Reopening & Safety Plan

 

Updated 7.29.20

Windham Academy will re-open with a phased approach lasting 6 weeks.

Students will choose to either learn on campus at WA or remotely. We ask that remote families remain with their initial choice for the first 6 weeks.

Overall guidelines and preparations for on campus learning:

  • Students will attend school on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. Wednesday will be a "flex day" for staff to prepare lessons, attend meetings, provide additional support for remote learners, etc. The school will be deep cleaned on Wednesdays.

  • Classrooms will be arranged with a focus on safety and social distancing following state guidelines

  • Student cubbies/lockers will be color coded for students to be assigned time to get materials in a staggered fashion

  • Full group lessons will be done in color codes ("reds join me on the rug... greens remain at your desks", etc)

  • Classroom Schedule for hand-washing and sanitizing/disinfecting work areas

  • Recess/Playground times will be staggered

  • All staff and students will be required to have a mask available for use. Masks will be worn:

    • arriving at/departing from school

    • for hallway travel

    • during some classroom activities

    • when a teacher/staff member deems it necessary (i.e. a child is dealing with allergies with lots of sneezing)

  • Frequent mandated hand-washing and sanitizing

  • Desk, chairs, door handles, and tables to be cleaned frequently

  • Students will be responsible for having "personal school supplies" kept in a pencil box/baggie. Students will not be permitted to share supplies.

  • Hallways/Staircases will have designated travel directions (this staircase for traveling UP, this hallway to travel in this direction/"arrows", etc)

  • Fire Drills/Emergencies will be set up by following NH Safety & Procedures

 

 

PHASE ONE: Teacher Preparation Days

Monday Aug. 31st ~ Wednesday Sept. 2nd

 

During these 3 days, teachers will be given uninterrupted time to prepare for students to return to Windham Academy either in person or online.  All staff members will participate in training to develop a shared understanding of "Protocols and Procedures" for meeting the needs of all students.

PHASE TWO: Meeting Family/Students

Thurs 9/3/20, Tues 9/8/20, Wed 9/9/20

 

Teachers will meet one-on-one with each family (in person or remotely through video). Topics to be covered:

  • Discussions on how the student is doing "overall" socially & emotionally with the current pandemic experience as well as on beginning the school year

  • Families can share any important information about the child to help best prepare staff for working along-side the child during instruction

  • Teachers will go over safety/health procedures for the classroom

  • Teachers can explain how to best prepare for the school year

 

 

PHASE THREE: Beginning of Instruction/Academic School Year

Thurs 9/10/20 ~ Fri 10/23/20

 

Students will attend school on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. Wednesday will be a "flex day" for staff to prepare lessons, attend meetings, etc. The school will be deep cleaned on Wednesdays.

Before School: Early drop-off will be available as usual, from 7:30-8:30am for $8/day. More information can be found here.

After School: After school care will be provided onsite at Windham Academy by the YMCA. More information can be found here.

Students will still be assigned to a main teacher, but due to the unique circumstances, teachers will prepare for the school year in teams based on grade level, with grades 3, 4, and 5 working together.

  • Instruction and academic planning will be rolled out by each team.

    • Physical "in-person" lessons

    • Video lessons (for remote learners)

    • Lessons for differentiating for all learners

    • Due to the current circumstances children may see other teachers on the team throughout the school week for certain lessons, depending on the scheduling of in-person and remote lessons, number of remote learners, etc. This also allows us flexibility in the event of illness of a teacher or students.

    • Specials: (Art, Music, and YMCA, and Library) will be staggered. Book and equipment cleaning procedures will be put in place

 

 

PHASE FOUR: REFLECTION PHASE

 

This phase encompasses many stakeholders for decision-making as to "where do we go next":

  • NH Department of Education (where is education at the present time?)

  • CDC (where are we with the pandemic?)

  • Windham Academy Students, Parents, and Staff (How's everyone doing?)