On October 5th, we started the phased reopening of our 3 campuses for in-person instruction. Since that date, we have welcomed 309 students back to our campuses. All the school staff was thrilled to see our students in the flesh, and it was a shared pleasure. The return to campus was implemented in compliance with our health and safety protocols. The reopening was successfully achieved thanks to a great collective discipline, with some small operational adjustments. We have had two cases of students with symptoms consistent with COVID. One case has already tested negative and class resumed in person within a few days. The other student is still awaiting test results.
So far, the following grades have returned to campus:
- Bradley Campus: PS, MS, GS
- Rollingwood Campus: GS, 1st grade and Immersion classes
- Forest Road Campus: Grades 2, 3 and 6 routinely, and 12th graders for lab classes once per week.
Today we see 3 instruction modes are currently being used in our school. We have of course the distance learning that has been in place since the Back to school, the in-person instruction for students of the grades named above, and finally, since October 26th, the hybrid mode with faculty teaching simultaneously to students present in the classroom and students connected online from home.
This new hybrid step involves adapting teaching practices, using new equipment, and implementing new software. I acknowledge that it’s not an easy transition, and I want to warmly thank our 3rd and 6th grade faculty for their adaptability and flexibility in this new phase. We are once again in unchartered territory.
In October we also resumed transportation services with about 52 students being transported daily from home to school and back. The number of routes will increase as additional students return to campus.