- Return-to-School Adjustments and Information
- Distance Learning Enhancements
- Health and Safety Measures
- Helpful Resources
- Academics and Schedules
- After School Program
- Carpool and Arrival/Dismissal Times
- Chapel and Advisory
- Classrooms and the Cohort Model
- Clubs and Extracurriculars
- PE and Sports Fellowship (Grades 5-6)
- PE and Sports (Grades 7-8)
The daily schedule will be the same for on-campus and distance learning. During distance learning, the instructional portion of the period will be shortened to allow for breaks.
Each day students will be in class from 8:15 a.m. through 3:25 p.m. (adjusted for staggered afternoon pickup). Each day consists of four extended academic blocks, advisory/chapel, and lunch. Built into the extended classes are scheduled temperature checks, handwashing, daily PE, and breaks.
The daily schedule is tentatively planned around a nine-day rotation. Students will take a fall fine arts rotation in either the visual arts or the performing arts based on their first choices.
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WHEN: Monday-Friday, 3:50 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
WHERE: Dining Commons
PICK-UP PROTOCOL: Arrive on campus and text your student's name to 833-354-8929.
All Middle School students attending the program are required to sign in and out for security purposes. This year we will require a pre-registration in order to ensure proper health and safety measures. Students who are not picked up by 6:00 p.m. will be under the supervision of Campus Security. Multiple pick-ups after 6:00 p.m. may result in a student’s exclusion from the after-school program.
We are working closely with health specialists to properly ensure a safe and efficient after school program that offers students the opportunity to manage their own time wisely in a supervised setting. Students are encouraged to work on assignments or projects, but can also socialize while maintaining a safe distance.
Should you have any questions or concerns please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Director of After School Programs
The beginning and end of school days (carpool) will operate under controlled and staggered ingress and egress. A carpool schedule will be released in the coming weeks.
Classrooms will open daily at 7:45 a.m. and students are encouraged to arrive as close to 7:45 a.m. as possible. Students should go directly to their first period classroom upon arriving at school. For students arriving between 7:00 a.m. - 7:45 a.m., a space allowing for physical distancing will be designated for students to wait until classrooms are open.
Middle school students will be dismissed from their last period classroom individually upon the arrival of their parent/guardian to the Merrell Road side of campus each afternoon. Students signed up for After School Care will be dismissed to the MS After School Care room. MS Students not picked up by 3:50 p.m. will be checked into MS After School Care.
All students (eLearners and on-campus learners) will be assigned to classes as cohorts based on language courses and limited disruption for mathematics classes, primarily in 7th and 8th grades. As much as possible, cohort groups will remain in the same classroom throughout the day, with different subject teachers rotating in as needed.
During on-campus operations, all academic classes will be live-streamed to include full-time distance learners and on-campus learners who are absent.
The arrangement of desks within classrooms optimizes physical distance between students and situates teachers in a defined teaching space that is at least 4 to 6 feet from other students. To reduce crowding, students will not have use of school or gym lockers. All materials required for class will need to be taken home nightly.
Seating capacity in the Dining Room has been reduced by 60% and all tables will be disinfected prior to each seating period.
Middle school students and teachers will have exclusive use of the Dining Commons between 10:45 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. daily. There will be no overlap with lower school or upper school students or teachers.
Students will be assigned to one of two seatings by class group. Class groups will be assigned an entry time and specific tables within the Dining Commons. Separate entry and egress routes into and out of the Dining Commons will be established as a measure of physical distancing.
IN THE SERVERY
Sage has taken steps to increase physical distancing for those waiting to get food.
- The number of entree stations has been reduced, and all entree items will be served by a Sage employee.
- Other items will be pre-packaged for self-service grab and go. Grab and go options include:
- Sandwiches: Turkey, plus a different rotating sandwich.
- Salads: Caesar, plus a mixed green salad
- Pre-cut fruit
- Beverages: Individually packaged water and milk cartons will be available.
All middle school students will have a 30-minute period of organized physical activity each day. Neither locker rooms or gym lockers will be available for use until further notice.
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.
Middle School athletics are postponed until further notice. Our hope is athletics will be able to begin soon after we return to in-person classes.
However, all middle school students will have a 30-minute period of organized physical activity each day. Neither locker rooms or gym lockers will be available for use until further notice.
On July 16, SPC Board of Directors Chair Jon Kellam and SPC Commissioner Bob Windham made the following statement regarding SPC fall sports. "At this time SPC schools are agreeing to delay any competition between schools for any of our sports to, at earliest, September 8th. SPC counter games would not occur until, at earliest, the week of September 21."
Teachers will all have the requisite technology for synchronous and asynchronous in-person, online, and hybrid learning. Each classroom will be accessible to students who are physically in class as well as those who cannot be in person.
Review the Chromebook and Cell Phone Policies under Helpful Resources for other information related to technology,.
As part of our summer planning and led by our academic dean and division heads, teachers have been working hard to improve what was by most reports an already a strong remote learning experience. We appreciate the substantial parent and middle and upper school student feedback that helped inform our decisions.
Some of the highlights of that work include the following:
- A robust remote-teaching training program for teachers in all three divisions.
- Modifications to the remote-teaching schedule that allow for more face-to-face teaching, smaller instructional groups, and a better pace to the day.
- The hiring of an additional Middle School Learning Specialist to support students and teachers.
- Cleaning Protocol
- Face Coverings
- Health Screening
- 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.
Classrooms and other high touch areas will be cleaned periodically throughout the day and every evening.Teachers will keep their rooms sanitized between classes and students will be asked to sanitize their hands frequently throughout the day; additional hand washing stations and sanitizer dispensers have been added to campus.
Masks or other safe and approved face coverings are required to be worn by all adults and 1st through 12th grade students.
Two masks will be supplied to each student (Beginners through grade 12) at the start of in-person learning. Additional masks for purchase will be available in the Eagles Nest.
Daily health screens, using the Ascend application, including temperature checks, will be required for all students, faculty, and staff. A temperature check will also be conducted on campus; student temperatures will be taken upon arrival at school.
Our nurse will be available for students during the school day.
There will be two designated quarantine rooms, in close proximity to the nurse’s office, which will be reserved for students exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19. If a student is exhibits symptoms, they will be asked to transport themselves off campus immediately or have a parent pick them up within 30 minutes. Quarantine rooms will be disinfected immediately after each use.
Campus visitors, including parents, will NOT be allowed on campus for the foreseeable future. Only ESD employees, students, and essential services (i.e. repair workers) will be allowed onto the ESD campus until restrictions lift.
All ESDPA and back-to-school meetings and events for parents will take place virtually.
- Cell Phone Policy
- Chromebook Policy
- Frequently Used Contacts
- How will ESD communicate with me?
- Middle School Handbook
- Student Support Services
- Textbooks and Supplies
- Tuition Information
- Uniforms and Spirit Wear Guidelines
Students in grades five through seven are not permitted to have cell phones or smart watches on campus. This policy covers phones, smart watches, and other portable or wearable devices. Use of these devices is an eighth-grade privilege and, as such, can be revoked in cases of non-compliance with these guidelines:
Eighth grade students are permitted to bring these devices to school but may not be used from the time they arrive on campus until 3:25 p.m.
Eighth grade students’ cell phones or smart watches must be TURNED OFF and placed in lockers during the entire day.
Cell phones are NOT permitted in locker rooms for any purpose.
Should a student fail to follow these guidelines, the device may be picked up by a parent in the Middle School Office.
If a student needs to contact his or her parents, he or she may do so in the Middle School Office on a school phone. If a parent needs to contact a child, he or she may contact the Middle School Office at (214) 358-5847.
Chromebooks for all new students will be ordered by the Middle School Office. Information on the distribution of Chromebooks will be released in the coming weeks.
- All Middle School students use school-managed Chromebooks. Having a single platform environment allows teachers to use the device as a learning tool, and having managed Chromebooks allows the School to push out applications that all students need to use. These are the only devices permitted on campus during the academic day except by written permission from the Division Head.
- Upon entering Middle School at ESD, each student will be issued a school-managed Chromebook with the cost included in tuition. This includes a case and insurance for one free replacement during the Middle School years. After the first replacement, if a student damages his or her device, he or she must buy a replacement Chromebook through the school and it will be charged to the incidental student account in the Eagle’s Nest.
- Chromebooks should arrive at school fully charged each day.
- Students are expected to have their own set of headphones each day. With that in mind, part of being in a community is being present, and as such use of headphones, including air pods, should only be used under the direction of a teacher. They should not be worn in the Schoolhouse Commons or other community places.
- In and out of the classroom, students must use their electronic devices in keeping with the RUP and the Code of Conduct. Students are encouraged not to leave these devices unattended on campus at any time because they may become lost or stolen. Students should put their names on these devices. The School retains the right to search electronic devices when necessary if there is sufficient suspicion that said device contains inappropriate or illegal material.
Head of Middle School - Jonathan Chein
Assistant Head of Middle School - Meg Fahrenbrook '01
Administrative Assistant to Head of Middle School/Registrar - Kristi Rayburn
Attendance - Ashley Little
Nurse - Marcia Biggs, RN
Counseling and Emotional Wellness - Maricela Aquino, LMSW
Learning Specialist - Adam Jones
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 email@example.com.
- More information on the climate of care provided by student support services.
- Additional contact information can be found in the Faculty/Staff Directory.
Our Emotional Wellness team is also available for all members of our community. Please feel to reach out with any questions or concerns you may have.
Middle school schedules will be released in early August, but you can go ahead and order your textbooks through the MBS Direct site. The only differentiating choices you will have to make for textbooks are for the world language and particular math courses your child is enrolled in. Middle School students must order textbooks for delivery prior to the start of school.
If you have any questions, please contact Meg Fahrenbrook '01, Assistant Head of Middle School, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
TEMPORARY CHANGES FOR THE 2020-21 SCHOOL YEAR
Students are asked to wear solid white or solid black tennis shoes to school. To further accommodate PE and activity requirements, students may wear any ESD Spirit shirt in lieu of their regular uniform shirt with the regular uniform bottom (skirt, shorts, or pants). Students wearing skirts are recommended to wear PE shorts underneath, which may be worn during PE activities.
Students will not be required to wear their formal uniforms (blazer and tie) until further notice.
Mills Uniform Company is the official uniform supplier for ESD. Uniforms can be purchased directly from Mills or through the ESD Uniform Resale Shop.
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Examples of approved vs. unapproved shoes:
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.