2020-21 Daily Schedule

In order to accommodate the requirements for physical space that will be part of the 2020-21 school year, we have adopted a new daily schedule for this school year. It has several features that distinguish it from past schedules:

  • 8-block rotation, adding a class block to facilitate scheduling and to increase opportunities for student/teacher conferences;
  • Consistent start and finish times across the week for all synchronous class blocks and student life programming;
  • 10-minute passing periods for increased travel times on the two campuses, and time to stretch and take a break from screens when learning from home. 
Importantly, this schedule also supports the School’s capacity to move nimbly between different Campus Health Status modes. As described in Ways to Attend School, we are prepared to have the community on campus in different configurations based on our Campus Health Status:

  • Low or Moderate Risk Levels: Capacity for Full In-Person Attendance 
  • Heightening Risk Level: Capacity for 50% In-Person Attendance (Two cohorts, each on campus two days per week: Monday/Tuesday or Thursday/Friday)
  • High Risk Level: Full Distance Learning 
The eight period schedule also allows for more and slightly smaller section sizes, with average class sizes of 14 students. Because of the number of courses serving mixed grade levels (ie: math, languages, arts), we are not able to organize students into fixed cohorts across the school day. 

Each week includes one Asynchronous Day—usually on a Wednesday—when students and teachers will be expected to work from home. This new feature gives everyone needed flexibility in their schedules, and allows the maintenance staff to clean and sanitize campus spaces in the middle of the week. Ninth and tenth grade students will have designated times for their asynchronous work during which teachers of each subject will be available for office hours and support. Eleventh and Twelfth graders will be expected to schedule their own asynchronous work on these days. Some courses may also use these Asynchronous Days for assessments. 

If a student cannot be at home on these asynchronous days, or otherwise needs an accommodation, they may request to work on campus by reaching out to their advisor. Should the entire School be restricted from campus, we will be guided by our Distance Learning Plan.
Important Community Behavior:  
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Wear a mask when on campus, indoors and outdoors.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; if not possible, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Disinfect your personal belongings.
  • Do not share personal belongings or food with others.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • If you become sick on campus, follow protocols immediately. 
  • A flu shot is highly recommended.

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