Task Force Update: June 26

Task Force update from 6/26/20

  • The Responsible Reopening task force graphed the scope of operations for reopening campus this fall, and have identified three sub-committees to continue developing plans. Those sub-committees and chairs are:

Program and Schedule – Chaired by Catherine Ezzo, Upper School Director

Health and Safety – Chaired by Francesca Gallozzi, Early Childhood Education Director and Lower School Asst. Director

Student/Family/Community Support – Chaired by Bill Schuver, Associate Head and Middle School Director

  • Each committee is in a fact-finding and researching mode and is gathering and analyzing data from a variety of resources to identify needs. Some are conducting additional sample surveys of families/students and/or employees, while others are closely examining OSPI and DOH guidelines and starting to build operating protocols.   

  • We have identified a new tool (the Rosner Tool) that will assist us in analyzing our space to determine the number of people we can safely have in each room and where they are to be located. This will in turn provide critical information for limiting the number of contacts each student has on campus, designing schedules, programming, staffing needs, etc.

  • Much of how we plan operations for the fall will be informed by external forces – the rise and decline of COVID-19 virus transmission in Pierce County, orders from the Governor, guidelines from the WA Department of Health, and the local health department, etc. A close daily study of updates and new information is critical so that we can remain broad in our planning, but flexible in our implementation.

  • Athletics are resuming on-campus, voluntary workouts in July, and the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) is sharing more information weekly that will shape specific sports schedules and offerings.

  • Our faculty are engaging in professional development this summer around assessments for online learning and course design through Global Online Academy (GOA) Professional Learning. Additionally, all faculty will be engaged in training to increase proficiency and expertise in various digital platforms, including training and testing to become Google Certified Educators.

  • The rollout of the one-to-one Chromebook program this year will help facilitate in-person, remote, or hybrid models by granting easier access to students across a uniformed Google platform.