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Lower and Middle Divisions

Introduction

We are grateful to our dedicated staff and teachers, all of whom continue to work hard to offer engaging synchronous remote instruction. We are equally grateful to our students’ families, whose support and constructive feedback have helped us to refine our efforts. We look forward to welcoming students back to campus in the new year, as soon as it is safe and socially responsible to do so.

We are respectful of a family’s right to choose whether they wish to return to campus or remain in remote instruction until the risk is reduced even further (i.e., when there is widespread availability of a vaccine). We will therefore continue to offer a remote learning option for the remainder of the academic year, and our plan for the spring semester effectively accommodates the individual choice of each student and their family without compromising the quality of their academic experience.

Preparing for our return
Well before our return to campus instruction, we will provide a robust orientation program for families choosing that mode, and bring grade levels to campus for training using a staggered schedule in order to protect the health and safety of students and their families, as well as School employees.

Orientation Programming for Lower and Middle Divisions
Campus and virtual orientation programming for students and their families will be provided well in advance of the date on which students will be permitted to return for campus instruction. Regardless of the learning mode in which we start the semester, all classes will begin on Monday, January 4. Detailed information regarding logistics of student arrival, health screenings, and on-campus return will be shared well in advance of students’ planned arrival date.

Beginning with orientation programming, our resumption of campus instruction will start with students in grades PK-K. Students in grades 1-8 will then begin a staggered return process, starting with grade 1 and culminating with grade 8. This structured approach best serves the needs of each grade while protecting community health and safety.

Campus expansion
As we announced in November, the School has signed a lease with the Diocese of Monterey to use part of the former Junipero Serra School campus in Carmel in order to provide maximum physical distancing for lower and middle division students. As of this writing, students in grades 6-8 will use the Mission campus, which includes classrooms and athletics field space; students in grades PK–5 will remain on the Carmel campus. Here is a floor plan illustrating the layout of the two buildings we will be using for campus instruction at the Mission Campus. We'll have more information to share soon. In the interim, please contact Mr. Anthony Schipper or Mrs. Molly Bozzo with any questions. This arrangement will allow the School to exceed current CDC recommendations for physical distancing for students on both campuses. 

Stable cohorts
Students who return for campus instruction will remain with a small, stable cohort each day, which will help minimize the potential for the virus to spread and support contract tracing efforts in the event of an outbreak. Each cohort will wear color-coded Stevenson t-shirts in order to be easily identified, and be assigned to a designated outdoor learning space that they will use as weather permits. All students will be appropriately distanced within these cohorts, and the sharing of resources and supplies between and among students will be minimized. 

Movement and masks
Throughout campus, human traffic patterns will be clearly marked and carefully monitored. Cohorts will be assigned to a designated restroom, and restroom occupancy will be limited. All students and employees will be required to wear face masks throughout the duration of the day, except when eating or drinking. 

Morning and afternoon carline
Our modified carline routines will ensure that students are able to arrive and leave campus efficiently, while minimizing human congestion and protecting the health and safety of our students, families, and employees. Overseen by administrators and staff, our procedures will include multiple arrival and dismissal locations in order to accommodate staggered start and end times for the school day. 

 

Families will be required to arrive on each campus at designated times according to the age of their youngest enrolled child. Each student will be required to complete a web-based daily symptom check before being permitted on campus. Once students’ successful completion of the daily symptom check has been confirmed, they will follow a designated path to their respective classrooms, overseen by administrators and staff, where they will be met by their teachers. 

For afternoon pick up, students will remain in their cohorts at established locations until their parent, guardian, or caregiver arrives

Lunch
In order to protect student health and safety in the opening weeks of the semester, the School’s lunch service will be temporarily suspended. Students will join with employees in bringing lunches and snacks from home, and eating in designated areas while practicing physical distancing. We are adding additional covered outdoor seating for students to eat lunch while remaining physically distanced. We hope to reinstitute lunch service later in the semester. 

Carmel Campus

Recesses will be staggered, students will rotate in small cohorts under careful supervision, and all activities will be modified in order to protect the health and safety of students and School employees. Playground equipment will be cleaned after each recess period. We will utilize natural outdoor play spaces such as Carmel Beach and the field and court at Forest Hill Park. 

Mission Campus

Daily recesses and outdoor breaks will provide students with exercise and important socializing time. We will utilize outdoor learning spaces as much as possible for both learning and exercise. In addition, we will explore and benefit from access to the baseball fields, the soccer field, and nearby natural spaces.

After School Program
We will provide a robust, engaging, and highly structured virtual experience that will also be a collective resource to explore, create, discover, serve, and grow. If county guidelines allow, we will continue to offer our outdoor movement program, in a similar format to the one we launched in the late fall.

Workshops will be held Monday-Thursday through our virtual platform and on Mondays and Wednesdays in-person. These plans are subject to change, should there be a change in county policies and guidance.

Athletics
On December 1, 2020, the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) announced that schools may not permit athletics practices or competitions until January 1, 2021 at the earliest. 

We hope to be able to continue to provide our outdoor physical conditioning program—conducted in small, stable cohorts under careful supervision at the Jeff and Beth Young Athletics Fields and in the Pirate Pool—unless state or county guidance requires that program to be temporarily suspended.

Should it not be possible or advisable to provide interscholastic athletics upon our return to campus instruction, we will provide a range of sport-specific options for training and competition to ensure our middle school, club, junior varsity, and varsity student-athletes are still able to develop their skills, compete, and have fun.

School Nurse
We will be hiring a School nurse who will keep our students and employees healthy and safe, support our COVID-19 protocols, provide acute care for students, and offer guidance and support to families. The nurse will have access to appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) should the need for it arise. The School nurse will attend to the needs of the students and employees on both the Carmel and Mission campuses.

Spring Break
Given that Spring Break is, as of this writing, about four months away, and a tremendous amount can happen between now and March 27, it is simply too soon to provide a comprehensive description of how the School will manage boarding students at that time. Provided that conditions are safe enough to allow boarding students to remain on campus, we anticipate that they will be permitted to do so, but not required to do so. The state of the pandemic at that time, which cannot be anticipated now, will determine our policies and practices regarding boarding students who leave campus for the holiday with an intent to return afterwards.

Lower Division daily academic schedule
Our daily academic schedule allows for easy transitions between campus and remote instruction. The academic day will likely begin at 8:15 a.m. and conclude at 2:30 p.m., though these times are subject to change. 

Middle Division daily academic schedule
Our daily academic schedule allows for easy transitions between campus and remote instruction. The academic day will likely begin at 8:45 a.m. and end at 3:15 p.m., though these times are subject to change.