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: Wednesday, February 3, 2021
Duke School is currently open 5-days a week—operating full concurrent On-Campus and Bridged Distance Learning Models.
Our task force, administration teams, and sub-committees meet multiple times weekly, developing models to provide an exceptional, continuous educational learning experience while keeping paramount the safety of our students and employees.
All Duke School students, faculty and staff are encouraged to continue to adhere to local orders, as applicable, follow CDC guidelines and recommendations, and practice social distancing. Please review Duke School's Return to School Policies 2020-21 if you have questions related to our procedures during this time.
RECENT ALL SCHOOL COMMUNICATIONS
RETURN TO SCHOOL PLAN FALL 2020
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.
Bridged Distance Learning Model
We will offer a Bridged Distance Learning model to families who request or require this option, recognizing with this model that not all on-campus activities will be possible in a virtual setting.
SAFETY MEASURES & PROCEDURES
DAILY STUDENT LIFE
Staggered arrival and departure times
Maintain six feet
distancing at all times
PPE use and frequent
handwashing at sanitation
stations on campus
Temperature checks upon arrival to campus
Limited number of students in each classroom/space
Daily Screenings using the
Eliminate shared equipment
(e.g., computers, art supplies)
Altered field trips, athletics,
and third-party enrichment
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
Modular Classrooms and Outdoor Space
Base Camp Health's Ascend App
Technology Equiptment and Enhancements
Duke School Cares Fund
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