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Stronger Together Plan


 

(Will be modified as necessary to comply with state regulations)


As we turn the page on the previous school year and navigate our way into the 2020-2021 school year we know that the future is met with lots of unknowns.  We also know that when working with children, having stability and routine is important to their well being.  Our admin team has been diligently working on a plan to allow us to uphold our unique educational experience while keeping safety a top priority.  We are blessed that our current school model already allows for flexibility and limited class sizes and feel confident that we can achieve both for the NCCS community.  With that being said we want to present NCCS nation with our Stronger Together Plan.


In-Person Option (Synchronous Remote Learning Option is Available Below)

 

Routine:
  • We plan to begin on-campus instruction on September 9th.

  • We will offer a full day of instruction for lower school and middle school with no change to our drop off and pick up times.

  • We will make changes to daily routines to reduce social interactions and reduce density in common areas.

  • We will increase the number of required handwashing breaks and limit shared materials between students whenever possible.

Safety:
  • We will implement professional sanitation no less than 3 times a week with additional sanitation of high touch places on a daily basis.

  • Students and staff will undergo daily temperature checks and hand sanitation before entering the building.  Any student or staff member with a temperature above 100.4 degrees will not be admitted into the building. 

    • If the temperature is over 100.4, students and staff will need a doctor’s note to return. (Reminder: students always need to be fever-free for 24 hours without medication before returning to school for any illness).

    • Students and staff who test positive for COVID must follow the CDC Guidelines for quarantine.

    • Students who are quarantined will be moved to remote learning for the duration of their quarantine. 

  • Currently, we must follow all state regulations pertaining to face coverings but will reassess as new information becomes available.


Synchronous Remote Learning Option

 

Along with our Stronger Together In-Person Plan, we are simultaneously preparing for synchronous remote learning options that are available to those families not ready to return to in-person learning. 

Should the safety of our students and if state regulations warrant, we will transition entirely to synchronous remote learning at any point during the year.

 

Routine and Expectations:
  • Students must log on and be present for instruction at their designated group times, with a camera and microphone on.  The schedule for so will be given by the classroom teacher at the beginning of the year, but expect to be available for lessons from 9:00-3:00 with breaks throughout.  Students who are not present at their scheduled times will be considered absent and marked accordingly.

  • Students in Years 1-5 will need an adult easily accessible to assist with troubleshooting or potential technical difficulties and to help ensure students are staying on task.

  • Each Lower School student utilizing remote learning will be required to have a dedicated tablet, laptop, or computer that has reliable internet access, and the capability to access Google Meet and Google Classroom.

  • Access to a printer is strongly recommended for printing hands-on materials and activities. 

  • Written assignments and activities will be posted in Google Classroom for students to submit for feedback and grading.  The expectations for completing work will be similar to that of their peers attending in-person.

  • Students will be assigned an NCCS email to help facilitate communication and work in conjunction with Google Classroom. 

  • Students will be required to log on and attend Special Areas classes on Wednesday.  Modifications will be made as necessary for remote participation.

 

General Disclaimers

  • All NCCS policies and guidelines as stated in the family handbook apply to both in-person and remote learners. An updated copy of the family handbook will be provided to families in August.

  • Families will need to notify NCCS before the start of each trimester if they are planning on utilizing remote learning.  Decisions regarding preference will be in effect for the entire trimester unless quarantine mandates otherwise.  Students will not have the freedom and flexibility from day to day, week to week, or month to month to switch between in-person or remote.  Should you feel the need to modify your decision during the trimester, please contact the administration to discuss it. 

 

We are confident that as a community we can persevere and create the best learning environment for our students moving forward.   We appreciate your understanding as we navigate this unprecedented situation, and we promise to continue to do our best to uphold the responsibility of caring for your child that you’ve entrusted us with.



 

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