A Message from the Head of School
Dear Griffin School Community,
Today, we are announcing that Griffin School plans to shift into our Phase 4 operations plan on Monday Sep 21st. In this phase, we will reopen campus with one grade attending classes on campus each week, so we will have up to approximately 25% of our student body on campus in each week. Note that all elective and PE classes will remain online during Phase 4; students who are working on campus will be provided classroom space and will attend those classes via Zoom on their laptops.
Phase 4 Calendar
The schedule for each grade is as follows:
• Week of Sep 21: 9th Grade on Campus
• Week of Sep 28: 10th Grade on Campus
• Week of Oct 5: 12th Grade on Campus (ACT Administration on Oct. 6)
• Week of Oct 12: 11th Grade on Campus
At-Home and On-Campus Learning
As I hope is clear from our previous messaging, families may choose to keep your student at home during our Phase 4 operations. Through the parent survey this week, we know that we will have 20 of our 125 students (16%) doing so. Any family that would like to change your decision about on-campus or at-home learning should email email@example.com. I will note that it is very important to our school planning to know who we can expect in class and who will be logging into their classes from home.
Things That Could Change Our Plan
We are basing the decision to shift to on-campus learning on the conditions in our community as tracked by Austin Public Health. APH shifted our community into a Stage 3 ten days ago. Their guidance within this stage is that schools may operate up to 50% capacity. In our case, we are starting at 25% capacity so we can learn how our operational plans work with smaller groups before we consider a shift to another Phase.
It’s important to note that the same community conditions that look positive right now could change in the days and weeks ahead. We will continue to assess the factors that affect health safety and risk in our community and will change our plans accordinging. Specifically, if APH shifts the Austin community from Stage 3 to Stage 4, that will impact our plans.
Community Meeting about Reopening – Tue, Sep 15, 5pm
We will be hosting a whole-community meeting to address some of the important details of our reopening plans. This meeting is for all students, parents, and staff. We will use our Town Hall Zoom link for this meeting. We will also record this meeting for anyone who cannot attend.
Thanks for your proactive communication with the school about all the plans ahead. As always, email firstname.lastname@example.org with just about any need. Thanks to everyone for staying connected as we carefully move forward as a community in this next phase of the school year!
Let’s keep working together.
Adam Wilson, Head of School
October 4, 2020
How To Contact Us
If your student or family has any specific needs, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us—we’re on call for you! We’re now calling email@example.com the “Griffin Hotline” and it’s the quickest way to reach us. Email the Hotline to report absences during online school hours, to report technical issues during an online class or if you can’t locate a class link, or for anything else you need.
For questions about admissions or shadowing (we’re doing online shadows!), email Caroline Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where Do I Find the Latest Information?
To stay up-to-date on school information, current students and families should stay tuned to their “This Week at Griffin” emails. In addition, many people are finding the “Griffin Today” on the Pin To Mind Go app useful during this period to see the daily calendar, bell schedule, and information about upcoming events. Refer to your “This Week at Griffin” emails for more information on how to sign up for the app.
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