Fall Plan Extended FAQ
Below you’ll find answers to several more questions from parents. These are organized by category.
The Basics of Off-Campus Learning in Lower School: Every grade level will have a webcam or computer camera to display what is happening live within the classroom. Students at home will log into a video call to see and hear what is happening in the classroom, and generally follow along with what their peers are doing (having all of their necessary materials at home with them). As we approach the start of school, those families opting to stay at home will hear from their teachers with more specific schedule and material information, as this will obviously look differently across TK-5th grade. Students at home will be expected to tune in to the required live sessions as set by the teacher, and they will complete and turn in the same work required by their peers at school. While students at home will have opportunities to share and speak to their classmates through these video calls, it will not happen as naturally as it would within the classroom. Immediate access to the teacher is also limited in this format, and while students will absolutely have the chance to ask questions and receive teacher feedback, it may not always happen in real time. Grade level teachers will be sharing webcam duties, so students at home may be instructed by either grade level teacher.
The Basics of Off-Campus Learning in Middle School: Each MS teacher will have a Google Classroom where all needed materials will be posted, and students will be able to log into a Google Meet to follow along with the class synchronously. Students learning at home should have their TDS-issued Chromebook along with any other necessary materials, such as textbooks and workbooks. In order to follow along with the class, students will need to log in at the appropriate times and complete all assigned work. Immediate access to the teacher is somewhat limited in this format, and while students will have the chance to ask questions and receive teacher feedback, it may not always happen in real time.
- Being within six feet of someone with COVID for at least 15 minutes
- Direct physical contact with the person (touching, hugging)
- Sharing eating or drinking utensils
- Getting sneezed or coughed on by the person
We are in the process of reviewing whether spending an extended period of time in an enclosed space (classroom) with an infected person – even while social distancing – would qualify as close contact. We are also attempting to determine from Durham Public Health whether to adopt a policy about quarantining an entire class/homeroom, or whether to proceed on a case by case basis. This might depend on the age of the child. Please stay tuned.
Information will be shared, and privacy will be maintained. Confirmed COVID cases among students or faculty will be shared (without names) with parents of students in that particular class, and also [likely] parents of students in that section of the building (for example: TK/K, 1st/2nd, 3rd-5th, MS). We ask that families respect the privacy of others and direct all questions to the TDS administration.
Masks with valves are not allowed. Masks should have a snug fit so that they stay above the nose. Neck gaiters are acceptable (so long as they are tight enough to stay above the nose). Bandanas are not allowed. All students should keep at least one replacement mask in a ziplock bag at school.
We have considered face shields. Most experts agree that these shields do not provide the same level of protection as masks. As a result, everyone will wear masks for face coverings. Some teachers will wear a face shield in addition to a mask. Students will have this option as well.
If parents would like to suggest mask brands that work well for children, please contact Mary Stillman in the TDS Office. Masks are one of the most important risk mitigation measures. Please continue to work with your children this summer on mask stamina. Teachers will issue reminders as necessary. Repeated infractions, particularly for older children, will result in the child being sent home.
No. During rest time, students in TK and K will not have to wear masks, so long as they remain on their mats.
Unfortunately, this will not be possible. We are concerned about too many moving parts during the school day. Teachers will be actively focused on their classes.
The Middle School schedule is a bit more complicated, but students only switch classes during breaks in the day (after 2nd and 5th periods).
Yes, but not in some ways that many have grown accustomed to in the recent past. We are planning for many of our larger, signature events, as well as some of our student clubs and parent committees, to be virtual this year, and we will still need volunteer help to organize these. If you have creative ideas in these areas, please let us know.