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We Are Planning Ahead

The Bright School continues to monitor federal, state and local guidelines for preventing the spread of COVID-19. The health and safety of our school community is paramount. Returning to campus in the fall is our goal, but whatever the start of school looks like, the school must be nimble and ready to adjust if the need arises, especially during high-peak seasons. We are in constant contact with other indepdendent schools in the community, region and nation to understand best practices.

The school is creating potential scenarios for the 2020-2021 school year and keeping the school community informed about any change to the start of school. These scenarios are not set in stone and are likely to change before the beginning of school in the fall. 

These scenarios are based on social distancing restrictions and the number of students that will be allowed per classroom space. It is likely there will be a mix of on-campus and at-home instruction.

All scenarios will include Bright School's special area subjects: art, shop, music, Spanish, science, P.E., technology and library.

Please remember these are options we are considering at this time. We understand the difficulties some of these options might pose to families, and will do our best to give ample notice for families to plan.

When we do return to school, there will likely be restrictions we will have to put into place including:

  • Temperatures taken of everyone entering the building (100.4 or higher will be sent home)
  • Face coverings worn at all times
  • No large groups of students meeting together
  • Food served in the classrooms
  • Handwashing every 1-2 hours, and hand sanitizer stations positioned throughout the school and classrooms
  • Frequently cleaning of high contact areas during the day
  • No parents or visitors allowed beyond the reception station

Back to Normal

If there are no restrictions, we will follow the school calendar that has been approved and shared with families:

Registration Day on Tuesday, August 18, 2020
First Day on Wednesday, August 19, 2020
Last Day of School on Thursday, May 27, 2021
Graduation on Friday, May 28, 2021

Late Start

If restrictions remain in place or the situation worsens, we will consider a later start to the school year, perhaps after Labor Day.

Registration Day on Tuesday, September 8
First Day on Wednesday, September 9
Remove Fall Break, Parent-Teacher Conferences and Winter Break
Last Day of School on Thursday, June 3
Graduation on Friday, June 4

Flex Models

Another option is modifying the week or staggering the days students attend school in various ways. Again, this is only a scenario being considered should conditions warrant.

Option 1: Students would attend classes on Monday, Wednesday and Friday with no classes on Tuesday and Thursday. This would allow a 24-hour "sanitation" period to help ensure spaces are sterilized and ready for the next school day. Tuesday and Thursday would be distance learning days at home. Due to social distancing guidelines, there may need to be two sessions per day (morning session from 8-11 a.m.  and afternoon session from 1-4 p.m.)

Option 2: Students attend classes Monday-Thursday with morning or afternoon sessions, with Friday a day of distance learning for intensive/deep cleaning of campus.

Option 3: One half of classroom students attend on Monday, Wednesday and Friday with the other half attending on Tuesday and Thursday. The next week would flip-flop the scheduled days. Hours would be 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Any days students are not physically on campus, they will be completing assignments via distance learning.

Hyflex Model

In this model, classes would be taught both face-to-face and online by the same teacher at the same time. Students could choose to return to school or stay home. Those at  school would be assigned certain class times when face-to-face is an option, allow the school greater control of social distancing in the classroom. This model tends to privilege synchronous learning, and to do it well often requires real-time and in-class help, an intentionally designed classroom, and a great deal of patience from both students and faculty.

Distance Learning

Using the experience from this spring, we would implement a virtual learning environment in several different ways. New digital platforms would allow for customizing experiences by age. Research and best practices are still continuing to evolve for our youngest learners, and we will use resources from TAIS, SAIS and NAIS, discussion groups from One Schoolhouse and Global Online Academy to provide the best model for our students.

Bright Prep, our summer enrichment program, will use a new framework, and we will monitor its success to help develop a best model for the fall.

We will implement Google Classroom and Google Drive as our online platforms.

Project-based Learning materials and supplies will be delivered electronically or taken home. We will continue to utilize Zoom with live teaching mini-lessons followed by small group collaboration and reflection sessions to check for understanding and mastery. Consideration will be need to be given to families with multiple children for scheduling of live sessions.

There will be weekly agendas with goals and essential questions. Social and emotional learning will be an essential component of the distance learning curriculum.

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