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Planning for the 20-21 School Year

Together Again: Responsive and Resilient

 

As we prepare for the start of the school year, we continue 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. We are currently planning to offer on-campus learning for those families who choose this option. Families also have the option to attend NGFS remotely for the first four weeks, until winter break, or for the entire school year.

The updated plan (below) contains information about the safety plans and protocols we have developed to date, specific procedures for screening students before schools, as well as more information about our plans for 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 start the school year on campus and enrich the learning experiences for students who will be starting the year in remote learning. 

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