some precautions, including washing hands frequently and optional masks.
Middle School: All students will attend Middle School with some precautions, including wearing masks and washing hands frequently.
Upper School: All students will attend the Upper School with some precautions, including wearing masks, frequent hand washing and changes in some classrooms.