The entire EMS staff stands ready to help your family experience success this school year. Call on any of us as you see fit, and we are here to help. Please remember that we are actively working remotely, and are engaged in day-long meetings on a daily basis that start early and often end very late as we prepare for the school year. Email is your best course for response, and please allow us 24-48 hours to respond.
- Family Communications FAQ
- How to Choose a Track FAQ
- Track 1 FAQ
- Track 2 FAQ
- Track 3 FAQ
- Health and Safety FAQ
- Is the Sept. 8 first day reminder orientation for new students online or in-person?
- What opportunities will there be for ongoing questions and answers with administration regarding COVID-19 plans and the school year?
- How can parents communicate with each other and staff?
- How is the Parents Association responding to the pandemic?
- What are the school's expectations for families outside school? Will there be rules around what activities children participate in after school and on weekends, or what exposure siblings have?
- Can you clarify the travel policy? If someone in our household goes on a trip, does the whole household have to quarantine?
- If a family is travelling to a place that is not deemed unsafe by the NJ Travel Advisory but still by plane outside of the tri-state area, do the children need to still quarantine for two weeks and not come back to school until after that time?
- When will school supply lists be available? When will schedules and class lists be available?
- When will progress reports come out?
- Who passed through a designated state for a period of limited duration (i.e. less than 24 hours) through the course of travel.
- Who are passing through New Jersey on a layover for a period of limited duration (i.e. less than 24 hours) through the course of travel.
- Who are traveling to New Jersey for business matters that are exempted from the application of the travel advisory.
- Who are traveling to New Jersey and work in critical infrastructure fields, such as health care and federal, state, and local law enforcement.
- How do I inform EMS which track my children should attend?
- Can we have an on campus tour prior to making a decision? What about pictures/video?
- Is there a cap on how large the classes can be?
- Are two different grades being grouped into cohorts? How big will remote cohorts be?
- The original deadline for requesting Track 2: Remote was August 17th. Can families still apply?
- Is a half day option available for students in Track 1: On Campus?
- Can students switch between Tracks?
- If a family chooses remote learning and individual needs change, will that student no longer have a physical space on campus ?
- If we are temporarily unable to attend Track 1: On Campus for any reason (travel restrictions preventing us from getting home, missing the quarantine window, temporary need to isolate, etc), may our children Flex until they can return to campus?
- How will Track 2: Remote be different from Track 1:On Campus?
- How is Track 3: Flex different from Track 1 and Track 2 (On-Campus and Remote). Who is responsible for the course work and progress tracking? Can “Flex” students choose to go back and forth between home and campus?
- What before and after school activities will be available per division? Are they open to Track 1 and Track 2 students?
- Little School’s remote curriculum is different from on campus. Are Remote or Flex learners academically behind compared to On-Campus?
- What requirements are there for families who with their children to participate in Track 2: Remote?
- Is there any plan to discount tuition based on which Track students choose, whether families have multiple siblings in school, or if the school Flexes as a whole?
- Will all children attending Track 1:On Campus be required to take a COVID-19 test?
- How are cohorts and sections different? How many people are students actually coming into contact with daily? The size of the cohorts concerns me.
- Will teachers still be able to work one-on-one and in small groups with the students while social distancing? If so, how?
- What will the phase in of school look like, and will it be different from the rest of the school year?
- How will the dress code change this year? Will remote students need to adhere to the same dress code?
- Will students in Learning Support or Step Ahead leave their cohort or section?
- What will outdoor classrooms look like? Will outdoor equipment be sanitized/wiped down between each group?
- Students will no longer have lockers. Will they be expected to bring back and forth their books?
- Are teachers mixing between cohorts/grades?
- What is the protocol if a teacher is out sick and there needs to be a substitute?
- Will the pick-ups and drop-offs work differently this year?
- How will bussing change this year?
- Would it be possible to split buses by cohort so that only children in the same cohort would be on the bus together?
- How many teachers will not be returning to EMS this fall or have asked only to work remotely? Will all students in every grade and every classroom be taught by a fully qualified teacher?
- How is music, specifically instruments and singing, being addressed? Can a student opt out of music?
- Will libraries still be open to students?
- Where will students eat lunch?
It's our expectation that students, whether on campus or remote, will all adhere to the dress code of their division. For remote students, getting up, getting dressed and prepared for the day is an important part of setting up the mind for learning. For On Campus students, there are some changes to PE dress, and wearing layers to accommodate open windows and going outside as much as possible.
Chilton house dress code.
Little house dress code.
Morrow house dress code. There will be no assemblies, and thus, no assembly dress
- What does a typical schedule look like?
- Can students on Track 2:Remote come on campus for events like PE, or join for a few days a week, then return to Remote?
- Will remote students be able to participate in the on-campus classroom through video conferencing?
- What platforms will be used for remote learning?
- How will Track 2: Remote students receive devices or other needed materials for use at home?
- What will P.E. look like for Track 2: Remote students?
- How will Social Emotional Learning be incorporated into the curriculum for Track 2: Remote?
- Will remote learning students have enough office hour time for questions and help with assignments?
- In Track 2: Remote, who are the teachers?
- Will children in Track 2:Remote interact with their Track 1:On campus counterparts?
Little School- Zoom/Google Meet/Google Classroom
Morrow House- Zoom/Google Meet/Google Classroom
- How quickly does remote learning start when students need to Flex? If I keep my child home for a day, will they have access to remote learning?
- How will students who need to Flex receive materials necessary to keep up with classwork?
- Please clarify the rules and usage of mask wearing.
- Have you considered the speech, language and risk factors for children in mask wearing all day?
- How often are temperatures checked during the day, by whom, and when?
- What is your plan to keep bathrooms safe?
- Will all grades/classrooms have plexiglass barricades for each desk?
- What changes have been made to EMS HVAC systems to accommodate COVID-19 protocols?
- Will reentry training be provided to faculty like food service protocols, proper use of PPE, and preventing personal property from mixing with other students' property?
- What kind of testing protocols will there be during the school year?
- Outside of temperature checks, how else will you protect the community from risk of COVID-19 infections?
- How will health information be tracked and what steps are being taken to ensure HIPAA compliance?
- What happens if one child or staff tested positive?
- Why did you set the temperature threshold at 100.0 and not 100.4 as the pediatricians or CDC set it up?
- Has EMS taken into account how long COVID tests results take?
- My child has allergies or a persistent condition that involves coughing or sneezing.
- How is EMS preparing for common colds or flu season?
- What COVID-19 protocols are students responsible for and how will EMS enforce this?
- What chemicals are being used for sanitization?
- Should parents be concerned about the chemicals being used for sanitization on campus? Has the school signed any waivers regarding possible side effects?
- What happens if a parent/sibling/member of the household has to quarantine, either because they are COVID-19 positive, presumptive positive or just exhibit symptoms?
- What is the contact tracing policy of the school?
- What criteria will you be using to decide when to close school?
- What changes are you planning for the Admissions process, specifically around school tours, parent in-person interviews, and children playgroup visits?
In order to make testing more convenient for EMS students, we are working with an alumnus, from Sovereign Laboratories, who will be sending a team of lab technicians to campus on Saturday, Sept. 5 from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. to test your child using an oral-nasopharyngeal swab. They are providing us with a guaranteed 48-hour turnaround time on test results.
Please refer to our Health and Safety plan for additional details.
Our current response plan (subject to change as conditions and scientific knowledge around COVID-19 change) requires self isolation when anyone is in contact for 10 minutes or more, within 6’ or less of a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19. Under those circumstances, sections/cohorts may Flex.