THE 2020-21 SCHOOL YEAR
ON CAMPUS, CONCURRENT LEARNING AND HEALTH & SAFETY PROTOCOLS
HEALTH PROTOCOL VIDEOS
MIDDLE & UPPER SCHOOL
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PLANNING FOR OUR RETURN TO CAMPUS
Our planning effort began last year with the establishment of a task force of administrators, faculty and staff, responsible for tracking and assessing the Covid-19 pandemic, monitoring health and safety guidelines from the CDC and local authorities, and learning from the experiences of schools in this country and around the world to inform a plan for Waterford students and faculty to safely return to campus.
While in frequent dialogue with board members, parents, community health experts, and local and national educators, the task force and subcommittees were charged with maintaining and improving program integrity and fidelity, while creating a safe and healthy environment for the 2020-21 school year in a manner consistent with the Waterford vision, mission, and values, and at a level that meets reasonable parent and faculty expectations, regardless of the particular mode of delivery.
We are able to return to on-campus learning through investments in technology and professional development of faculty, as well as creative use of schedule, space, and staffing.
- The health and safety of all community members is of paramount importance, including physical health and the emotional well-being of our students, as well as our faculty.
- Given the Waterford vision, mission, and values, and its philosophical commitment to the liberal arts model of learning, we should find ways to be together for on-campus learning whenever possible.
- Knowing that reducing risk to zero is impossible, we will follow public health and safety guidelines—the Utah Department of Health and the CDC will be used as our main reference points for our ongoing assessment of risk.
- We will define procedures and protocols to open and operate safely across as many program areas as possible. Given that public health and safety guidelines related to school operations will likely shift multiple times during the duration of COVID-19 concerns, we will also plan for the possibility of pivoting quickly from one set of operating rules to another
PLANNING, PREPARATION AND INVESTMENT PRIORITIES FOR AN ON-CAMPUS RETURN
Collectively these investments total $1M. The school has frozen all capital improvements and held salary increases to ensure that we are prepared to return. The combination of additional investment expenditures, freezing capital outlays, Waterford Resilience Fund contributions, and prudent financial planning allows for the School to remain financially strong as we weather the current economic turbulence wrought by Covid-19 and maintain security into the 2020-21 school year and beyond.
FACULTY PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Waterford will focus on training and professional development opportunities that will allow our faculty to continue to pursue excellence whether they are teaching in-person, in a hybrid model or in a full distance learning experience. Investing $500,000 into professional development to prepare for the 2020-21 school year, all faculty will participate in a 4-week curriculum training to better support in-person and distance learning.
We are upgrading camera and speaker technology and equipment in every classroom across campus to facilitate and improve the experience for remote learners. Faculty will be able to teach to students present in the classroom while simulcasting to students who are engaging with the course from home.
SPACING AND DECREASED MIXING
We plan to maintain more consistent separation between the Lower School campus and the combined Middle and Upper Schools campus in the year ahead. The goal is to have the two divisions operate independent of each other, so that should we have an outbreak of illness in one division, the other might still be able to operate without interruption.
HEALTH PROTOCOLS AND PPE PROCUREMENT
Following CDC guidelines, the core of our safety strategy is a strong partnership with parents to ensure that health screenings take place before coming to school and that students remain home when ill, maintaining physical distance, practicing good hygiene, and having procedures in place for handling any illness that develops at school. Additionally, we will invest in PPE and resources, including touchless faucets, touchless paper towel dispensers, hand sanitizer stations, enhanced HVAC airflow, and new air filtration systems.
WATERFORD SCHOOL - ODE TO JOY
Ode to Joy from Beethoven's 9th Symphony is one of the most recognizable melodies in the world, but what makes this melody so unique is that Beethoven wrote it when he was deaf. He was living alone as a hermit and his deafness made it difficult for him to interact with others. Despite his isolation, the lyrics to Ode to Joy are incredibly joyful and speak of unity and happiness. Even now, Beethoven's music brings us together, even when we are apart. This project by the Waterford Ensemble and Mrs. Morris was created to demonstrate that even in times of crises the music goes on and you are not alone.