Welcome to our Reopening Plan!
The 2020-21 school year will be unlike any other.
We will conduct classes on a blended schedule that combines live in-school classes with remote learning. Taking into account the requirement for physical distancing, the schedule will enable students to be learning on campus each week, that is, 5 out of every 10 days. The schedule will be a full day, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m., whether students are on campus or connecting virtually from home.
Our planned schedule also builds in time for meetings with Faculty Advisors, Counseling sessions for all our new students, College and Academic Guidance sessions, Personal Development, and service opportunities. We will offer spiritual activities, including liturgies, with group sizes that make it safe to do so.
The first day of classes will be Tuesday, September 15. For our youngest and newest students, we will schedule special activities to assure that they get to know their teachers and classmates right from the beginning of the school year. Understanding that the transition to a new school can be difficult in the best of circumstances, this is especially important in a situation in which they won’t get to see each other every day at the start.
We believe our plan allows for a safe return. However, those parents who would like their student to begin the year learning totally remotely may choose this option for the entire first quarter.
Our plan, named Project Reboot, results from the research and diligent work of our Task Force coordinated by Leighann DiPasquale and four subcommittees of faculty, staff, medical professionals, and parents who designed different scenarios of what “Back to School" might look like. It’s important for us all to recognize that our plans will evolve as we implement this blended schedule and as the health environment may change. But at the heart of our planning are these three priorities:
1. The health and safety of students, faculty, staff, and families.
2. To offer students a challenging and innovative curriculum whether in the classroom, online or a combination.
3. To provide the proper academic and emotional support to students and faculty.
How to Prepare Now
* Everyone will be required to wear a mask or face shield at all times except when eating lunch. We encourage families to have an adequate supply of masks and perhaps allow your student to decorate the mask.
* If family summer plans include travel to any of the restricted states listed on the NYS Department of Health website, you are required to quarantine for 14 days before coming to campus, per the guidance issued by the NYS Department of Health. Those who travel outside of the U.S. are also required to quarantine for 14 days before coming to campus.
* Please be prepared to carefully read this year’s Handbook for parents and students. It will include a section on etiquette and requirements during distance learning. Students will not be allowed to record classes from home, for example, just as they are not allowed to record now. They will not be permitted to access class from home while in bed and will have to wear Ursuline attire during class. We will ask all parents and students to sign an agreement that they understand the expectations for virtual classes.
The comprehensive reopening information on this web page articulates our new policies and procedures.
Everyone will need to do their part for our reopening to be a success.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Is a COVID-19 test required before my student attends class on campus?
- Will temperature checks be taken each day?
- What kind of mask/face covering can students wear?
- Will there be mask-free time during the school day?
- Where will an individual with COVID-19 symptoms be isolated?
- What does classroom sanitization look like?
- Will students have use of lockers?
- Will water fountains be on?
- What do the terms Synchronous and Asynchronous mean?
- How does MOODLE factor in with the hybrid schedule?
- What are some of the technology tools Ursuline teachers use to enable effective blended teaching?
- Will students have access to the library?
As we prepare for reopening, we offer a few resources and tips.
There is a cost to providing new safety and health materials for the school. If you are able to, and would like to, donate to help offset the cost of COVID-19 related safety measures, please click on the button below.