Covid-19 Communication

Fall 2020 Reopening Plan

We are maintaining our 2020–21 academic calendar and planning to return to campus on August 24. Students will attend classes in a potentially modified manner to match the social distancing and PPE requirements to meet the needs of different ages of learners. 

 

At this point in time, based on the current state and national guidelines and health recommendations, we have outlined below the modifications being developed to be on-campus. We are being realistic about the possibility of spikes and intermittent transitions from on-campus learning to online learning and preparing for all options and transitions. 

 

Depending on the growth of the pandemic, and in compliance with all government restrictions and health guidelines, we will be ready to adjust to a variety of scenarios. Those scenarios include the following and all work toward the full return to normal campus activities.

 

  1. On Campus Learning with health and safety modifications in place.
  2. Hybrid Learning that will give us greater capacity for social distancing and other measures to limit the virus spread.
  3. Distant Learning includes regular, live Google classroom/ZOOM experiences as a component of instruction.

 

The academy is committed to accommodating students, faculty, and staff who need to operate remotely due to being in a high-risk category related to COVID-19. 

 

We remain committed to the following. 

 

  • We are closely monitoring the virus and are in touch with the local authorities for updates on outbreaks in the surrounding areas.
  • We continue to take regular steps at school to try to limit the transmission of illnesses, including daily use of Clorox wipes in the classroom, reminding students about hand-washing and the proper way to cough and sneeze, and emphasizing that students and employees should stay home if they are ill.
  • We have become a no handshake zone and are re-educating the students about personal space and social distancing in terms of health. 
  • Our dedicated faculty and staff, committed parents, and celebrated students will ensure The Nest emerges from this pandemic strong and united. 

 

 

 

Join our relief efforts HERE to help our school during this time.

On Campus Learning Model

Health and Safety Precautions

These additional health and safety precautions are in place to acknowledge potential exposure, mitigate risks, and promote safety for our entire community while on campus. 

 

  • Adhere to school, local, state, and federal recommendations and health guidelines as it relates to health and safety precautions.
  • Daily screenings will take place in the form of self-reporting, independent precaution, and symptom evaluation by the administrative staff and other licensed practitioners to inform the up-to-date risk level for the school.
  • Based on current health protocols and requirements, masks are required for everyone while on campus (two cloth masks will be provided for staff and students). We understand and acknowledge that developmentally our youngest learners may have difficulty wearing masks all day. We will continue to research options to stay within recommendations and guidelines while paying particular attention to our Lower School students’ needs.
  • Sanitizing and cleaning processes will increase, including in between classes.
  • Increase protocols to ensure proper hygiene, including hand-washing/sanitizing stations, tissues and paper towels, disinfectant wipes or spray, and gloves.
  • Before the campus opens, students and employees will complete a required health assessment/questionnaire to assess household exposure to COVID-19 and overall risk level within our school community.
  • Annual health forms for all employees and families including a new COVID-19 high-risk assessment, COVID-19 waiver, and COVID-19 school policy compliance pledge.
  • Infection control measures in accordance with the new Nest Academy COVID-19 policy.
  • New education and training requirements, along with increased communication for all members of the community related to policies and procedures.
  • Campus signage on preventing illness, health and safety precautions, social distancing, and way finding.
  • Follow CDC and NCDHHS protocol regarding notification and contact tracing in the instance of a confirmed positive for COVID-19.
Social Distancing

Classrooms, Group spaces, Events, Visitors, and Lunch.

 

  • Adhere to school, local, state, and federal recommendations and health guidelines as it relates to social distancing and group size.
  • In our current planning, you can expect typical classroom sizes while maintaining 3-4 foot social distancing. The school will maximize classroom usage for all grade levels as good stewards of our resources.
  • Van transportation may be limited or unavailable due to social distance requirements. Every effort is being made to accommodate the needs of our families. Decisions regarding van transportation will be made by the end of July.
  • Lower School lunch will take place in the cafeteria with the option to bring or purchase lunch for delivery to the classrooms. Middle and Upper School lunch will take place in the cafeterias with staggered lunch times to allow for social distancing requirements. We will limit unnecessary interactions with outside food and material vendors. This includes parent deliveries of forgotten items such as lunches and books.
  • School day arrival and pickup modifications with faculty and volunteers assisting car exiting, but with protective measures, no direct contact, and limited interactions.
  • Institution of capacity limits to allow for social distancing in spaces such as the gym, special area classrooms, hallways, etc.
  • Limited or rescheduled group activities such as no field trips through September. Progression will seek advice from a wide variety of available sources, including athletic and academic associations.
  • Establish dedicated entrances and exits to ensure proper traffic flow and adhere to social distancing requirements.
  • Modification of programs and events in compliance with limits on crowd sizes and social distancing measures.
  • Utilize staggered scheduling as needed.
  • Changes to campus access for visitors and parents. Initially, we will limit Classroom Volunteers until such time state guidance allows this.
  • Continued use of online and virtual platforms in conjunction with in-person services to keep contact at safer levels in the areas of academic instruction, student activities, and volunteer group meetings.
Illness on campus or at home

Illness at School

Anyone with symptoms during school should immediately be sent to the office. Our campus will have one health facility  for isolation of suspected COVID-19 patients and or daily health room operations. We will adhere to local and state government policies in regard to communicable diseases. We also follow national recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) for the most up-to-date information on current COVID-19 best practice.

Notification and Contact Tracing

Follow CDC and NCDHHS protocol regarding notification and contact tracing in the instance of a confirmed positive for COVID-19.

 

Preparing for Interruptions

If public health conditions do not permit on campus learning, we have a plan to maximize in-person learning while giving us greater capacity for social distancing and other measures to limit virus spread. Faculty will utilize tools and best practices to serve our students through any disruptions and transitions that may occur through the year. There may be situations in which our lower, middle and upper school operates in differing learning models in order to mitigate risk while maximizing in-person learning. Every effort will be made to ease transitions and family situations throughout these times.

If that data is either unavailable or insufficient, the academy will make our decisions for which learning model to use based on the number of COVID-19 related cases and hospitalizations given to us by the county at a given time.

 

Hybrid-Learning Model

Hybrid Learning creates opportunities for social distancing AND in-person instruction where on-campus operations resume at a limited schedule (2/3-days a week), with restrictions imposed by public health authorities and following recognized health and safety best practices, while continuing online instruction on the other days. The school is committed to accommodating students, faculty, and staff who need to operate remotely due to being in a high-risk category related to COVID-19.

 

  • All health and safety and social distancing protocols and procedures from the On Campus Model will be required for on campus time in a Hybrid Learning Model.
  • The hybrid model for Lower School will be very similar to the on-campus model. Every effort will be made to have all Lower School students on campus within the restrictions of a hybrid model.
  • For Middle and Upper School, alternating between distant and on campus learning.
  • Students and employees that are healthy, but documented as immunocompromised by their doctors, will be able to experience school remotely through online content delivery and regular check-ins with teachers.
  • All extracurricular activities will be altered and modified to meet the policies and protocols of the school during on-campus learning (Athletics, Arts, International Studies, Coordinate Programs, Clubs, Faculty/Staff Wellness Programs).
  • Large gatherings will need to be significantly modified or postponed.
Distant (online) Learning Model

Classrooms, Group spaces, Events, Visitors, and Lunch.

 

  • Adhere to school, local, state, and federal recommendations and health guidelines as it relates to social distancing and group size.
  • In our current planning, you can expect typical classroom sizes while maintaining 3-4 foot social distancing. The school will maximize classroom usage for all grade levels as good stewards of our resources.
  • Van transportation may be limited or unavailable due to social distance requirements. Every effort is being made to accommodate the needs of our families. Decisions regarding van transportation will be made by the end of July.
  • Lower School lunch will take place in the cafeteria with the option to bring or purchase lunch for delivery to the classrooms. Middle and Upper School lunch will take place in the cafeterias with staggered lunch times to allow for social distancing requirements. We will limit unnecessary interactions with outside food and material vendors. This includes parent deliveries of forgotten items such as lunches and books.
  • School day arrival and pickup modifications with faculty and volunteers assisting car exiting, but with protective measures, no direct contact, and limited interactions.
  • Institution of capacity limits to allow for social distancing in spaces such as the gym, special area classrooms, hallways, etc.
  • Limited or rescheduled group activities such as no field trips through September. Progression will seek advice from a wide variety of available sources, including athletic and academic associations.
  • Establish dedicated entrances and exits to ensure proper traffic flow and adhere to social distancing requirements.
  • Modification of programs and events in compliance with limits on crowd sizes and social distancing measures.
  • Utilize staggered scheduling as needed.
  • Changes to campus access for visitors and parents. Initially, we will limit Classroom Volunteers until such time state guidance allows this.
  • Continued use of online and virtual platforms in conjunction with in-person services to keep contact at safer levels in the areas of academic instruction, student activities, and volunteer group meetings.

AS WE PLAN 

Please know that our mission, value and affirmation of community guide our planning while we work to mitigate risk to our community given the current global pandemic. We are committed to upholding The Nest Academy’s excellence across all of our plans and prepared to transition through them when and if the situation necessitates. 

YOUR PARTNERSHIP & TRUST

Please know that our mission, value and affirmation of community guide our planning while we work to mitigate risk to our community given the current global pandemic. We are committed to upholding The Nest Academy’s excellence across all of our plans and prepared to transition through them when and if the situation necessitates. 

Communications timeline

  • An e-mail will be sent July 31 with updates and results of the planning taking place.
  • Weekly updates will be posted on this website and on social media every Monday starting in July.
  • Weekly e-mails will begin in August from the head of school.
  • Any changes to the learning models will be communicated by an e-mail from MC Hildreth as well as a phone call and text message.

(Featured In the Charlotte Observer March 19, 2020)

MC Hildreth wanted so badly to wrap her arms around her students and their families as they filed in and out of the quiet cafeteria of The Nest Academy off Eastway Drive.

But there was a pandemic brewing, which is why they were there on Wednesday afternoon — to pick up provisions Hildreth and her staff had rounded up for what could be a long isolation for members of the tiny school that serves 24 low-income students, mostly Latino immigrants and refugees.

The private school, founded in 2009, is free for students.

On one side of the cafeteria sat boxes loaded with veggies and flatbread and shredded cheese, all donated by Cici’s Pizza. Nearby, six cafeteria tables were loaded with cereal and canned goods, bread, fresh fruit, soap and hygiene products.

The relief effort was the result of a sinking feeling that hit Hildreth hard on Sunday while she stood in line buying groceries and supplies for herself and her own three children: If she was having trouble finding the essentials, she had to find a way to help her school’s families get through the crisis.

“Their needs are great every day on a normal basis,” Hildreth said.

On Monday, she sent an email blast to 600 school supporters, and within minutes, donations were rolling in.

Hildreth took the $1,000 that was donated and spent Monday and Tuesday filling carts with groceries and supplies and notifying families that help was coming.

“We wanted to ensure them that we had their kids, that we were going to continue to teach their kids every single day and that we would continue to feed them,” she said. For many, “this is triggering something that reminds them of the fight they’ve been in before, the fight for their lives, to flee their country.”

One mom named Luz, who has two kids at The Nest, smiled widely as she picked out her groceries. She has a compromised immune system because she suffers from Lupus, so being able to get food from a sparsely populated cafeteria instead of a grocery store was a big help.

“This is incredible,” she said.

Hildreth helped families carry boxes out on Wednesday afternoon, and bid students farewell.

But while they wouldn’t see each other in person for awhile, they’d be seeing each other daily via Chromebook. Last week, school staff sent students home with Chromebooks in case schools were closed.

“This is where the strength of the community really is able to be shown,” Hildreth said, “by linking arms with one another.”

By: CRISTINA BOLLING |  Photography & Video By: JEFF SINER

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