Back to School Plan - Fall 2020
We have developed the following plan in thoughtful consideration of family survey responses, the guidance of health officials, and other key factors. Our ultimate goal is to keep our students and staff safe and healthy in the midst of a global pandemic, and to provide a dynamic, high Koality learning experience.
- Our school campus will be open on Mondays, Tuesday, Wednesdays and Thursdays each week.
- Students can attend school in-person OR virtually on Mondays through Thursdays.
- Fridays will be virtual for everyone and will include Morning Meeting, club/team meetings, and Study Halls where students will work on academic projects and/or passion projects.
- After Thanksgiving Break, we will all work virtually to minimize risk after holiday gatherings.
- Parents can choose each day whether their student comes to school or works from home.
- We will take attendance every day in Morning Meeting. We will have two Morning Meetings each day - one online and one in-person.
- Attendance will also be taken during each class and club/team meeting.
- Whether virtual or at school -
- Students are expected to attend all meetings and classes etc - to be on time, prepared with the necessary materials, stay for the full duration, be fully engaged and participate.
- Parents who agree for their students to work from home will be committing additional effort to ensuring that their student is successful. This includes, but is not limited to, helping their student map out a daily schedule for pre-set classes/meetings and independent work times, and to also help them arrange one on one or small group tutoring sessions with peers and teachers. Our school staff can help you make a personalized plan, but parents will take the lead at home to implement it with their student.
- All classes will be delivered via video conferencing software (e.g. Zoom, Google Meet). This approach allows us flexibility with the ebbs and flows of the pandemic.
- Projects and assignments will continue to be delivered through Google Classroom.
- We have redesigned all of our Fall classes for a virtual environment. This includes providing at-home project kits for students to continue hands-on learning this semester.
- Students that are physically at school will also need to log in to the video call so that they can participate in the lesson and activities.
Should I work at school or at home?
Given the current pace of the pandemic, we encourage all families to make careful decisions each day about whether their student works at school or home. Here are some considerations as you make this decision each day. Note: This is not an exhaustive list.
I should work at school if:
- I am a new student to The LIFE School.
- I am a returning student who is still developing my self direction skills.
- I would benefit from (or my parents think I would benefit from) the guidance, support and structure provided by school staff.
- I need access to WI-FI or printers.
- I want to use the school’s music studio or art room.
- I want to work with the new plants, rabbits and/or fish in our greenhouse.
- I work better when I can review my work with an adult in person.
- My project group has decided to work together at school today.
- I want to participate in an in-person workshop happening at school today.
I should work from home if:
- My temperature was taken this morning and it is above 100℉.
- I feel sick and it hasn’t gotten better as I started to get ready for school.
- I was tested for COVID-19 and the test confirmed that I have COVID-19.
- I have health challenges that put me at high risk for COVID-19.
- I live with someone who is at high risk for COVID-19.
- My commute would require significant potential exposure to COVID-19 (e.g. taking public transit or Uber/Lyft) and I do not have an alternative, safer way to get to school.
- Tutoring and teacher meetings will be available virtually and in-person.
- Any students who come to school will be expected to stay for the full day.
Health Precautions at school
Required PPE: Masks and/or face shields
- Students must bring their own PPE to school each day.
- We will have disposable masks available for student use if they damage their own.
- Parents should consider sending their student with backup PPE, if you have preferred products that you all are using.
Daily health and cleaning procedures
- Temperature checks and hand washing will be required upon arrival.
- If students have a fever, they will be isolated until we can do a 2nd temperature check. If they still have a fever, they will need to go home for the day. Parents should check their student’s temperature before leaving home each day. We will have hand sanitizer in every classroom and workspace.
- We have arranged for the use of the 1st and 2nd floors so that students can have more space for social distancing.
- While students will still be expected to clean their spaces, staff will also do an electrostatic disinfection at the end of each day.
- Any student or staff member who is sick will need to stay home until they are healthy.
- Per CDC guidelines, if any student or staff member is confirmed by a doctor to have COVID-19, we will inform the school community, close the school campus for 14 days and ask everyone who has been at school to quarantine at home.
Parents and visitors
- Parents and visitors will have to stay in the lobby or outside.
- If a parent needs to meet with a teacher or a visitor is presenting a workshop, they will need to have their temperature checked and wash their hands before they can leave the lobby to enter the school.
Lunch and snack options
- Closed Campus: Students will not be able to leave campus for lunch, in order to reduce student exposure to COVID-19 as they interact with or pass by other people off-campus.
- We are also working to get a vending machine (or two) where students can purchase drinks and snacks.
- Families will have input on lunch and vending options. For the vending machines, we will be starting a business club where interested students can manage profit sharing.
- We will replace the shared dishes in the kitchen with single-use dishes, cups & utensils.
- All food stored in fridges must be in airtight containers. No loose bottles or food items.
- We are working to finalize a lunch catering service for those interested in purchasing food.
What kinds of meals will be served at school?
Lunch would be ~$7.50/day for those interested in purchasing lunch. Families will have input on lunch options at the start of the month. There will be a meat option & a vegan option each day.
Example menu items:
- Mama Maria's 3 Cheese & Angus Beef Penne with Parmesan Focaccia
- Cilantro Chicken Wrap on Spinach Tortilla with Charred Corn, Sweet Onion Pico, Horseradish Crema, & Gourmet Kettle Chips
- Rock Shrimp & Toasted Sweet Corn Farfalle Alfredo Bake with Parmesan Focaccia
- Vegan Cuban Sandwich with Chimichurri Tater Salad
- Slow Roasted Jerk Chicken over Pigeon Peas & Coconut Milk Island Rice
- Roasted Veggie Burrito Bowl
Field Trips & Workshops
Field trips and workshops
- Field trips and workshops will be limited but still occur.
- Parents should plan to transport their student to most trips. We will work with parents for each trip to schedule them at reasonable times.
- We are organizing a mix of virtual and in-person workshops so that students can still connect with experts and other interesting people from around the world.
- For example, we are developing a series of artist talks where professional artists will share about their work and lead a creative activity for interested students.
- Ms. Kendall will also be leading a monthly Pathways workshop on topics such as applying for college scholarships and finding an internship and/or a job.
- We are finalizing a schedule of outdoor activities where families can get together to connect with one another and enjoy the natural beauty of metro Atlanta.
- Activities may include hiking, biking, rock climbing, fishing, archery etc.
- Plan ahead for a Family Farm Day where we ALL go to Mr. Khabral and Tashar’s family farm in Tuskegee. There will be horseback riding, honey tasting, hiking and more.