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The 20-21 School Year

Together Again: Responsive and Resilient

 

We have started the 20-21 school year with about 50% of our Preschool and Lower School students learning on-campus and half choosing to learn remotely. All Middle and Upper School learning began the school year remotely. On Oct. 28, Middle and Upper School students may choose to return to campus for in-person instruction. 

We are continuing to closely monitor the information from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, the Guilford County Department of Public Health, and the CDC. 

Our plan (below, released July 30, 2020) contains information about the safety plans and protocols we have developed, specific procedures for screening students before school, as well as more information about remote learning. Be assured that this work is ongoing. New information becomes available each day. We are doing everything we can to mitigate the risk for families who prefer to learn on campus and enrich the learning experiences for students who will be engaged in remote learning. 

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:

  • Preschool, Pre-K, and TK students are not required to wear masks at school
  • Kindergarten - 6th Grade students 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
  • Social distancing measures are being used in classrooms and across campus
  • Daily cleaning and disinfecting throughout the day 
  • Daily health screenings are conducted as well as temperature checks in the morning
  • Middle and Upper School students are remote until Oct. 28 when they have the option to return to in-person learning
  • Middle and Upper School students can take part in after school athletics featuring individualized training programs with a specific sports focus
  • Preschool - 6th Grade families may choose remote learning with options to return to school in October, January, or continue remotely for the entire school year

 

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.