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   Bradford Preparatory School

July 3, 2020

 

 

 

 

 

School Opening Update

 

Parents,

 

I hope that you are having a good summer. This week we were supposed to hear a final decision from the Governor regarding what school will look like for us on August 17th. The Governor decided to delay his decision for a couple more weeks. Although we cannot tell you the final decision, we wanted to take a moment to share a few updates with you regarding our planning for the opening of school. As I shared earlier, there are three possibilities for what will happen when school starts. 

 

In Plan A all students return with some restrictions including the use of masks by staff and students (as appropriate) and the requirement of us taking the temperature of all students when they arrive.  This is the least restrictive plan. 

 

In Plan B the above restrictions apply plus only 50% of our students can be on campus at one time. We are lucky to have so much space on our campus!  Our goal is to have all K-4 students on campus every day during Plan B. Students in grades 5-12 will come to campus two days a week (either M/W or T/Th) and do remote learning the other days of the week. Students will be grouped by last name so that it will be easier for families. In this plan we will have small groups of students on campus and the focus of instruction will be on the main academic courses and daily PE. 

 

In Plan C all students will be doing full remote learning. We are working on the details of this plan so that we can provide better academic instruction, elective courses, grading for grades 5-12, and assessments so we can assess mastery for all our students. 

 

We know that there are some families who do not feel comfortable with their children returning to school in person if we open with Plan A or Plan B. The state has given school districts the flexibility to put alternative options in their Remote Instruction Plan to allow families to pick remote learning for their children. If parents want to select remote learning they will need to commit to doing remote learning for a set amount of time. Students in grades K-8 will commit to remote learning for one quarter at a time (1st quarter is Aug. 17-Oct.9)  and students in grades 9-12 will commit to taking their core classes on NC Virtual Public Schools and elective classes through Bradford and do remote learning for the whole first semester. Parents who chose to select remote learning will be asked to sign an Educational Agreement Form which states that the parents and students understand that attendance and completed assignments will be required in order for students to get credit and be promoted to the next grade level. If you are interested in remote learning please complete the form by clicking the link below. This form does not commit you to remote learning but it will give us an idea for how many students might not attend in person starting August 17th. 

 

The final details of Plan A, B, and C will be approved at our board meeting this Thursday, July 9, 2020. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work through these unique times. We are committed to keeping all our students and staff safe while still making the education of your children a priority.

 

Kelly Painter

Head of School

 

 

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