On Campus Learning in Fall 2020

Planning for the Fall Semester On Campus

We are delighted to welcome students and staff back on campus for our upcoming fall semester!

One of the many reasons you send your child to Paraclete is that we are a small school. As a small school we have SO MANY advantages:

  • We have 600 students, not 3,000 to figure out how to “socially distance” on our campus. You are in the right place!
  • Our average class size is normally under 20. That is an average, some classes run bigger, and we are looking at scheduling options and using our bigger rooms (such as the library or multi-purpose room) to hold some larger classes while keeping recommended distancing, as well as adding sections to keep class sizes even smaller.
  • Our students (mostly) follow directions. If we have to wear masks, students will actually wear them, because we ask them to.
  • We have 37 classrooms and have ordered $20,000 worth of cleaning supplies, including 80 hand washing stations (each classroom, hallway, office, etc), 4 Electrostatic cleaning machines so each classroom can be disinfected every break, lunch and of course after school. We ordered face shields for the teachers so they can teach and students can see them. We are installing clear barriers in high traffic areas like the front office, counseling offices and even in some classrooms.

Considerations & Changes

Our number one priority is everyone’s safety and we are ready to do everything we can to make sure the school is ready for a safe restart Aug 13 for freshman and Aug 17 for everyone else. As we adapt to the new normal, there are still regular activities and events that are being modified or postponed until we know more.

Athletics & Sports Teams are resuming conditioning and skill work, provided an approved plan is in place that includes facial coverings, social distancing and of course a cleaning plan in place that includes restrictions, protocols and procedures. Non contact sports may be the first to resume competition.

Trips & Events may have to be pushed to the spring, rather than spread throughout the year. This may include our retreat programs, dances and homecoming.

Start Times may need to be staggered to ensure we can take temperatures (if required). We have developed plans for split breaks and lunches, if necessary, for safe ingress and egress at the start and end of classes.

What to Expect

Your child’s safety, as well as that of our faculty and staff is our number one priority. We will clean this campus like our own kids are here – which for many of us is the case. We will make the campus as safe as possible (knowing that no facility with 600 teenagers is ever completely germ free). We do not see full time remote learning as an option, unless mandated by some sort of second wave, at which time all schools will be mandated to do the same.

  • We will have live instruction every day, full day. If we are required to limit students on campus, the alternative will be half the students one day (while the other half attends remotely) and the other half the next.
  • Every student will be required to wear a mask (we expect teachers will wear clear shields so students can see them).
  • Classrooms will be spaced to provide proper physical distancing.
  • Break and lunch may be split to accommodate increased physical distancing.
  • Hand washing stations will be in every classroom, hallway and basically around every corner.
  • Students will be encouraged to wash entering every classroom. There will be mandatory posters up to remind students.

We look forward to having our students back on campus and getting back to a very safe, but normal campus as soon as possible.