- Return-to-School Adjustments and Information
- Distance Learning Enhancements
- Health and Safety Measures
- Helpful Resources
- Before and After School Programs (ESD+ and KOC)
- Carpool and Dismissal Times
- Chapel and Daily Worship
- Classrooms and the Cohort Model
- Clubs, Extracurriculars, and Enrichment
- Common-Use Spaces
- Lunch and Snacks
- Recess and PE
- Schedules and Live Instruction
- Sports Fellowship
In-person/on-campus after-school programming will not be offered the first trimester with the exception of our extended-day care program, Kids on Campus (KOC). If we find a way to run programs safely or social distancing restrictions are lifted, we will consider offering them in the second trimester.
KOC will only be offered after school and families are encouraged to only utilize these services if truly needed. If you feel your family needs these services, please complete the parent survey by August 15.
KOC will operate under the same safety protocols as the school day, and we are still exploring what cohort models will look like (which is also dependent on how many people register for the program).
Parents may begin dropping students off on Montwood at 7:30 a.m. All students AND parents must wear a mask prior to exiting cars or pulling into carline service.
- Students must be able to unbuckle themselves and get out of cars on their own. We will have teachers ready to help usher students into the right entry point, but we will not be able to help with opening and closing doors. More to come, but please start working with your children on this.
Students will go straight to their classrooms via designated entrances to the building (specific entry routes to be shared at a later date) and be supervised by homeroom teachers. There will be no gathering or holding of students in the gym. Once inside the building, travel will be minimized by students and one-way plans in place. Teachers will push into classes when they can. When children move, they will do so in their cohorts.
We will be staggering dismissal times in Lower School this year. Students will be released by building floor level to ensure the safest and most efficient dismissal and carpool. If you are planning to carpool with another family, please reach out to Mary Pickett at email@example.com to be assigned a group carpool number.
Please note the times below:
12:00 p.m.: Half Day Beginners
2:30 p.m.: Full-Day Beginners-Primer
3:00 p.m.: 1st and 2nd Grades
3:15 p.m.: 3rd and 4th Grades
We will NOT be able to hold siblings this year, so please plan to pick your child up at their scheduled release time.
Students will remain with their homerooms (considered their cohort) and not mix with other students. We have large classrooms and small class sizes; classrooms have been rearranged to best allow safe physical distancing. Our “neighborhoods” will now become our “front yards” which extend even more learning space for students so that social distancing is achieved.
- We will be making a change to Pre-Kindergarten for the first trimester. Instead of three classes with two teachers and sixteen students, we will have six classes with eight students and one teacher. We have created three new classrooms in our Ford Discovery Commons where students can maintain a safe distance from one another, have plenty of room to safely nap, and still deliver on our early childhood mission. We will revisit this structure at the end of the first trimester.
Peak inside the reconfigured classrooms by grade-level to see our safety protocols in action:
This year our enrichment classes will be taught in blocks or units of study. In order to prevent crossover and best control supply sharing, CAST (content area specialist teachers) in Beginners through Primer will teach in weekly units. CAST in grades 1-4 will teach in 13-day units. So a student will have art for 13 days in a row and then switch to science for 13 days, etc. All students, regardless of platform, will rotate through our enrichment classes. When feasible students will travel to enrichments and CAST will also push into homeroom classes.
After school day performing arts activities will be informed by local and state health organizations and TEA guidelines. Club and other extracurriculars will likely be a hybrid of small group in-person and virtual activities.
Students will have a cubby space, procedures that prevent students from gathering in large groups will be enforced. We are determining whether students will keep backpacks with them or use the cubbies in a modified way.
- Please refrain from purchasing large bulky backpacks or backpacks with wheels as these will not fit in our designated spaces.
The existing water filling stations will remain on. We will not be using the existing water fountains in lower school. Students are encouraged to bring their refillable water bottles each day.
A lower school library plan is in development. We want books in the hands of students, and a new check-out system will be put in place so that children can request books and have them delivered to the classroom. Additionally, upon return books will be held for a designated time frame prior to being redistributed. Our librarians also serve as invaluable resources for helping children find information. They will continue partnering with teachers to support teachers’ and students’ informational needs.
Students in Beginners and PK will continue to bring their lunches from home. Students in K-4th grades will have food service from SAGE. SAGE will deliver food to each grade level in hot boxes, along with sandwich options, healthy snacks, and beverages. Lower school staff will serve lunches with homeroom teachers overseeing.
Snacks will continue to be provided to students on a daily basis. Students are encouraged to bring a water bottle from home each day.
We know the importance of hands-on learning and the importance of balancing screen time. Hands-on materials (workbooks, learning packets, supplies, math manipulatives, sound bags, etc.) will be a part of how we maintain best practices for student learning. We are prepared to equip students with these materials for distance learning.
Schedules have been created to include a daily balance of live instruction, "work time" away from the screen, and then live regrouping with the class and teacher to review work and ask questions. Feedback can also be given quickly and actionably via Seesaw and Schoology, thus empowering student autonomy with the learning process. You can expect students to have a developmentally appropriate school day with children having the same classes they would at school.
At this time, the Sports Fellowship program for fall 2020 is still on schedule to start mid-September. Pre-K through sixth-grade teams can play the following sports at the Moody and Semones Family YMCAs:
- Flag football (now open to boys AND girls)
- Tackle football
To sign up your child for a fall sport electronically, please click here. The deadline to sign up is Friday, August 7 at 5:00 p.m. Rosters will be released to families on August 14, at which time registration and payment at the appropriate YMCA can begin.
To avoid sharing and ensure consistent programming, we purchased additional devices for all students in the lower school creating a 1:1 student to device ratio. We have touchscreen tablets for Beginners-1st graders and Chromebooks for 2nd-4th graders. All devices will be loaded with the necessary apps, and training with students will begin when we return. Devices will go home with students in the event we are required to transition to distance learning or if you choose in synchronous learning for your student.
We have two technology instructors, Lindsey Cullins and Susan Hopper, who are serving as technology teachers for our students this year. They, in addition to our EdTech coaches and IT staff will provide training for teachers and support for families.
NEW TECHNOLOGY PLATFORMS
Veracross will be our new platform for parent-school information. Parents will receive more information in August. Seesaw will be the primary teacher-student platform for Beginners through 2nd grades for learning, feedback, and student portfolios. Schoology will be the primary teacher-student platform for 3rd and 4th grade students.
Distance Learning in March was responsive and reactive. Distance Learning in the upcoming school year will be planned and proactive, capitalizing on what we learned from our past, parent feedback, and teacher reflection. Below are changes and improvements we have made for the upcoming school year as a result.
A 1:1 technology ratio for lower school students provided by ESD.
- To avoid sharing and ensure consistent programming, we purchased additional devices for all students in the lower school creating a 1:1 student to device ratio. We have touchscreen tablets for Beginners-1st graders and Chromebooks for 2nd-4th graders. All devices will be loaded with the necessary apps, and training with students will begin when we return. Devices will go home with students in the event we are required to transition to distance learning or if you choose in synchronous learning for your student.
- We have devices for all learners, and these will be handed out during our carpool pickup (dates tbd). Students will use their devices both at school and at home, so there's no need to purchase a device of your own.
Modifications to the remote-teaching schedule that allow for more face-to-face teaching, smaller instructional groups, and a better pace to the day.
- Updated lower school schedules have been created to include a daily balance of live instruction, "work time" away from the screen, and then live regrouping with the class and teacher to review work and ask questions. Feedback can also be given quickly and actionably via Seesaw and Schoology, thus empowering student autonomy with the learning process. You can expect students to have a developmentally appropriate school day with children having the same classes they would at school.
A robust remote-teaching training program for teachers in all three divisions.
- We know the importance of hands-on learning and the importance of balancing screen time. Hands-on materials (workbooks, learning packets, supplies, math manipulatives, sound bags, etc.) will be a part of how we maintain best practices for student learning. We are prepared to equip students with these materials for distance learning.
Enhanced teacher training, technology instruction, and support.
- We have two technology instructors, Lindsey Cullins and Susan Hopper, who are serving as technology teachers for our lower school students this year. They, in addition to our EdTech coaches and IT staff, will provide training for teachers and support for families.
- Cleaning Protocol
- Face Coverings
- Health Screening and Hygiene
- Nurse's Clinic and Quarantine Room
- Visitors and Volunteers
Health and safety education and training for all faculty, staff, students, and parents will start before the first day of school and continue as needed. The following adjustments have been made to our campus in preparation for the students' return.
- Temporary handwashing stations will be installed throughout the campus.
- Electrostatic sprayers will be utilized throughout the day in high-touch areas.
- Enhanced air circulation units that include UV lighting filtration will be installed where feasible.
- Students and faculty will be trained on how to clean electronic touch surfaces and encouraged to wipe down frequently.
- Extra supplies of masks, face shields, sanitizer wipes, sanitizing spray, gloves, and soap will be provided in each classroom.
We will have at least one full-time lower school facilities staff to disinfect commonly touched surfaces. Classrooms will be treated each evening. Teachers will manage their classrooms throughout the day and spot clean accordingly.
All students in grades 1-12 will be required to wear school-issued masks while on campus. Students will have mask breaks when they are outside and at PE, recess, and lunch.
Beginners through Primer have the option of wearing either masks or face shields while at school. Teachers will be required to wear masks and will have the option of wearing a face shield over the mask.
All students and parents must wear a mask prior to exiting cars or pulling into carline service.
Two masks vetted by our health and safety taskforce will be supplied to each student (Beginners through grade 12) at the start of in-person learning. Additional masks can be purchased through The Eagles Nest in late August. Masks and school clothing should be washed each night.
ESD staff/faculty will use an infrared forehead thermometer to take the temperature of each student every morning in the classroom. We will monitor temperatures throughout the school day.
We will require frequent hand washing. Teachers will give lessons on how to properly wash hands, and we will have staff on hand to help our youngest learners. We have installed sanitizing stations around campus and will require their use during transitions.
The clinic will be open as usual and manned by our lower school nurse. A COVID-19 quarantine room has been set up in the co-lab by the nurse’s office. It is just down the hall from the clinic and, when in use, will be monitored by the nurse. Upon arrival, students will wash and sanitize their hands.
If a child is sick, he/she will be picked up by a caretaker at the nurse’s door. The clinic will be disinfected immediately if a person shows signs of COVID-19.
- Distance vs. Hybrid Learning
- Frequently Used Contacts
- How will ESD communicate with me?
- Lower School Handbook
- School Day Hours
- Textbooks and Supplies
- Tuition Information
- Uniform and Spirit Wear Guidelines
You may be wondering why the Distance Learning Plan and Hybrid plan are not one and the same.
They are close, but we have other factors we must consider when teachers are teaching from home/school and all students are at home. We also know that it's better to operate on a Monday-Friday schedule during times of Distance Learning.
If we need to close school, we will pivot immediately to our Distance Learning schedule. This schedule allows for both synchronous and asynchronous learning opportunities for students. We will not vary from this schedule in any significant way.
Families choosing Hybrid Learning require a commitment to both synchronous (live) learning and asynchronous (recorded/independent) learning. Students will be required to log into their classroom each morning (Google Meet). The in-person student schedule and at-home student schedule are intentionally similar, so students are "live" for core academic classes and class meetings. Teachers will communicate with all students during lessons, and special times will be carved out for our students learning from home. In addition, we will have other faculty available to support students' learning needs at the end of the day.
Parents will need to commit to the following when choosing this platform:
- Weekly school pick-ups for supplies and drop-offs (this will most likely be the Thursday before the next week.)
- Students will need a work space at home with minimal distractions for learning.
- Students should have necessary supplies and materials at home and be prepared for class when it starts.
- Attendance will be taken each day and noted for the classes.
- We do not currently allow parents, tutors or outside teachers in our classrooms. The same holds true for online learning. At-home support should happen during asynchronous times or if there's a technology glitch that needs immediate attention.
Head of Lower School - Tracey Shirey
Assistant Head of Lower School - Amy Cuccia
Director of Early Childhood - Amy Cuccia
Attendance Notifications/Carpool Changes - Mary Pickett
Nurse - Carla Thomas, RN
Counseling and Emotional Wellness - Cara Holmes, Ph.D.
PARENT NEWSLETTERS EVERY MONDAY:
On the first, second, and fifth Monday of the month, you will receive an email with the subject line, "ESD News You Can Use." It will be sent from Julie Clardy, Director of Communications.
On the third Monday of the month, you will receive an email with the subject line, "ESD Dates You Can Use." It will be sent from Julie Clardy, Director of Communications.
On the fourth Monday of the month, you will receive an email from your child's home room teacher (Lower School) or Grade Level Dean (Middle and Upper School).
Division Head emails are sent at the beginning of the month.
Grade Rep emails are sent mid-month.
If you are not receiving these emails and have checked your spam filter, please contact Katie Voss, Communications Associate at firstname.lastname@example.org.
HALF DAY BEGINNER
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Carpool Drop-Off: 7:30-7:55 a.m.
FULL DAY BEGINNER / PRE-K / KINDER / PRIMER:
8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Carpool Drop-Off: 7:30-7:55 a.m.
GRADES 1 - 2:
8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Carpool Drop-Off: 7:30-7:55 a.m.
GRADES 3 - 4:
8:00 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Carpool Drop-Off: 7:30-7:55 a.m.
Please see the Carpool information in the "On Campus Adjustments and Information" section above for further details on carpool dismissal times.
- Distance (or Remote) Learning*: everyone is learning from home.
- Hybrid Learning*: some children are in person; some are logging in from home.
- Asynchronous Learning: recorded or independent learning.
- Synchronous Learning: live learning; students are logged into class to see live instruction and interaction with the teacher and classmates.
*For a more in-depth understanding of distance and hybrid learning, please review the "Distance vs. Hybrid Learning" dropdown at the top of this list.
Textbooks are provided for each student in the classroom. Students will also be given supply boxes with individual supplies to use for all subject areas. We will not use any communal supplies at this time.
Parents should have the following supplies on hand at home should we need to pivot to distance learning: scissors, tape, glue sticks, markers (fat and skinny), colored pencils, crayons, pencils (and pens for older students), notebook paper, and white paper. These supplies are important regardless of your first trimester learning platform.
There is no relaxed uniform schedule for Lower School, either in person, distance learning, or hybrid. Our uniforms are comfortable, promote community, and often keep children on their best behavior. We will have regularly scheduled spirit days (dates tbd). Spirit wear can be purchased through The Eagles Nest virtual store.
Mills Uniform Company is the official uniform supplier for ESD. Uniforms can be purchased directly from Mills or through the ESD Uniform Resale Shop.
The Eagles Nest Campus store has gone virtual! Get your spirit wear essentials like athletic uniforms, shirts, outerwear, embroidered bows, hats, and a little bit of everything else. A limited selection of spirit wear items can also be found in the Resale Shop.