The Summit’s Fall 2020 COVID-19 Response Plan, updated August 7, 2020.
Dear Summit Families,
As we look ahead toward Winter Break, we want to communicate our plans with our families regarding our return to campus for the second semester. Administration has been in communication with the Crisis Response Team and the Springfield-Greene County Health Department regarding our COVID-19 response throughout the school year. Recently, these groups have been discussing scenarios for returning from Winter Break. After thoughtful consideration of the effect of all options on our school community, we have decided to proceed with seated instruction after our return from Winter Break (Tuesday, January 5, 2021). We are so appreciative of everyone’s guidance, support, and accountability that have enabled our success so far together.
For families who choose to travel or to gather with non-household members over the holidays, please continue to maintain the practices that have proven effective in slowing the spread of COVID-19: frequent and thorough handwashing, maintaining appropriate physical distancing, and wearing face masks. Our ability to continue learning safely together on campus relies on the strength of our community. Summit families and employees must each do their part to slow the spread of COVID-19 by modeling responsibility, compassion, and civic-mindedness for the benefit of all. We thank our community for its continued support and cooperation in these efforts. Together, we can make a difference.
We encourage all families who are concerned about a possible exposure due to their own travel or activities to participate in hybrid learning after Winter Break. We also offer hybrid learning as a support to any families who prefer to self-isolate until they are comfortable returning to seated instruction. Please notify administration at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange hybrid learning for your child(ren). Our Hybrid Learning Coordinator will reach out to you via email during office hours with more information on hybrid learning. Please refer to the Raven Report for COVID-19 reporting procedures, administration availability, and adjusted office hours during Winter Break.
We will adjust these plans as necessary depending on the guidance of the Crisis Response Team and Springfield-Greene County Health Department, or if staffing becomes an issue after the holidays due to employee quarantine. We are prepared to transition individuals, grades, divisions, or the entire school to distance learning as necessary. Until then, we are committed to the safety and wellness protocols outlined in our re-entry plan that allow seated instruction. As always, we will communicate with our families in a timely manner regarding decisions affecting our Summit community.
Wishing all a happy and restful Winter Break, and we look forward to welcoming our students back to campus on Tuesday, January 5, 2021.
Dr. Katie Heet
Head of School
Dear Summit Community,
When we began the school year with our commitment to 5 days of seated instruction, none of us knew how long we would be able to continue learning together on campus with still so many unknowns about the COVID-19 virus. We are all thankful to have made it to this point, together.
Thanksgiving is a time for reflecting on the things we hold dear, and I know I am grateful to be reunited with our school community this year. As we approach our first extended break of the school year, I wanted to reach out and commend our families for your diligence and commitment to wellness and safe practices that have allowed us to continue seated instruction this long. I also ask that you stay vigilant.
If you choose to travel over the holiday break or host out-of-town guests, please continue to maintain the practices that have proved effective in slowing the spread of COVID-19: frequent and thorough handwashing, maintaining appropriate physical distancing, and wearing face masks in public. Together, we can make a difference.
Thank you, again, for your continued support and encouragement as we navigate the winter months. We are encouraged by our progress this year, and we look forward to continuing learning together on campus as long as it is safe to do so.
Happy Thanksgiving to all of you, my Summit family!
Please review our newly released August update to Small, Independent, Progressive: The Summit’s Re-Entry Plan 2020. Highlights of this release include updated carline and Fun Zone procedures, updated masking policy, updated guidance on travel, and information about our Hybrid Learning opportunities and Distance Learning Plan.
If you have any questions about our plans for re-entry, or to inquire about hybrid options for your student, please contact administration.
As promised, The Summit continues to monitor the increasing spread of COVID-19 in the Springfield area. As we approach the new school year and with consultation from medical experts and the Summit Crisis Response team, The Summit has revised our masking policy, effective immediately:
If you have any additional questions or special accommodations, please contact Summit administration.
Thank you for your continued input, support, and cooperation as we prepare to enter the 2020-2021 school year. We look forward to welcoming our students safely back to campus on Monday, August 17th!
In accordance with last night’s Springfield City Council vote on the ordinance for mandatory face masks, The Summit will be requiring face masks for all students in grades 6-12 on campus. All adults on campus are already required to wear face masks while in the building. Please review the Masking Ordinance FAQ page on the City of Springfield website for more information.
While currently at parental discretion, The Summit encourages all students in Early Learners through 5th grade to wear a mask while in the building. If this policy changes, our community will be notified immediately.
We thank you for your support and cooperation with these policies.
Dear Summit Community,
This summer, members of The Summit’s Administration, Leadership Team, Strategic Planning Committee, and Crisis Response Team have worked collectively to engage in scenario planning and diligently prepare for re-entry this fall. Together, we have stayed abreast of local, state, and national trends, guidelines, and recommendations in an effort to examine various opening scenarios and action items needed to implement each. While coordinating efforts and establishing plans amidst ongoing change and continued uncertainty has proved challenging, we remain steadfast in our planning, placing the health and safety of our community at the forefront of our efforts. While we cannot predict what the future will bring, we can provide assurance that we will continue to work collaboratively with one another, provide timely communication, and adapt as necessary to provide the best possible education to our students.
Today, we share our Fall 2020 Re-Entry Plan. As we approach the start of the school year (now scheduled for Monday, August 17th), we will continue to stay informed of the latest guidelines and recommendations in order to refine our approach and finalize our preparations. It is our goal to finalize the many details of our return to school by early August to share with our families in an updated version of our Fall 2020 Re-Entry Plan prior to parent-teachers conferences. Whatever reality we ultimately face, The Summit will be well-prepared for it.
Thank you for your continued support of The Summit Preparatory School.
Kathryn M. Heet, Ed.D
Head of School
Board of Trustees, President
The Summit is committed to providing seated, in-person instruction five days a week. For families who are uncomfortable returning to seated instruction due to COVID-19, The Summit will be offering two options for hybrid learning for individual students: part-time or full-time. Please contact administration for more information about hybrid learning for your student.
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