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Welcome Back! A GUIDE TO RE-OPENING EAGLE HILL 1 • EAGLE HILL SCHOOL • GUIDE TO RE-OPENING


“While there are many uncertainties right now, we are embracing the hope and optimism that starting a new academic year brings.” —Jim Heus

Contents 3 4 5 6

From the Head of School Important Dates 2020-21 Schedule

Arrival, Dismissal & Transportation

7 Academic Programs 11 Foundations 13 Lower School 16 Upper School 19 Social Emotional Support 20 Speech and Language 21 Campus Facilities 24 Health and Safety 27 A Word in Closing

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Jim Heus Head of School

Tom Cone Assistant Head of School

DEAR EAGLE HILL COMMUNITY,

I

t has been nearly six months since our school was engaged in on-campus instruction and we are all looking forward to welcoming our students back on campus in a few weeks! While there are many uncertainties right now, we are embracing the hope and optimism that starting a new academic year brings. While we believe the COVIDrelated restrictions are necessary, we recognize that our school culture of a robust and close-knit community will be compromised. Nevertheless, we will do whatever it takes to rekindle the joy of learning and with added resolve to “make lemonade out of lemons!”

Our planning team has put together a plan that prioritizes the health and safety of our entire community and strives to mitigate and manage the COVID-19 risk while maintaining our promise to deliver a ‘transformational’ education for each student. These plans have been created based on the information we currently have from the State of Connecticut and the CDC. As we move through the next several weeks, we may need to adjust these plans should we receive additional guidance. You can expect a weekly communication from the school that will address both updates to our re-entry plan and routine matters to assure a smooth opening. Eagle Hill has made some significant investments in our facilities and program to address some of the restrictions and enhance our program for the students. These include: • Purchasing several outdoor tent structures for location throughout the campus to create open-air teaching spaces. • Installing bipolar ionization systems in ventilation ducts to enhance air purification in buildings. • Creating a new Technology Integrator faculty position to help support students, faculty, and parents with technology integration in the classroom. • Adding capacity in the Health Office with extra space and personnel to support the health and safety requirements for re-opening campus. CONTINUED V

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A significant health and safety requirement by the State of Connecticut is that all faculty and students wear masks when they are inside buildings. It is imperative that everyone, students and faculty, adhere to this and other restrictions. While we cannot fully eliminate the risk, following preventative guidelines will greatly reduce the risk of any virus spread on campus.

IMPORTANT DATES THURSDAY, AUGUST 6 Town Hall Meeting for parents Join us via Zoom Meeting ID: 893 4948 1943 Passcode: 070920

MONDAY, AUGUST 24 THROUGH THURSDAY, AUGUST 27 Faculty Pre-Service MONDAY, AUGUST 31 Orientation for ALL Upper School students and ALL Foundations students Specific orientation times will be confirmed in future communications

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 1 Orientation for ALL Lower School

The first day of school will be Wednesday, September 2nd with orientation sessions planned for ALL students being held on August 31 and September 1st. These will be small group sessions scheduled by cohort and you will receive more information about the schedule of those meetings soon. As you will see in this document, should we be required to move to remote learning, we have created student schedules that mirror our on-campus learning. We can implement online learning schedules immediately and we are committed to providing the same personalized educational instruction to meet the needs of each student. As a parent, your partnership in creating a safe environment to return to campus is greatly appreciated. Together, we are confident that we can adjust to our new circumstances. We invite you to join us for a Town Hall meeting via Zoom on Thursday, August 6th for additional updates and to answer any questions.

Specific orientation times will be confirmed in future communications

Best regards, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 2

FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL The full Eagle Hill calendar is available on the next page.

Jim Heus

Tom Cone

Head of School

Asst. Head of School

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EAGLE HILL CALENDAR REVISED 2020-21

August

October

February

24-27 Faculty Pre-Opening & Student Assessment

1

Back to School Night

15

12

Columbus Day- No Classes

31

31

All Upper School Student Orientations by small group within Cohort

November

All Foundation Student Orientation

September 1

Classes Begin

7

Labor Day-No Classes

18

Rosh HashanahNo Classes

28

Yom KippurNo Classes

No School

Thanksgiving Holiday (12:30 Dismissal)

30

Classes Resume

December

All Lower School Student Orientations by small group within Cohort

2

25

10/11 Parent Conferencing (12:30 Dismissal) 18

Winter Holiday Break (12:30 Dismissal)

January 4

Classes Resume

18

Martin Luther King Day No Classes

12:30 Dismissal

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Presidents DayNo Classes

March 19

Spring Break (12:30 Dismissal)

April 4/5

Classes Resume

May 6/7

Parent Conferencing (12:30 Dismissal)

31

Memorial Day- No Classes

June 6

Graduation Day

11

Last Day of School


ARRIVAL & DISMISSAL

IF YOU ARE DRIVING YOUR STUDENT to school DO NOT arrive prior to 8:00 a.m. To ensure the safety of students, they will not be permitted to enter the building before 8:00 a.m. Faculty supervision will begin at 8:00 a.m.

TRANSPORTATION

W

e understand that transportation during the health crisis created by COVID-19 requires flexibility and additional health precautions. Please be aware that if you are using busing from your school district, Eagle Hill will have limited influence in the transportation process and we cannot make assurances about timing, convenience, passenger density, or distancing rules from town-controlled services. Please make decisions regarding transportation with this in mind, and please be sure to have a secondary transportation plan in case of any changes from your school district. EAGLE HILL HAS BEEN IN DIRECT COMMUNICATION with all

STUDENTS WILL NEED TO GO DIRECTLY to their assigned homeroom within their cohort. Due to the restrictions, this policy will be strictly enforced this year.

of the New York state local school districts from which our students reside. These districts have been informed of our school calendar for 2020/21 and this year’s daily schedule for students.

• The daily schedule will account for a flexible start and ending to the school day. This will help accommodate local districts in their scheduling of arrival and dismissal times and to anticipate some variation.

• Students will have an 8:00- 8:30 arrival block to

be used as a homeroom period so as to allow for staggered bus arrivals.

IF YOUR CHILD USES DISTRICT BUSING, there may be a staggered arrival and dismissal time imposed by the busing company and district guidance. However, buses will not be able to unload students prior to 8:00 am.

• Dismissal times will be flexible to accommodate bus schedules.

FAMILIES WHO RESIDE IN THE STATE OF CONNECTICUT will

continue to need to provide private means of transportation to and from Eagle Hill each day. Greenwich families should confirm transportation with the Greenwich Public School District. FOR THOSE FAMILIES WHO DESIRE A CARPOOL OPTION,

TRAFFIC PATTERNS MAY CHANGE on campus. Additional information will be sent in the next few weeks.

Eagle Hill will help support parents by providing names and contact information of families living within a commutable distance of each other. Eagle Hill encourages families to explore these transportation options. FOR QUESTIONS REGARDING TRANSPORTATION, PLEASE CONTACT BILLY GRAMAJO (B.GRAMAJO@EAGLEHILL.ORG) 6 • EAGLE HILL SCHOOL • GUIDE TO RE-OPENING


ACADEMIC PROGRAMS

A

t Eagle Hill, we are committed to providing a full academic program for our students whether we are able to be oncampus or if state guidelines require that we continue our distance learning program. Our goal is to have students and staff on campus—with safety precautions meeting all state requirements in place. Our reopening plans were created to provide individualized instruction while maximizing safety following the general guidelines below. Specific details for each division are available on PAGE 11 for Foundations, PAGE 13 for Lower School, and PAGE 16 for Upper School. 7 • EAGLE HILL SCHOOL • GUIDE TO RE-OPENING


Academic Programs

Eagle Hill Will: ORGANIZE COHORTS to keep groups of students together during the day.

• Students will remain in these cohorts for all aspects of the day, including academic classes, art, music, physical activity, lunch, and recess.

PROVIDE ART, MUSIC, AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY integrated within the daily academic schedule.

• Music classes will be regularly scheduled each week and will be Zoomed into classrooms to minimize cross-cohort exposure.

• Art classes will be regularly scheduled every other week and will be Zoomed into classrooms to minimize cross-cohort exposure.

• PE will be provided differently for Lower and Upper School students.. Lower School: twice a week through class pullouts. Upper School: twice a week during afternoon activity periods.

PROVIDE INTEGRATED PSYCHOLOGICAL SERVICES within the daily schedule.

• See page 19 for details about the delivery of psychological services. PROVIDE INTEGRATED SPEECH AND LANGUAGE SERVICES within the daily schedule.

• See page 20 for details about the delivery of speech and language services. PROVIDE A PROCTORED DAILY STUDY HALL for all Lower and Upper School students.

Athletics & Activities For safety reasons the Fairchester Athletic Association will not be running interscholastic athletic programs this fall. We will keep parents informed about opportunities for future seasons. In lieu of interscholastic sports, we will engage all students in a robust physical activity program during PE and activities periods. See sample schedules by division.

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Academic Programs

Dress Code There will be minimal changes to Eagle Hill’s dress code. We will open school with relaxed dress code and return to regular dress code at the discretion of the Head of School. Information regarding dress code can also be found on our website.

Relaxed Dress Code

Foundations

• Polo-style collared shirts • Navy or khaki chino slacks with belt belt for Upper School only (no skinny jeans of any color)

• Dress/Walking shorts with belt (no

more than 1-3 inches above the knee)

• Navy, khaki, gray, or plaid knee length

Foundations students do not need to follow the standard Eagle Hill dress code. We ask that:

• All clothing is labeled with the student’s name

• An extra set of clothing is sent in

with your student in case of a spill or accident. Bags of extra clothing should be labeled with the student’s name.

skirts, jumpers, polo dresses or skorts

• Navy or black leggings, spandex shorts or tights must be worn under skirts, dresses and skorts

• Sneakers or sandals

Upper School • This year, Upper School students will

Lower School • Chino or Corduroy pants in navy, khaki or gray

• Knee length skirts, jumpers, or skorts

NOT BE REQUIRED TO WEAR A TIE. All other dress code items remain the same.

• Chino or corduroy slacks with belt in navy or khaki

(no higher than 3” above the center of the knee) in navy, khaki, gray or plaid

• Knee length skirts, jumpers or skorts

Leggings, spandex shorts or tights must be worn under skirts and dresses in navy or black

• Leggings, spandex shorts or tights

Polo shirts, button down shirts or turtlenecks in any color, stripe or plaid

(no higher than 3” above the center of the knee) in navy, khaki, gray or plaid must be worn under skirts and dresses in navy or black

• Sweaters with crew-neck, V-neck,

• Collared shirts or blouse • Sweaters with crew-neck, V-neck,

• Sneakers or closed-toe shoes

• Sneakers or closed-toe shoes

cardigan, vests or 1/4 zip

cardigan, vest or 1/4 zip in solid color

NOT DRESS CODE APPROPRIATE

• Skinny pants of any color • Flannel shirts or mock turtlenecks • Hats

• Sweatshirts, hooded or otherwise •

(even as outerwear) Lace, leather, suede, or ruffled skirts

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Academic Programs

Technology The Technology Department has been fine-tuning and making enhancements to the many tools used daily in our classrooms and needed for distance learning.

We have:

• REVIEWED our classroom equipment to make sure that all the equipment is in working order.

• INSTALLED additional equipment needed to support remote learners in the classrooms.

• ORDERED and replaced aging/outdated ActivPanels with new devices. • REVIEWED the servers and “backbone” equipment to make sure it will support our student and faculty needs.

In preparation for the possibility of returning to distance learning, we are building on what we learned and feedback from this past spring. We have:

• FORMULATED a Tech Professional Development curriculum for teachers to

refresh and enhance their skills on our most used applications (Google Suite, Active Inspire, Zoom, etc.).

• CREATED online training sessions (live and pre-recorded) that will be made

available to parents with information on the applications used in distance learning. A list of sessions and a schedule will be provided in the coming weeks.

Other technology initiatives include: UTILIZATION OF FM

CREATED A TECHNOLOGY

CONTINUING OUR

Systems in every classroom to improve acoustics. All teachers will wear a microphone that will enhance speech clarity when wearing a mask or face covering for students in the classroom and those who are learning remotely.

Integrator position. This new position (part-time teaching, part-time tech integration) will allow the technology department to help facilitate creative and innovative use of technology in the classroom by working collaboratively with our faculty and students.

relationship with the Social Media Institute and their #winatsocial curriculum. SMI has been working hard at adapting the content to reflect the “at home” learning experience that our students have gone through during the current pandemic. The parents resources portal will be available at the beginning of the school year.

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FOUNDATIONS School Supplies Foundations classes are ONE COHORT GROUP that will be housed in a wing on the first floor of the Hardwick House.

Please note that the sharing of school supplies is not allowed. PARENTS MUST SUPPLY THEIR STUDENTS WITH:

A backpack labeled with your child’s name. A large pencil pouch to hold: 1 box of pencils 2-3 different color hi-lighters A pack of thin markers A pack of thick markers A pack of dry erase markers 1-2 large erasers 5 glue sticks A pair of small student scissors

1 set of extra clothes (shirt, pants, and underwear). A reusable water bottle labeled with your child’s name. 2 face masks labeled with your child’s name.

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Foundations

FOUNDATIONS DAILY SCHEDULE The Foundations Program is prepared to provide a full educational program to students whether we are on campus or online. On Campus Daily Schedule: MON-THURS

FRIDAY

8:00-8:30

Arrival/ Morning Recess

8:00-8:30

Arrival/ Morning Recess

8:30-9:15

Morning Meeting & Learning Warm up

8:30-9:00

Morning Meeting & Learning Warm up

9:15-9:40

Morning Recess & Snack

9:05-9:20

Assembly

9:50-10:30

Tutorial

9:20-9:45

Morning Recess & Snack

10:30-11:00

Content/ Oral Language

9:50-10:20

Tutorial

11:10-11:40

Lunch/ Recess

10:25-10:55

Writing

11:55-12:15

Quiet Play Time

10:55-11:25

Math

12:15-12:45

Math

11:25-11:55

Specials

12:45-1:15

Specials

12:00-12:30

Choice TIme

1:15-1:45

Writing

12:30

1:45-2:30

Snack/Read Aloud/Choice Time

2:30

At Home Daily Schedule: Morning Meeting: 8:30 - 8:45 a.m. Writing: 8:50 - 9:20 a.m. Tutorial: 9:30 - 10:00 a.m. Movement Break: 10:00 - 10:20 a.m. Math: 10:25 - 11:00 a.m. Lunch:11:00 - 11:45 a.m.. Content: 11:45 - 12:15 p.m. Oral Language: 12:15 - 12:45 p.m. Movement Break: 12:45 - 1:10 p.m. Social Play: 1:15 - 1:45 p.m. End of Day Meeting: 1:45 - 2 p.m.

Activity Schedule: PE, music, art, and library will be delivered on a rotating schedule during the assigned period. SPEECH AND LANGUAGE services

Dismissal

Dismissal

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are integrated into the academic program. PSYCHOLOGICAL SERVICES will

be delivered once a week through collaboration with head teachers.


LOWER SCHOOL School Supplies

LOWER SCHOOL COHORT GROUPS

5

COHORT GROUPS

have been created for the Lower School. These groups are housed throughout the Academic Building and the first floor of Hardwick House.

Eagle Hill will provide each student with a specific multi-pocket folder to use. These will be distributed on the first day of school.

• Please note that sharing of school supplies is not allowed. • Students will carry their backpacks with them throughout the day. PARENTS MUST SUPPLY THEIR STUDENTS WITH:

A backpack labeled with your child’s name. A large pencil pouch with: 1 box of pencils 2-3 different color hi-lighters A pack of thin markers

COHORT GROUPS

A pack of thin dry erase markers

were created based on students’ academic level and chronological age.

1-2 large erasers A glue stick A pair of student scissors A reusable water bottle labeled with your child’s name. Two face masks labeled with your child’s name.

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Lower School

LOWER SCHOOL SAMPLE SCHEDULE The Lower School is prepared to provide a full educational program to students whether we are on campus or online.

IF WE ARE ON CAMPUS, students will have six

IF WE ARE LEARNING FROM HOME, students

forty-minute academic classes per day, with five minutes in-between for student travel time and classroom cleaning time. Students will have a daily study hall, two recess times, and activities that will be rotated throughout the day.

will have six forty-minute academic classes per day with five minute breaks in-between classes. Callbacks will be in the morning (combined with homeroom) and the afternoon (combined with study hall).

On Campus Monday-Thursday Schedule:

At Home Daily Schedule:

Extended Arrival/Homeroom: 8:00 – 8:30 a.m. First Period: 8:30 – 9:10 a.m. Second Period: 9:15 – 9:55 a.m. Juice Break: 9:55 – 10:15 a.m. Third Period: 10:20 – 11:00 a.m. Fourth Period: 11:05 – 11:45 a.m. Lunch/5th Period: 11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Sixth Period: 12:30 – 1:10 p.m. Seventh Period: 1:15 – 1:55 p.m. Callback/Recess: 2:00 – 2:45 p.m. Study Hall/Extended Dismissal: 2:55 – 4:00 p.m.

Callback 1/Homeroom: 8:10 – 8:25 a.m. First Period: 8:30 – 9:10 a.m. Second Period: 9:15 – 9:55 a.m. Movement Break: 9:50 – 10:15 a.m. Third Period: 10:20 – 11:00 a.m. Fourth Period: 11:05 – 11:45 a.m. Lunch: 11:45 a.m. – 12:25 p.m. Sixth Period: 12:30 – 1:10 p.m. Seventh Period: 1:15 – 1:55 p.m. Callback 2: 2:00 – 2:30 p.m. Study Hall: 2:30 – 3:00 p.m.

On Campus Friday Schedule: Extended Arrival/Homeroom: 8:00 - 8:30 a.m. First Period: 8:30 - 9:00 a.m. Assembly: 9:05 - 9:20 a.m. Second Period: 9:20 - 9:50 a.m. Juice Break: 9:55 - 10:15 a.m. Third Period: 10:20 - 10:50 a.m. Fourth Period: 10:55 - 11:25 a.m. Sixth Period: 11:25 - 11:55 a.m. Seventh Period: 12:00 - 12:30 p.m. Dismissal: 12:30 p.m. See next page for detailed daily schedule

Activity Schedule: IN EITHER SCENARIO—on campus or at home—PE, music, art, and social/ emotional learning groups will be delivered on a rotating schedule during the daily academic periods. PE: twice a week MUSIC: once a week ART: once every other week (rotating

with social-emotional learning groups) SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL LEARNING GROUPS:

once every other week (rotating with art)

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Lower School

LOWER SCHOOL ON CAMPUS

SAMPLE DAILY SCHEDULE MONDAY

TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY

THURSDAY

Homeroom 8:00-8:30

In 1st period classroom

In 1st period classroom

In 1st period classroom

In 1st period classroom

Homeroom 8:00-8:30

In 1st period classroom

1st Period 8:30-9:10

Math

Math

Math

PE Class

1st Period 8:30-9:00

Math

2nd Period 9:15-9:55

Tutorial

Tutorial

Tutorial

Tutorial

Assembly 9:05-9:20

Zoom in from 2nd period classroom

2nd Period 9:20-9:50

Tutorial

Juice Break 9:55-10:15

OUTSIDE RECESS

FRIDAY

3rd Period 10:20-11:00

Writing

PE Class

Writing

Writing

Juice Break 9:55-10:15

OUTSIDE RECESS

4th Period 11:05-11:45

Literature

Literature

Art Class*

Literature

3rd Period 10:20-10:50

Writing

5th Period 11:45-12:15

Lunch in 4th period classroom

Lunch in 4th period classroom

Lunch in 4th period classroom

Lunch in 4th period classroom

4th Period 10:55-11:25

Literature

6th Period 12:30-1:10

Tutorial

Tutorial

Tutorial

Tutorial

6th Period 11:25-11:55

Tutorial

7th Period 1:15-1:55

Music Class

Social Studies

Social Studies

Social Studies

7th Period 12:00-12:30

Social Studies

Callback/ Recess 2:00-2:45

Callback Session with Math Teacher

Community Service Project outside

Work with Writing Teacher

Recess Time: Walking the Trail

Study Hall/ Extended Dismissal 2:55-4:00

STUDY HALL DISMISSED FROM STUDY HALL CLASSROOM * alternates weekly with Social - Emotional Learning Groups

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Dismissal 12:30

Dismissed from 7th period classroom


UPPER SCHOOL School Supplies

UPPER SCHOOL COHORT GROUPS

2

COHORT GROUPS

have been created for the Upper School. They will be housed in either the Learning Center or the Weed Building and Hardwick House.

• Eagle Hill will provide each student with a small whiteboard. • Please note that sharing of school supplies is not allowed. PARENTS MUST SUPPLY THEIR STUDENTS WITH:

A backpack with a protective compartment for a laptop, labeled with your child’s name. Headphones with a microphone for use with the laptop. A three-ring binder (two-inch, zippered, with handle and strap). An eight pack of pocket dividers for the three-ring binder. One pack of lined paper A large pencil pouch with three holes to hold: 1 box of pencils 2-3 different color hi-lighters 1 pack of thin markers 1 pack of thin dry erase markers 1 whiteboard eraser 1 large pencil eraser 1 glue stick 1 pair of student scissors

A reusable water bottle labeled with your child’s name. Two face masks labeled with your child’s name.

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Upper School

UPPER SCHOOL SAMPLE SCHEDULE The Upper School is prepared to provide a full educational program to students whether we are on campus or online.

IF WE ARE ON CAMPUS, students will have

IF WE ARE LEARNING FROM HOME, students

six forty-minute academic classes per day, with five minutes in-between for student travel time and classroom cleaning time. Students will have a daily study hall and activities that will be rotated throughout the day.

will have six forty-minute academic classes per day with five minute breaks in-between classes. Students will have homeroom in the morning, activities rotated throughout the day, and a morning recess.

On Campus Monday-Thursday Schedule:

At Home Daily Schedule:

Extended Arrival/Homeroom: 8:00 – 8:30 a.m. First Period: 8:30 – 9:10 a.m. Second Period: 9:15 – 9:55 a.m. Third Period: 10:00 - 10:40 a.m. Recess: 10:45 - 11:05 a.m. Callback: 11:10 - 11:30 a.m. Fourth Period: 11:35 a.m. - 12:15 a.m. Lunch/Fifth Period: 12:20 - 12:50 p.m. Sixth Period: 12:55 - 1:35 p.m. Seventh Period: 1:40 - 2:20 p.m. Study Hall: 2:25 - 3:15 p.m. Activity/Extended Dismissal Time: 3:15 - 4:00 p.m.

Homeroom: 8:10 – 8:25 a.m. First Period: 8:30 – 9:10 a.m. Second Period: 9:15 – 9:55 a.m. Recess: 10:00 – 10:20 a.m. Third Period: 10:25 - 11:05 a.m. Callback: 11:10 – 11:30 a.m. Fourth Period: 11:35 – 12:15 p.m. Lunch/Fifth Period: 12:20 - 12:50 p.m. Sixth Period: 12:55 - 1:35 p.m. Seventh Period: 1:40 - 2:20 p.m. Study Hall: 2:25 – 3:00 p.m.

On Campus Friday Schedule:

Activity Schedule:

Homeroom: 8:00 - 8:30 a.m. First Period: 8:30 - 9:00 a.m. Second Period: 9:05 - 9:35 a.m. Assembly: 9:40 - 9:55 a.m. Third Period: 10:00 - 10:30 a.m. Fourth Period: 10:35 - 11:05 a.m. Juice Break: 11:05 - 11:20 a.m. Fifth/Sixth Period: 11:25 - 11:55 a.m. Seventh Period: 12:00 - 12:30 p.m. Dismissal: 12:30 p.m. See next page for detailed daily schedule

IN EITHER SCENARIO—on campus or

at home—music, art, and social emotional learning groups will be delivered on a rotating schedule during the academic day. ACTIVITY: Four times a week in the

afternoon MUSIC: once a week ART: once every other week (rotating with social emotional learning groups) SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL LEARNING GROUPS:

once every other week (rotating with art)

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Upper School

UPPER SCHOOL ON CAMPUS

SAMPLE DAILY SCHEDULE MONDAY

TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY

THURSDAY

Homeroom 8:00-8:30

In 1st period classroom

In 1st period classroom

In 1st period classroom

In 1st period classroom

Homeroom 8:00-8:30

In 1st period classroom

1st Period 8:30-9:10

Music Class

Math

Math

Math

1st Period 8:30-9:00

Math

2nd Period 9:15-9:55

Tutorial

Tutorial

Tutorial

Tutorial

2nd Period 9:05-9:20

Tutorial

Literature

Literature

Art Class

Literature

Assembly 9:20-9:50

Zoom in from 3rd period classroom

3rd Period 9:55-10:15

Literature

Third Period 10:00-10:40 Recess 10:45-11:05

OUTSIDE RECESS

FRIDAY

Callback 11:10-11:30

Callback Session with Math Teacher

Community Service Project outside

Work with Writing Teacher

Callback Center

4th Period 10:55-11:25

Science

4th Period 11:35-12:15

Science

Science

Science

Science

Juice Break 10:55-11:25

OUTSIDE RECESS

5th Period 12:20-12:50

Lunch in 6th period classroom

Lunch in 6th period classroom

Lunch in 6th period classroom

Lunch in 6th period classroom

6th Period 12:55-1:35

Writing

Writing

Writing

Writing

7th Period 1:40-2:20

Study Skills

Study Skills

Study Skills

Study Skills

Study Hall 2:25-3:15 Activity/ Extended Dismissal 3:15-4:00

STUDY HALL

DISMISSED FROM ACTIVITY LOCATION

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5th/6th Period 11:25 - 11:55

7th Period 12:00-12:30

Dismissal 12:30

Writing

Study Skills Dismissed from 7th period classroom


SOCIAL EMOTIONAL SUPPORT

T

he Eagle Hill Psychological Services department has tailored a

comprehensive program to help support the social-emotional needs of our students during this unique and unconventional time. We have planned for a program that can be delivered in-person or online with minimal disruption and that builds on the program established during distance learning this past spring.

Program Details Include: CONSISTENT CONTACT with our team members

for all students.

• The Psychological Services department will be running small groups throughout the day for every Lower and Upper School student.

• We feel it is essential that every student have a touch point and a relationship with a staff member to maximize our ability to support all students independent of what challenges/ circumstances we may face as a school.

• These groups will cover topics including, but

not limited to, managing distance learning, coping with COVID, learning differences, social media awareness, tolerance, diversity/racial awareness, and social justice.

COLLABORATION WITH teachers and within classes,

individual student counseling, and weekly callback sessions for our Peer Mentoring Program and other specified groups.

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Family Support WE WILL CONTINUE to have bi-weekly topicdriven Parent Support Groups as well as our monthly Dad’s Group. These groups will be delivered in the safest way possible, with the ability to use Zoom if necessary. BUILDING ON THE SUCCESS of our weekly parent check-ins last spring, the Psychological Services Team will continue to facilitate an ongoing forum where parents can provide support and learn from one another.


SPEECH AND LANGUAGE

T

he Eagle Hill Speech and Language department will continue to provide

a program that addresses the language needs of individual students through small group pull-out sessions and collaborative sessions within the classroom. Enrollment in the program is initially determined by results of a screening that is completed upon entry to the school.

Lower and Upper School • All students new to the Lower and Upper School divisions will complete a

screening using a formal and informal measure to determine eligibility of services. Students enrolled in services last year will not need to be rescreened.

• All students who qualify will receive a small group pull-out session one time per week during an academic class that has minimal disruption to their program. Since these services are delivered within the academic day, the schedule will remain the same should a transition to distance learning occur.

• Speech-language pathologists will collaborate in classrooms and provide consultation to teachers to facilitate carryover of learned skills.

Foundations • Speech and language services will be delivered within the academic day, whether learning in school or remotely. The type of service provided is dependent on the needs of each student and will be integrated into the academic program. The speech-language pathologist will collaborate in classrooms and provide consultation to teachers to facilitate carryover of learned skills.

Parent Support • Members of the Speech and Language Department will serve as a resource for

all parents through informal discussions and scheduled training sessions. The training sessions can be delivered whether we are in school or participating in distance learning.

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CAMPUS FACILITIES Supervision of Student Movement Around Campus THERE WILL BE CLOSE ADULT SUPERVISION OF CHILDREN. Supervision will begin

at drop-off, safely ensuring students’ arrival to their cohort, and continue through afternoon pick-up. WE ARE INSTALLING SIGNAGE ON FLOORS AND DOORS to ensure that the children

safely remain in their cohorts, practice social distancing, and wash their hands.

Interior Spaces CLASSROOM SPACES HAVE BEEN EVALUATED for social distancing. Changes to

classroom layouts include:

• A marked six-foot teacher zone at the front of each room. • Desks for students that are spread 6 feet apart. ENHANCED/INCREASED CLEANING PROTOCOLS for bathrooms and classrooms. PLEXIGLASS DIVIDERS have been installed in offices and classrooms for essential

face-to-face meetings. AIR FILTRATION will be maximized in all applicable buildings.

• Maximize outside air exchange in all buildings by increasing the amount of time ventilation systems are run outside of school hours.

• Increase the frequency of ventilation filter replacement scheduled throughout the year.

• Installed bipolar ionization in ventilation ducts to enhance air purification in buildings

HANDS-FREE BATHROOM FAUCETS and auto-flush toilets are being installed in all

bathrooms.

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Campus Facilities

Exterior Spaces COHORTS WILL BE ASSIGNED outside spaces in order to maximize distancing while

minimizing cohort contact. THE SCHOOL WILL ADD PORTABLE BATHROOMS and hand washing stations in

outdoor areas to increase social distancing and increase hand-washing. WE HAVE DETERMINED several outdoor spaces/locations, some protected by a tent or

awning, for open-air instruction.

FOOD SERVICE Eagle Hill has planned to change its dining services to ensure proper distancing among students during lunch periods. ALL STUDENTS will have lunch in their classroom. THE KITCHEN STAFF WILL PREPARE individual box lunches for

each student and staff member. These will be delivered to classrooms every day.

• Students will be provided with a limited menu of options to choose from on a weekly basis.

• Teachers will be in classrooms to supervise during the lunch period.

• As in the past, children are welcome to bring a lunch from home if preferred.

PARENTS WILL BE ASKED to provide their children with personal water bottles to be used during the school day. THE DINING ROOM SPACE will be reallocated for

alternative use. DUE TO THE SUSPENSION of the Residential Program, no

breakfast or dinner will be served. SNACKS WILL BE PROVIDED at designated times for

each division.

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Campus Facilities

VISITORS VISITORS MUST HAVE AN APPOINTMENT. Visitors will not be

Deliveries A PROCEDURE FOR RECEIVING mail and deliveries has been established. ALL MAIL DELIVERIES will be directed to a specific area outside the reception foyer. This is a contained space closed from the interior of the building. CLEARLY MARKED signage will direct all couriers to this receiving area.

permitted on the campus without a pre-approved, scheduled appointment.

• All visitors will be required to complete a screening protocol upon arrival on campus.

• Ideally, visitors will be asked to respond to this protocol

over the phone when making their appointment with an Eagle Hill office assistant.

• This screening procedure will include an in-person

temperature check in the reception area prior to access to any part of the campus.

• Visitors will be required to wear a mask while on campus. Masks will be provided by Eagle Hill if necessary.

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HEALTH & SAFETY Daily Screenings Eagle Hill will be utilizing a daily health screening app developed by Magnus Health. All staff and students will be required to answer 4-5 short questions each morning prior to arrival to campus. If the health screening is not completed prior to arriving on campus, students and staff will not be allowed to enter.

Personal Protective Equipment The State of Connecticut has set the following requirements regarding PPE, which everyone on campus must adhere to:

Absence Due to Sickness

EAGLE HILL WILL PROVIDE a paper surgical mask to

If students or staff have a fever, or exhibit symptoms associated with COVID-19 per the CDC, they must stay home. Please notify the school by emailing

students/staff if they have forgotten to bring one.

attendance@eaglehill.org

EXCEPTIONS FOR STUDENTS:

calling the attendance/ dismissal hotline at

ALL STUDENTS AND STAFF must use a face

covering that completely covers the nose and mouth when they are inside the school building.

• While eating, drinking, participating in PE,

or when students are outside and effectively practicing social distancing.

EXCEPTIONS FOR TEACHERS AND STAFF:

• While eating, drinking, when outside and

effectively practicing social distancing, or while teaching behind a physical barrier.

(203) 629-1408 or alerting the school nurse at E.Reid@eaglehill.org or

(203) 302-3863

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Health and Safety

Hygiene All staff and students will be educated on practices to be used to prevent the spread of diseases. Faculty will increase supervision of students to ensure adherence to good hygiene protocols. These practices include, but are not limited to: SOCIAL DISTANCING – remaining six feet apart when feasible. Floor decals will be

placed throughout campus as reminders. FREQUENT HAND WASHING and use of hand sanitizer, on arrival to school, before eating, after recess, and prior to dismissal.

• EHS has installed touchless soap dispensers in all bathrooms. • Hand sanitizer will be provided at the entrance of each building and in each classroom.

RESPIRATORY AND COUGH ETIQUETTE

• Tissues are supplied for all classrooms. ENHANCED CLEANING/DISINFECTION OF SURFACES. Frequently touched surfaces

(such as desks and door knobs) will be wiped down after each class. SIGNAGE HAS BEEN PLACED in visible locations throughout campus reminding

students and staff of respiratory and cough etiquette, hand washing, and social distancing. VIDEOS AND LIVE DEMONSTRATIONS regarding proper wearing of facial coverings,

hand washing, respiratory etiquette, and social distancing will be available to anyone as needed through the school nurse.

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Health and Safety

Protocols if Symptoms Present on Campus WITH THE GUIDANCE OF OUR SCHOOL NURSE, any community member that exhibits

symptoms consistent with COVID-19 will be directed to an identified “isolation room” (other than the health office).

• Parents or guardians will be required to pick the student up within 30-60 minutes after isolation begins.

• Students will remain supervised in the isolation room. • For the purposes of contact tracing, school will log all persons who enter the room. The individual supervising the room will be equipped with proper PPE.

IF ANY PERSON WHO HAS BEEN PRESENT IN SCHOOL has a confirmed diagnosis of

COVID-19, the local health department will be notified immediately.

• Students and staff will be dismissed from campus for 2-5 days. This initial

short-term dismissal allows time for the local health officials to gain a better understanding of the COVID-19 situation impacting the school and allows contact tracing to be conducted.

• Following short-term dismissal, local health officials will help the school

determine appropriate next steps, including whether an extended dismissal duration is needed to stop or slow further spread of COVID-19.

• Local health officials’ recommendations for the scope and duration of school dismissals will be made on a case-by-case basis using the most up-to-date information about COVID-19 and the specific cases in the community.

• During school dismissals, any planned extracurricular group activities, schoolbased afterschool programs, and large events, (e.g., assemblies, spirit nights, field trips, and sporting events) will be canceled.

• During a dismissal, EHS discourages staff, students, and their families from gathering or socializing anywhere. This includes group child care arrangements, as well as gathering at places like a friend’s house, a favorite restaurant, or the local shopping mall.

• If Eagle Hill is dismissed for quarantine, the school will communicate next steps for continuing the educational program through remote learning.

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Health and Safety

• In the event of other circumstances of exposure, we encourage parents to

contact the School nurse, who in conjunction with local health officials, can advise the next course of action.

• In the event that Eagle Hill needs to conduct contact tracing, three members of the administration have been trained to conduct and assist with this process.

A Word in Closing

O

ur plans are thoughtful, comprehensive and reflect the work of many colleagues and health professionals. Knowing that little is certain, we are guided by the need to be flexible and agile in our future planning. We hope you will embrace the year ahead with confidence that Eagle Hill has taken every reasonable precaution, while not compromising the excitement that children naturally bring to learning. This is our opportunity to capture and celebrate the school’s culture of your child’s education being a “life-changing experience!” —Jim Heus and Tom Cone

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