Following State regulations, we reopened for Summer Camp on June 22, 2020.
In the past few weeks, we have been preparing for the School reopening, and the different case scenarios that we might face in September.
We are basing our plans off of prominent sources in the education field, which include the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), the Mission Laique Francaise (MLF), other professional organizations of Independent Schools and daycares, and current practices of schools reopened in Europe and Asia. Public sources include the CDC and the State of New Jersey.
The main question regarding the school year 2020-2021 is whether your children will be allowed to physically enter the building. We are preparing for three possible scenarios:
|On-Site Learning||Distance Learning||Hybrid|
|Description||All classes take place at the School ||All classes are taught remotely ||Combination of on-site and distance learning |
|Scenario||The COVID-19 pandemic recedes significantly||The COVID-19 pandemic increases significantly||Social distancing regulations requires a decreased occupancy per classroom.|
|Tessa Preparation||See below for list of on-site safety measures ||Fine-tuning of the Spring 2020 experience including considerations regarding: |
- The number of classes per day
- The size of classes
- Multiple resources
- Optional homework
- Tessa YouTube Channels
|On site classes taught at Tessa with online component for at-home students: |
- Several times a day, at-home students join the class remotely.
- When possible, a class assistant works with online students on relevant follow-up activities.
|Updates|| If we are to move fully back into distance learning||With the class maximum lowered there is a stronger possibility that all learning can happen on site, and that the school day can run as normal. |
In the event that we receive further guidance with a lower class maximum then we will have students attend the school 4 days out of the week.
* As estimated by a sample of 990 American Independent Schools
To better prepare for new guidelines that could potentially limit the class size we have capped enrollment in each class to be no more than 13 students in each class. This number could go back to 18 students during the school year if we do not receive guidelines, if previous guidelines are lifted, and if we feel confident that safety can be maintained with a larger number of students.