Cohorts & Classroom Configurations
Safety is the number one priority for opening this fall. Returning to in-person classes is based on the operating principles below that are informed by federal, state, and town guidelines, plus input from our faculty and staff.
- Social-emotional well-being of the entire learning community
- Social distancing in smaller groups to minimize transitions & contact
- Small cohorts of students
- Assigning teachers to cohorts as possible
- Zoning of cohorts
- Outdoor classes and recess, whenever possible
Please CLICK HERE for the Scheduling 2020: Guiding Principles presentation.
To maintain zones and promote social distancing, sections of the school have been color-coded (SS-Red, Primary-Blue, LE-Orange, Grades 3/4-Yellow, MS-Green) and hallway floors marked with distance markers and indicators for traffic flow.
Arrivals & Departures
Students will enter and depart school based on their cohort to minimize contact with other cohorts. If you have multiple children attending Whitby, please drop off and pick-up each at their assigned entrances.
- Stepping Stones: Entrance by the Library and the nurse's office
- Primary: Brent Oval Entrance
- Lower School Grades 1-4: Renaissance Hall/Main Entrance
- Middle School: Door nearest the gymnasium
As parent cars begin to arrive, students will be called out individually from the classrooms. This process will minimize contact between students and other cohorts when leaving school. Siblings, just like in the morning, will need to be picked up from their respective areas.
We advise against carpooling unless students are in the same cohort to reduce cross-contamination between cohorts (please keep masks on while in the cars). We understand that for some this may be a necessity, so we ask that you consult with School Nurse, Carol-Ann Ball for advice (email@example.com)
All students will go to the Main Entrance, and the Receptionist will let them in. If needed, the student will be escorted to their classroom.
School Visitors & Gathering
Only students, faculty, and staff/administration will be permitted to enter the building. We also ask that parents exit the campus after dropping off their children and do not gather as a group on campus.
Lunch & Snacks
Each student will bring their lunch and snacks to school each day. We have suspended outside catering to reduce direct and indirect contact with non-cohort persons. Please NO FOODS THAT NEED TO BE REHEATED. If you want your child to have a hot meal at lunch, please heat the food at home and put it in a thermos. If we allow for all students to reheat food, then the entire lunch period would be taken up by reheating, not eating, plus reduced time socializing.
After School Programming
Keeping students in their cohort while providing proper after school programs is not possible if we are to keep our students safe and healthy. There will be NO AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS (WECCP & Electives) for the first six weeks of school. We will assess the situation after that period and decide if modified programs may be offered.
All students (except Children's House) will be dismissed at the end of the school day, which is 2:55 PM (Refer to page 5 with information about student pick-up.)