Based on our survey results and conversations with parents, and informed by the recent study from the American Academy of Pediatrics
, the school is committed to having all students on campus five days a week.
Our focus for March 15 through May 24 is three-fold:
- Care for the health and the social and emotional wellness of our students, faculty and staff
- Foster a sense of community and belonging
- Prioritize meaningful and authentic teaching for learning
As a result of a consultative process with members of our faculty/staff and students, and after further discernment and reflection, we will return to campus by implementing a schedule that is similar to our current Off Campus schedule (that we used for three weeks in the fall semester) with an A/B rotation. It includes the following:
- Monday-Friday, a daily start time of 8:30 a.m. with the day ending at 2:55 p.m.
- Four 70-minute instructional periods per day
- Each student will have a 35-minute lunch period
- A-Days are periods 1-4 and B-Days are periods 6-9
- Our existing school calendar will remain intact and the A/B rotation will be identified for planning purposes.
- Students should anticipate 2 hours of homework per night (est. 30-40 minutes per course)
We are committed to providing students and teachers with a cognitive break and time for lunch during the school day. We are also aware that lunch poses a significant logistical and health challenge. Students will have a dedicated time and location to eat lunch during the day. The 70-minute lunch period has been divided between grades with “First Lunch” for freshmen and sophomores from 11:00 a.m. - 11:35 a.m. and “Second Lunch” for juniors and seniors from 11:35 a.m. - 12:10 p.m. Students that are not eating during that dedicated time will be able to access other open spaces on campus for studying, socializing, potentially meeting with a teacher, participating in a club or sports meeting, etc.