Lower School 2020
In DA Hybrid, the goal is to safely provide on-campus instruction for all Lower School students. DA’s priorities for Lower School students while on campus are:
- Building connections and creating warm and supportive learning communities.
- Ensuring health and safety protocols while students and teachers are on campus.
- Developing student agency and independence so that they can work independently and successfully at home when necessary.
- Teaching students the skills and strategies they need to be capable and curious thinkers, readers and lifelong learners.
*DA’s ability to offer hybrid educational experiences hinges on the willingness of the DA community to come together in support of our collective health and safety. Families are required to electronically sign the DA Community Health Compact and COVID-19 Addendum to the All-School Handbook, which outline DA’s health and safety protocols designed to protect the DA community.
This schedule will be valid even when there is a school holiday that falls during an on-campus instruction day. In those cases, Fridays will remain a remote/asynchronous learning day.
Includes lessons and activities in:
- Core subjects of literacy, math, social studies, science
- Enrichment classes of art, drama, music, PE, Spanish and TED (technology, engineering and design)
- Social-Emotional Learning and counseling support
*For grades 3 and 4, lead teachers rotate between both classrooms for core subjects. TA’s and enrichment teachers monitor independent lessons and work. Enrichment lessons are pre-recorded for viewing at school or at home. Outdoor spaces will be used to maximize distancing.
Lower School FAQs
- How are students cohorted?
- What are mask-wearing requirements?
- How will students eat lunch and snack?
- What will recess and outside time look like?
- How will students receive enrichments instruction?
- What will a typical Friday schedule look like?
- What devices will Lower Schoolers use?
- What is the online learning plan for stay-at-home students?
- What are the deadlines for choosing DA Hybrid or a stay-at-home option?
DA recognizes that there may be students and families who may choose to or need to access remote instruction for a portion of or for the entire academic year. Students will be learning at home — some for longer periods by the choice of their families, some for shorter periods due to precautious quarantining. DA cannot promise a matching experience for stay-at-home learners. Every DA faculty member attended workshops over the summer to hone their abilities to teach remotely and to keep at-home learners connected and moving forward.
Grade level teachers will plan core lessons (literacy, math, social studies) the week before for the week ahead. Teachers will post this work online for parents to access for their children who are working from home. Children have a school-issued iPad to complete their work. Most of this core academic work will be asynchronous and includes books to read, videos to watch and activities/lessons to complete. Students at home will be invited to join their class online at 8:30 a.m. every morning for their class’ Morning Meeting.
For cohorting reasons, all Lower School enrichment classes (art, drama, music, science, Spanish, and TED) and any all-school events like assemblies will be offered virtually. Students at school will view these lessons or events together at school, and students at home will be able to access these easily on Seesaw.
Keeping up with school work and showing academic growth will be manageable and engaging. The more challenging goal will be to keep children who are at home as connected as possible to their peers at school. Children at home will need substantial emotional and social support from their teachers and classmates. Lower School Counselor Martha Baker will be available, and teachers will find opportunities for children at home to connect to classmates during lunch or other class meetings.
Arrival Times and Locations
7:50–8:10 a.m. Grades 1 & 3
8:10–8:30 a.m. Pre-k & K
7:50–8:10 a.m. Grade 4
8:10–8:30 a.m. Grade 2
Health screenings will be conducted for all students upon arrival. Morning care will not be available.
Dismissal Times and Locations
1 p.m. Pre-k
2:15 p.m. K
2:30 p.m. Grades 1 & 3
2:30 p.m. Grades 2 & 4
Extended Day will be available until 6 p.m. for a limited number of students.
Families with children in multiple grades can drop off at either time, but we ask that they use the corresponding location.
Students will not be allowed into facilities until health screening is completed.
Class Sizes and Facilities
Grades 1 & 2
- Class size: 18 students per class
- Lead teacher and teaching assistant
Facilities: 1–2 and 3–4 commons, art studio, Brumley Auditorium, drama room, library, music room
Grades 3 & 4
- Class size: 2 groups of 8–10 students per class
- Lead teacher, teaching assistants and enrichment teachers
Facilities: Lower School classrooms
Space will be limited for these programs and DA will only be offering an annual-contract, in-person option for Aftercare and Extended Day. Drop-in and part-time contracts will not be available for the 2020–2021 school year. On-campus after school programs will follow DA’s health and safety protocols including mask-wearing, frequent hand washing, physical distancing and outdoor activities.
On-campus Extended Day:
Monday-Thursday through 6 p.m.
After school enrichments will be online only.
- To support synchronous/asynchronous learning at home, every student will receive a school-issued iPad during orientation week.
- Students will receive in-person and online instruction about iPad use and care.
- Every student iPad will be configured with appropriate security controls (e.g. to prevent downloading of inappropriate apps) and web filtering.
- Veracross (student/family database)
- Microsoft Teams (synchronous meetings/instruction)
- Seesaw (asynchronous instruction)
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