We are planning for in-class instruction to start in September.
We are confident that we will be able to have full, in-class instruction with adjustments made to desk placement in classrooms. At this time we are anticipating our usual daily schedule (Appendix A) as outlined in the School Handbook, except there will be a time adjustment to allow for two student lunch blocks. Should restrictions be put in place through the school year, we will be able to quickly pivot to a distance learning platform and adjust class length.
“”Brentwood teachers are eager to be back in class with their students. It will be different in some ways but knowing they will be able to create meaningful connections with students from the beginning of the year, as they have always done, makes all the protocols worth it .” - Cheryl Murtland, Deputy Head - Academics
Students assigned to a learning group based on brother-sister houses/Grade 8
Separation of 2m in classes between learning groups
Teacher will physically distance from students
Removal of some classroom furniture to maximize space
Limit in-class movement
Availability of facial coverings when 2m distance between students of different learning groups or teacher and student cannot be maintained
Allow 10 minutes between classes to limit transition congestion
After each class, high touch area cleaning by students and staff
We will meet the Ministry of Health guidelines for physical distancing between students and between the teacher and students based on learning groups. Groupings of desks and tables will be allowed for students within the same learning group and physical distancing will be used to separate students of different learning groups. Teachers will rely on a variety of tools, including technology, to facilitate collaborative work when it must occur between students of different learning groups. Unnecessary furniture and items in classrooms will be removed to allow for maximum space for movement and accessible cleaning.
TRANSITION BETWEEN CLASSES
Education and continued vigilance will be a part of our regular day. Teachers will review the expectations for the classroom when it comes to health and safety, washroom protocols, etc. As needed, students will be reminded of these expectations while in class and as they move between classes. At the end of each class, students and teachers will be asked to wipe down desks, chairs and any equipment that was used during class time (projector remotes, whiteboard markers, etc.). Our campus design is of benefit as students will often be transitioning through outdoor spaces as they move to their next class with some classrooms having direct entry to the outdoors from the room.
Movement of students and teachers in between classes will be facilitated by a minimum of a 10-minute break and directional flow in hallways and stairways. Signs will be posted to indicate movement as well as waiting areas as students enter and exit a room.
All teachers will have an online course site to manage resources, assignments and class notes to facilitate the move to distance learning or a divided class model, if necessary. In a divided class model, limitations on the number of students attending class on a particular day could necessitate in-class instruction for some while others are working independently and remotely. Smaller group gatherings or Zoom technology will be used to facilitate grade-wide meetings. While prioritizing government directives for health and safety, we will take advantage of the flexibility in our day and look to maximize face-to-face interactions. The decision to move to a different learning approach will be determined by the Ministry of Education. For students who cannot attend school due to illness, resources will be made readily available so that as they are able, they can remain current with their courses.
CURRICULAR AND FIELD TRIPS
Alternatives to larger field trips and overnight curricular trips will be identified. For example, programs like the PARTY program, where students would go to the local hospital to learn about traumatic injury from alcohol-related behaviours have moved online. Field trip proposals will be measured against transportation and physical distancing guidelines to ensure safety. Outdoor experiences will be encouraged, where possible.
Should you have any questions about Academics/Calendar, please contact Cheryl Murtland, Deputy Head - Academics. firstname.lastname@example.org
Brentwood is not Brentwood without its arts program, so please be assured that we will continue to deliver a diverse and dynamic program of arts classes, tempered by health and safety modifications in our studios and performing arts classes.
“The Arts faculty are very keen to reconnect with students in our state of the art facilities come September. We can only maximize the opportunities for learning if the students are back on campus, and we joyfully anticipate that experience.” Edna Widenmaier, Director of Arts
All arts studios and teaching facilities will be set up for appropriate recommended physical distancing so class density would be modified to meet this expectation, whether that means the repositioning of easels or how far apart you are in choir or dance or on stage when rehearsing
Directional signage will be used where required
All students will sanitize their hands both at entry to and exit from arts classes
End of class protocols will involve sanitizing of equipment such as desks, instruments, and materials
If required by the activity, the use of physical barriers and face coverings
After each class, high touch area cleaning by students and staff
Potentially shift some classes into the evening
Detailed mitigation plans for each course are being developed to incorporate the implementation of cohorts.
We are preparing for a positive return to athletics and will be guided by the Ministries of Health and Education. If, as we hope, the situation stays the same or continues to improve, we anticipate offering a full and robust selection of athletic activities and offerings. If the current situation deteriorates, we will be able to quickly pivot to general fitness sessions in a physically distanced environment with small groups transitioning in and out over the course of a sport afternoon.
“Athletics remains an integral part of our tripartite program and student wellness plan. We are looking forward to enabling our student-athletes to engage in a safe and fun manner.” - Blake Gage, Director of Athletics
Reducing or eliminating close contact
Increase pre and post hygiene protocols for students/coaches
Require use of individual water bottles and towels
Limit size of groupings
Limit spectators as required
Limit social gatherings before and after play
Frequent cleaning of equipment and spaces
Staging areas with entry and exit strategies for indoor sports
Spitting and clearing of nasal/respiratory secretions on fields or other sport settings will be strongly discouraged
Potentially shift schedule as necessary
Detailed mitigation plans for each sport are being developed to incorporate the implementation of cohorts.