The Elisabeth Morrow School
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Track 3: Flex

As we approach the 20-21 school year with optimism and a level of controlled planning that belies the spontaneous nature of children, we also acknowledge that conditions around us are in constant flux. It is a foreseeable reality that members of our community will need to occasionally quarantine or isolate from campus. We do not want any obstacle preventing members of our community from going into quarantine, as doing so is an essential piece of our collective safety. While we prefer children and staff in school, current conditions do not allow anyone to “tough it out.” In contrast, in the 20-21 academic school year, we greatly urge you to take the slightest hint of illness as a call to isolate. The risks are no longer yours alone to assume, they are now shared with our entire community. The unique nature of our current crisis means that one person could affect a multitude of others. We prefer you stay home. 

Our goal is to make that experience seamless, thus the trauma of this shift is minimized not only in children, but in the families that support them. The Flex Track acknowledges that this is a temporary situation, and is focused on keeping the student engaged and on Track with their classmates in anticipation of returning to class as soon as possible. 

Flex also acknowledges that there may be situations where entire Cohorts must Flex, divisions must Flex, or even the whole school. EMS has planned carefully for every one of these scenarios. We want to normalize this action for our students and families. 

It’s important to remember that we have all Flexed as a school before, and from that experience, the entire EMS staff developed systems, recorded and evaluated data, and brought all our collective experiences to the development of this plan. 

Chilton House

If Individual Students Flex

If an individual child must quarantine, a faculty member will be designated to facilitate remote learning. Due to the age of these children, that staff member will provide a highly customized, one-on-one experience that works in concert with family needs. 

If Cohorts Flex

If a Cohort must pivot to Remote learning, the Cohort staff will participate in providing Remote learning.  

Early Childhood faculty will use SeeSaw for family communication and asynchronous remote learning   Google Meet and/or Zoom will be used for one-to-one, small group, and live group instruction, and also to conduct family meetings. Other platforms may be added to provide additional enrichment during Remote learning.

Kindergarten faculty will use Google Classroom for family communication and asynchronous learning. Google Meet and/or Zoom will be used for one-to-one, small group, and live group instruction, and also to conduct family meetings. Other platforms may be added to provide additional enrichment during Remote learning.

If the Division/School Flexes

As remote learning for young students can present varying levels of stamina and engagement, our remote program will be Flexible and responsive.

We are prepared to pivot in a seamless way from physical to remote school by division. The tools, communication platforms, and faculty stand ready and capable of continuing instruction whether we are in school or working remotely, by design of our model and intention. 

Little School

If Individual Students Flex

When individual students must Flex, they will join the Remote Track. Remember, this Track runs parallel to On-Campus, but does not mirror the curriculum. However, Remote Track educators are always planning curriculum with Flex additions in mind, and all emphasis will be on preparing the child to be ready to rejoin the On-Campus classroom when ready. Where necessary, the specialist will work independently to catch students up to the On-Campus classroom. 

If Sections/Cohorts Flex

When entire Cohorts Flex, all Cohort staff will also shift to online learning. The Cohort will continue online, separated from the Remote Track, in anticipation of returning to campus. If the Flex becomes long term, the Cohort will eventually merge with the Remote Track.  

Little School will use Google Classroom for family communication and asynchronous learning. Google Meet and/or Zoom will be used for one-to-one, small group, and live group instruction, and also to conduct family meetings. Other platforms may be added to provide additional enrichment during remote learning.

If the Division Flexes

If the division Flexes, they will follow a modified schedule for a period of two weeks, at which time the Cohort will return or they will continue remote learning.

Morrow House

If Individual Students Flex

Morrow House’s model of On-Campus and Remote Track collaboration are well suited to the Flex model and provide an almost seamless transition. On days when any individual cannot be on campus, they simply log into the same classroom from home, and for the duration of their Flex, experience the classroom the same way their Remote counterparts do. 

If Sections/Cohorts Flex

If a Cohort or division Flexes, they will continue to follow their schedule for a period of two weeks, at which time the Cohort will return or they will continue remote learning.

If the Divisions Flex

If a division Flexes, they will continue to follow their schedule for a period of two weeks, at which time the division will return or they will continue remote learning.

If the school is ordered to close longer term, we will reassess our schedule and make adjustments as needed. That may include initiating a short break from instruction to allow teachers to make adjustments in their plans.

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