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Responding to COVID-19

Together Again: Responsive and Resilient

 

This year, our aim is to engage our students in the life of our educational community in whatever way works best for each family. Giving students opportunities to follow their curiosity, immerse themselves in scientific and historical questions, and take part in arts and athletics provides our young people a welcome respite from the limitations that COVID has imposed on almost every aspect of their lives and the lives of those who cared about them. 

We have been on-campus since August with stringent screening protocols and practices in place. As of December 18, 2020 we have not had a single transmission of COVID-19 on campus. Our health team works closely with the Guilford County Department of Health and the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. We regularly consult with a team of medical professionals to keep current on the latest information and to ensure that the things we are doing on campus and the information our health team is communicating, reflects best practices.

You can find more resources including our COVID-19 Handbook here.

Contact our Admissions Office to learn more and take a tour of campus.

HIGHLIGHTS OF OUR PLAN:

  • All students who are learning on-campus are required to wear masks
  • All adults on campus, including faculty and staff, are required to wear masks
  • Visitors to campus are restricted - no parents at this time
  • Physical distancing measures are being used in classrooms and across campus
  • Daily cleaning and disinfecting is done throughout the day
  • Daily health screenings and temperature checks are required to be on-campus
  • Middle and Upper School students can take part in after-school athletics featuring individualized training programs with a specific sports focus
  • Most after school clubs for Lower School are conducted through Zoom, some are on-campus

 

REMOTE LEARNING


Preschool, Pre-K, and TK

Students will have opportunities for social connection. We will provide attention to social-emotional skills through asynchronous (videos provided by classroom teachers, learning specialists, and/or Guilford Campus Online Learning Coordinator that can be viewed in a flexible time frame) and synchronous activities (real-time via Zoom). Activities will be assigned and received through Seesaw. Activities related to the weekly theme can be completed at home. This may include take home packets of materials including hands-on manipulatives, as well as designing experiential experiences when we are in remote learning. Teachers may also have one-on-one sessions with the student or parent to address particular concerns and questions.

Grades K-6

Instruction for new skills will be provided through synchronous instruction (real-time via Zoom) and asynchronous instruction (videos provided by classroom teachers, learning specialists, and/or Guilford Campus Online Learning Coordinator that can be viewed in a flexible time frame). Students will have opportunities to participate in Zoom small group activities with peers who are on campus and/or peers who are learning remotely. Examples include a reading group and social curriculum activities. Students will work on daily and/or multi-day activities that are designed in a developmentallyappropriate manner and assigned and received through Seesaw. Opportunities for social connection and attention to social-emotional skills will be provided through asynchronous and synchronous activities.

Grades 7-12

Instruction will be provided through synchronous sessions (real-time via Zoom) and asynchronous instruction (videos provided by classroom teachers, learning specialists, and/or remote learning team that can be viewed in a flexible time frame). Students will have opportunities to participate in Zoom small group activities with peers who are on campus and/or peers who are learning remotely. Examples include science lab demonstrations and clubs. Activities and assessments will be assigned and received through Canvas. Feedback on activities and assessments will also be given through Canvas and Zoom sessions with teachers. Opportunities for social connection and attention to social-emotional skills will be provided through asynchronous and synchronous activities with advising and other small groups. Help with technology (Chromebook assistance or how to use a technology tool) will be available on an as-needed basis. Opportunities for assistance with class activities will be provided during regularly scheduled times (Consultation and/or Office Hours). NGFS will use Canvas as our Learning Management System (LMS) in the Middle and Upper School.