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Last Updated: August 12, 2020
The Fontbonne Administration and Board of Trustees have decided we will begin our 2020-2021 school year following our Hybrid model that includes our In-Person and Distance Learning plan. The reality of the situation is that the plan will always be evolving to align with the changing conditions of the pandemic so that we can continue to implement best practices and keep our community as safe as possible. The decisions regarding our reopening were made with consideration to our school size, our students' needs as well as what is best for us to do to maintain the health and safety of our students and our adults.
We have extensive protocols that we will be sharing in a Reopening Fontbonne handbook before the start of school. Necessary safety precautions, such as the wearing of face coverings, teachers wearing face shields and sneeze guards in all classrooms will make the learning environment safer. We also know it will take time for our students to adjust. The interaction that students had in the past in hallways and lunch periods will look different. However, we also know there is great opportunity when faced with changes. We hope a new activity period will allow for interaction and conversations with students and class bonding that the girls seek every year. Fontbonne has also made considerable upgrades in technology in all classrooms and has configured all spaces in the building for proper social distancing.
We firmly believe there is value in a plan that has students on campus, but attending some classes remotely. This approach presented in the Reopening Fontbonne plan offers a middle ground between the In-Person classes in the pre-COVID-19 era and the completely remote education that we experienced in the spring. We know school will look different and our pre-Covid education experience will be changed for the foreseeable future. We do, however, also feel confident in our mission and our community’s ability to provide a faith-based academically excellent education that will prepare young women to create their future.
We have a phased-in approach to our school year. Phase One for students will begin on Monday, August 31, 2020 . We will educate all students on health and safety measures. Students will have time to get adjusted to the new classroom setting, understand how to move through the school building responsibly as well as using PPE for the day.
Our first full day of classes will be on Monday, September 14, 2020. This means all students will be participating in some form of online Remote Learning as well as In-Person classes. The students will be in class (either remotely or in-person) every weekday. The students are split into two cohorts by grade level. Cohort A is all students in Grades 9/10 and Cohort B is all students in Grades 11/12. Each cohort will attend In-Person classes for two consecutive days. For example: students who report to school on Monday/Tuesday, will report remotely to classes on Wednesday/Thursday and will then report to school In-Person again on Friday/Monday.
In mid-October, we will reevaluate and determine if we are able to move to our full In-Person plan. This, of course, will be considered with CDC, Massachusetts regulations, and Milton Department of Public Health collaboration.
To learn more about our reopening plan for the 2020-2021 academic year, please view the document below.
All dates are tentative and subject to last-minute changes based on evolving conditions of the public health crisis.
Our approach to reopening during this unprecedented time was guided by the mission of the Sisters of Saint Joseph and our committment to providing our young women with an excellent education that fosters the Gospel values of respect, responsibility, reconciliation and reverence.
Our Covid Task Force, Administration and Board took into consideration:
- How do we keep the community safe?
- How do we continue to educate our young women in a student-centered learning environment that empowers them to become architects of their own learning?
- How can we continue to build Fontbonne's inclusive community that celebrates diversity in all forms?
- How can we continue to offer students social-emotional opportunities with access to counselors and access to mental health providers in the community?
- How can we assist our Adult Learning Community so that they can manage the transition to reopening?