Against a backdrop of uncertainty, this section of our website outlines the current plans for the 2020-21 school year at Triangle Day School. As you read through these plans, please keep four points in mind:
We recognize that parents need to plan for the fall. However, our decisions are based on a variety of factors related to COVID-19, as well as input from schools locally and across the globe. Things will continue to change quickly – both in the few weeks before the start of school, and once the year begins – and we will continue to update our plans and keep parents informed with clear and transparent communication.
We Rely On Experts
The decisions and plans outlined here have roots in guidelines and recommendations from the CDC, the NC Department of Health & Human Services, the Durham County Department of Public Health, the American Academy of Pediatrics, as well as local experts, including Dr. Barbara Alexander (Professor of Medicine and Pathology, Division of Infectious Diseases, Duke University).
We Continue to Prioritize Safety and In-Person Learning
We agree with the American Academy of Pediatrics’ “goal of having students physically present in school.” TDS is at its best when teachers are able to work as closely as possible with our students. This document outlines several measures aimed at risk mitigation during this pandemic. Full buy-in and adherence to these new protocols by all constituents will be required to make in-person learning successful this year.
The TDS Mission and Core Values Continue to Guide Our Work
While much will look different at TDS this year, we continue to place the TDS mission and core values of integrity, respect, compassion, responsibility, and resilience at the heart of our decision making. In particular, we are anticipating ways to address the social/emotional needs of our students in order to ensure that TDS remains a place where every child feels known, valued, connected, and loved.