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Reopening Update

Dear GLOBE Community, 

We are writing with an update to our Return-to-Campus Plan.

The GLOBE Academy plans to reopen for hybrid in-person instruction on March 15, 2021. Students in grades K-8, whose families have chosen the in-person option, will be assigned to one of two cohorts, and will either return to school on Monday or Thursday of that week. You will receive an email about your student’s Hybrid days from their homeroom teacher by the end of the day Thursday, March 4. At this time, the hybrid days that are assigned to your student may not be changed. *For an explanation of the Hybrid Learning Model, please see page 5 of the Reopening Playbook.

As our Reopening Committee has continued to monitor GLOBE’s COVID-19 Data Dashboard and the improvements across the five pandemic indicators that we have been tracking, we are encouraged that the numbers will continue to decline. These numbers, considered in conjunction with the other aspects addressed in our Venn diagram, have led us to move forward with plans to bring students back into the building.  

GLOBE Faculty and Staff returned to campus March 1 to prepare for this transition. Also, please note that The Reopening Playbook has been updated to include information for Middle School students and can be found here.

A plan or timeline for returning to in-person learning four or five days a week has not been determined. However, for our plans to be successful in the hybrid reopening, we strongly encourage everyone in our GLOBE community to do their part to reduce spread of COVID-19 by by practicing the three Ws — wear a mask, wash your hands and watch your distance.

If you have any questions, please take a moment to review all of the information provided via the Reopening Playbook, in our Parent Sessions and on The COVID Corner. If you have further questions, please feel free to email us via our website or submit general queries via the The COVID Corner form.


Sincerely,

Christi Elliott-Earby
Executive Director
The COVID Corner
(click the image to access our COVID dashboard)
Check here each week for updates from GLOBE's Reopening Committee on guidance to inform a safe return, and for responses to your questions and concerns about The GLOBE Academy's COVID-19 response. GLOBE's COVID-19 tracker is updated each Wednesday at www.theglobeacademy.org. Please visit our site and click the graphic for daily updates on the pandemic conditions with more detailed information about these data. If you have questions about GLOBE's Return-to-Campus Plan, please submit them here. We will do our best to answer as many questions as possible.

YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED

Question: Please revise the shared table layout to provide at least 6 ft separation at a table to mitigate transmission risk in the classroom, particularly when students/staff are unmasked during lunch and to reduce the number of students in the space; the divider on the tables are only maybe 6 ft in length. A recent CDC MMWR publication of a transmission cluster at a GA elementary school implicated practices including improper distancing and classroom layout and eating lunch in the classroom https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/70/wr/mm7008e4.htm?s_cid=mm7008e4_w
 
Answer: Every effort will be made to maintain 6 feet of physical distancing in the classroom – however, there may be some instances where the classroom tables are not quite long enough to achieve this amount of distance. To reduce the likelihood of transmission during lunch, students will maintain their distance and will be asked not talk while eating. Teachers will provide an audio/visual distraction to help discourage talking. After the eating period, students will have an opportunity to engage in informal, masked, and socially distanced conversation with their peers.

Question: During the Return to school update for 3rd grade, I have a concern. I read that kids will keep masks on at all times, lower mask to take a bite and pull mask back up to chew. I’m a neurosurgery nurse practitioner and am well educated on cross contamination. If a student has any viral contamination on their mask, they will be cross contaminating their hands while they are actively placing food in their mouth with each bite. I’m am definitely pro-mask but have real concerns of masking while eating.

Answer: We apologize for this miscommunication – students will not wear masks while eating. 

Question: I see on the COVID Update in the weekly newsletter that the "Cases per 100k" are in the red "Above GLOBE's Threshold". What exactly is GLOBE's threshold for this? Please quantify this.

Answer: While we provide a summary graphic of the pandemic indicators in the newsletter each week, please remember that you can access the full details using GLOBE’s COVID-19 Data Dashboard. These data are an important component of our reopening framework; however, we are also taking into account student wellbeing and the community context. As you can see on the dashboard, GLOBE would like to see the 14-day cases be at or below 175 per 100,000. However, this marker alone will not be a determining factor in when to initiate hybrid instruction. 
Face Masks, Please

As we prepare for a potential return to campus, an attention to correct mask-wearing is imperative. Please practice with your children.

Remember:
> All students and staff must wear proper face masks on campus. They should also have a spare face mask with them. GLOBE Trot buffs cannot be used as masks.
> Students who are not wearing their mask properly will be gently corrected and coached on the importance of this behavior.
> If students willfully decline to wear their masks correctly, they will besent home to engage in virtual learning for a period of time. Their parents will also need to participate in a conference with the head of school.
GENERAL UPDATES

Explore GLOBE Online

The GLOBE Academy's website gives you quick access to everything from admissions, student medical forms and board of directors information to upcoming events, school news, PTCC projects and fundraising updates.

Normal Front Office Hours Resume

Next week, GLOBE's regular office hours will resume: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Beginning the week of March 8, 2021, the front office will be closed on Wednesdays at both campuses. 
In Case You Missed It: Hybrid and Virtual Model Parent Info Sessions
(Links to recordings below are LIVE)

STAMP Testing 2nd-8th grade
GLOBE students in grades 2nd through 8th will be participating in the STAndards based Measure of Proficiency in March.
Please join our Language Coordinator, Ms. Daniel, March 11th from 8pm-9pm to know what to expect.

When: Mar 11, 2021 08:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Topic: STAMP Coffee Talk

Passcode: 708548
+1 301 715 8592  
Webinar ID: 827 8240 6011
Passcode: 708548
Please submit your questions in advance here.
Chromebook Troubles?
Is your student having trouble with his/her Chromebook? We have recently installed a new extension that will help to monitor and clean Chromebook CPU and RAM usage. If your student is having trouble getting or staying connected to classes, or finds that new tabs just keep “loading,” please check this extension for more information. If the memory and CPU usage is close to 100%, try restarting the Chromebook and opening fewer tabs at a time. Reach out to Mrs. Limor (jlimor@theglobeacademy.net), if you need a service appointment.

Lower Campus

STAMP Testing Grades 2nd-3rd
March 15th-19th


Upper Campus

STAMP Testing 4th-5th 
March 22nd-26th

STAMP Testing MS
March 29-April 2nd


Virtual Language Field Trip for 8th grade

Eighth grade students will have the opportunity to participate in a full-day language immersion program hosted by Concordia Language Villages on Friday, March 5. You received information from Dr. Hertz and the 8th grade team to remit payment for this “trip”. This payment is due by Friday. Please make sure you have completed the registration form for your student in order to select class options for the event.
CONNECTIONS
Connections (at LC)
To meet what we see as a growing need for our GLOBE students to connect with one another and address certain aspects of the virtual learning environment in a positive way, EACH connection teacher will include Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) content in their lessons from March 1-9, the length of one full rotation. Sample SEL topics could include: being self-aware and relating to others, dealing with anxiety/worry, and practicals on how to be kind and why it is more important now. We are proud of and impressed by how your children continue to manage through the challenges of virtual learning and we are excited to connect with them during Connections next week!
Chorus News

The Chorus Newsletter has details about the next chorus presentation on March 11th at 6:30 p.m.
PTCC
Save the Date for the 2021 GLOBE Auction

The 24-hour virtual auction will begin Friday, May 15 at 7 p.m. and end Saturday, May 16 at 7 p.m. Do you have an irresistible donation item and/or interest in volunteering? Email auction@theglobeacademy.net and let us know. GLOBE families that secure Auction items will automatically be entered into the Big Ticket Item raffle. Follow the GLOBE PTCC Facebook page for more details. Registration is FREE and begins soon on the Auction website.

Science Week | March 1-7

Look out for the experiment of the day on The GLOBE Academy PTCC Facebook page March 2-5. Our science teachers will be sharing some fun videos. We are also happy to partner with Sub-Zero Ice Cream for Spirit Week for some delicious science fun. 

Please print out this flyer (graphic to the right) and present it at Sub-Zero Ice Cream between Mar 1-7 so that a portion of your purchase will be donated to the school.

We will make a few copies available at the front office of both lower and upper campus for parents who are unable to print at home. The school front office is open Monday-Thursday from 8 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.
Sub Zero Nitrogen Ice Cream
5590 Roswell Rd
Atlanta GA 30341

Francophone day is coming March 20! To celebrate, we need your help. Please reach out to globepac@gmail.com if you are interested in creating and submitting content to be viewed among our GLOBE families and staff. We’re looking for all things Fracophone, including cuisine, customs, and culture. Hit us with your favorite French inspiration!
UPCOMING

Below you will find the important dates to remember for the next month. You can also sync the GLOBE calendar to your own digital calendar.


March 1-7, 2021
Science Week

March 5, 2021
8th Grade Virtual Language Trip

March 11, 2021
Middle School Chorus Presentation
The GLOBE Academy Office Hours are Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Lunch Bag Icon

What's on the Menu?
The DeKalb County School District has released details on where to pick up lunch for your children Monday, Wednesday and Friday courtesy of DCSD. Click the link below for more details.
Meal Pickups

School Nutrition Services during Distance Learning will be available through the DeKalb County School District. Find out the details about Meal Distributions here.