Better Together—Return to Campus 2020-2021
In our planning for reopening campus, we are relying on information from national and local health and education authorities, as well as our international and independent school networks. We have opened the school year in Remote Learning for Kindergarten- Grade 12, but we hope to be able to transition to on-campus classes as soon as possible. Therefore, we have created a range of scenarios, with the ability to pivot among them as needed.
As we continue to work through every detail of our return to campus, we acknowledge that success in slowing and limiting the spread of the virus will depend on all of us. We can do our part to reconfigure spaces, to accommodate physical distancing, and to install new hand washing stations. But we must also recognize that safety is a shared responsibility—a social contract we make with each other. Therefore, we ask all families to review and adhere to our Community Commitment.
As a valued member of the French American and International community, we understand it is our duty to protect not only ourselves but also those around us, including those who may be more vulnerable, in order to reduce the spread of COVID-19. We will do our part by acting in a responsible manner at school and away from school, understanding that making our own health and safety a top priority protects us all. We agree to abide by all behaviors, policies, procedures, and orders related to COVID-19 implemented by the state, county, and the school. Specifically, we will:
- Do our best to self-quarantine as a family for 14 days before returning to campus to limit potential exposure to COVID-19 by avoiding contact with those outside our household.
- Self-quarantine for 14 days following any travel that increases our risk of exposure. Activities that increase risk include travel on planes, trains, or buses where we and those around us are not wearing face coverings at all times, and any interactions with those outside our household that are 15 minutes or longer, are within 6ft of others, and when we and those around us are not wearing face coverings at all times.
- Complete the daily health check form for every student each day that they attend school in person.
- Wear an appropriate face covering at all times when on campus.
- Practice good personal hygiene consistent with public health protocols, such as frequent hand washing for twenty seconds, appropriately covering coughs and sneezes, use of hand sanitizers.
- Respect signs and follow on-campus traffic flow.
- Maintain a distance of six feet between myself and any other person whenever feasible.
- Respond cooperatively and respectfully to reminders to follow these protocols.
- Avoid large gatherings at home and off campus.
- Avoid environments, including off-campus extracurricular activities, in which people are not observing recommended behaviors, such as wearing masks and practicing physical distancing. We will minimize our contacts outside of school in order to preserve the value of small, stable, school-based cohorts.
- Notify school and keep students at home if experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or any illness.
- Follow regulations if a family member tests positive for COVID-19 and is required to isolate, or if they learn that they have come into close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
- Participate in any mandated contact tracing program including sharing information with contact tracers about others who may be exposed.
- Seek testing for COVID-19, as directed by the School or SF Public Health; and strongly consider having a seasonal flu vaccination this fall.
- Respect the integrity of the online teaching and learning environment as we do the physical classroom environment, recognizing that classes and activities provided remotely are designed for students only.
We understand that failure to adhere to this Community Commitment may put other members of our school community at considerable risk, and that those who do not honor these commitments may jeopardize their attendance on campus or enrollment status.
Principles for our Planning
All of our planning for the return to campus is guided by these principles:
- We are committed to the well-being and learning of our students, families, faculty, and staff, and to the long-term strength and advancement of our school
- We recognize the importance of the on-campus experience, especially for our youngest students and their families
- We therefore aim to have our youngest students on campus as much as possible while providing all our students with regular on-campus time with their teachers
- As we implement measures to reopen school while mitigating the spread of COVID-19 and promoting the health of all, we commit to advancing equity and social justice in our diverse, urban community.
Three Possible Scenarios for Reopening
Scenario 1: Campus open, physical distancing not required
Scenario 2: Campus open, physical distancing and smaller groups required, Hybrid Learning in upper grades
Scenario 3: Campus closure, Remote Learning