BACK TO SCHOOL 2020-21
Welcome to Duke School Cares—an initiative that supports families as we continue to provide the education that will transform students to be the next generation of problem solvers for our complex world. Protecting the health and safety of all our students, faculty, and staff at Duke School remains our utmost priority. In order to keep our community well informed, we will be sharing our evolving plans for the 2020-21 academic school year. Please stay tuned as this is an unprecedented time in which information may change rapidly.
Last updated: Friday, August 14, 2020
Throughout the spring and early summer, the school teams and sub-committees met multiple times weekly, developing models to provide an exceptional, continuous educational learning experience while keeping paramount the safety of our students and employees. The academic leadership subgroups of the COVID-19 Response Task Force have developed three models for teaching and learning next year and strategies for enacting these models: On-Campus Learning, Distance Learning, and Modified Distance Learning.
As we have developed our plan, we have taken into consideration significant strides in professional development; expanding square footage through the addition of modular classrooms; procuring PPE, cleaning supplies and furnishings; HVAC modifications; enhancements for outdoor learning; 1:1 technology devices for students; and general technology upgrades;. offer the safest, most robust, and continuous educational program to our students throughout the year, toggling as necessary between these modes of instruction as circumstances dictate. We are currently working on comprehensive and detailed policies and procedures to translate models into action.
We plan to enact a Gradual Opening Plan, with school starting for all students on August 27, 2020, using On-Campus and Bridged Distance Learning models, as the Governor’s executive orders permit us to so. We will remain nimble and responsive to recommendations of our guiding organizations. We are prepared to adjust course based on directives of the state of North Carolina.
On-Campus Learning Model
Students and employees return to campus, with modifications to integrate enhanced health and safety procedures that equal or exceed national, state, and local safety criteria. School will only fully reopen if the North Carolina Governor’s executive orders permit us to do so.
SAFETY MEASURES & PROCEDURES
DAILY STUDENT LIFE
Temperature checks upon arrival to campus
Staggered arrival and departure times
Eliminate shared equipment
(e.g., computers, art supplies)
Limited number of students in each classroom/space
Maintain six feet
distancing at all times
Altered field trips, athletics,
and third-party enrichment
Daily Screenings using the
PPE use and frequent
handwashing at sanitation
stations on campus
Utilize outdoor space as much as possible
A new, isolated space for those
showing COVID symptoms to
wait for pick-up
throughout the building
Signage throughout campus
with safety reminders
Increased cleaning procedures
Guiding Principles in the Development of the 2020-21: Return to School Plan
Protecting the health, safety, and well-being of every member of our community is our highest priority. Duke School created a COVID-19 Response Task Force (CRTF) to seek solutions to challenges presented by the pandemic and to plan for a rich, safe, and continuous learning experience for the coming school year. Duke School’s Leadership Team is grateful for the input of our faculty/staff committees. Our planning has been informed by results from our spring parent survey, and we are grateful to our Duke School community for your feedback and support. In developing our plan, Duke School is committed to these key guiding principles:
Prioritizing the health and safety of our students, employees, and families;
Ensuring the delivery of a robust, comprehensive, and mission-consistent educational program;
Aligning with local, state, and national health authorities;
Responding and adapting to a rapidly evolving environment;
Promoting equity and underscoring the dignity of every person in all our efforts; and
Demonstrating fiscal resilience and responsibility