For the coming year, we will be placing students into smaller Gradehead sections with one Gradehead and one support person. With social distance and required mask wearing recommendations, each grade will have four sections with the exception of Grade 7 which will have 5 sections. Department classes will be held either via Zoom for both online and on-campus students, or in outdoor tents if appropriate. Most grades have both online and on-campus learners and every classroom with the exception of Beginners has Swivl cameras to enable our online students to more fully participate in the life of the classroom.
Over the summer, faculty were provided opportunities for professional development on remote learning, social emotional learning, All Kinds of Minds, and equity and inclusion, while also engaging in trauma sensitive teacher training to help them best support the emotional needs of our students. In addition, all department teams and grade level teams completed three days of collaborative planning for hybrid learning.
We will continue to broaden our social emotional learning and curriculum. We have welcomed new Middle School Counselor, Jamila Wilson allowing Lower School Psychologist Mark Steward to focus his time exclusively in B-4. In the fall, TOAD (Talks On Adolescent Development) will add technology-specific classes for online learning and digital wellness.
All students in grades 1-8 will have 1-1 technology provided for them. We have increased our internet connection bandwidth to support outdoor spaces and have upgraded mobile device management software to allow for updates to both on and off campus computers and iPads.
Interscholastic athletics have been cancelled for the fall. Students in all grades will participate in physical education as part of the academic day.