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Program Updates for Week of November 9th
Programs Currently on Campus: Grades 4 & 7 Essential Care and Early Childhood Essential Classes, Phase One and Two have returned to campus: Grades 1, 2, 3, 5, 6 & 8, and Marigold Garden Early Childhood Class.
- When school resumed after October Break on Monday the 19th, the two Early Childhood Essential Classes were joined by a new cohort of up to 8 children in the Marigold Garden. The Marigold Garden is a mixed-age range class, with ages ranging from Nursery to Kindergarten, similar to the two Early Childhood Essential classes.
- The Marigold Garden class is not an essential program class and will close in the event of an all school closure. Should Marigold Garden need to close for a limited number of days, missed days will be made up in the February break or during the two weeks in June after the scheduled end of the 2020-2021 school year. Per the school’s plan for the year, Grades and EC Essential Classes remain open and do not close in the event of an all-school closure.
- Grades 1, 2, 3, 5, 6 and 8 returned to campus with their class teachers for the first half of the day, and continue from home with the Bridge program in the afternoons.
- Students in Grades 1, 2, 3, 5, 6 and 8 who were attending the Grades Essential Program before their classes returned to campus will join their Grades Essential cohorts in the afternoon.
- Grades 1, 2,3,5,6 and 8 teachers are currently working to support a limited number of students in each of their grades classes who are unable to attend in-person classes in an AtHome option.
- Grades Essential will continue as usual for enrolled Grades Essential students in Grades 4 and 7.
Classes Currently at Home: Bridge Grades Program (Full distance learning program when there’s no other option), and Sky Garden.
- The Sky Garden early childhood distance supported kindergarten program will continue to be an option for the entire 2020-2021 school year.
- Grades 4 and 7 classes currently in Bridge Grade Program learning will be returning to campus on November 30th.
- Your class teacher will communicate with you directly about any return-to-campus news.
At Home Option: Planning is underway to continue including those students who cannot return to campus when their class resumes in-person school.
- The grades faculty are committed to retaining those who must remain at home in this time.
- The details for what may be offered to at-home learners (after a class return to campus) are being developed, and will come to you from your class teacher with your class reopening announcement, if not before.
- The At Home Option is for children who are not able to attend school in person. The school and class is still primarily an in-person enterprise once a class has returned in person.
- At Home Option is not intended to be an either-or choice, equivalent to in-person schooling. It is offered with the intention of including those students who are unable to return to in-person learning, until such a time as they are able to return.
- The At Home Option is not going to offer the same level of support as has been offered in the Bridge program.
- The faculty as a whole are working on standardizing the AtHome Option. The constraints to this option are determined by what support is possible within the school’s budget, and the faculty’s agreement regarding what is possible to provide when balanced with in person teaching.
Rebecca Briamonte on behalf of TWS Leadership:
Judy Taylor, Grades Pedagogical Chair, [email protected]
Maggie Queathem, Early Childhood Pedagogical Chair, [email protected]
Robyn Kool, Administrative Director, [email protected]
Public Health Organizations
- Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME)
- Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
- Arizona Department of Health Services
- Pima County Health Department
- World Health Organization
- Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Map (Desktop) (Mobile)
- Georgia Tech Risk Assessment Tool
- New York Times COVID-19 Information
- Coronavirus at a Glance (Johns Hopkins)
- What is Exponential Growth? (For Math-y types)
- Coronavirus – How can I protect myself? (Embracing Nutrition)
- Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Philadelphia Waldorf School)
- How to talk to children about difficult news (American Psychological Assn.)
- Explaining the News to Our Kids (Common Sense Media)
- How to Talk to Kids About the Coronavirus Outbreak (Time.com)
- How to Talk to Kids About Coronavirus (New York Times)
- More How to Talk to Kids (The Guardian)
- What You Need to Know About the Coronavirus – The Atlantic (a hub for their writing on the subject)
- Pima County COVID-19 Testing Centers (free tests by appointment – 48 hour results)
- Banner Health COVID-19 Testing Page
Cloth Mask Sources
- Local First Arizona – A clearinghouse for local makers
- Desert Pearl Designs – Etsy shop for adults’ and kids’ masks, local maker
- MngrmCreateWorkshop – not local but excellent Etsy shop
- Should we need masks for the Medieval Games…
- And here’s All the Etsy mask shops 🙂
- Custom kids’ masks (from Phoenix)
- Amazon has a good option for kids: Here and Here