Preparing for Reopening

Reopening Scenarios

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 LearningDistance LearningHybrid
DescriptionAll classes take place at the School All classes are taught remotely Combination of on-site and distance learning 
ScenarioThe COVID-19 pandemic recedes significantlyThe COVID-19 pandemic increases significantlySocial distancing regulations requires a decreased occupancy per classroom.
Tessa PreparationSee 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 learningWith 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.    

Tessa International School

Office: (201) 755-5585 | Location: 720 Monroe St. Hoboken, NJ 07030