2020 - 2021 Academic Plan Updated January 22, 2021
Trinity School of Texas successfully prepares students for college and beyond in a joyful, spiritual environment.
OUR PLANNING TST Leadership continues to work diligently to develop our strategies that will allow for flexibility and transparency while we prioritize the health and safety of our TST community. That work is focused on welcoming students back to the physical campus in August 2020. We also recognize there is a wide range of comfort levels and perspectives within our community around COVID-19 and what is appropriate for individual families. With that awareness, the TST Leadership team has developed two options for families to navigate. Consider the following decision-tree.
Trinity is able to implement the modifications to the physical campus and delivery of the program to support students safely returning to campus in August 2020.
TST Remote Learning - All of
State of Texas and local officials have lifted restrictions preventing the opening of school.
YES On Campus Learning - Your
child(ren) will begin the â€˜20-â€™21 academic year on campus with the expectation that specific health and safety procedures will be implemented.
As a family, you have determined you are comfortable with your child(ren) returning to campus.
our students will engage in a unique blend of synchronous (live instruction) and asynchronous (teacher-led, student-centered) remote learning with regular modifications to ensure students are receiving the wellbalanced and academically fulfilling experience we expect for our children. 2 year olds through 12th grade students will meet with their teachers daily and we will continue to take attendance and grades.
Choice Remote Learning Students can join live instruction remotely during
regular scheduled classes. Attendance and grades will be taken as if on campus.
ON CAMPUS LEARNING
TST administration is preparing for on campus school to resume August 13, 2020. We will follow specific health precautions which will be in accordance with our local, state, and federal requirements.
Drop-off and pick-up times will remain the same.
The decision was made by TST leadership, the Executive Board, and Trinity Episcopal Church leadership, and upon recommendation of localÂ medical professionals, to cancel participation in 2020 TAPPS Fall sports. Spring sports have been approved. After school enrichment and extended enrichment programming will continue to be offered. Program adjustments are being considered.
We will have a fullÂ time school counselor beginning in August 2020.
Preparing for Interruptions
Trinity is preparing for the possibility of interruptions to on-campus learning during the 2020-2021 school year in the event it is deemed necessary by the leadership team based on local conditions and the safety of our community. In such a situation we are confident the work of our faculty and leadership will continue to position TST as an educational leader in the community. If the campus closes and Trinity transitions to remote learning, families will be extended financial credit toward fees that are associated with being on campus. Those fees would include: -Lunch -Extended Enrichment -On-campus Security -Athletic fees -Excursion fees *Early Childhood tuition discounts (Specific guidelines can be found in the 2020-21 student handbook to be released in August.)
CHOICE REMOTE LEARNING If you are uncomfortable sending your child to on-campus learning at any time, your child has the option to participate in choice remote learning. Students can join live instruction remotely during regular scheduled classes. Teachers will take attendance and grades as if your child was attending on campus instruction, online. All students two year olds through 12th grade will have a TST google account and students 3rd grade - 12th grade will have TST Gmail access with their TST google accounts beginning in August 2020.
Students in PK-2nd grade will use their TST issued Chromebooks to access their assignments. Students in 3rd - 12th grade will continue using their personal Chromebooks.
Remote classroom schedules will be posted on myTST, so that parents and students will know when to log on for synchronous (live) instructions and Google Meets to interact with their teachers and classmates. Attendance will be taken daily. Parents should email firstname.lastname@example.org to notify us of the remote learning choice. Video lessons will be recorded and posted on Google Classroom and/or myTSTÂ afterward.
TST REMOTE LEARNING Trinity Advantage
In the event of a school closure we will move to improved remote learning with more teacher led instruction. Classroom schedules will remain the same if working remotely or on campus. Early Childhood and Lower School teachers will have daily live lessons in the core subjects (language arts, math, science, and social studies). Middle School and Upper School students will follow their regular class schedule.Â They will sign in to their classes for live instruction at their regularly scheduled time. Tutorials will be available as well. Attendance will be taken, and grades will be recorded. Lessons will be recorded and posted online for later viewing. We will maintain a small teacher to student ratio; 2 sections in Three Year Olds through Third Grades and smaller classes overall. There will be regularly scheduled tutorial time from 3:00 - 3:30 for EC/LS and 3:30 - 4:00 for MS/US students. Google Meet log-in information will be made available on myTST or Google Classroom. A resource page will be available on myTST for information on accessing student grades or directions on accessing and submitting work by students. Short tutorials on Google Meet, Classroom, Loom, Flipgrid, etc. can also be found there.Â A technology Help Line will be available during regularly scheduled hours. Small group and individualized instruction will be available (for example, reading groups would still carry on). Students will receive instructions on accessing and using remote learning tools at the beginning of the school year, and most will be implemented into daily learning when on campus. Students will be familiarized with the remote learning daily schedule to prepare them for a smooth transition in the event of a mandatory school closure.
Parent training will be available for remote learning tools (if needed). Open communication with teachers:Â teachers will be accessible daily for student and parent questions via email, phone, or myTST. EC and LS specials teachers will conduct live lessons during their regularly scheduled class times. Lessons will then be posted for later viewing by students unable to attend. Teachers will notify parents on how students will be expected to turn in work - Seesaw, Flipgrid, Loom, etc. Library and STEAM Lab will now take place in their respective places. Students will attend chapel virtually on Wednesdays and Fridays. We hope to resume Wednesday Chapel at Trinity Episcopal Church in the near future. Students will tune in daily for morning announcements. Chromebooks will be provided for Pre-kindergarten through 2nd Grade. Personal Chromebooks will be used for 3rd grade through 12th grade students. SeeSaw and Google certified trained teachers. Weekly advisory sessions (by grade) with the school counselor. Upper school check-ins with our college counselor on a regular basis.
*In the event an individual classroom is placed under quarantine (student or teacher has received a positive Covid-19 test), the affected teacher and students will pivot to remote learning for the specified time.
DIGITAL PLATFORMS myTST will continue to be our school's main information system. Parents and students can access grades, calendars, announcements, and more. Every class your child is in has a virtual bulletin board. Contact Erica Fisher if you have questions.
Google Classroom is not new for most TST students and they are accustomed to managing their work, discussions, and assignments through this platform. All class assignments, videos, and announcements will be housed in Google Classroom.
For students in Early Childhood - Grade 2, SeeSaw will be your online platform for viewing video lessons and uploading your student's documentation of work (pictures, videos, etc). Questions about SeeSaw should be directed to your child's teacher.
During the transition to remote learning or choice remote learning, Google Meets will be TST's primary platform for LIVE (synchronous) instruction. Google Meets can be joined directly from the calendar invite sent from your teacher to your TST student email or clicking the link from myTST or Google Classroom. All students 3rd grade 12th grade will have TST Gmail accounts beginning in August 2020.
Teachers will be using this modern app for student dismissal and carpool management. The process for the parents will not change.
HEALTH AND SAFETY These guidelines are fluid and subject to change as public health guidelines are issued.
Temperature testing prior to entry. Temperature must be lower than 100.0 daily
Classrooms set up to allow for physical distancing
Modification of programs and events to be in compliance with crowd sizes and physical distancing measures
Continued use of online and virtual platforms for those that choose or when forced to do remote learning
Students in Kindergarten and up to wear cloth face covering unless engaged in activities preapproved by leadership. It is recommended that EC students wear masks as well.
Added sanitizing and cleaning processes
Closed Campus to visitors, parents, volunteers and vendors with the exception of pre-approved appointments
HEALTH AND SAFETY
These guidelines are fluid and subject to change as public health guidelines are issued. Temperature Checks EC-8th Grade students will be given a temperature check and health screening. US students, faculty and staff temperatures and health screening will be taken. If temperature is above 100.0 degrees the student will not be allowed to enter the campus. The faculty and staff member performing temperature and health screenings will be wearing appropriate PPE. In all efforts to prevent and mitigate the spread of COVID-19, please do not give students fever reducing medications - such as ibuprofen and Tylenol to be able to come to school.
Personal Protective Equipment Students kindergarten and up will be required to wear a cloth face covering over mouth and nose unless engaged in activities preapproved by leadership. Students must provide own face coverings. If lost, a disposable mask will be provided. Design of face covering must be school appropriate.
Personal Hygiene Every person will be required to use hand sanitizer when entering building. Routine hand washing will be encouraged.
Physical Distancing Physical distancing refers to the measures taken to restrict when and where people can gather to prevent or slow the spread of an infectious disease.Â The general guideline is 6 feet of separation should be kept between people interacting within their community.Â This is most important in settings where large numbers of people gather or people whose symptom status is unknown. The purpose of this is to reduce the number of unintended exposures. Most classrooms have been adjusted to allow for physical distancing and small class sizes.
Cleaning and Sanitizing Daily (or more frequent) cleaning will take place in the classrooms using sanitizing cleaners and wipes. Backpack sprayers are used in daily high-touch areas.
Community Events / Parent and Volunteer Access We will be postponing or moving all community events to a virtual environment, as feasible. To protect the safety of our faculty and students, we will be limiting parent, volunteer, and guest access on campus to pre-approved appointments.
EC - LS DIVISIONS (2 year olds - 5th grades) Morning Routine Students will be given a temperature check at their appropriate drop-off location. Students will sanitize their hands upon entering the building and go straight to their homeroom classroom. Parents will not be allowed in the buildings at this time.
Class Structure Students will have recess outside daily at staggered times. Specials teachers will travel to homeroom classrooms with the exception of PE, Libary and STEAM. PE will be held outdoors and in the gym during inclement weather. Classroom doors will remain open for ventilation.
Chapel Wednesday and Friday Chapel will be held virtually and watched in the classroom.
Dining Students will eat in their homeroom classrooms or outside. Students will resume eating in the Hollandsworth Commons on a rotating basis. Lunch may be ordered from the Hollandsworth Commons and will be delivered to classrooms. Lunches brought from home must be prepared and ready to eat. No microwave usage allowed. No outside food deliveries.
EndÂ of Day Pick-Up TST will be using CurbSmart to help manage the pick-up process. This will allow students to remain in their homeroom classrooms until it is their turn in the line to be picked up.
MS - US DIVISIONS
(6th grades - 12th grades)
Morning Routine Students will be given a temperature check at their appropriate drop-off location. Students will sanitize their hands upon entering the building and go straight to their 1st period classroom. Parents will not be allowed in the buildings at this time.
Class Structure Students will travel to all classes and will follow physical distancing guidelines when switching classes. Desks will be cleaned after each class. Classroom doors will remain open for ventilation. Upper School students have the option to obtain their physical education credit through off campus activities and leave early on those days.
Chapel Monday and Wednesday Chapel will be held virtually and watched in the classroom.
Dining Lunch may be ordered from the Hollandsworth Commons. Students will eat in the Hollandsworth Commons using disposable materials and with physical distancing procedures in place. Lunches brought from home must be prepared and ready to eat. No microwave usage allowed.Â No outside food deliveries.
EndÂ of Day Pick-Up TST will be using CurbSmart to help manage the pick-up process for 6th-8th grade students. This will allow students to remain in their last period classrooms until it is their turn in the line to be picked up.
EXTENDED ENRICHMENT The Extended Enrichment Program offers Trinity School students two years old through grade five a pleasant, comfortable experience in a group setting. This option is available to parents on a monthly or daily basis by registering the child with the Director of Extended Enrichment, Denise Stewart. The service is available 11:30 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. for currently enrolled Extended Enrichment students, Monday through Friday. Students may attend Extended Enrichment only on the days they are present at school.
Two and Three Year Old Students We provide a curriculum based classroom instruction which follows the instruction that has been provided in the Early Childhood classroom. Also, students are able to have a daily outdoor play time. Students will be screened as they enter the Extended Enrichment classroom and we have a plan in place for social distancing within our classroom and hand washing/sanitizing procedures in place. Currently we have two students per table for lunch and snack, (snack is prepackaged for each student), each student has a labeled bag with their own crayons, markers, scissors, playdough, etc. Our equipment, manipulatives, puzzles, books, centers and tables are sanitized between each student's use. These students are picked up from the Martin Building each afternoon by contacting Denise Stewart at 903-738-3190 before 4:30p.m. and Shirley Kuhn at 903-930-2626 until 6:00p.m.
Pre-K We provide a curriculum based classroom instruction which includes handwriting, math and letter recognition activities. Also, students are able to have a daily outdoor play time. Students will be screened as they enter the Extended Enrichment classroom and we have a plan in place for social distancing within our classroom and hand washing/sanitizing procedures in place. Currently we have two students per table for lunch and snack, (snack is prepackaged for each student), each student has a labeled bag with their own crayons, markers, scissors, playdough, etc. Our equipment, manipulatives, puzzles, books, centers and tables are sanitized between each student's use. These students are picked up from the Martin Building each afternoon by contacting Denise Stewart at 903-738-3190 before 4:30p.m. and Shirley Kuhn at 903-930-2626 until 6:00p.m.
K - 5th We provide a tutorial setting which includes assistance with homework and daily reading assignments. Also, students are able to have outdoor play time. Students will be screened as they enter the Extended Enrichment location in the Hollandsworth Commons and we have a plan in place for social distancing and hand washing/sanitizing procedures in place within the Commons. Currently we have two/three students per table for homework, reading and snack, (snack is prepackaged for each student), each student has a labeled bag with their own crayons, markers, scissors, pencil, glue and etc. Our equipment, manipulatives, puzzles, books and tables are sanitized between each student's use. These students are picked up from the Commons by contacting Denise Stewart at 903-738-3190 before 4:30p.m. and Shirley Kuhn at 903-930-2626 or Leann Hettinger at 903-720-7731 until 6:00p.m.
GENERAL GUIDELINES Physical Distancing Guidelines What is physical distancing? Physical distancing refers to the measures taken to restrict when and where people can gather to prevent or slow the spread of an infectious disease. The general guideline is 6 feet of separation should be kept between people interacting within their community. This is most important in settings where large numbers of people gather or people whose symptom status is unknown. The purpose of this is to reduce the number of unintended exposures.
How does physical distancing work in TST’s environment? Maintain safe classroom spaces Specials teachers (art, computers, music, and Spanish) will travel to the EC and LS classrooms. MS and US classes will follow physical distancing guidelines while in the classroom, common spaces, and halls. Hold P.E. classes outside, when possible, and encourage students to spread out. Use visual cues to demonstrate physical spacing. Rearrange desks and common seating spaces to maximize space between students. Turn desks to face the same direction. Assign seats to students. Use visual aids (stickers, painter’s tape) to illustrate traffic flow and appropriate spacing.
Masks will be worn inside the building by staff and students kindergarten and up Students will be allowed to remove masks while eating and drinking. Students will be allowed to remove masks while engaged in specific activities preapproved by leadership. Students will be allowed to remove masks inside the classroom when it is necessary in a limited number of cases and have been approved ahead of time by leadership. (Ex. practicing Spanish in small groups using plexiglass dividers, working problems at the board while physically distanced).
Avoid student mixing outside of the classroom. Carpool pickup will be managed using Curbsmart to allow students to remain in classroom until it is their turn in line to be picked up for grades EC. Lunches will be ordered using the EZSchoolApps and delivered to the classrooms. Middle and Upper School students will eat in the Hollandsworth Commons and Lower School students will eat in the Hollandsworth Commons on a rotating basis. Classes will be encouraged to dine outside as often as possible. Disposable containers and individual condiments will be used for lunch service. Recess times and locations will be staggered to limit interaction between classes. Physical spacing will be monitored. Outside learning will be encouraged. Hand washing before and after recess and outside learning will be monitored. Playground equipment and materials will be cleaned regularly. Bathrooms will be cleaned frequently during the school day and after school. Parking spaces will be assigned to staff and student drivers to prevent traffic congestion and monitor student entry to the campus. Locker use will be monitored to allow physical distancing.
GENERAL GUIDELINES Health and Cleaning Guidelines Promote health checks Create clear communication for families with students that have underlying conditions Use visual cues to promote physical spacing Administer daily temperature and health checks for students and staff upon arrival at school. Student must be dropped off at the appropriate carpool to be screened at assigned entry point. Provide parent education about the importance of monitoring symptoms and keeping children at home while ill Use school outreach system to provide text and email reminders to check for symptoms daily Limit interactions outside of school Limit the presence of non-TST staff on campus. Conduct parent-teacher conferences remotely when feasible, either by phone or Google Meet. Use physical distancing if not Use virtual formats for guest speakers or mystery readers Limit interactions with other schools during extracurricular activities. Consider recording the events to share with parents. Promote physical distancing at home as well as at school Educate staff, students, and their families on why this is important Provide reminders about the importance of not sharing food or drinks Promote a safe workplace for faculty and staff Hold virtual staff meetings using Google Meet. For smaller meetings, utilize larger spaces Ensure school policies are supportive of staff staying home when sick Ensure classroom access to hand sanitizer, soap, tissues, wipes, and cleaning products Have hand sanitizer available in every office and classroom and at every entrance Have disposable masks and gloves available in offices and classrooms Arrange classrooms to practice social distancing Ensure that water bottle filling stations are operational Ensure daily cleaning of the school environment (follow CDC guidelines) Dedicate individual classroom and office materials Do not share writing utensils, classroom supplies such as scissors or pencils, or office supplies Frequently clean office materials and equipment Have hand sanitizer near shared equipment such as copiers
LEADERSHIP Flexibility and transparency is of the utmost importance and we want to encourage you to contact our team if you have any questions or concerns about how we are serving your family. TST is here to not only provide a sense of continuity of learning for your child(ren), but also to provide a strong and safe community for your entire family.
Head of School
Chief Financial Officer
Interim Head of School,
Director of Admission
Curriculum Director email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org
Jessica Wilkinson Head of Early Childhood and Lower School
Erica Fisher Director of Technology, Administrative Assistant to Head of School, and Registrar
LEADERSHIP Jennifer Jackson School Nurse
Brett Reeves Athletic Director and MS/US Dean of Students
Director of Marketing
and Development email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org
TASK FORCE MEMBERS We greatly appreciate our task force guidance and help in developing the academic plan guidelines for the 2020-2021 school year.
Dr. Laura Fite Mrs. Mary Fox Mrs. Meg Freeman Mr. Casey Goolsby Mr. Charles Kroscher Mr. John Martin Dr. Joseph Pistone Dr. Ariadna Ramsey-Bory Dr. Shiloh Roberts Mrs. Amanda Tilley