As we embark on the 2020-2021 school year at WES, we are committed to providing a robust, rigorous, and joyful learning experience for all of our students. We understand there are many factors that will influence how we will open, and we will need to be nimble and adjust quickly in the case of changing public health guidelines and concerns in the future.
Our faculty and staff have been busy this summer undergoing additional training to ensure that at-home learning will be both vigorous and joyful. We have continued to build our remote learning capacities, both from a pedagogical and technological perspective. Our task forces have sought to incorporate feedback from our surveys of parents, faculty, and Middle School students.
We have developed a plan for Continuous Learning for this coming school year. We believe on-site learning is preferable, but we are committed to providing a smooth transition between on-site and at-home learning should the need arise. This Continuous Learning approach also enables us to accommodate students who are not able to attend school, due to either illness, health concerns, or temporary quarantine due to possible COVID-19 exposure.
WES Dragons will engage in learning in one of three modes this year:
While we will continue to offer remote instruction for all families who choose it, we have two possible hybrid models we are ready to implement for families who select on-site instruction. Families may also opt-in to on-site learning later in the year if they so desire. As we have mentioned before, we will prioritize on-site learning for our youngest Dragons, due to their unique developmental needs.
Our 4 + 1 model was designed to reduce student contact with our specials teachers, who teach across grade levels, and allow for additional sanitation and cleaning during the school week. Under this model, each week students would learn on site every day except Wednesday, when they would learn remotely.
Our AAWBB model reduces the population density in a particular area of the school. Under this model, grade levels would be assigned to one of two groups: A or B. Grade levels in Group A would learn on site on Monday and Tuesday, and grade levels in Group B would come to campus on Thursday and Friday. Students would learn from home the remaining days of the week.