Whenever we are able to begin on-campus, in person learning,, we will implement daily temperature checks, health questionnaires, and significant physical distancing structures to help maintain the health of our families, faculty and staff. We also believe it is important for our school community to work together and pledge to keep each other safe. To that end, we ask that every family sign the GATOR PLEDGE
of community accountability. Additionally, no one will be allowed on campus without a prior appointment and similar health screenings.
Further, students and faculty must remain 6 feet apart where possible and be masked at all times. Student activities, residential life, and other daily student life experiences will be adjusted to adhere to public health guidelines. In addition, we recognize that for many families, returning to school is not feasible or ideal due to medical or other reasons. To facilitate this option, all classes will be live-streamed so students can engage and participate in lessons whether physically or virtually present. In this scenario, students are not permitted to move freely around the campus. Class meetings and other large gatherings will be virtual. Students will eat lunch in advisory or class groups and will not be permitted to go off-campus. Through staggered start and pick-up times and locations, we will minimize student interaction at entrance and exit points. We will look for opportunities to be outside as much as possible, and will reduce the instances of transitions to minimize interaction outside of student ‘pods.’Lower School
In the Lower School, students will spend their entire day together as a section, with the exception of recess where each whole grade level will come together. While the PYP curriculum is largely delivered by the homeroom teacher, specialist teachers deliver important components of our program as well. To minimize building travel and reduce interactions, we are considering several adjustments to specialist instruction including virtual participation.Middle School
In the Middle School, students take different classes with different teachers, which results in several transitions throughout the day. To minimize interactions outside of grade-level groups, we are designing one-way routes, repurposing larger classroom spaces to reduce transitions, and will seek to keep class-level groups as unique pods, where possible.Upper Schools
In the Upper Schools, like in the Middle School, students take different classes with different teachers. Class sizes will be limited to no more than 12 students. To reduce transitions, the daily schedule has been changed such that there are only three classes per day, every day. This, in addition to lunch taken in classrooms, means there are minimal “passing periods.”