Our commitment to The Derryfield School’s Mission is central to our pandemic planning and response. We are, therefore, focused on striking an appropriate balance which prioritizes academic excellence, safety, inclusivity, and wellness with the flexibility needed to adjust to an ever-changing situation.
What will the classroom feel like?
In order to meet the needs of our students, some students will be on campus while some students learn virtually from home. On campus, in order to provide 6 foot distancing, a class may be taught from two spaces: one day, some students will meet in one classroom, the mothership, while their classmates meet in another, the satellite space; the next day, the groups will switch. Teachers and teaching assistants can move between the spaces. Walls have been taken down in some of our smaller classrooms in order to create larger learning spaces.
To aid in reaching students who are virtual, we will rely on a set number of familiar tech tools: Google Suite, MSA, and Zoom for video conferencing. In addition, we have invested significantly in technology, and our classrooms will be newly outfitted with cameras, screens, and microphones so that students learning virtually can see and be seen. One camera on the teacher and their work at the board or demonstrating, one camera on their classmates activities, and additional monitors will present the faces and interactions of virtual learners.
For virtual learners and students in satellite spaces, teachers will meet synchronously and take attendance at the beginning of each class. Teachers will also record critical content and post where and when to find recordings.
If a teacher becomes ill or needs to teach remotely, we will have teaching assistants and substitutes to provide continuity of learning. We have two “permanent substitute” teachers on staff.