University Prep trial return to campus 2020-21


 

September 30, 2020

Greetings UPrep Families,

Fall is officially here, and cool crisp air and changing leaves arrive with this season. I want to take this opportunity to thank you all for your patience and trust and to let you know about a trial opening of campus for UPrep students and teachers.

During the week of October 5–9, your child may notice many of their teachers teaching Zoom classes from their UPrep classrooms rather than their homes. During this week, each department will spend one day on campus with their colleagues, teaching from their classrooms and experimenting with new technology while learning about the campus safety modifications and safety and cleaning protocols the school has instituted. On October 9, which is a no school day for students, teachers will work together on campus to plan for a trial return to campus.

Our October 14 and 20, SAT and ACT test dates will still happen on campus. We are one of the few schools offering students the opportunity to test on campus, and I am proud of our College Counseling team and COVID-19 task force for making this happen.

Our goal as educators is always to think about what is in the best interest of our students. We know our 11- to 18-year-old students need to engage with and see each other. And, although I do not think it is prudent to bring 300 plus students back to campus at this time, I do think we need to grant the opportunity for smaller groups of students to come together on campus, even if only for one day.

Trial Return to Campus
In the first two weeks of the 2nd quarter, beginning on October 26 and ending on November 6, students will spend one day on campus. They will be divided into their blue and green groups by grade levels and will be on campus for the duration of the school day. The schedule is below.

 

Blue and green cohorts will be assigned by the school, and we ask that families not request changes—as it is very important that we keep each class size small to conform with the safety guidelines provided by the state. Groups will take siblings into account.

Flash surveys will be sent to students, families, faculty, and staff after each week, and these surveys will gauge the success of the trial weeks.

We know that some of our students are not yet ready to return to campus, and this is also okay. We will have technology available in our classrooms, so those students will be able to participate in learning activities with their cohort on Zoom.

If this two week trial works, there may be the opportunity to have students on campus for another two weeks before Thanksgiving break.

Between Thanksgiving and winter break, we will return to online learning, as we pay close attention to the infection rates in Washington state during the holiday season.

As your student(s) prepare for this brief return to campus, we ask that your family adhere to the following requirements:

  • Please carefully read the Return to Campus COVID-19 Handbook, which will soon be available in the Family Portal. You will be alerted by a school communication as soon as it is ready to read and sign.
  • A parent or guardian is required to complete a COVID-19 attestation form for each student, through the Magnus Health app, before your student will be allowed on campus each day. More information will be shared soon with families about this new required protocol.
  • Have your student practice wearing a mask and social distancing during the next few weeks.
  • Have your student practice thorough hand washing techniques before returning to campus.
  • If your child is feeling sick or showing any COVID-19 symptoms, please do not send them to campus on their designated day.

During the next few weeks, you can anticipate further communication from the school with details describing our new safety protocols and procedures and campus safety modifications. As always, please do reach out to me with any questions or concerns.

With gratitude,

Ronnie Codrington-Cazeau
Head of School

Current parents/guardians: Log into the Veracross Family Portal for details and updated information.