Plans for Returning to AGS Fall 2020
Atlanta Girls’ School is committed to delivering our mission, Inspiring Girls to Lead Lives of Purpose. Whether the experience is on-campus with safety and precautions in place or at home in a virtual environment, you can be confident in our commitment to deliver our mission. Our plans to re-open campus are guided by the following principles:
- Safety & Well-being
- Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
- Pedagogy & Instruction
To learn more about our re-opening plans scroll below or view our e-book New Day, New Way which provides more details on our plans and updates.
AGS In A New Way
As of August 4th, AGS plans to re-open under Scenario 2: Hybrid Learning on August 12th 2020. We are continuously monitoring the current situation, and are prepared to pivot and adapt to a new scenario as needed. If our plans continue to remain the same and we are on campus under Scenario 1 or 2, we will dedicate the first few weeks of school to train students on new safety, health, and physical distancing protocols, as well as teach the academic and executive skills that are difficult to teach through distance learning. We will focus on re-building our community and relationships with one another, emphasizing social and emotional development and well-being. Lastly, to prepare for a potential shift to distance learning, we will also use our time in August teaching and using online platforms, establishing norms and expectations consistent with distance learning, and coaching students to develop routines and habits useful for distance learning.
Under this scenario, COVID-19 is under control and poses a low risk to our community.
Under this scenario, COVID-19 poses a medium risk to our community.
Atlanta Girls’ School (AGS) established a task force committee, with several sub-committees, which worked throughout the summer to develop a comprehensive strategy for re-opening the school that allows for flexibility and prioritizes the health and safety of our school community. They addressed policies, procedures, and logistics with an eye toward planning for a future that will most likely be unpredictable and constantly changing.
They focused on these key areas:
- Health & Safety
- Teaching & Learning
- Student Life
- Advancement (Admission, Development & Communications)
- Employee Relations
Current Understanding about COVID-19
- COVID-19 is an illness caused by a virus that can spread from person to person.
- COVID-19 is often spread from person to person through close contact and maintaining social distancing can greatly mitigate its spread.
- Until a vaccine is widely available, COVID-19 will be a concern for public health.
Sources of Information & Knowledge
Atlanta Girls’ School is basing its preparations and guidelines for reentry and operating on the information and guidance currently available from:
- The Centers for Disease Control
- The World Health Organization
- Georgia Dept. of Health and other health experts
In addition, the Atlanta Girls’ School is in communication with the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), The Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS), international, national, and regional schools and districts.
With a new school year ahead of us filled with uncertainty around COVID-19, the AGS faculty and staff engaged in professional development provided by One Schoolhouse throughout the summer to enhance our ability to deliver instruction virtually or in a hybrid learning environment.
The Distance Learning Team completed a course called “Academic Leadership for Hybrid Learning Design.” The purpose of this course was to prepare for the various scenarios that might exist in the 2020 -2021 school year. It also assisted teachers in designing more effective and intentional virtual lessons.
All faculty members and several staff members completed a course called “Designing, Building and Teaching for Hybrid Learning.” The course was designed to help teachers create lessons that can be delivered online or in-person all while maintaining core AGS values and norms.
For more details please read the New Day, New Way e-book.
Health and Wellness Pledge
All families must commit to supporting AGS’s health, wellness and safety protocols and must agree to keep students home when they are not feeling well, have COVID-like symptoms or have potentially been exposed. Each family will be required to complete the AGS Health and Wellness Pledge, which is available through Blackbaud and must be completed with the other medical documents required for the start of school.
Deciding When to Stay Home