The John Cooper School is committed to delivering our educational program guided by our priorities and values: student and faculty safety and well-being, learning and growth, flexibility and options, and support for all our students and families.
Lower School will begin the school year on Thursday, August 13. Students will return to campus in staggered small groups on August 13 and 14. This will allow us a safer first entry and will enable us to introduce and practice our new protocols with smaller numbers of our younger students. On Monday, August 17, Lower School students will report to school for on-campus learning with our de-densification and health protocols in place. Online learning option also remains available, and classes will begin for those students on August 17.
All Middle and Upper School students will begin the school year on August 13 in a short-term online learning plan. We expect this short-term online plan to conclude before Labor Day, at which time we will implement a de-densified on-campus AM/PM schedule, where students will be assigned to a group based on alphabetical split, and a rotation will be used to allow students the chance to attend classes in the AM as well as the PM. Students who wish to stay enrolled in the online learning plan may continue with that plan as we progress through the semester.
During our short-term Middle/Upper School online learning plan, all students will attend online synchronous classes daily, will have online advisory meetings, and will have online tutorials with their teachers by appointment. The academic day will be significantly different from the format used in online learning last spring. Classes will begin for all students at 9:30 a.m. and conclude at 3:00 p.m. Each day there will be four class periods in the Upper School and three class periods in the Middle School; students will attend their classes via video conferencing technology.
As we reopen, and regardless of the learning scenario, the following values will guide our efforts: