Working together to help children learn and grow in a complex world
Jun. 23, 2020
2020-21 Reopening Plans
By Phil Spears, Head of School
Canterbury School’s faculty and staff are thinking creatively and will use every tool in our disposal to ensure that all students and faculty can safely be on campus in person, full time, in August. We will take advantage of our spacious campus and modern facilities to create safe social distancing protocols for our community.
The health and safety of students, faculty, and families is crucial. We will be looking carefully at safety protocols this summer via a task force that includes multiple medical professionals, and as decisions are made, we will let families know as quickly as possible. We will rely on guidelines from the NC Department of Health and Human Services as well as the CDC.
Please note that some age-appropriate mask-wearing may be required in certain situations where social distancing is difficult. We encourage families to start practicing with their children this summer to facilitate their familiarity and comfort with masks.
Distance and Blended Learning:
While we plan to begin the year on campus and hope to stay there as long as possible, we must prepare for the likelihood that we may be required to return to distance learning at some point(s) during the upcoming school year.
Our teachers are engaging in professional development this summer to enhance both on-campus and distance learning using blended learning
, a strategy that provides for a more seamless transition from on-campus to at-home learning. Blended learning is a teaching and learning method in which students learn, at least in part, online, with an element of student control over path and pacing. This allows for more individualized instruction.
If required, our additional plans for distance learning in 2020-21 will include the following:
Chapel services, sermons, and classes will stream from campus using new, high-tech cameras that will enable more opportunities for synchronous learning.
Structured schedules with both synchronous and asynchronous learning will allow for more regular teacher contact with students.
Teachers will have an opportunity for one-to-one and small group teaching within the blended framework.
Learning specialists will continue to provide scaffolded assistance to students who have individualized learning plans and those in need of extra organizational and executive functioning support. Some individual and small group support may still occur on campus during distance learning.
The distance learning school day will closely resemble a day on campus. All work will be completed within the school day, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Even when campus is closed to older students, we will keep Cubs and PreK classes open as a childcare facility from 8 a.m. through 6 p.m., as state regulations allow.
K-8 families can use their discretion when choosing whether to learn from school or at home. We will continue to provide access to learning materials and lessons and to live-streamed classroom instruction for families who prefer to learn from home while classes are in session on campus.
Our lower school teachers will begin implementing blended learning
at the start of the school year. Blended learning uses technology to effectively complement in-person instruction.
Additionally, they will use new supportive technology to ensure student achievement.
For distance learning, the lower school will continue to use Seesaw and CLAW virtual classroom platforms. In addition, packets of hard copy materials and manipulatives will regularly be provided to families, as young children often learn best by hands-on learning. Teachers will provide an overview of weekly classes and assignments prior to the week so families can plan ahead; specific daily lessons and activities each day also will be sent to parents and students (especially for older students). Age-appropriate daily schedules of synchronous classes for grades K-4 will be provided, with increased live lessons in the core subject areas. The daily class schedules will look different for each grade due to the different developmental needs of young children.
Students will have additional opportunities for individual and small group enrichment opportunities and student support services. Teachers also will be available for tutorials during the school day and we will regularly follow up with all students and parents.
Middle school leaders have listened to parent, student, and teacher feedback and are excited about 2020-21 and our evolution to a blended learning plan.
A new block schedule will allow for the same class structure for core academics, whether we are on campus or distance learning. The schedule will incorporate 80-minute “block” lessons for English, math, science, and social studies. The increased length of the classes will make a more in-depth study of subjects possible. Languages (Spanish and Latin) and specials (music, art, health/PE, electives) will continue to meet in 40-minute classes. During distance learning, we will have extra collaborative learning and tutorials with core academic teachers. All classwork will occur inside the scheduled lesson times.
Our new schedule offers teachers the opportunity to use additional instructional time for extended science labs, small group investigation, or classroom inquiry and experiments. Similarly, more guided practice and extra time are available for skill enhancement, such as in reading and writing, within the lesson structure. A longer class period allows more time for interactive instruction using varied instructional strategies such as cooperative learning, inquiry, case study, seminars, and simulations and games, all of which can increase student interest and performance. In addition, this new schedule design should allow students to receive more individual attention and, in some cases, personalized instruction.
The middle school will use our CLAW student information system for distance learning, and parents will have access to the class pages, resources, and grades.
Tuition During Distance Learning:
In 2020-21, starting on the 11th day on which the campus is closed for K-8th grade students and we are in required distance learning (measured cumulatively across one or more campus closings), we will implement tuition reductions for ongoing distance learning.
Families with students in 2nd through 8th grade will receive a 33 percent reduction to their child’s daily tuition rate for each school day that campus continues to be closed and distance learning occurs, while families with kindergarten and 1st grade students will receive a 50 percent reduction to their child’s daily tuition rate.
Please note: The minimum full-pay tuition that will be charged in 2020-21, after distance learning reductions, is $12,500 for 1st-8th grades and $12,000 for kindergarten, or approximately 70 percent of your family’s indexed tuition rate if you receive indexed tuition. There will be no further reductions in daily tuition if we reach that point.
Families who choose to learn from home when campus is open for in-person classes will not be eligible for a reduction during that time, though of course the school will continue to provide access to learning materials and lessons and to live-streamed classroom instruction.
Please contact Caroline Walker
, our Director of Admissions, with questions.