TRS Re-Entry Planning 2020-2021 School Year

The administration and the Board of Trustees at The Raleigh School are preparing to welcome students back to campus for the 2020-2021 school year (barring any governmental mandates prohibiting the reopening of campus.) TRS has formed five task forces (medical, financial, virtual learning, re-opening, social/emotional health) that will work over the coming weeks and months to support a safe and smooth re-opening.

Medical Task Force

Comprised of physicians from UNC Rex, Duke, WakeMed Hospital, this group of trustees, administrators and parents will help TRS implement recommendations from the CDC, health departments, and other agencies to ensure appropriate health and safety protocols are in place to re-open campus. This task force will also guide our school's response to health developments that occur during the school year that impact the school community.

Financial Task Force

Comprised of The Board of Trustees' Finance Committee, administrators and parents, this task force will work to provide TRS families, who may face financial hardship, financial assistance. Families wishing to discuss emergency tuition assistance should reach out to our Director of Admissions and Financial Aid Heather Campbell. In addition to ensuring additional financial assistance, members of this task force will provide fiscal guidance and evaluate potential governmental funding sources to offset unanticipated costs and financial losses related to the crisis.

VTRS Task Force

In the event campus needs to close during the coming school year, we want to be prepared to quickly and effectively implement VTRS. This group of educators, administrators, parents and technology specialists will work to capture and document previous successes with VTRS; incorporate parent feedback to create list of virtual learning best practices at different developmental stages; develop guidance for students, parents, and faculty for grade/age level specific expectations around virtual learning; decide on the digital platforms to be used, create an onboarding plan for children and families to VTRS, identify needed professional development for teachers, and share lessons learned about teaching and learning during VTRS to inform instructional practices/learning experiences on campus.

Re-Opening Task Force

Comprised of administrators, faculty/staff members, and parents, this task force will work to ensure governmental health guidelines are in place on campus as we begin our school year. While specific decisions and plans will be finalized over the coming weeks and months as more information and updated public health guidelines are issued, strategies are being developed in the following areas including but not limited to the institution of capacity limits, the use of facemasks, sanitizing and cleaning processes, changes to campus access for parents and visitors, and adjustments to drop-off/arrival procedures.

Social/Emotional Health Task Force

Our collective response to COVID-19 requires much more than limiting the spread of the virus. Prolonged physical distancing, illness in our families and communities, and economic struggles will leave many students, families and faculty in need of emotional support. This task force, comprised of counselors, parents, faculty and administrators will work to ensure we are being intentional about supporting our community during these challenging times.

Important Dates and Information

The Re-Opening Task Force is looking seriously at the school calendar for next year with an eye towards beginning earlier in August and timing school breaks for when illness may be at its highest. Decisions about the calendar will be made well before July 1.

Given the possibility of starting school earlier in August and the amount of work needed to get campus prepared, summer camps for this summer have been cancelled. At the end of May, Heather Campbell will be refunding all camp payments as well as any outstanding fees related to unused lunch and after care for the 2019-2020 school year.

While the tuition payment schedule you selected will still have its first payment due June 1, we have extended the date by which you can withdraw and only forfeit your deposit to July 1. While we sincerely hope you will remain a part of our community, we understand things are uncertain and you may need additional time to finalize your decision. Therefore, if you withdraw before July 1, any funds you have given the school for the 2020-2021 school year will be refunded, minus the deposit which has held your child's place for the upcoming year. We encourage you to reach out to Heather Campbell hcampbell@raleighschool.org if your financial situation has changed and you would like to apply for financial aid.

While it's difficult to provide detailed, specific information in such uncertain times, we hope this re-entry planning information addresses some of your questions and concerns. Please know that as the Task Forces continue their work, you will continue to receive updates each Sunday. We appreciate your continued support and patience as we work to bring meaningful closure to the 2019-2020 school year and prepare for a safe and meaningful year ahead.