No students, faculty, or staff in the building
Building on and refining structures established in the Spring, teaching and learning will be delivered remotely through a combination of daily synchronous (live) instruction and asynchronous (accessible anytime) activities.
Minimal Community Transmission
Social Distancing Guidelines in place - no known cases in building AND/OR Social Distancing Guidelines eased - cases and deaths in area on two week decrease
A portion of students in the building each day
Students would rotate days in the classroom at school with days of connecting to the live classroom from home.
Some students and employees in a medically vulnerable population may require the continued option to remain remote.
Social Distancing Guidelines expire - vaccine, effective treatment, immunity in the community or extremely low and managed infection rates
All students, faculty, and staff in buildings and classrooms
Planning, Preparing, Responding
COVID TESTING INFORMATION
We are working with a provider to test all MKA employees before the start of school. This testing will be carried out on the MKA campuses at the start of in-service.
We require students to be tested and to submit the results of their testing via Magnus Health by September 2. We are not accepting results of a COVID-19 rapid antigen test.
Please note: We will be happy to work with families that have already taken a rapid antigen test. If your child(ren) has already taken the rapid antigen test, the school will accept these results. Families who have not yet had their child(ren) tested should ask for a molecular/PCR/RNA test, rather than an antigen test. If families are having difficulty in meeting the September 2 deadline, the school will extend the deadline to September 8, but we ask that you email your campus nurse to let them know.
A testing location worth considering for minor children is the Vault saliva test. They ship to your home and walk you through how to complete the test. Information on test locations is also available on COVID19.NJ.gov. Your pediatrician should also be able to direct you to a testing location that provides testing for children. PM Pediatrics in Livingston offers testing for children of all ages. They also have other NJ locations.
Students learning fully remotely do not need COVID testing unless they will be coming to Pre-K or K orientation, first-third grade new student orientation, or to meet their teacher outdoors for a brief visit on September 8, in which case they must have COVID testing. If a student is learning fully remotely and decides to opt in to hybrid learning, the student must have COVID testing prior to beginning learning on campus.
Intensifying cleaning, disinfection, and ventilation
Ensuring social distancing
Requiring masks of all employees, and students as age appropriate
Reconfigure all spaces for greater safety
Monitoring and Preparing: Check for signs and symptoms
Planning for a sick member of community
Educating and training all staff, students, and families
MKA’s Commitments to Teaching and Learning:
- Building relationships and sustaining wellness are paramount.
- Care and compassion for one another will continue to guide all of our interactions.
- Students are encouraged to bring a sense of wonder, inquiry, and discovery to their learning.
- A focus on engagement and feedback for growth will drive learning—the joy is in the process.
- To maximize our impact, we will emphasize what is most essential for excellence, harness creativity, and stay nimble.
MKA helps students to build an essential foundation for academic and personal success by developing the self-awareness, empathy, and good character needed to make responsible decisions and create positive relationships with others.
We uphold that an inclusive school environment fosters a culture of mutual respect and moral responsibility; we strive for equity and social justice as the foundation for our engagement with an increasingly complex world; and we believe that the diversity of experiences presented through a rigorous multicultural curriculum develops our global cultural competency.
The Planning Task Force
The Planning Forward Task Force was formed with a total membership of 26 people who were then split into four groups. The four process groups collaborate, within and across their membership, informing and clarifying next steps for the Task Force.
Utilizes current data to inform how program and operations should commence in the fall and coordinates supplies and all aspects of precaution and prevention.
Identifies questions and provides feedback related to teaching and learning as we move forward. Focuses on engagement and feedback for growth that will drive learning.
Works closely with members of the Board of Trustees Finance Committee to create several different models for budgeting and operations. Aligns resources with organizational goals.
Coordinates the flow of information regarding the processes and policies for return to the 2020-201 school year. Is responsible to all constituents in order to facilitate transparency.
Our school is ideally positioned to respond to the changing landscape of education at this time in history. We are a community with an established spirit of innovation, openness to redesign, and willingness to collaborate - essential to MKA's culture. What remains consistent is our focus on meaningful outcomes for our students, faculty, and families. We are so grateful for your partnership on this journey.
- Kate Logan P '13, '14, President, Board of Trustees
For questions or concerns regarding MKA's return to school contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.