DAY STUDENTs: What you need to know


Daily Schedule


This is what a 2020 Daily Schedule will look like.

 

If you’re a day student preferring to take all classes online, please contact Director of Academics Bill Vinton at wvinton@stjacademy.org or Director of Guidance Sean Murphy at smurphy@stjacademy.org

 

Our curriculum will follow a hybrid learning model — students will attend school on campus, in person, Monday through Thursday. Students will be divided alphabetically into “green and white” cohorts so roughly 50% of the student body will be on campus on a Monday/Wednesday schedule, and half on a Tuesday/Thursday schedule. When they are not at school, students will attend school online, joining their classes using a hybrid model of combined in-class and virtual attendance. Students will be fully accountable for attending and engaging in class each day. This strategy will allow us to ensure students have daily routines and commitments, and also will give us the flexibility to move fully online for an appropriate period of time if necessary.

 

On Fridays, we will go remote in the morning, offering a half day of short period, all-online classes, followed by a flexible afternoon with opportunities for teachers to have individual meetings with students, or for students in sciences, arts, and/or CTE courses to come to campus on alternate weeks to work on projects and other enrichment activities.

 

We plan to start our school year on August 31st, beginning with enhanced, required student orientation programming before the start of classes. During the week of August 31st, students will be in-person, on campus, by year of graduation. They will work with teachers and advisors to become accustomed to the new norms and expectations, as well as to be reminded of the standards of campus culture we will continue to expect. Academic classes will begin in full on September 8th. Many elements of the school day will remain the same, as will the contours of the fall semester schedule.

 

Students will begin the day in advisory where announcements will be read and lunch orders will be taken.

 

At this point in time, we will be following the Agency of Education’s guidelines, and we will not be offering meals in the dining hall. Breakfast for day students will be a grab-and-go option. Students will order their lunch in their advisory period in the morning, then pick up their meal at lunch time and return to their classrooms to eat. Students needing meals on their remote days will have an ordering process available. 

 

All walking and car traffic will follow specific patterns. A plan is in place to limit movement around campus during the school day. 

 

Interscholastic fall sports will practice and scrimmage. Decisions about formal competition will come at a later date.

 

Assorted afternoon activities will be available for those students not participating in a fall sport.

 

 


Health and Safety


Faculty and staff have been working to develop a thoughtful, responsible, and balanced plan for the reopening of school in accordance with the Vermont Department of Health and Agency of Education Guidance for A Strong and Healthy Start, CDC guidelines, and other official and expert advice from around the world.

 

An orientation will take place for all students outlining key health and safety measures.

 

Those safety measures include:

 

Mask wearing
We will require all faculty, staff, and students to wear facial coverings while in buildings, as well as in other settings, or outside where reasonable physical distancing cannot be maintained. Adults dropping off and picking up students should wear facial coverings. Instructions for making, wearing, and washing facial coverings can be found on the CDC website.  We ask that students bring their own masks.  Reusable masks will be given out during orientation and disposable masks provided throughout the year as needed.

 

Hand washing
Additional hand-washing stations and hand sanitizer will be installed in classrooms, dorms, and other public spaces.

 

Social distancing
We will expect all member of our community to practice social distancing. We are reconfiguring classrooms and other spaces to allow for reasonable distancing, and analyzing what that means for our dining hall, field house, buses, and larger public spaces.

 

Limited gatherings
We will follow evolving state guidelines, and consider the limitations of our physical spaces in limiting the number of people allowed to gather.

 

Use of outdoor spaces
Our faculty and staff are looking at options for conducting classes and activities outdoors when possible, as research shows being in fresh air mitigates the spread of the virus.

 

Air quality
Studies are being done to upgrade and adjust air quality systems.

 

Increased disinfecting and cleaning
Our facilities team has already put protocols in place for cleaning and disinfecting at the recommended levels and frequencies.

 

Daily screening
All students will be screened daily for temperature and symptoms of COVID-19 before entering campus buildings.

 

Encouraging staying home when sick

We will insist that students, faculty, and staff with any symptoms related to COVID-19 return home, self- isolate, and contact their primary doctor to be tested for the virus.

 

Response to infection on campus
We are finalizing our response to infection on campus and will work closely with the Vermont Department of Health on these protocols.

 

Traffic flow and campus signage
We are analyzing how to limit movement during the day, control traffic flow through campus, and post clear signs across campus and in buildings to guide students to follow the health and safety protocols.

 

Transportation
We will be limiting off-campus trips and not allowing field trips for the foreseeable future.

 

Visitors
We will be strictly limiting visitors to our campus.

We’re here to help!

 

Beth Choiniere
Assistant Headmaster for Campus Life
bchoiniere@stjacademy.org
(802) 751-2024

 

William Vinton

Dean of Academics

wvinton@stjacademy.org

(802) 751-2245

 

Sean Murphy

Director of Guidance

smurphy@stjacademy.org

(802) 751-2402

 

 


Questions about our school opening plans?

 

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