Back to Sage
Our first week of school for the 2020-21 year will begin with an orientation week following Labor Day. We are methodically working on the details of our back to school plan, keeping our mission and the safety, health and well-being of students, faculty, and staff a top priority. Sage is committed to fostering and maintaining the connections of our school community while being responsive to the requirements of COVID-19.
Our COVID-19 Task Force Leadership Team as well as several subcommittees have been charged with creating the most comprehensive plan for Sage opening in September. This task force has been working throughout the summer and academic school year, paying close attention to the stringent health and safety requirements put forth by the CDC, Massachusetts Department of Public Health, and Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, as well as trusted medical professionals’ advice.
What is our approach?
We know that for most students, the ideal teaching and learning environment is one in which students and teachers are afforded every opportunity to engage face-to-face. That said, we also recognize that creating a campus environment that speaks to the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff is of equal importance. Therefore we will offer in person, hybrid, and virtual options for our students and faculty.
We will offer on-campus learning as our priority when it is safe to do so.
We will offer a hybrid option while our campus is open for students who wish to have an at-home, remote option.
We will offer a virtual platform for all if the campus must be closed for the safety of our community.
What are our overarching guiding themes?
As always, our first priority is the health, safety, and well-being of our community.
While Covid-19 may necessitate changes and restrictions, our ultimate goal is to support students’ social-emotional needs as well as provide robust and meaningful access to learning.
Sage is a safe place for students to grow and learn. By continuing to foster our culture of kindness, we will support our students through a time of ambiguity, changing circumstances, and a physical environment that may look different from the traditional school.
We continue to embrace a culture of diversity and inclusion in our decisions and actions as a community.
We will continue to listen to our community members – their wishes, needs, and challenges – as part of our decision making process.
Currently strategies are being developed in the following areas including but not limited to:
We will have in-person classes starting on September 9, in addition to a hybrid-learning model that will enable classes to accommodate both remote and on-campus students or teachers. A family may choose to utilize our virtual learning platform if necessary or by choice. For example, if a student needs to stay home because they are displaying cold symptoms, they will still be able to participate in classes remotely.
Students, faculty, and staff will be required to wear masks throughout their day, as we have been advised that this is the best way to prevent the transmission of COVID-19.
All community members will be required to complete a daily health assessment online before coming to campus.
Staggered times for entering and exiting the building. Students will enter through the door closest to their classroom.
Community members will continually be reminded about proper hygiene which includes the frequent washing of hands and use of hand sanitizer.
Parents will say goodbye to their children at the door. There will be no outside visitors, including parents, throughout the day.
We are currently working with a HVAC company to assess ventilation and filtration in every classroom. Students will be educated in an adequately ventilated classroom or in a designated outside area.
To enhance safe movement around campus, we will create directional lanes and enforce one-way foot traffic in our hallways.
Classroom furniture will be set up to promote 6-foot social distancing.
Parents and guardians play an essential role in maintaining safety at Sage. The most important safety measure is to keep a child home if they are sick. We will collaborate with our families to support their child’s adherence to safety measures both on campus and at home. To support this effort, in September, we will provide an update to our Family Handbook with information to help transition students to campus during the COVID-19 pandemic.
We ALL have a shared responsibility to prevent the spread of illness. We might be aware or suspect that we have contracted a communicable disease, but we also might present as asymptomatic. We need to work together to stop the spread, regardless of how we might feel in the moment.
All members of the Sage Community must remain committed to the recommended safety policies and procedures to help keep students, staff, and faculty safe.
COVID-19 Leadership Task Force Team
Marie Leary, Head of School
Cheri Alix, Office Manager/Registrar
John Cobbett-Walden, Upper School Division Head
Amy Conrardy, School Counselor
Kaitlyn Cronin, Lower School Division Head
Lisa Downs, Administrative Assistant to the Head School
Megan Fahey, Director of Admission
Nancy Farrell, Director of Business & Finance
Sarah Golden Martin, Upper School Student Support Coordinator
Elizabeth Krikelis, Lower School Student Dean
Elizabeth Murzycki, Controller
Nitzan Resnick, Academic Dean
Jennifer Tanner, Upper School Student Dean
Julie York, Director of Communications