After many hours of deliberation and investigation, guided by recommendations from public health agencies and our own school health personnel, we have made the decision to proceed with the scenario of On-Campus Learning for 2020-2021.
For families who aren’t comfortable with returning to campus, we will offer the option of Remote Learning, which will be enhanced by new technologies allowing students to learn and participate, in real-time, with their peers and teachers during classes as if they were in school.
In making this decision, we are fortunate to benefit from Woodward’s spacious campus, combined with our small class sizes, which allow us to physically distance our students six feet between desks in every classroom. The information below describes in detail the numerous precautionary measures, from mandatory face masks to a home health screening app, to keep our students safe in our classrooms, on playgrounds, and on our buses. Please click on each of the icons below for specific details.
Woodward Middle School and Upper School students resume five-days-a-week education on October 19 after concluding a successful hybrid model to start the year. Students at all schools now will be on campus five days a week through the end of the semester (concluding in December), unless they choose remote learning. See October 19 - December 18 Schedule below for details.
Our plan is based on current information available to-date. It is subject to change based on updated guidance or directives from public health and/or government officials, or based on our assessment of pandemic conditions in the metro Atlanta area.
We will follow recommendations developed by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Georgia’s Department for Public Health (GDPH) with proper health and safety precautions in place for resuming on-campus operations. Our decision was guided by the following principles and objectives:
- Prioritize the health and safety of our community.
- Be compliant with government orders.
- Follow guidelines from CDC, GDPH, World Health Organization, GHSA, SAIS, NAIS, along with other metro Atlanta private and public schools.
- Fulfill our mission of creating a richer learning community with exceptional academic opportunities.
- Give preference to on-campus learning as health and safety conditions allow, while offering flexibility to families who prefer to keep their child(ren) home.
- Ensure the Academy's financial strength and stability.
Beginning October 19, students at the Middle School and Upper School will resume in-person classes five days per week. The option of remote learning is available to those families that are uncomfortable with in person classes. To opt into remote learning, parents must complete this form. Students at the Primary School, Lower School, and Woodward North previously returned to campus full time.
Students who have opted into remote learning will be required to continue remote learning through the end of the semester (concluding in December). Families will be able to opt back into in-person learning if they choose using this form. This requirement does not apply to students who must stay home due to illness or quarantine; those students may return to campus after they are symptom-free for 72 hours and/or their quarantine period is complete