I would like to take a deeper dive into the committee’s decision to have Green Acres stay virtual. The decision was made, given their orientation, based on the metrics as they stand as well as their expected trajectory. It was also somewhat informed by a teleconference held by Dr. Travis Gayles and Dr. Earl Stoddard for independent and private schools on 11/20. Dr. Gayles is the Montgomery County Health Officer, and Dr. Stoddard heads the county Office of Emergency Management. Although the teleconference didn’t figure centrally into the discussion—which was driven by the metrics—the recommendations of locally-based scientific experts is important to understand as the backdrop for our institutional risk tolerance.
All grades are currently learning from home.
I hope that this blog can serve the same purpose in the coming weeks and months—it can be a source of quick sustenance when you have a moment and want to understand our ongoing thinking about several aspects of school during COVID: the metrics and their implications, developments in terms of our efforts to return to campus, and our changing perceptions of risk and the resulting tolerance for it as we strive to return to normalcy.
- Metrics for Return to Virtual Instruction
- Community Agreement: Google Form | PDF
- Magnus App Download Instructions
- Community Handbook Addendum v3
- Management of a COVID-19 Event at Green Acres School v2
- Academic Plan for 2020-2021
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The next on-site testing date is scheduled for Tuesday, December 1 from 2–5 PM. Please use this SignUpGenius link to schedule your slot. This round of testing will be provided by Old Towne Urgent Care. Prior to arrival for testing, you will need to fill out this registration form and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org by noon on Monday, November 30. As always, you are welcome to make alternate arrangements for COVID testing. The results (negative) must be sent to the nurse before your student may come to campus. With any questions, please reach out to Courtney.
In order to provide a safe return-to-school program during the COVID-19 pandemic, Green Acres School is mandating that COVID-19 testing be completed at regular intervals during the school year for all students and staff, as testing is a crucial component in the mitigation of COVID-19. For more information about this protocol, please see this email (sent 10/16).
- November 25–27: NO SCHOOL: Thanksgiving Break
- November 30–December 4: ALL GRADES (Pre-K–8) virtual
- November 30: COVID Task Force meets to make decision regarding week of December 7
- December 18: ALL GRADES (Pre-K–8) virtual