How will student morning drop off work?
Every morning, you will need to complete the AUXS Health Certification for each of your child(ren). If your child(ren) is/are cleared to come to school, you will receive a green pass via email. Please come to school prepared to display this pass to administrators as you are dropping off your children.
For all three divisions, parents will be asked to drive up to designated drop off points. Please keep your child in the car until you reach the drop off point. As your child gets out of the car, an administrator will check the student's green pass and take the student’s temperature. For Middle and Upper School, parents can also forward the green pass to their child(ren) to display on their phones or the student can bring a hard copy print out of the pass. Please note that if a child does not pass the Administrator screening (because they do not have a valid green pass or they present with a temperature), we will immediately call you to bring them home. Once the student clears check-in, they will proceed to the designated school entrance. Adults are to remain in their cars at all times. As the first day of school approaches, we will communicate suggested drop off times based on family last name to alleviate traffic flow.
How will the first week of school operate with the shortened days?
The first week of school (September 8-11) will have a soft start schedule. These half days allow students, families, faculty and administrators to get used to our new reality: daily Health Certifications and check-in, staggered class dismissal, one-directional hallways, and more. All students will begin at 8:25 a.m. and will be dismissed at noon, giving the faculty and administrators time in the afternoon to reflect on the flow of the schedule and plan for necessary changes.
Will Lower School still offer Before Care and After Care?
We will offer both Before and After Care. Parents will be required to register on a first-come, first served basis as there will be a limited number of students permitted. Both Before Care and After Care will be held in Panther Hall. Students will be grouped in grade/class cohorts, socially distanced and will be able to work on age-appropriate activities. Before Care will begin at 7:30 a.m. and After Care will run until 5 p.m.
What will happen with after school extracurricular activities?
We are committed to the robust student life experience we offer to our students and are looking for creative ways to deliver these activities while following safety protocols. Our first priority, however, is the safe transition back to the academic schedule. To allow for this transition, we plan to wait until October to begin Middle and Upper School after-school activities. Lower School after-school activities will be postponed to the second trimester.
Where can I find information regarding division-specific dress codes?
We have decided to relax the dress code for the 2020-2021 school year as a concession to the difficult reality our students will continue to face this year. We will be keeping windows to classrooms open, so students should plan to dress accordingly. Students will no longer have access to locker rooms to change for PE or athletics, so students should also dress to be able to transition to these activities without changing. Division-specific details regarding the relaxed dress code for 2020-21 can be found here: Lower School, Middle School, Upper School.