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Monday, June 22: This page will be a hub for the Dawson Community with information related to the 2020-21 school year. As we all move through the coronavirus pandemic, Dawson will strive to provide current information, clear protocols, and useful resources.

From Head of School George Moore Regarding 2020-21 Plans

 
June 22, 2020

Dear Dawson Families,

I have communicated frequently with our community over the last few months and continue to be grateful for your patience, flexibility, and support through these unprecedented times. I write today with Dawson’s plans for the fall, and I am excited to share them. Before I do, I would like to thank members of the Dawson Leadership Team and select faculty from each division who helped us in this process; their names are below. Their extra effort is reflected in the following plans that put in-person education and community safety at the top of a long list of priorities. 

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. More information to come.
  • Athletics as allowed by CHSAA; small-group co-curricular activities.
  • Screening/Hygiene/Masks protocols; details and directions to come.

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.

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.
 

Tuition
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. Click here for details: Tuition Refund Plan Brochure.pdf
 

We are excited to see everyone again in August. We remain confident that we can have all of our students safely on campus in 2020-21, yet we also are prepared to shift to one of the other plans quickly and efficiently as necessary. Given the rapidly changing landscape with respect to requirements and guidelines, our priority at this time is to help you understand when we will be on campus (as often as possible) and what the three non-traditional plans look like. 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.

We continue to work on the details of our screening process, along with personal hygiene and cleaning protocols. Again, we will share those well in advance of the start of K-8 classes on August 19. Though this email should answer most of the big questions about our schedule and plans for next year, I understand that there are many smaller details that may be of interest to many of you. To answer those questions, I will be hosting a Town Hall on Wednesday, June 24 at 10:00 a.m. As in past town halls, please send your questions in advance to dawson@dawsonschool.org. We will send a Zoom link prior to the event.

We look forward to getting started again. Have a wonderful summer.
 
Best regards,
George
 
 
 
 
 
George P. Moore
Head of School 

Leadership Team
George Moore, Head of School
Sarah Amirani, Director of Marketing and Communications
Ann Carson, Director of Upper School
David D’Ercole, Director of Lower School
Christine Lipson, Director of Operations
Jay Parker, Director of Middle School
Megan Reamer, Director of Development
Scott Schneider, Director of Admissions and Tuition Assistance
Michelle Wolf, CFO

Academic Planning Task Force (w/ Division Directors and Head of School)
Amy Criswell
Kris Deardorff
Blake Fisher
Tracey Graham
Anne Hecox
Katherine Roundy
Diane Yelvington

Additional support from Jeff Ellenbogen and Mike Jacobsma

2020-21 Plans

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.
     
    • Safety Overview