2020 PLANS/PROTOCOLS

Academic Plans & Program Information

This page will provide an overview of Dawson academic plans, including answers to commonly asked questions. Dawson is starting the year fully on-campus and in-person, with safety protocols in place. We will provide families access to remote learning if that best meets their needs. 

If you have questions that are not addressed here, please email them to dawson@dawsonschool.org; we will respond as promptly as possible.

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 Excerpted from June 22, 2020 letter to Dawson community

We are pleased to announce that based on current public health information and guidelines, Dawson plans to have all of its students on campus every day of the week beginning in August.We have spent extensive time analyzing our campus, including all spaces that can be used effectively for educational purposes, and we have built in adjustments to help ensure safety; some details are outlined below. School will be designed for an in-person, on-campus experience; however, we will do our best to accommodate students whose families are not yet ready to have them return to campus through video access. 

We are putting in place safety protocols that include health screenings, physical distancing, and masks. The specifics continue to evolve, and every member of our community, from faculty and staff to students and families, will receive information and training in August on our community expectations to support our collective safety.

We also understand that guidelines may change based on the course of the pandemic in Colorado, Boulder County, or Dawson specifically. We plan to open under Plan B and will be able to move efficiently among our four scenarios as circumstances dictate, allowing us to provide the excellence of a Dawson education to all students.


Plan A - Typical Campus, pre-COVID
  • Typical learning environment, 100% of activities without spacing protocols
  • Screening/Hygiene/Masks protocols would be continued if best-practice dictates.

Plan B - On-Campus, Distanced (anticipated August guidelines)
  • Physical distancing within every classroom to health agency specifications; adjustments are being made to some class locations to accommodate.
  • K-12 classes meet daily.
  • K-5 specials in classrooms; these students will not travel to a separate location.
  • K-12 access for those electing not to attend in person.
  • Dawson will provide lunch. K-5 lunch in classrooms; 6-12 lunch in small groups.
  • No large, in-person group gatherings (division meetings/division lunch/etc.).
  • No overnight Upper School class trips. There will be class retreats Aug 24-27 during the school day that target the goals of each trip. 
  • Athletics as allowed by CHSAA; small-group co-curricular activities.
  • Screening/Hygiene/Masks protocols.

Plan C - Hybrid Campus
  • Physical distancing to health agency specifications; adjustments to locations as needed.
  • K-5 classes meet daily.
  • K-5 lunch and specials in classrooms. Dawson will provide lunch.
  • K-5 access for those electing not to attend in person
  • 6-12 classes divided in half; students come to campus with their cohort 2x a week for a regular block schedule of classes. All family members will be in the same cohort.
  • 6-12 classes continue via synchronous video access and some asynchronous learning for the half not on campus. Note: The number of class meetings, amount of class time, and specific learning objectives will change minimally in the hybrid model from the on-campus model. Teacher contact will be greater than spring’s remote learning.
  • 6-12 lunch in small groups. Dawson will provide lunch.
  • No large in-person group gatherings (division meetings/division lunch/etc.).
  • No overnight Upper School class trips. There will be class retreats Aug 24-27 during the school day that target the goals of each trip. 
  • Athletics as allowed by CHSAA; small-group co-curricular activities.
  • Screening/Hygiene/Masks protocols.

Plan D - Remote Learning
Full-time remote learning will only occur if we are required to respond to an outbreak in the Dawson community or to a county-wide mandate. We are pleased to report high satisfaction from all constituents on Dawson's spring remote learning program, and we recognize that safe, in-person learning is the ideal.  If we are required to shift to all-remote learning for an extended period of time (weeks), we will have a program that builds on what we began in the spring but that is adjusted based on ongoing research regarding best practice, feedback from families, and the experiences of other schools. There will be more adjustments to our K-5 remote learning program, where we anticipate more structure and less direction by families.
 

Safety
Please note that strict cleaning protocols for classroom spaces will be implemented. Students will be appropriately distanced in classrooms and, where possible, we will use alternate doors when entering/exiting classrooms to minimize overlap with other students. As noted, we will implement other necessary measures (screening, hygiene, and masks) to ensure safety and will communicate those to the community in advance of the first day of school.
 
 
 We will respect individual family decisions to keep their children at home and will do our best to accommodate learning by providing remote access to the classroom via current technology.

 
 
Best regards,
George
 
 
 
 
 
George P. Moore
Head of School 
 

2020-21 Plan Overviews

List of 4 frequently asked questions.

  • Q. What is Plan A - Typical Campus, pre-COVID?

    Plan A - Typical Campus, pre-COVID
    • Typical learning environment, 100% of activities without spacing protocols
    • Screening/Hygiene/Masks protocols would be continued if best-practice dictates.

  • Q. What is Plan B - On-Campus, Distanced?


    Plan B - On-Campus, Distanced (anticipated August guidelines)
    • Physical distancing within every classroom to health agency specifications; adjustments are being made to some class locations to accommodate.
    • K-12 classes meet daily.
    • K-5 specials in classrooms; these students will not travel to a separate location.
    • K-12 access for those electing not to attend in person.
    • Dawson will provide lunch. K-5 lunch in classrooms; 6-12 lunch in small groups.
    • No large, in-person group gatherings (division meetings/division lunch/etc.).
    • No overnight Upper School class trips. There will be class retreats Aug 24-27 during the school day that target the goals of each trip. More information to come.
    • Athletics as allowed by CHSAA; small-group co-curricular activities.
    • Screening/Hygiene/Masks protocols; details and directions to come.
  • Q. What is Plan C - Hybrid Campus?

    Plan C - Hybrid Campus
    • Physical distancing to health agency specifications; adjustments to locations as needed.
    • K-5 classes meet daily.
    • K-5 lunch and specials in classrooms. Dawson will provide lunch.
    • K-5 access for those electing not to attend in person
    • 6-12 classes divided in half; students come to campus with their cohort 2x a week for a regular block schedule of classes. All family members will be in the same cohort.
    • 6-12 classes continue via synchronous video access and some asynchronous learning for the half not on campus. Note: The number of class meetings, amount of class time, and specific learning objectives will change minimally in the hybrid model from the on-campus model. Teacher contact will be greater than spring’s remote learning.
    • 6-12 lunch in small groups. Dawson will provide lunch.
    • No large in-person group gatherings (division meetings/division lunch/etc.).
    • No overnight Upper School class trips. There will be class retreats Aug 24-27 during the school day that target the goals of each trip. More information to come.
    • Athletics as allowed by CHSAA; small-group co-curricular activities.
    • Screening/Hygiene/Masks protocols; details and directions to come.
  • Q. What is Plan D - Remote Learning?


    Plan D - Remote Learning
    Full-time remote learning will only occur if we are required to respond to an outbreak in the Dawson community or to a county-wide mandate. We are pleased to report high satisfaction from all constituents on Dawson's spring remote learning program, and we recognize that safe, in-person learning is the ideal.  If we are required to shift to all-remote learning for an extended period of time (weeks), we will have a program that builds on what we began in the spring but that is adjusted based on ongoing research regarding best practice, feedback from families, and the experiences of other schools. There will be more adjustments to our K-5 remote learning program, where we anticipate more structure and less direction by families.
     

2020-21 Program FAQs

List of 7 frequently asked questions.

  • Q. Will there be the opportunity to hold classes outside?

    Dawson will make use of its outdoor spaces for breaks and some class time. We will have some flexible tables and seating and are looking into the possibility of tents; classes may choose to move outside, weather permitting. 
  • Q. Will Dawson be using cohorts? Will Middle School students be in cohorts?

    Dawson is implementing cohorts where feasible. Each Lower School classroom will be a cohort; also, bus riders and sports teams function as cohorts.

    Middle school students are in one cohort all together with a focus on keeping grades together. Students will be changing classrooms and likely to see their entire grade each day in different settings. We are focused on maintaining a quality educational experience and social interaction, balanced with attention to mask-wearing, social distancing, and hygiene. It is a goal for each teacher to take their class outside for a portion of the class time.
  • Q. Are Dawson teachers returning to campus?

    Dawson teachers have been part of the process of evaluating and designing our plans for fall. We will be providing teachers masks, and have face shields available if desired. A handful of teachers or staff fall into higher risk categories, and will be working remotely; however, no in-person class will be taught by a teacher not on campus.
  • Q. Will each division have the same schedule as last year?

    Yes. Lower School goes from 8:00a-3:25p, Middle School from 8:00a-3:40p, and Upper School from 8:30a-3:20p. It will be the same A-B-C-D format as last year, with 90-minute classes in upper grades.
  • Q. What will specials classes (e.g. music, technology, etc.) look like?

    In the Lower School, resource teachers will come to the classroom during normally scheduled class times.  Lessons will be conducted outside when the weather permits.
     
    Middle and Upper School classes will be conducted with social distancing. We are looking into safe ways to do live music for older students, (potentially outside, with greater social distance) using guidance from authorities in the music field.  
  • Q. Will there be one-on-one teacher time for children opting remote learning?

    All Upper School students have access to daily office hours, whether in-person or remote. Middle and Lower School students will have scheduling opportunities, as well.
  • Q. How will tuition be affected by the various plans?

    Dawson will not be issuing discounted or reduced tuition for plans A, B, or C. Under all of these scenarios, we believe that our program will fulfill our mission and will provide even greater value relative to other educational options. We also hope that remote learning will remain an unused option. In the event that remote learning is required for an extended period of time (weeks or months), and the school elects not to make up that time/content in some way, Dawson will look into the possibility of credits for 2021-22. Families concerned about withdrawing during the school year due to extensive remote learning, or for any reason, should explore the option of our Tuition Insurance Refund plan for peace of mind. This plan covers a prorated portion of tuition based on a number of factors should a student withdraw after the school year has begun. 

2020-21 Campus Life

List of 3 frequently asked questions.

  • Q. Is Dawson still providing lunch?

    Yes! SAGE Dining has extensive experience with safe protocols. Generally speaking, meals are prepared and provided to students - either served or grab-n-go. Scheduling will provide for safely spaced smaller groups.

    Lower School - Served-to-them (no self-serve) lunches brought to their classroom.
    Middle and Upper School - We are finalizing options such as providing prepared “box” lunches, allowing students to eat outside, or in-building socially distanced with plexiglass dividers on each table.  
  • Q. How will remote students participate in start-of-school activities, such as school photos?

    Dawson will take extra measures to help any families choosing remote learning while the school is in-person stay engaged with as full an experience as possible.

    In Upper School, new student orientation will be conducted in peer leader groups and should have some iPad/FaceTime connection. 
    Class retreats will not be 100%, but will not be a graduation requirement. It may be possible to alert students comfortable with outside activities. 

    Photos - These are individual photos that will be taken outside. We will provide details soon on the times they can stop by.
  • Q. How will Dawson help mitigate the spread of coronavirus on campus?

    Every member of the Dawson community has a role to play in helping prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Dawson will meet or exceed all guidelines provided by public health and government agencies -- even as those guidelines change. Visit our Protocols page for more details.

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    • Dawson Remote Learning 2020