The Mead School
CAMPUS REOPENING PLAN

ENSURING A SAFE LEARNING ENVIRONMENT FOR ALL.

 

 It is important to note that our reopening plan will change, as new information emerges relative to COVID-19, and changes in state and federal guidelines and mandates evolve, including the possibility that circumstances may lead us to revert to our Distance Learning Plan. 


 

 Responsible Reopening

We are following and using all state-level guidelines and CDC guidance to inform our practices in order to responsibly and safely reopen our campus for Kindergarten-Grade 8. 

Our plan strives to mitigate and manage the risk to our faculty, staff, and students while still allowing us to provide the deep and meaningful learning experience that is the hallmark of a Mead School education, regardless of the necessary adjustments that were made in response to COVID-19.

PAGE LAST UPDATED:  October 25, 2020 


PLANS & PROTOCOLS FOR CAMPUS REOPENING



We are preparing to welcome students and faculty back to campus this fall, with a commitment to providing a safe and healthy environment for our students, faculty, and staff as our top priority.

WE SUCCESSFULLY BEGAN THE NEW SCHOOL YEAR ON-CAMPUS ON SEPTEMBER 1, 2020


 


The following Health & Safety Measures will be implemented to support the safe reopening and operations of the Mead School Campus for Kindergarten-Grade 8.
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Face Coverings
Drinking Water
Outdoor Learning
Class Sizes
Handwashing and Sanitizing
Student Materials/Supplies
Movement around the Building
Sanitation Systems
Travel & Quarantine
Please click on the individual buttons for detailed information regarding our Kindergarten-Grade 8 Student Learning Plans.

NOTE: Our updated detailed Distance Learning Plan "Mead Learns On" will be released shortly.


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On Campus - The ‘Restrictive Cohort’ Approach 
Hybrid Plan
Distance Learning 
Please click on the individual buttons for detailed information regarding our Kindergarten-Grade 8 protocols and procedures aimed at helping ensure a safe transition back to campus.
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Morning Arrival
Afternoon Pickup
Transportation
Visiting Campus
Special Forms 

Please click on the individual buttons for detailed information regarding our Kindergarten-Grade 8 Schedules & Curriculum.


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Schedule/Curriculum Changes
Switching to Remote Learning
Classroom Materials/Structure
The purpose of the containment plan is to decrease the risks of spreading COVID-19 and shall include the following:
  • Coordination with the local health department to assist with contact tracing.
  • Identification of a response team within the school with specific responsibilities.
  • Consideration of what signs and symptoms exhibited by students or staff would require immediate dismissal from school; for what period of time; and conditions for readmittance.
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Isolation Rooms
Contact Tracing
Student/faculty/staff member is exposed to COVID-19 from a close contact
Student/faculty/staff member presents with symptoms
Student/faculty/staff member is diagnosed with COVID-19

 


 

Our Values & Approaches

In consideration of our program this year, we have been working on  designs that take the best of what we learned last spring about distance learning and applied those lessons to find successful overlaps between  our on campus and virtual pedagogy and content. 

The best guiding principles lean into the values that make us Mead but also use what we now know a community needs in both distance and on site learning. By keeping these values in mind, we can move confidently between distance and on campus learning, and find the best intersection between these two types of learning:

 

We emphasize that these values are not new; they  honor The Mead School’s progressive roots. The need  for a hybrid approach gives us an opportunity to intensify these roots. But they also define  the common denominators between what we will do on campus and, when the need arises, learning  in a virtual setting.

To realize these values, this year students will all have “portable” independent projects that they design and choose, with plenty of guidance and structure, appropriate to age and development; more 1:1 time with teachers and each other; deeper focus on two expressive arts courses each trimester, instead of all of them  all year; and a broader application of the various technologies that we know work well in virtual and hybrid learning  settings.


 

 

 

 

 

“In such an uncertain world, Mead, more than ever, offers a creative, intimate place where children can learn every day and families can continue to feel supported and strengthened by the school. We look forward to your collaboration with us in these extraordinary times.” 

Peter Herzberg, Interim Head of School

 

 

 


 


 

Questions or Concerns?

WE ARE HERE TO HELP

Everyone's situation is different and we understand that you may have very specific questions about how this plan affects your child. Please feel free to contact us - we're here to help.


Peter Herzberg, Interim Head of School: peter_herzberg@meadschool.org

Joanne Costello, Assistant Head of School for Admissions & Community Relations: joanne_costello@meadschool.org

Robyn Santagata, Assistant Head of School for Early Learning: robyn_santagata@meadschool.org