The Ridgefield Academy and Landmark Preschool campuses plan to remain open for in-person classes for the second half of the 20-21 school year. However, we remain prepared to implement four scenarios that, together, provide a continuity of learning regardless of modality: continued learning on campus, periods of fully remote learning, hybrid learning, and parallel remote learning. Each scenario ensures the highest quality educational experiences for students while prioritizing the community’s health and safety.
Students will be engaged in meaningful learning whether on campus, at home, or switching between the two. Social & emotional well-being and readiness to learn continue to be priorities. Our school counselor and learning specialists remain available to students and their families to lend support regardless of the scenario.
On campus, in-person learning will continue to follow a daily schedule with modifications made for health and safety purposes, most notably keeping students and teachers in cohorts designed to limit the possible spread of COVID-19 and other diseases. Cohorts make it easier to manage possible exposure.
You should continue to expect to hear from us regularly this year as we keep you informed of educational and operational updates, changes to policies or procedures, and updates on the health and wellness of members in our community to make certain that safety notifications, guidelines, and changes are known and understood.
Communications from key members of our school will be delivered in a clear, consistent, and timely manner, via vehicles that may include text, email, virtual town hall events, and digital newsletters. A dedicated web page has gathered informational resources from the school for easy reference.
Signage remains in key areas and campus access points such as building lobbies, dining halls, bathrooms, common areas, and parking lots to remind students, faculty, and staff of relevant safety protocols such as handwashing and social distancing.
ON CAMPUS PROCEDURES
Ridgefield Academy and Landmark Preschool will provide clear communication which will support the successful implementation of all COVID-19-related protocols and procedures. This communication will include letters, web pages, student orientations, town hall meetings, divisional meetings, faculty meetings, as well as this plan in its entirety. Much of this communication will be in advance of the opening of school, and will continue as students return and their teachers work through protocols with them. You can view plans for managing specific spaces here.
HEALTH, SAFETY, & CONTAINMENT
Every member of our school community plays an important role in keeping our students and families, faculty, and staff safe. Even with the best safety measures in place, it is important for every member of our community to act responsibly and follow the latest health guidelines as they relate to mitigating the spread of COVID-19. As a community, if we are all highly attentive to these safety measures, collectively, we will be a safer place and more likely to be able to keep our campuses open for in-person learning. At this time, there is no known way to completely eliminate risk; safety measures focus instead on actions that keep risks to a minimum.
To that end, prominent signage at the entrance to each campus will ask you to confirm your own health status before coming on campus. The sign will read:
✓You do not have a temperature above 100.4°
✓You feel well and do not have any signs of illness
✓You have not traveled to any restricted areas
✓You have not been in close contact with anyone diagnosed with COVID-19
SHUTDOWN OF A CAMPUS
The pandemic has necessitated a flexible, multi-faceted approach that also allows for the possibility of a move to hybrid learning or a return to fully remote learning at any time during the year due to exposure within a cohort, building, or closed campus. Decisions regarding school closure will be made collaboratively with school leadership or at the requirement of local health officials or Governor orders, if it is determined that a statewide shutdown is to occur.
As noted, in any of the previous situations, if a part (cohort, building, or campus) of the school needs to shut down for any period of time during the school year, Ridgefield Academy and Landmark Preschool is fully prepared to provide continuous instruction for all of its preschool through 8th grade students. The specifics of each scenario are detailed in the Educational Program section of this document.
If a serious outbreak occurs and orders of closure are from the local authorities, they will contact the head of school directly. The head of school will initiate established protocols of communication to alert the school community. Communication to a local health department will be handled by the nurse (Ridgefield), preschool director (town of Westport or Westchester County Dept. of Health), or head of school.
If you wish, you may download a printable version of RA/Landmark Preschool's Roadmap 2021 here.
You may view or download a printable version of the 2020 Roadmap to Reopening here.
Resources include but are not limited to:
- Center for Disease Control (CDC)
- Department of Education Reopening Schools Plan
- Association of Independent Schools (CAIS)
- Office of Early Childhood: Guidance for Child CareCOVID-19 Response
- Reopen Connecticut
- Trumbull, CT COVID policy draft , Lynn Steinbrick RN MSN, et al
- Center for Disease Control (CDC)
- Child Care and Day Camps:
- Pennsylvania Dept. of Education, Resources for School Communities During COVID-19