Teaching and Learning Safely in the Covid-19 Era
Employees, summer campers, counselors and students should review the Summer 2022 Health and Safety Plan for the policies and procedures for covid mitigation.
The information below, while specific to the 2021-22 school year, may be helpful in your understanding of how Penn Charter worked to keep students learning in-person, on campus all year long and how we will again in 2022-23.
Penn Charter has developed a plan for 2021-22, with the goal of 100% in-person learning. The plan, evolved based on what we learned last year, is tailored to student needs and our desire to open campus safely. This plan will continue to evolve, encouraging everyone to remain flexible because circumstances could change in ways that we cannot not foresee.
For the 2021-22 school year, we remain committed to our vision statement of "educating students to live lives that make a difference" while also understanding that the path to this goal will require cooperation from all community members.
Therefore, our goals for in-person learning in the 2021-22 school year are:
Health, safety and well-being of students, faculty and staff
100 percent in-person learning, with all students, faculty and staff physically present on campus
Uninterrupted delivery of an excellent educational program
- All-school theme of Joy in Community, aimed at renewing and nurturing relationships and community connection
Find it all in the Hub
Find back-to-school resources including the Magnus health app, book ordering and more in the Resources section of the Hub.
When school is in session, visit the Hub to find academic calendars, assignments and many other resources.
Family contact information, including emails, phone numbers and addresses, has been updated for 2021-22.
Scheduling and Academic Program
Penn Charter will be 100% in-person, on-campus model with physical distancing, sanitizing protocols and health screenings. Students are attending school in-person five days a week.
Based on what we learned last year each division engaged in deep into research and discussion to adjust schedules that recognize the importance of core academic subjects as well as social connections, movement and relationships to student success and well-being. Given that information and guidance from national, state and local officials change and/or are incomplete, this work remains fluid. The following points highlight our academic scheduling goals for the 2021-2022 school year.
Teaching and Learning Safely
Since spring 2021, Penn Charter has been contingency planning the 2021-22 academic year, centering on the goal of a full and complete return to campus while ensuring the health and safety of the community.
As in the 2020-21 school year, our Covid mitigation strategies will be multi-layered. As community and local conditions fluctuate, we will be able to add or remove some of these layers in specific and targeted ways.
As we return to 100% in-person learning, we are following CDC guidelines for a safe return to school. This has involved planning and investment in expanded facilities so that we can provide layers of safeguards, including: three feet of physical distance, masking, cohort groups, uni-directional hallways, health screenings, and enhanced housekeeping and sanitation protocols.
Health & Safety
Penn Charter will take all the necessary steps to limit the risks of Covid-19 spreading in our community, and we ask our students, families and employees to partner with us to maintain a healthy and safe community. We look forward to partnering with you. See Tab 1 below.
We have made significant investments to create expanded and flexible spaces, including 7 tents, bathroom trailers, and reconfigured spaces such as the new 5th grade space in the lower level of the Graham Athletics Center, plus strategic and selective placement of physical, plexiglass barriers. Our goal is to create classroom space that allows for optimal physical distancing and to provide flexible, open-air spaces for instruction, engagement, lunchtime and other uses. See Tab 2 below.
If you have questions that are not answered in this webpage content, please contact a Contingency Steering Committee member:
Education: David Brightbill, Assistant Head of School, or Travis Larrabee, Assistant Head of School
Health: Debra Foley, Coordinator of Health Services
Facilities: Ansley Cox, Director of Facilities
Finances: Hal Davidow, Chief Financial Officer