On Friday, I went about a not particularly scientific but quite interesting analysis of our indoor spaces in the AMP Building.
On Monday, March 1, we transitioned from a hybrid to a HyFlex model. All grades are on campus on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. Wednesday is an at-home learning day for all grades except Pre-K and K, who have a half-day on campus followed by at-home classes in the afternoon. We continue to support all families’ needs and to offer a synchronous remote option for those who need or wish to remain learning from home.
So it has now happened. For the first time since we returned from Winter Break, we had had a positive test result from our weekly testing, and we now have a group of students and a teacher quarantining. Given our conversations with the family in the past day, it would not be surprising to find out that this was a false positive. But whether it is a false positive or not, it gives us the opportunity to discuss some of what this means for us.
Life at Green Acres has been going smoothly, with the exception of the weather. This year brought new meaning to “dry January,” as we had few days of precipitation and little worry about snow, sleet, or ice. February seems to be making up for the shortfall. For Rebecca and me, this has made for a challenging situation, as we are forced to make weather decisions that we previously relied on Montgomery County to make when they were not teaching and learning remotely. We are doing our best to make the safest decisions for our community, understanding that being at school is important but being safe is more important, and acknowledging that learning from home is not ideal but is sometimes necessary. In the mornings, we are in communication with staff members from different parts of the county to understand what the conditions are, and we are using our best judgment to determine what is safe.
COVID Testing Statistics | Week of 3/1
As you know, weekly PCR testing is now required for students and staff who plan to access on-campus learning. As a convenience to our students, staff, and family members in those households, we will be offering weekly on-campus PCR COVID-19 testing. For the next several weeks, our time slot will be on Wednesdays from 2:30–5 PM. The on-campus testing applies for the week following the test administration.
Note that we are no longer requiring that you reserve a spot via SignUpGenius—simply "walk in" within the 2:30–5 PM window.
We have secured PMC Diagnostics to do our on-site PCR COVID testing. They accept most health insurances and have assured us there will not be any out-of-pocket costs for their services. If you have already registered with PMC Diagnostics, you do not need to sign any additional paperwork at this time. If this is your first time using this provider, you must pre-register here; please ensure that you provide your insurance information and that you bring this, along with your ID, with you to the testing site.
Your results will be sent to you via email.
Of course, you may choose to take a test with a different provider; those results should come back to us on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday in order to count for the following week.
Please complete a COVID test results consent form on your Magnus account. Note that the results (negative) must be sent to the nurse before any staff member or any student may come or return to campus the following week.
- Metrics for Return to Virtual Instruction
- Community Agreement: For Families | For Staff Members
- Magnus App Download Instructions
- Community Handbook Addendum v4
- Management of a COVID-19 Event at Green Acres School v2
- Academic Plan for 2020-2021
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