Flexible K - 12 Fall Reopening Plan

Lower School Reopening Plans

Academic excellence, physical and mental health and wellness, safety and security, equity and relationship-building are all part of our reopening Learning Models.  We look forward to beginning the school year with you and invite you to explore the information related to Lower School teaching and learning for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Daily Operations

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  • Beyond the Classroom (BTC)

    Beyond the Classroom:
    When we transition to on-campus learning, BTC Aftercare will be available in mixed groupings outside if weather- appropriate, similar to the planning and safety measures put forth by athletics and fine arts rehearsals.

    We will be carefully assigning the aftercare learning pods to limit the number of pods mixing after the conclusion of the shortened day program.

  • Carline and Drop/Off Pick Up Schedule

    We recognize that drop off and pick up schedules in carline will look and feel differently this year.  We are finalizing our plans to provide a safe and efficient drop off and pick up process for students but all students and parents must wear a mask prior to exiting cars or pulling into carline service.

    Students must be able to unbuckle themselves and get out of cars on their own, so please begin working with your children on this practice. We will have teachers and staff ready to help usher students into the right entry point, but we will not be able to help with opening and closing doors.

    More details related to on campus drop-off/pick-up schedules will be sent soon.

  • Fine Arts

    Fine Arts in 5th grade will be similar to K-4th grades to begin with. As soon as we can be on campus with eased restrictions (likely when we are able to gather in larger groups as in the On-Campus/Normal Learning Model) we will be able to start with electives.  In the meantime, fifth grade students will proceed with a rotation through art, music, drama, with the addition of band, strings, percussion mixed in as guest teachers for those subjects.
  • Health and Wellness

    We know that supporting our students’ physical, social and emotional well-being is a critical part of the school day.  During Home Learning especially, our Community Days, Chapel, P.E. and Social and Emotional curriculum were intentionally designed to further support our students’ physical and emotional health during such a turbulent time. 

    For the transition to On-Campus/Hybrid/Pod Learning, we know there will be anxiety and fear after many months of remote learning and physical distancing.  Our teachers are all being trained to support this transition.  Our Counselors, Chaplains and Health and Wellness teams are prepared to serve our students and to make the transition as smooth as possible.

    While at home

    We recommend providing as much routine and stability at home to help reduce anxiety and stress

    Practice wearing a mask and promote regular hand-washing and sanitization during the day, which will mimic what on-campus health and safety routines will be like

    Begin the routine of daily morning temperature checks, which will be part of our return-to-campus health protocols
  • Hybrid/Learning Pod Model

    The Hybrid/Pod Learning Model is our middle-ground model that will allow us to return on campus with the least amount of risk. Students remain in small groups for the duration of the school day when on campus.

    The Hybrid Model is not intended to be long-term, it is supposed to help our students and faculty transition to being on-campus.

    In order to properly teach and learn, students need to be as comfortable as possible in their classroom environment, which is why we will slowly build capacity (i.e. students’ ability to manage mask-wearing, social distancing, etc.) to a full school schedule.

    The primary focus will be to develop proper health and safety habits and protocols (mask-wearing, social distancing, sanitization practices, etc.), which we know will take some time.

    Students will be placed in small groups (10 or less), which we are calling “learning pods”, led by a St. Andrew’s Teacher/Learning Facilitator.  These pods will stay together at all times during the school day.

    The role of both the Homeroom Teachers and Learning Facilitators, while in this model, is to develop the students’ health and safety habits for being on campus - not to teach synchronous (live) lessons.

    Like the Home Learning schedule, the Hybrid Model schedule will be rolled-out bit-by-bit to safeguard student emotional well-being and stamina. 

    The Hybrid/Learning Pod Model will be four days a week on campus at full capacity (Monday/Tuesday/Thursday/Friday).  See that schedule here

    When on campus, students will engage in academic learning activities asynchronously via their devices and Otus (new learning platform) and will be supported by the Learning Facilitator. When at home in the afternoons, students will receive synchronous teaching and assistance from their Homeroom Teacher. Please review the
    schedule to see the school-day hours for a full Hybrid school day.

    We are waiting to create the Learning Pod groups for now, as we want to wait until we get closer to a Hybrid Model start date.
  • P.E./Athletics

    Physical education is an important component of a St. Andrew’s education, and physical fitness will be part of the weekly schedule during Home Learning and the transitional Hybrid/Pod Learning model.

    Team sports can occur if conditions allow, but our current Lower/Middle school athletic league (AIPL) has delayed start dates for in-person trainings and practices and has suspended all 5th-8th grade athletic contests until at least October 1st. The league board will meet every two weeks to continually monitor the evolving landscape in Austin, and discuss the possibility of scheduling league games for the fall season. Formal statements from the AIPL statement for 5th-8th grade sports can be found here.
  • Recess

    Outdoor time and physical activity is critical to the school day.  When we transition to on-campus learning, recess times will be staggered by learning pod to prevent intermingling between pods.  When we are able to move into our Normal Learning Model, larger groups can mix for a traditional recess period.
  • SAGE Lunch Service

    When we return to campus, St. Andrew’s will provide lunch to all students (no outside food permitted) through SAGE, our food service provider. SAGE will prepare food for each grade level in hot boxes, along with sandwich options, healthy snacks, and beverages. Lunch will either be eaten in the classroom or outside, weather permitting.
    SAGE has developed a thoughtful and low-risk approach to providing pre-packaged lunches with a variety of options and snacks for all of our students.  More details can befound here.
  • Schedule

    Homeroom assignments will be made available the week of August 10th along with Home Learning and Hybrid/Learning Pod Model schedules.
  • Technology

    St. Andrew’s is committed to a 1:1 program, where every student has a device (iPads K-4, Chrome Books 5-8, Laptops 9-12).  More information will be coming soon about device distribution to new/incoming and Middle School students.  Upper School students should already have their laptops for the start of the school year.

    Upgrades to our learning management platforms occurred over the summer, including training for our teachers, to better serve our students ­and parents during Home Learning.
    St. Andrew’s is also prepared to support any family who needs Wi-Fi capabilities.  For more information, please reach out to Matt Lipstein, Director of Technology.

Campus Safety (Alphabetical)

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  • Adults on Campus

    Limited visitors or volunteers will be allowed on campus initially (screening  will be required); there will be minimal staff on campus to keep our number of adults on campus as low as possible
  • Enhanced Cleaning/Disinfection Schedule:

    Increased cleaning of high touch surfaces as well as overnight deep cleaning will occur daily.
  • Face Coverings

    Face masks required at all time while on campus, unless in an office space with a closed door alone.  The school will provide faculty/staff with face shields and will provide all students with two reusable face masks.  Additional masks will be available on campus for any student who arrives without one.
  • Field Trips, Events, & Group Gatherings

    Based on guidance from local and state health authorities banning large gatherings, all large group gatherings (including chapel services) will be held virtually or postponed until further notice.
  • Health and Well Being

    Pedagogy and classroom practices will provide greater attention to student mental health and well-being to build resilience and cope with the stress or anxiety students may feel in the context of this pandemic.
  • Hygiene

    Students and faculty will follow a regular schedule of handwashing and/or use of hand sanitizer throughout the day. Single use/disposable and individualized items will be provided whenever possible and hand sanitizer stations have been conveniently positioned across both campuses.
  • Learning Pods and decreased mingling of students

    Academic schedules and classroom has been designed to keep students in smaller, consistent learning pods (groups) to prevent potential cross-contamination and community spread. This reduces the risk of viral transmission and allows for discreet cohorts to quarantine in the event of infection without requiring that the entire campus close and transition to Home Learning.
  • Playground and Outdoor Space

    During our initial return to campus, all playground equipment will be closed off for students. Each pod will have a designated space and time for recess and breaks. While play structures will be off-limits, alternative activities that encourage active play will be provided. In addition, students will be asked to wear PPE while outdoors. In addition to recess, multiple outdoor classrooms and trails for use at any time during the school day are being identified. These are designated spaces where teachers can take their students to explore, learn, experiment or experience a change of scenery. 
  • Plexi Glass Shielding

    Plexi-glass shields are being installed in areas where students and/or faculty and staff may populate.
  • Quarantine and Contact Tracing

    If a student or employee has COVID-19, our Director of Health Services will follow the Austin-Travis County Health Authority guidelines for contact tracing and enforcing quarantine measures of those infected and their contacts.  Home Learning will be available for students to support continuity of learning from home during periods of quarantine.
  • SAGE Food Service

    SAGE will continue to provide both lunch and snack services for all students as division specific schedules allow. All items will be single use, disposable and individually packaged. Lunch options will be provided in “grab and go” style prepackaged lunches. Students will eat with only their Pod during the On-Campus/Hybrid Pod Learning model, and each pod will have a separate designated area outdoors for lunch. If the weather does not allow, students will eat in their classrooms.
  • Social Distancing

    Movement on campus will be controlled and directed to reduce the risk of mixing students. Social distancing will be enforced in classrooms, hallways, bathrooms and community spaces when students are on campus.  Signage will installed campus wide to help promote and remind students about social distancing 
  • Travel Policy

    St. Andrew’s recommends no air travel 14 days prior to on-campus learning and limited contact outside of direct family members to limit potential COVID-19 exposures.
  • Updated Sick Policy and Enforcement

    Our sick policy for students and employees has been enhanced and strictly enforced to minimize the number of sick people on campus, as well as to allow continuity of learning from home for mildly ill or asymptomatic students. 
  • Health Screening

    St. Andrew’s has developed a pre-campus screening form that must be completed by all students and faculty (symptoms and temperature) prior to arriving on campus.  Baseline testing will also be provided regularly to all faculty and staff
  • Safe Classroom Practices

    Teaching methods will be adjusted to minimize shared equipment or learning materials between students while on campus. A supply kit for each classroom will include disposable gloves, paper towels, and a spray bottle of disinfecting cleaner and extra surgical masks. Every classroom will also have a dispenser of sanitizer. Students will be provided with training on effective hand washing and hand sanitizer use. Hand washing will occur at the beginning, throughout, and at the end of the school day, including before and after lunch. Effective hand washing and use of hand sanitizer and will be supported and encouraged throughout the day. Faculty will wipe down surfaces and equipment throughout the day as needed.

Lower School Reopening Plan

Health and Safety Plan

    • Health and Wellness Protocols

More Questions? Please visit our full FAQ page or view St. Andrew’s K-12 Reopening Plan.