Preschool 2020

In the hybrid model, the goal is try to safely provide on-campus instruction for all Preschool students. DA’s priorities while its youngest students are on campus are:

  • Build student-teacher connections and create successful learning communities
  • Teach on-campus safety protocols 
  • Help students develop agency and independence so they can work successfully from home when necessary

*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. Prior to orientation, families will be 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. If families have not indicated their agreement by 5 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 21, their children will not be permitted to attend on-campus activities or events.

Important Dates

  • Aug. 3–21 Preschool Open House appointments
  • Aug. 4 Extended Day information sessions 
  • Aug. 5 Back to School Information Session with Michael-Ulku Steiner and Kristen Klein
  • Aug. 10 Back to School Update
  • Aug. 10 Registration opens for Extended Day and online enrichments
  • Aug. 19 Back to School Information Session with Michael-Ulku Steiner and Kristen Klein 
  • Aug. 21 Deadline to sign DA Community Health Compact and DA COVID-19 Addendum to All-School Handbook, return any medical, immunization or and athletics forms
  • Aug. 24 First day of DA Hybrid

Student Orientation (Weeks of Aug. 24 and 31)

Circle Team

Aug. 24–27

 Triangle Team

Aug. 31–Sept. 3

  • Establishes student-teacher relationships
  • Community-building activities
  • Academic assessments
  • Health and safety training 

Schedule (Begins Sept. 8)

This schedule will be valid unless there is a school holiday that falls during an on-campus instruction day. In those cases, Fridays will be used as a make-up day for on-campus instruction. Parents will receive a rotational schedule as part of back to school information.

Families who choose to learn remotely for a portion of or the entire school year will receive lessons and activities that students can complete at home, as well as synchronous Morning Meetings and check-ins with a teacher.

Stay-at-Home Students

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. While we do know that many students will be learning at home (some for longer periods by the choice of their families, some for shorter periods due to precautious quarantining, and everyone if we move to fully-virtual Durham E-cademy mode), DA cannot promise a matching experience for at-home learners when we are on campus. DA faculty learned a great deal about online instruction in spring 2020. Every teacher has attended workshops this 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) and post them online for students who are working from home. Each Preschool student will have a school-issued iPad to use. If students are learning remotely, most work will be asynchronous with the exception of daily Morning Meetings. All at-home learners will be invited to join Preschool Morning Meetings via Microsoft Teams. In the Preschool hybrid model, teachers/assistants will check in with remote learners weekly and offer support and feedback related to the posted lessons.  

Enrichment classes (art, music, science, P.E., Spanish, cooking) and assemblies will be offered virtually via pre-recorded videos. These videos will be available to at-home learners using Seesaw.

Arrival Times and Locations

Front entrance

7:50–8:10 a.m. Grades 1 & 3
8:10–8:30 a.m. Pre-k & K

Dismissal Times and Locations

Front Entrance

1 p.m. Pre-k
2:15 p.m. K
2:30 p.m. Grades 1 & 3

Families with children in multiple grades can drop off at either time.

*Health screenings will be conducted for all students upon arrival. Students will not be allowed into facilities until health screening is completed. 

*Morning care will not be available. Extended Day will be available until 5 p.m. for a limited number of students. Registration will be available via the Veracross Parent Portal between Aug. 10 and Aug. 21.

Physical Distancing


  • Class size: 8–9 students
  • Lead teacher and teaching assistant
  • Facilities: Pre-k classrooms, art studio, science room


  • Class size: 8–9 students
  • Lead teacher, teaching assistants and enrichment teachers
  • Facilities: Kindergarten classrooms and Lower School classrooms

*Lead teachers will rotate between both classrooms for core subjects. TA’s and enrichment teachers will monitor small groups working on independent lessons and work. Students will have their own supplies and will not share any equipment unless it is sanitized between uses.

Enrichment lessons will be pre-recorded for viewing at school or at home. Outdoor spaces will be used to maximize distancing.

After School

Registration for Extended Day will be available through DA’s Veracross Parent Portal from Aug. 10 to 21. 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 afterschool programs will be following DA’s health and safety protocols including health screening, temperature checks, mask-wearing, grade-level cohorting in the Preschool and Lower School, frequent handwashing, physical distancing and outdoor activities.

On-campus Extended Day:

Preschool: Monday-Thursday through 5 p.m.  
Lower School: Monday-Thursday through 6 p.m. 

On-campus Pre-k Aftercare: 1 to 2:30 p.m.

After school enrichments will be online only, and registration opens Aug. 10.


  • 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.


To simplify parent, student, and teacher management and communications, the Preschool will use the following technical platforms:

  • Veracross (student/family database)
  • Microsoft Teams (synchronous meetings/instruction)
  • Seesaw (asynchronous instruction)