- Return-to-School Adjustments and Information
- Distance Learning Enhancements
- Health and Safety Measures
- Helpful Resources
- Academics and Schedules
- Carpool and On-Campus Parking
- Chapel and Advisory
- Clubs and Extracurriculars
- Field Trips
- Lockers and Travel Routes
- Study Hall
Please note, both distance learning and in-person schedules follow the same format - the only differences are that, in person, there is time allowed for hand washing, mask breaks, and physically distant social time while distance learning includes scheduled breaks throughout the day.
The in-person academic day begins at 8:45 a.m. and ends at 3:45 p.m.
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."
In the interim, strength and conditioning coaches will continue to provide athletes at-home workouts to help ensure readiness to play when the time comes. Coaches and program directors will also be reaching out to players. If you have any questions, please reach out to your coach or program director.
Follow SPCSports.org for the latest information.
Classrooms have been reorganized to allow for recommended physical distancing. Dividers will be installed in some classrooms, especially when face-to-face layouts are unavoidable although still at a distance.
Courses are being assigned classrooms based on varying enrollments. When physical distancing cannot be achieved, alternative classroom locations will be utilized.
Clubs would have the option to meet either before or after school or during the school day on Day 3 and Day 6.
After school day performing arts activities will be informed by local and state health organizations and TEA guidelines. Other extracurriculars will likely be a hybrid of small group in-person and virtual activities.
These activities are valuable experiences in community, expression, and leadership. We are actively looking for best possible solutions within these extraordinary circumstances.
Until restrictions lift, students will not be allowed to use a locker. All students should have a backpack for transporting all of their belongings on any given day. Teachers have been asked to limit the need to transport books to and from school.
Walking routes and designed ingress and egress patterns around campus have been mapped - those routes will be marked clearly with signage on the floors and other key locations. Where possible, routes, entrances, and exits will be designated for one-way flow.
When we return to campus, we will spend time discussing and practicing new protocols. Campus safety and other staff members will be on hand to help ensure adherence.
Seating capacity in the Dining Room has been reduced by 60% and all tables will be disinfected prior to each seating period. There will be no overlap with lower school or middle school students or teachers.
- Upper school students and teachers will have exclusive use of the Dining Commons between 12:20 p.m. and 1:55 p.m. daily, with upper school lunch occurring in two shifts.
- 9th and 10th grade will eat together and 11th and 12 grade will eat together. The shift that each group eats will switch at the end of every schedule rotation.
- Separate entry and egress routes into and out of the Dining Commons will be established as a measure of physical distancing. Each 10-foot table will have four chairs, spaced appropriately. Students attending lunch will have their backpacks and remain at the table until dismissed.
Until restrictions have lifted, there will be no off-campus lunch privileges nor will students be allowed to have food delivered to campus.
If a student has a first period or last period study hall, they should not be on campus (unless they have a scheduled appointment or permission to remain on campus). If a student has a study hall during the middle of the academic day, they should report to the study hall location unless given permission to be elsewhere. Students with unproctored study hall will be allowed to schedule one of 30 available locations in the Gill Library. In addition to the library, there will be other approved physically distant spaces for students to study.
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.
Students are responsible to have access to a device each day, whether on campus or in distance learning. For information on the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program, please click here.
On campus students should also bring earbuds or headphones for usage during the day.
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.
- Improved consistency across faculty.
Additional information regarding distance learning will be shared as we approach the start of school.
- 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.
Students in newspaper and yearbook will be assigned their own keyboards and mice for classroom use. Students in computer science courses will have rotating tablets for class use when their personal computers do not suffice.
Masks or other safe and approved face coverings are required to be worn by all adults and 1st through 12th grade students. All upper school students are required to wear masks when in a building or outside of a building if within six feet of another individual.
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 - in classrooms during 1st period or at the sign-in desk if students do not have a 1st period class.
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.
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.
- Bring Your Own Device Policy
- Community Service
- Frequently Used Contacts
- How will ESD communicate with me?
- Student Support Services
- Textbooks and Supplies
- Tuition Information
- Uniform and Spirit Wear Guidelines
- Upper School Handbook
Students are responsible to have access to a device each day, whether on campus or in distance learning. For information on the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy, please click here.
Students are also responsible to bring earbuds or earphones for participation in classes and coursework when not in the room.
Listed below are opportunities for community service over the summer. Please note there is a virtual list if you are struggling to find places that are open. If you have questions specific to the opportunity, please reach out to the organization directly, otherwise you may contact Courtney Phelps, Director of Community Service Learning.
Head of Upper School - Henry Heil
Assistant Head of Upper School - Jeff Laba
Attendance Notifications - firstname.lastname@example.org
Nurse - Marcia Biggs, RN
Counseling and Emotional Wellness - Merredith Stuelpe, LCSW
College Guidance - Chris Gonzales
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.
Upper school students must order textbooks for delivery prior to the start of school. Expect an email in early August notifying you that your upper school schedule is ready. Order your books based on that schedule of classes.
All students will be expected to follow all uniform rules and regulations when on campus.
Please note there are no planned formal dress days for Upper School while we are under COVID-19 restrictions. You will be notified if special circumstances require blazers and ties.
Mills Uniform Company is the official uniform supplier for ESD. Uniforms can be purchased directly from Mills or through the ESD Uniform Resale Shop.
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.