Distance Learning

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Grace Episcopal School and offices remained closed through the end of the 2019-20 school year to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Through Grace's distance learning plan, students and parents were able to stay connected, stay supported and stay healthy.

In the event we need to learn remotely at any point during the 2020-21 school year, our faculty and staff stand committed to ensuring their students receive a Grace education, and will follow best practices from distance learning in Spring 2020. Our Distance Learning Plan is meant to be developmentally appropriate and attempts to balance screen time with independent assignments. Students and teachers connect through whole class, as well as small group and individual, Zoom lessons and class assignments are primarily submitted using Seesaw and Google Classroom platforms. Teachers 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 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 pculbreth@graceschoolalex.org.


Looking ahead

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?
The CDC has made the following suggestions as of 5/18/20: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/Schools-Decision-Tree.pdf
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:
    • Scenario One: Return to school after Labor Day with new safety protocols in place.  The year may continue uninterrupted (our greatest hope), or it may include several interruptions (a real probability) that require the school to pivot to distance learning for periods of time. 
    • Scenario Two: The Governor and local health officials recommend the school year begins virtually with the plan to return to the school building as soon as conditions allow for a safe and healthy option.  Under this scenario, government guidelines could possibly allow the youngest children to stay in school (PS/JK) while children in K-5 must move to distance learning.
    • Scenario Three:  The Governor and local health officials recommend the 2020-2021 school year be a virtual school year.  This is the most extreme scenario, and as you would expect, our least favorite, as we desperately want to have our community unite together at Grace. 
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!




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