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Corbett Prep Back-to-School Plan 2020-2021 version 3

Version 3 includes updates current as of 8/14/2020

In this document you will find:

  1. Purpose
  2. Healthy Families
  3. Healthy Classrooms
  4. Healthy Campus
  5. Healthy Policies
  6. Learning Scenarios
  7. Division Specific Information
  8. Our Timeline
  9. Frequently Asked Questions
  10. Resources

Purpose

This document has been created to communicate our plan to welcome our students, faculty, and staff back to a safe campus and to share the learning scenarios that will continue to provide a highly effective, engaging, and joyful learning environment for all learners. This plan is fluid and flexible enough to allow for modifications as we receive new information. What will stay consistent, however, is our open communication and commitment to our students, families, and the vision of our school.

The administration at Corbett Prep created a task force that includes faculty members, medical professionals including pediatricians, the technology team, Corbett Prep community members, and representatives from the Board of Trustees. The task force is collaborating regularly to address and adjust specific re-entry, risk mitigation strategies, placing the health and wellbeing of the Corbett Prep community at the forefront.

Relying on respected resources and recommendations from the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, the Florida Association of Independent Schools (FCIS), and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, the task force will continue to work together to establish and refine procedures and protocols for on-campus learning per division.

As we respond to these challenging times, Corbett Prep faculty and staff remain committed to putting children first in continuing to deliver extraordinary educational experiences to our students. With a focus on academic excellence, student and staff wellbeing, and the deep connections that are at the heart of our unparalleled community, we plan to open school with a commitment to having Healthy Families, a Healthy Campus, Healthy Classrooms, and Healthy Policies to keep our whole community as safe as possible.

Healthy Families

Keeping our students, faculty, and staff healthy is a collective effort, one we are asking everyone in our community to support while on campus and off. With everyone’s understanding and cooperation, we have a much better chance of minimizing risk and maintaining a healthy environment.

Each family will be required to complete the Corbett Prep Health and Wellness Pledge, which will be made available through the Parent Portal and must be completed with the other medical documents required for the start of school.

Health and Wellness Pledge: A Family Commitment

I pledge to do my part to keep our community in the best possible health as I return to the Corbett Prep campus.

I understand I have a role in the fight against COVID-19 and commit to responsible actions and to be an accountable member of both the Corbett Prep and Tampa community. I also understand the risk associated with COVID-19 and its ability to be spread from person to person interactions.

I pledge to uphold the Corbett Prep Wellness Pledge every day by demonstrating personal integrity, respecting others, and supporting the Corbett Prep community by:

  • Following public health guidelines from the federal, state, and local levels to help protect my family.
  • Modifying my actions and encouraging others to do the same as guidelines and recommendations adapt over time.
  • Keeping my child home if sick or exposed to COVID-19.
  • Communicating directly with the Corbett Prep school nurse if my child or anyone in the household tests positive for COVID-19.
  • Wearing clean face coverings (masks) on campus.
  • Avoiding unnecessary travel.
  • Practicing social distancing while in public.
  • Practicing and reinforcing proper hand-washing practices.
  • Adhere to our new Visitor Policy that focuses on lowering transmission risk and promoting community wellbeing.
  • Complete and submit Medical and Emergency Contact forms online before school starts.

By taking the pledge to keep my family in good health, I accept responsibility for myself and my family and will do my best to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Corbett Prep families also have free access to the Contentment Foundation app, which contains instructional videos, family activities, and resources to develop a wellbeing practice at home. It complements the social-emotional learning curriculum Corbett Prep piloted for students with Yale University Center for Emotional Intelligence and now part of The Contentment Foundation. (Contentment.org). If you need access to the Contentment Foundation app, please contact Marla Vildostegui mvildostegui@corbettprep.com or Jen Jones jjones@corbettprep.com.

Healthy Classrooms

Corbett Prep classrooms will be rearranged to minimize risk and maximize cooperative learning opportunities, maintaining our brain-friendly learning environment.

Teachers and students will adhere to five strategies for maintaining a healthy classroom, each complementing the other to mitigate the overall risk of transmission: washing/sanitizing hands, maximizing physical distancing, maximizing group distancing, wearing face coverings, and avoiding shared materials. To ensure success, we have implemented the following enhancements and protocols:

  • Portable hand sanitizing and handwashing stations placed strategically throughout our campus and classrooms for student, teacher, and staff use.
  • Transparent protective partitions installed in classrooms as additional personal protective equipment (PPE). This additional protection around individual students, accompanied by mask wearing and physical distancing, allows us to continue to offer the Corbett Prep collaborative learning experience.
  • Maximizing physical distancing to protect students and teachers by repurposing how we are using both our indoor and outdoor classroom spaces. Classrooms restructured, which includes removing non-essential furniture to create needed space. If needed, class sizes will be adjusted to accommodate physical distancing.
  • Students in elementary classrooms will be grouped into grade-level learning cohorts based on the number of students on-campus for each particular class.
  • Middle School classes will consist of two smaller cohorts within traditional color group classes to maximize physical distancing and minimize exposure.
  • Students will only use their own personal supplies throughout the day.
  • Shared objects and spaces will be disinfected between users/classes.
  • All students from PreK3 through 8th grade will wear face coverings while indoors, during transition times, and when physical distancing is a challenge. Students will have opportunities while outside and during the day to be free of face coverings.
  • Classrooms are scheduled to be cleaned and sanitized throughout the day and nightly.
  • Classrooms are being outfitted with audio and video equipment.
Sample Personal Protective Equipment in an elementary classroom

Healthy Campus

We are fortunate to be situated on fifteen beautiful acres of land with an award-winning campus, including spacious indoor and outdoor areas for our students. Our plan will take full advantage of our buildings and grounds to create a balance of healthy students and happy students. In following recommended guidelines, we have identified a number of specific areas in which we can further support a healthy campus. These areas include:

  • The addition of a full-time, on-site pediatric registered nurse with dedicated clinic space for students with COVID-19 concerns, based on guidance from CDC. Isolation area is available.
  • Arrival and dismissal locations to create multiple drop off and pick up areas.
  • Screening and temperature checks completed three times during the day: On arrival, at midday, and before extended day.
  • Directional movement procedures throughout the campus will be put in place to reduce crossover. Will be based on area of school.
  • Changes in daily schedules to limit the number of contacts for students and staff and to maintain group distancing.
  • Enhanced cleaning and sanitizing procedures for all buildings.
  • Visual reminders of safety procedures posted throughout the campus.
  • Reimagined lunch schedules, menus, and locations. Grade level details will be announced.
  • Additional handwashing stations installed throughout both East and West sides of campus.
  • Academic schedules are being created to keep the same students together throughout the day. Smaller cohorts minimize crossover among children and adults within the school.
  • Locker rooms will be closed to begin the school year.
  • Community-style restrooms will be single use only.
  • Guidelines created to provide safe bus service for students to and from the school including temperature checks in the morning and afternoon.
  • Scheduling specific cleaning/sanitizing times of all shared spaces.
  • Installing transparent protective partitions in several locations including administrative offices.
  • Limiting visitors on campus and following specific visitor procedures.
  • Hand sanitizing stations installed throughout both sides of campus.
  • Upgraded water fountains that offer the touchless refill bottle option only.
  • Reimagined Corbett Prep events based on safety guidelines.
Handwashing stations have been installed throughout the campus.

HEALTH & SAFETY FOR BUS TRANSPORTATION:

  • Bus drivers will take students’ temperatures at pick up prior to students entering the bus (parents must remain at the pickup location until temperature is taken and given the all clear). Students’ temperatures will also be taken prior to leaving school at dismissal (if the student has a fever of 100.4 or higher, they will be taken to the clinic, and parents will be notified to pick up the student at school).
  • Students will use the hand sanitizing station on the bus prior to entering the bus and before departing, both to and from school.
  • Bus drivers will ensure physical distancing throughout the bus, except for family members who may sit together.
  • When possible, bus drivers will have bus windows open.

ARRIVAL & DISMISSAL:

We have redesigned arrival and dismissal at Corbett Prep to allow for multiple dropoff and pickup locations based on grade. To make arrival and dismissal as safe as possible, it is important that your child is dropped off and picked up at their correct stations each day.

Each arrival station will be clearly marked and will allow us to keep children adequately spaced. We understand this may mean multiple drop-offs if you have children in different grades; however, we need to keep safety our top priority. We thank you for understanding.

To ensure safe arrival and dismissal for all students, it is important for you to stay in your car and allow our staff to assist with the children. Temperatures will be taken as soon as the child has stepped out of the car and before parents leave. If arrival is after 8:00 a.m., please stay in your vehicle and call the office at 813-961-3087 so that one of our staff can kindly and carefully escort your child to their class.

Arrival/Drop-Off Procedure

  • Please stay in your car during arrival/drop-off. Children’s temperatures will be checked as they exit the cars. Please wait until you receive the okay to drive away.
  • For our little ones: We will have staff on hand to help your child(ren) out of the car. Temps will be taken upon arrival.
  • If higher than 100.4℉, the parent will need to park and wait to have the child's temp checked again.
  • Children arriving after 8:00 a.m., parents will pull up in front of the office and call 813-961-3087
  • Our pick-up time has a range of 2:50-3:15 p.m.. Please arrive within this window for dismissal.
  • Both arrival and dismissal: Parents stay in the RIGHT lane until all children are picked up.
  • SPECIAL NOTE: We look forward to making each family’s car name tag(s) and passing them out the first week of school. Until we have the car tag(s) ready, please help us fill this gap in time by printing out your child’s first and last name on a piece of paper. This will allow us to maintain distancing at each station as we learn our vehicles and families.

Dismissal/Pick-Up Procedures

  • Please use only the carline for dismissal/pick-up.
  • Please be patient through the carline as our teachers will be making sure students proceed safely and correctly.
  • Parents allowed to begin parking by pick up spot at 2:50 p.m.
  • Our pick-up time has a range of 2:50-3:15 p.m.. Please arrive within this window for dismissal.
  • Both arrival and dismissal: Parents stay in the RIGHT lane until all children are picked up.

Arrival and Dismissal Locations

East Side Campus
  • Station #1: PreK3, PreK4, Kindergarten will be outside the Farish Center in the back loop.
  • Station #2: Grades 3 and 4 will be outside Gatlin Hall/East Side gym.
  • Station #3: Grades 1 and 2 will be just beyond the Front Office.
  • Station #4: Grade 5 and Multiage(3/4) All Stars will be outside the Health Clinic/former Dance Room.
West Side Campus
  • Station #5: All students will be dropped off and picked up at this one location.

Parents, please refrain from walking your child(ren) onto campus and refer to our updated Visitor Policy below.

VISITOR POLICY:

  • Any visitor on campus will be required to wear a face covering.
  • Visitors with an appointment will be required to check in at the East Side or West Side front office.
  • Visitors with an appointment must have a mask on, will have their temperature taken, and will complete a health screening questionnaire. If their temperature is found to be 100.4° F or higher, or they answer “yes” to any of the questions in the screening questionnaire, they will need to leave campus.
  • Visits from family members and non-employees should be kept to a minimum.
  • All classrooms and lunch areas will be free from visitors.
  • Parents and guardians should remain in their vehicles and call the front office at 813-961-3087 when a child is being dropped off late or picked up early. A staff member will greet your child at the car, take your child’s temperature, and then walk him/her to their classroom.
  • Parents and guardians should remain in their vehicles and call the front office at 813-961-3087 for any messages or item drop offs (e.g., lunches/instruments). A staff member will deliver to the classroom. We are asking for drop offs to be kept at a minimum.

EXTENDED DAY:

This service is offered to families who are in need of a later pick-up and have no other option. To keep everyone as safe as possible while on campus, we are asking that all families who are able to pick up their children at dismissal to please do so. Extended Day is pre-register only! Due to safety this year, all children need to be registered for Extended Day prior to being allowed. Walk-ups will not be allowed.

Children in Extended Day will be mixing with students beyond their daily classroom cohorts. All students will be in age-level division cohorts. These new groupings will still have the same physical distancing and mask requirements as required throughout the day.

  • Extended Day is available on all full and half-school days beginning at 3:00 p.m. (or noon dismissal). The program includes opportunities for supervised recreation and time for homework; various enrichment activities will be added as the year progresses. A snack and beverage will be provided daily to each student.
  • COVID-19 safety modifications to Extended Day:
  • Students will be spread throughout campus in smaller age-level groups following safety recommendations to provide physical distancing.
  • The Extended Day program will be continually reviewed.
  • Parents must remain in their cars for pick-up. Students will be brought to you by a member of our Extended Day team. Please have your car tag visible.
Extended Day Pick-Up Locations:
  • Station #1: Grades PreK3, PreK4, K (Back Traffic Circle)
  • Station #2: Grades 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 (Outside Health Clinic/former Dance Room)
  • Station #2: Grades 6, 7, 8 (Outside Middle School Den Dining Hall)

Corbett Prep After-School Activities, Middle School Sports, Community School of the Arts, and Community School of Sports.

Beginning Week 5 of the 2020/2021 school year, after reviewing our protocols in place and our campus procedures, we will begin offering CSS, CSA, Athletics, and after school activities on a limited basis. Each program will have safety protocols specific to each area to be in line with our Back-to-School Plan. All programming will be reviewed daily based on safety and is subject to change if the need arises.

Healthy Policies

Please note our policy regarding procedures for COVID-19 may change based on local, state, and federal mandates. In light of the ever-changing information regarding possible symptoms, recommended procedures, and anticipated mandates, we will promise consistent and transparent communication with our families. We will be basing our policies on the most up-to-date guidance and recommendations from the CDC, AAP, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, NAIS, FCIS, and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. We are instituting the following policies to keep our community healthy.

  • The CDC recommends that if you, your child, or anyone in your household has tested positive for COVID-19, if you or anyone in your household has had symptoms, or if you believe you have had direct, unmasked contact with someone who has symptoms or has tested positive, please inform our COVID-19 Coordinator, Susan Leyshon, RN, immediately by calling (813) 961-3087 or emailing nurse@corbettprep.com.
  • Corbett Prep will follow contact tracing guidelines and inform those families identified to be at risk.
  • Students identified as at risk will be separated immediately, and the school nurse will move forward with established protocols.
  • Daily wellness screening surveys for community members on-campus will be conducted.
  • Any member of the community (students, teachers, or staff) who presents a temperature of 100.4⁰F will be isolated immediately and sent home. The nurse will continue follow-up and make the determination as to appropriate school measures based on the facts and circumstances of each situation.
  • All visitors will follow our visitor policy and will be required to have a face covering.
  • All employees on campus: Will have temperatures taken and logged on a daily basis, wear a sticker stating temperature is taken daily, and will wear a face covering. (Additional policies will be shared closer to the start of the school year.)
  • The return to school protocol that must be met after a student, teacher, or community member has been affected by COVID-19 will be shared at the start of the year based on the most current guidelines and recommendations.
  • The school will communicate to the community about COVID-19 exposures in school in a timely and efficient manner. Families will be notified if there has been schoolwide, division-specific, or classroom exposure.
  • This is what our COVID-19 policy looks like as of publishing. As new or updated guidance is received, this policy is subject to change.

COVID-19 HEALTH/COMMUNICATION PROTOCOLS

Face Coverings: Masks are Mandatory for All

(This policy will continue to be reviewed based on the most current guidance.)

Employees and visitors must use face coverings in all Corbett Prep locations, both indoors and outdoors. The use of face masks is vital to mitigate the transmission of the virus, thus essential for the school to remain open.

Mask Update

As research continues to update best practices for wearing masks and provides information on types of masks, Corbett Prep has determined that the choice of masks required for students, faculty, and staff masks at school must come from the following list:

  • Disposable surgical-style or KN95 masks
  • Cloth masks (should be washed daily)
  • All school masks need to be free of words and be school appropriate.
  • Non-examples of school-appropriate masks for students, faculty, and guests are listed below.

Please refrain from wearing these styles of masks on campus:

  • Masks with words or controversial images
  • Gaiter-style mask
Please refrain from wearing these styles of masks on campus:

PreK3, PreK4, Kindergarten Mask Update:

The guidance we have received from our medical task force, along with the latest advice from the American Association of Pediatrics (AAP) and the CDC regarding PreK3, PreK4, and Kindergarten children, informs us that we also need to have this age group in masks while indoors or anywhere where physical distancing will be a challenge. Teachers will include mask breaks and creative maskless times outdoors throughout the day.

Pre-K student wearing mask with attached named lanyard

Employees/Visitors/Students PreK3-8th Grade

Face coverings are not a substitute for physical distancing, which should remain the primary means of preventing transmission.

Our community needs to follow these protocols for face masks:

  • Face masks must cover their nose, mouth, and chin.
  • Face masks must be school appropriate.
  • They can be cloth masks, homemade or purchased, or disposable surgical masks.
  • Please refrain from using masks with respirators or valves.
  • Masks need to be cleaned and sanitized before reuse.

Face masks versus face shields:

  • Face shields may only be worn when mandated by a physician for a medical condition, approved by administration.
  • A doctor’s note requesting the use of a face shield for on-campus learners needs to be submitted no later than Monday, August 17th. School approval must be given prior to anyone using a face shield on campus.
  • Face shields create a different protocol if exposure is determined.

Mask teamwork: We can all help each other

  • All students must have an adequate supply (at least two) face coverings available.
  • All students should have an extra face mask labeled in a ziploc bag to turn into teachers on the first day of school.
  • Review CDC recommendations for guidelines and updates for wearing face masks (proper materials, proper use, methods to properly take on and off, how to clean and dispose of, etc.)
  • If you are concerned about wearing a face covering based on a disability, please contact Nicholas Rodriguez, Head of School.

PROTOCOLS FOR ON-CAMPUS COVID-19 REPORTING AND COMMUNICATION:

If an individual tests positive at the school, and everyone was wearing a mask:

  • Only the person who tests positive will be required to isolate for at least 10 days after symptom onset and until resolution of fever for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing medications, and with improvement of other symptoms.
  • Employees/students/families identified during contact tracing will be notified to be vigilant of symptom onset but will NOT be required to quarantine.
  • If an employee/student is in quarantine and is able, he/she will have the option to teach/learn virtually. Students will work with administration to transition to remote learning for the time they are out.
  • Additional Corbett Prep contact tracing will continue.

If an individual tests positive at the school and was not wearing a mask/in only a face shield:

  • Anyone that was identified as close contact* to the person will be notified and required to quarantine for 14 days.
  • Anyone identified as exposed to a close contact* cannot return to campus unless he/she has quarantined for 14 days.
  • If an employee/student is in quarantine and is able, he/she will have the option to teach/learn virtually. Students will work with administration to transition to remote learning for the time they are out.
  • Additional Corbett Prep contact tracing will continue.
  • *Close contact means in contact less than 6 feet and for over 15 minutes, without a mask.

If a student or employee has a positive case within their household, for example, a parent, child, or sibling has tested positive:

  • The employee/parent must notify the school immediately.
  • The student or employee will be required to quarantine for 14 days.
  • Because the employee/student was not the person testing positive, no notifications will need to be sent. (This could change based on testing.)
  • If an employee/student is in quarantine and is able, he/she will have the option to teach/learn virtually. Students will work with administration to transition to remote learning for the time they are out.
  • Additional Corbett Prep contact tracing will continue.

If a student or employee has symptoms while on campus:

  • Student: Immediately isolate in the COVID-19 isolation area.
  • Staff or faculty member: Immediately sent home.
  • Parent will be contacted for students to be picked up within 30 minutes.
  • Individual’s physician should be contacted. Parents need to follow the guidance of a physician and inform the Corbett nurse of results.
  • If the physician has diagnosed the child with a routine childhood illness, i.e. allergies, common cold, etc., the child may return to school with a doctor’s note and after being symptom-free for 24 hours.
  • If the physician has recommended a COVID-19 test, the child must stay home until the results have been received.
  • If the test returns positive, the child must isolate and not return to campus for 10 days per CDC if asymptomatic or if symptomatic, then at least 10 days since symptoms first appeared and at least 24 hours with no fever, without fever reducing medication, and symptoms have improved.

Clarification - We are aware there is not a one-size-fits-all response with COVID-19. In our daily interactions, we could have all three of our protocols active in one case. We will use these guidelines to work through contact tracing protocols to identify and communicate with all parties appropriately.

COVID-19 Family Resources

Back-to-School Scenarios

Corbett Prep’s philosophy focuses on creating rich academic experiences, which is best accomplished in-person, on-campus, with face-to-face instruction and interaction. Our goal is to have as many students present on campus as much as possible while keeping our community safe and engaged; however, we know circumstances may require us to adjust to other options. We have developed four possible scenarios to each of the situations we may experience at some time(s) during the school year. Based on the most up-to-date local, state, and county guidelines and regulations, we will determine to which scenario we will move. Please note that current plans are always subject to change and will be updated accordingly.

Coming Back to School on August 18, 2020

Our intention is to welcome our students back to Corbett Prep with Learning Scenario 3: Hybrid Community Learning. On Tuesday, August 4, you will receive via email Survey 2: On-campus or Remote Intent Survey (see timeline below.)

Learning Scenario 3: Hybrid Community Learning

We have designed a model of instruction that supports a hybrid community of learners. Master teachers will facilitate in-person, on-campus learning and remote learning concurrently. While on-campus learning will continue to offer our traditional academic model of education with safety protocols and adjustments, our remote learning will build on the success of our spring remote learning program with schedule adjustments, enhancements, and additional learning structures.

Once we receive family commitment data from Survey 2: On-Campus or Remote Intent Survey, our timeline (see below) will allow us to determine more specifically the day-to-day teaching and learning needs within the Hybrid Community Learning model. We are asking families to commit to either on-campus or off-campus remote learning for the first six weeks of school. Planning and preparing for both learning groups enables our students to stay connected as a single, collaborative, and engaging classroom community that looks and feels as close to the traditional start of school as possible for all students. We want everyone to feel valued and share in the camaraderie of being part of a Corbett Prep class, whether they are on campus or learning from home. Four weeks into school we will review and determine what will happen beyond the six week mark.

On-Campus Learning (In-Person)

With safety protocols in place, Corbett Prep is pleased to offer an On-Campus Learning option beginning in August for full school days, Monday-Friday. This decision required adjustments to academic classrooms to ensure safety, while still ensuring engaging learning experiences, and putting modifications in place to keep our students and staff happy and healthy.

Families who choose for their child(ren) to be on-campus for learning will opt for their children to continue to benefit from in-person engagement with their teachers and classmates as well as co-curricular and extra-curricular activities, when offered. Certain on-campus experiences, such as student connections, art, music, drama, and PE classes, are challenging to fully replicate during a remote experience due to logistics. Students who select the On-Campus Learning option will continue to enjoy the full benefits of these specials. Division-specific academic back-to-school plans will continue to be updated as needed.

Off-Campus Learning (Remote)

Corbett Prep will provide an Off-Campus Learning option for families who feel this is the best choice for their family during this time or for families/students who may be affected by COVID-19 during the school year. Off-Campus Learning will include a blend of structures to include live-streamed interactive lessons, flipped classrooms, regular weekly small group and/or individual check-ins with teachers, opportunities for collaboration and for completing work individually. Our remote option will be more adaptive than simply following the traditional school schedule and will be designed to ensure remote students stay and feel connected as valued, contributing members of their class. The grading and assessment expectations for students in both on-campus and off-campus learning scenarios will be the same.

The exact structure of the Off-Campus Learning day will vary by grade level and will be planned with the help of classroom teachers. Participation in Off-Campus Learning will require a greater level of family support for your child(ren). If a family selects this option, the initial timeline for this commitment will be six weeks of remote learning. Around week four of the current six-week commitment, families will receive a designation survey for the next six weeks. If the learning scenarios adjust either up or down, communication will continue with our families regarding options and needs.

Classroom teachers will establish the structures required to ensure the student’s success, including measures that ensure students complete work remotely. Families who select the Off-Campus Learning option will be asked to sign an agreement to acknowledge their understanding of the choice and to commit to a framework that will ensure accountability for their child’s academic progress.

  • Remote learners will have a team point of contact, and a system will be put in place for consistent communication to ensure their success.
  • Weekly remote schedules will be shared in advance. Each schedule will be created by classroom teachers to best meet students’ developmental, academic, and social/emotional needs.
  • Remote learners will have access to many of the same extra-curricular activities and electives as our on-campus learners. Specifics of after-school activities including Athletics, Odyssey of the Mind, CSA, CSS, etc., will vary and will be shared with our entire community. If a remote learner chooses to join these programs on campus, they will be subject to the same safety protocols and reporting requirements.

Full Remote Learning

We will move to a fully remote learning program for the school if the State of Florida requires independent schools to close. We may also choose to move to remote learning to respond to a significant need to keep the school community safe.

Division Specific information

Early Primary Division Details: Remote Learning

  • All remote learners will join their classmates for the start of every school day at 8:05 a.m., when attendance will be taken. Students are asked to be in dress code daily just as their on-campus peers are expected to do.
  • Remote learning will include both asynchronous learning and synchronous learning.
  • Playful learning and exploration opportunities will be built into each week’s schedule.
  • Specials classes will be included in daily schedules to continue to enrich student learning experiences.
  • Classes will be designed with each student in mind, so differentiation can still occur within both live and recorded content.
  • Live stream classes will be scheduled throughout the day based on students’ planned academic and specials classes as well as in response to classroom needs. The schedule of these live streams will be sent home weekly along with additional lesson plans.
  • Classrooms will utilize instructional technology Canvas and Zoom.
  • A typical day in PreK3, PreK4, and Kindergarten might include the following:
Sample Early Primary Division Instructional Areas (Not a schedule)

Upper Primary & Intermediate Division Details: Remote Learning

  • All remote learners will join their classmates for the start of every school day at 8:05 a.m., when attendance will be taken. Students should be in dress code daily.
  • Remote learning will include both asynchronous learning and synchronous learning.
  • Content from math, language arts, science, social studies, and Spanish will be provided and required for students to complete.
  • Content from PE, art, music and drama will be provided and required.
  • Classes will be designed with each student in mind, so differentiation can still occur within both live and recorded content.
  • Live stream classes will be scheduled throughout the day based on students’ planned academic and specials classes as well as in response to classroom needs. The schedule of these live streams will be sent home weekly.
  • Daily use of Canvas and Zoom will be expected.
  • A typical day in Upper Primary and Intermediate might include the following:
Sample Upper Primary & Intermediate Division Instructional Areas (Not a schedule)

Middle School Division Details: Remote Learning

  • All remote learners will join their classmates for the start of every school day at 8:05 a.m., when attendance will be taken. Students should be in dress code daily.
  • Remote learning will include both asynchronous learning and synchronous learning content.
  • Classes will be designed with each student in mind, so differentiation can still occur within both live and recorded content.
  • Content from math, language arts, science, social studies, and Spanish will be provided and required for students to complete.
  • Content from PE, art, music and drama will be provided and required.
  • Live stream classes will be scheduled throughout the day based on students’ planned academic and specials classes as well as in response to classroom needs. The schedule of these live streams will be sent home weekly.
  • Daily use of Canvas, Zoom, and Google Drive will be expected.
  • A typical day in Middle School might include the following:
Sample Middle School Division Instructional Areas (Not a schedule)

Our Timeline

To ensure we are preparing for the first day of school with the most updated guidance from safety organizations as well as properly planning after we receive our finalized in-person and remote numbers, we have created the timeline below.

Frequently Asked Questions

Whom should I contact when I have questions, and how do I reach them?

We love our family tradition of taking pictures on the first day of school. Can we still do that this year?

While we love when families feel part of our community by walking their children in for the first day of school, taking pictures, or meeting them at their classroom doors at dismissal, this year will need to be a different type of special for everyone to remain as safe as possible.

We have created a special link to help you create new and different first day memories with zoom or photo backgrounds: https://www.corbettprep.com/parent/zoom-backgrounds

Can my child bring their own sanitizers and cleaning supplies?

Sanitizer, soap, and cleaning supplies will be provided by Corbett Prep and available to students in each classroom. If a family chooses to provide their child with their own supply of sanitizers, wipes, etc., all should be scentless and kept inside each child’s backpack. If items brought from home become a distraction, we will inform the parents of a need to change.

May I still bring in birthday celebration treats for my child’s classroom?

Yes, please refer to our Visitor Policy regarding procedures for dropping off items. All items need to be individually wrapped. Doughnuts, cookies, and cupcakes in bulk need to be saved for a different time.

How will we know if there is a COVID-19 case on campus? What type of communication can we expect from the school?

Below you will find our initial outline of notification letters that will be sent home to families based on a COVID-19 occurrence on campus. These letters are color-coded and will outline what to do, what has been done, and what will need to be completed prior to return. Confidentiality of names will always be maintained.

If my child is going to be a remote learner, what additional supplies do they need?

Remote learners will need all required on-campus supplies, textbooks, notebooks, calculators, writing implements, etc., as well as access to a computer with a webcam, microphone, speakers, and internet access and a printer. Remote learners should establish a workspace within the house that limits distraction and includes a desk, chair, lighting, and access to electrical outlets. They will be expected to enter each school day groomed and with the mindset of being on campus in appropriate dress code attire: pants, shorts, tops, not pajamas.

When will families receive the school supply list?

Based on the shifts and changes that need to occur this fall, teachers will be revising their supply lists when they return to school on Thursday, August 6. Supply lists will be sent home and posted to the school website by Saturday, August 8th.

Can on-campus students shift to remote learning before the 6-week window expires?

Yes. If the need arises for your child to transition from on-campus to remote due to a medical or family need, we will work together to allow that opportunity.

Will families have an option to continue remote learning or return to school after the first six weeks?

As part of Learning Scenario 3, we will continue to offer both the remote and in-person options for our families. Around week four of the current six-week commitment, families will receive a designation survey for the next six weeks. If the learning scenarios adjust either up or down, communication will continue with our families regarding options and needs.

Could you share more information about the new school nurse?

We are excited to welcome Susan Leyshon, a registered nurse, to our staff! She will be our COVID-19 Coordinator on campus, and the new clinic will be located in the East Side building that was previously the dance room. (Dance room is being relocated) She can be reached at nurse@corbettprep.com.

How will specials work on-campus and off-campus?

We will continue to offer specials for both on-campus and off-campus learning with creative and engaging lessons in a variety of formats. On-campus specials teachers will travel to classes or identify outdoor/indoor spaces to deliver instruction, which will allow us to stay in line with learning scenario guidelines and safety protocols. Specials classes will be included in the remote schedules to maintain our focus on brain-based education.

How should parents notify Corbett Prep whether they want to begin the school year on-campus or in a remote environment for the 2020-21 school year?

Referring to the timeline included in this document, all Corbett parents will be asked to complete and submit Survey 2: On-Campus or Remote Intent Survey by Friday, August 7 at 9:00am to indicate their desire for their child(ren) to participate in the on-campus or the remote learning program. Reminder: the remote option will include a six-week commitment prior to being able to rejoin class on campus.

If my family is affected by COVID-19 and scheduled to attend school on campus, what options do we have?

If your child needs to be home for COVID-19 related medical reasons, and they are feeling well, they are welcome to join the Remote Learning Community during their time at home, with administrative approval. Upon completion of the return-to-school requirements, they will be able to rejoin the on-campus community.

My student has a medical need and will struggle to wear a mask all day. What do we do?

We are aware there are challenges associated with all-day mask use. Our policy in Scenario 3: Hybrid Community Learning states that face coverings will be required for all students in PreK3 through 8th grade indoors (and outdoors during transition times and when physical distancing is a challenge). All faculty and staff will be wearing face coverings throughout the day. With administrative approval and a doctor recommendation based on a medical need, face shields may be an option for your child. Please practice wearing face coverings (masks) with your child(ren) now to ensure comfort throughout the school day.

Will you still offer Extended Day, and how will it work to keep my children safe?

We plan on continuing to offer Extended Day for families who need it and will spread out students across the campus in smaller groups following safety recommendations. This service is offered to families who are in need of a later pickup. To keep everyone as safe as possible while on campus, we are asking that all families who are able to pick up their children at dismissal to please do so. The Extended Day offering will be continually reviewed.

After-School Activities? Athletics? Community School for Sports (CSS)? Community School of the Arts (CSA)?

We are considering the different scenarios and working with outside organizations to have plans in place to offer various after-school programming to our students. Specific details will be shared closer to the start of the school year. We are taking guidance from our athletic partnerships with Florida High School Athletics Association (FHSAA), Florida Council of Independent Schools (FCIS), Florida West Coast League (FWCL), Community School for Sports (CSS) along with our arts department and the Community School of the Arts (CSA).

What about Monday Morning Meetings, Welcome Back Party, Back to School Nights, and other Corbett Prep events?

We are looking at options for each individual event to make sure we are keeping our community safe. Some will be reimagined through use of technology. More specific details will be shared when school begins.

Will lunch be offered for my child?

Yes! We are excited to continue offering an on-campus prepared lunch program with adjustments. Lunches will be boxed, separated, and delivered to the designated eating areas for each grade level to eliminate lines and contact points for our students. Students will still be permitted to bring their own lunch. Look for more specific information in the back-to-school mailing.

Are you offering bus transportation?

Bus transportation will still be available within our designated routes. Physical distancing will occur throughout the bus and when possible, bus windows will be open, and temperatures will be taken at pickup in the morning and the afternoon. (Parents must remain at the pickup location until temperatures are taken and given the all clear.)

Please note: This is a living document. As we receive your questions through our survey responses, we will continue to update this library of questions.

Resources

The leadership team at Corbett Prep has spent months reading articles, participating in webinars, consulting medical experts, and keeping up to date with the latest recommendations and guidance from local, state, and federal entities. Below you will find an abbreviated list of the resources most consulted in the creation of our Back-to-School Plan.