YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED
My entire family has had COVID and feel safe resuming regular activities, while wearing masks and maintaining physical distance. We feel safer than ever and we’re wondering if anyone else is in the same boat?
We are sorry to hear that your family was infected, but grateful that everyone has recovered. Given that COVID-19 is a relatively new disease, there is still much that scientists are learning about long-term complications and immunity. The CDC notes that, although rare, reinfection with COVID-19 is possible; it is unknown just how much protection antibodies might have against reinfection. While some individuals experience mild or no symptoms, others have much more severe complications, some of which are life threatening. For this reason, we encourage all members of the GLOBE community to follow the CDC’s guidance for COVID prevention, regardless of whether you have previously tested positive.
What will the hybrid model look like?
GLOBE's Reopening Committee continues to meet weekly, with ongoing work between meetings, to finalize the reopening plan. Once it is safe to return to campus, we anticipate that the hybrid model will have students attending two days each week, with no more than half of the class attending on a given day. Students attending in-person would either be on campus on Monday and Tuesday or Thursday and Friday. All students will continue to have virtual learning on Wednesdays. We anticipate that there will be a proportion of families who choose to continue with virtual learning, thus further decreasing the size of the in-person classes. We anticipate that there will be ample space for all families who wish to return to in-person instruction. In the unlikely event that there are not enough in-person seats to accommodate interest, we will work with families and teachers to ensure that students with academic or other situational needs that require them to attend in-person will be able to do so. Please note that the plan has not yet been finalized and that the model is likely to look different for different grades, and the start dates will be staggered. Considerations are being made for families with siblings, both at the same campus and on both campuses.
The instructional sub-committee is continuing discussions about the method of instruction for the students who will continue with virtual learning. It has yet to be decided whether the students learning virtually will "zoom" into the traditional classroom or whether there will be teachers assigned specifically to this group. It is possible that the virtual instruction will look different from what is currently in place; please stay tuned for these additional details as they become available.
Students who will attend in person will be expected to wear a mask at all times (except when eating), practice physical distancing, and keep their hands clean. GLOBE has ample cleaning supplies in stock, and a plan to keep ahead of the orders to ensure that we retain an adequate supply. As in the past, families may be asked to supply paper towels, boxes of tissue, and sanitizing wipes as they are able.