Plan for 2020-21 School Year
We are continually assessing information and developing practices and procedures that will serve our community. We hope this FAQ will be helpful and answer some questions you may have.
NGFS will continue to offer on-campus instruction for both the lower school and the Middle and Upper School campuses as long as it is safe to do so. The health and safety of our community will always come first and we are closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation in our area. We continue to add and adjust modifications to our campus environments, daily operations, and practices to ensure the health and safety of NGFS students, staff, and families. We follow CDC and NC DHHS guidelines for best practices in schools and are in regular communication with the Guilford County Health Department about preventing the spread of COVID-19 in our school.
The decision about whether our campuses will remain open is based on the requirements issued by our state and local officials. The Governor’s Office and the NC Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) determines how schools can operate safely for the 2020-21 school year based on the state’s COVID-19 metrics. The NGFS Health team is closely monitoring the evolving situation and how these guidelines and requirements impact the way we live, teach, and learn at school. As we continue to hone our plans, procedures, and policies for the school year we set clear expectations for students, staff, and families.
NGFS layers multiple risk mitigation strategies to keep our community healthy and safe. Please see our COVID Handbook for details.
We understand that each family must make decisions about what is best for their student and their family. You may choose to keep your student at home for remote learning, even if campus is open. NGFS is committed to providing remote learning for any student who needs this option for any reason.
No, not based on your place of work. Like all other families, we will require that you answer “No” to health screening questions regarding symptoms and known or suspected exposure. When someone in the student’s household is tested and waiting for results, students are always required to stay home until the test results are returned.
Yes, students who are learning remotely will learn through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous learning opportunities. This will include Zoom small group activities with peers who are on campus and/or peers who are learning remotely, daily activities in each subject area (with some assignments being given with two days for completion), and instruction for new skills provided through synchronous instruction (real-time via Zoom) and asynchronous instruction (videos provided by teaching faculty.)
Yes. Auxiliary and Athletics staff offer a variety of activities for students. On-campus extracurriculars including athletics have been modified, as necessary, in response to state health guidelines. Some clubs are offered for students learning both on and off-campus.
Unfortunately, we will not be able to accommodate parents or other visitors in the classroom due to health and safety concerns. Limiting exposure is an essential part of keeping our community members safe. As state health guidelines evolve, we will adjust our policies accordingly.