After School Planning—Looking Ahead

Dear Duke School Families,

After School Programming: planning for this semester

We greatly appreciate our families’ understanding of our inability to offer after school programming in the fall of 2020, due to safety precautions related to COVID-19. As we shared then, the demands on staffing, combined with our emerging understanding of how best to create a low-risk environment, resulted in our decision to not offer programming.

We are aware of the burden this placed on families and worked this fall to determine how best to safely reinstate after school programming. We have decided, with the guidance of the Clinical Analyst Group (CAG), that we can offer modified programming to a limited number of participants in all grades, starting February 22, 2021. The CAG supports the school’s plan to cohort each grade as a group as long as students remain outside or inside for stationary activities in cases of very inclement weather.

As you consider whether this program may suit your family, please also know that circumstances surrounding COVID-19 and school operation remain in flux. Given this, we may, at any point, need to cease this program for the health and safety of students and employees if we receive guidance to do so.

CLICK HERE to read more and to register for the Spring 2021 After School Program.

Looking ahead

In a meeting this week, contemplating the national landscape and looking to the days and weeks ahead, the leadership team discussed the school's principles that inform us as we continue to seek age-appropriate, authentic ways to equip our learners and live our mission. Always, and especially during a period of great uncertainty, our students must feel safe and cared for in order to learn best. Our faculty members strive to create a meaningful curriculum rooted in a social-emotional program. In this environment, students can express and process their reactions, feelings, ideas, and hopes and dreams for the future.

Our responsibility is also our great opportunity to support purposeful learning, to hone skills like listening and engaging respectfully, to grow as informed thinkers and decision-makers, and to develop personal agency. I am grateful and excited for the upcoming planning days that offer our faculty and staff time to collaborate and prepare thoughtfully for the work before them.

Thank you, as always, for your partnership in the mission of Duke School.

Kind regards,


Lisa Nagel

Head of School

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