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.
Classes will resume on Monday, January 4, 2021 (instead of Tuesday, January 5). The week of January 4-8 will be an all remote week for all students, with the exception of Wednesday, January 6. See January 4 - 8 Schedule below for details. From January 11 on, students continue to have the option to be on campus five days a week through the end of the spring semester, unless they choose remote learning.
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.
- The week of January 4-8, classes will be conducted all remote for all students with the exception of Wednesday, January 6 (see below).
- Students unable to attend on January 4 due to prior commitments will be granted an excused absence.
- Please note: this week is intended to be a quarantine week, so we ask that you stay home and do your part to ensure the safety of our community.
- Our Professional Development Day previously scheduled for January 4 will be moved to Wednesday, January 6. There will be no classes for students on January 6.
- On Wednesday, January 6, Woodward will conduct, at our expense, universal PCR testing for all Woodward students and employees through our testing partner, The COVID Consortium. While we understand testing is not 100% accurate, and that the best way to mitigate the spread of the virus is by practicing the 3 W’s, we believe our early January testing will be effective in identifying asymptomatic cases on the heels of our lengthy break and before we bring our community back to campus.
- If you are interested in having your entire family tested, free testing is offered on Wednesdays at the College Park Fire Department.
- Due to our weeklong all-remote return in January, we will no longer observe an all-remote day on Friday, January 15. Therefore, in-person students should report to campus on this day.