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School Plan for 2020-2021

PLANS FOR THE 2020-2021 SCHOOL YEAR 

As Texas is reopening, we are thrilled to be working toward welcoming our students back to campus. While these plans are subject to government and public health standards, we found the guidelines for summer classes encouraging. In light of COVID-19, we will be implementing new routines and processes to reduce, though we cannot eliminate, the risks for students and employees. Based on current research, our efforts will focus on enhanced hygiene practices, health screening, physical distancing, and face coverings. The guidelines are still evolving so we have not determined all the specifics. 
 
A group of administrators, faculty, trustees, and parents with specific expertise in the medical, legal, and risk management fields are developing these plans. This group will continue to meet through June and July as more information becomes available. As always, our focus will be on the safety of our community and following government regulations.
 
We know that Midland ISD is considering altering its calendar. Trinity is maintaining the calendar we published earlier this year. Given our families’ plans for the summer and for breaks during the school year, this approach makes sense for our community. For those new and returning students who are interested, we are offering Summer Charge Up, an optional summer program at no additional cost. Click here for information on Summer Charge Up. 

CONTINGENCY PLANS FOR ON-CAMPUS LEARNING

In the event we are required to reduce the number of students on campus, we will implement a two-day rotation of students to attend school on campus. In these circumstances, we would employ our remote learning schedule for students’ off-campus learning days.
 
If you are concerned about sending your children to school on campus, please contact me no later than Monday, June 1, to discuss the possibility of your children learning remotely while other students attend classes on campus.

CONTINGENCY PLANS FOR REMOTE LEARNING

While we are excited about the prospect of returning to on-campus classes, we recognize that circumstances may require us to shift to remote learning. Unlike this spring when we had to pivot to this model with very little preparation, we are ready for this possibility next year. Trinity is providing our teachers with many opportunities for summer professional development to build their online teaching skills, and our regular August teacher development days are focused on remote learning skills as well. 
 
We want to thank everyone who completed our most recent survey. Your responses informed our planning discussions. We have worked hard to provide plans with rigor and flexibility, recognizing our need to deliver our mission and families’ differing needs for scheduling.

Our overarching priorities for remote learning include:

  • Completion of learning objectives
  • Structure and accountability for students and faculty
  • Synchronous activities (e.g., live Zoom calls) for live teaching, demonstrations/examples, small group instruction, conferences/check-ins, student presentations, and social personal connections
  • Asynchronous learning (e.g., recorded lessons or Google Classroom activities) for student practice, reflection, online discussions, and content consolidation
  • Flexibility for students who cannot attend synchronous classes at the designated time
  • Connection among students and faculty to preserve our mission directive to be a “college preparatory community”

Sample Schedules

Click on the links below for specific information about these contingency plans for each division. Please note that the schedules below are samples only. They are meant for illustrative purposes, but actual schedules may vary.

PLANS IN THE EVENT OF DIAGNOSIS OF STUDENT OR EMPLOYEE

A frequently asked question concerns whether we would close the whole school if a student or employee tests positive or is presumptively positive for COVID-19. This decision is largely out of our hands as public health authorities and other government regulations will determine how we respond. Our plans for next year include measures to keep divisions separated as much as possible so that we decrease the number of contacts among different groups of students in the hopes that we would need to shift smaller groups of students to remote learning during any quarantine period. For example, if an Upper School student were to test positive, we may need to shift the Upper School to remote learning while other divisions continue their on-campus experience. Again, government and public health authorities are most likely to dictate this type of decision.

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