Grace Episcopal School and offices will remain closed through the remainder of the 2019-20 school year to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Through Grace's distance learning plan, students and parents are able to stay connected, stay supported and stay healthy. Due to the changing landscape of our current situation, we will be updating this page regularly with any school updates, virtual events and possible modifications to Grace's Distance Learning Plan. We hope to make this transition as smooth as possible for Grace families, and trust that our community and students will continue to thrive during this time: we are Grace, and we are strong.
Our faculty and staff stand committed to ensuring their students are receiving a Grace education. Our Distance Learning Plan is meant to be developmentally appropriate and will attempt to balance screen time with independent assignments. Teachers will also encourage time for healthy physical activity, wellness, and social interaction through virtual platforms with their peers.
Please click here to download Grace's Distance Learning Plan and FAQs.
We await more guidance regarding summer plans to host Baroody Camp and remain hopeful that we will be able to do so.
We are here for you: all faculty and administrators can be reached via email. Please refer to our faculty and staff directory for a complete list of email addresses. Head of School, Patti Culbreth, welcomes your questions and feedback and can be emailed directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It is impossible to know what the state of the nation will be in the fall. We want our families to be assured, however, that we are planning for several scenarios, and continue to monitor state and local guidelines for school reopening.
1. Has the CDC shared any information on opening schools in the fall?
2. Has the school made definite fall plans about the return of students to Grace?
With conditions changing on an almost daily basis, the school continues to monitor state, Diocesan and local guidelines for gatherings and school reopening. We count on experts who are carefully watching European models that have opened schools and can provide important data to us in best practices. With this in mind, the school is making plans for a variety of scenarios to include:
3. What are “new safety protocols”?
In order to support the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff, we will follow all CDC guidelines and may need to institute new protocols to include:
- A change to drop off and pick up, “carpool lane style” – with parents not entering the building and no handshake with the Head of School (heavy sigh from Mrs. C)
- Temperature checks upon entry and throughout the day for students, faculty and staff
- Rearrangement of classrooms to keep desks distanced according to guidelines
- Smaller group sizes, so classes may be split into groups to work with the classroom teacher on lessons while another group is working on independent work in another room but supervised by teaching assistants. The students would switch back and forth through the day to cover all curriculum objectives.
- Ample time outside with the area broken into zones for safe play and smaller numbers
- Use of outdoor space as classroom options (amphitheater, etc.)
- Multiple breaks in the day for handwashing
- Students may need to wear masks (and will be required to bring their own masks which can be ordered on Lands End) in certain settings. (We recognize that this may not be reasonable for our youngest students and will be a challenge for children with sensory needs.)
- More cleaning throughout the day by our Maintenance Director
- Evening professional cleaning of all rooms, desks, chairs, toys
(This list is not an exhaustive one and will be determined by the latest recommendations at the time of our return to school.)
God bless you and stay well!