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We've Moved to Hybrid Learning!
The past few months have been a whirlwind as everyone at Sheridan prepared for and began the new school year. Students, parents, teachers and staff all have shown remarkable resilience as we have adapted to a temporary “new normal.”
The school year began on September 8th with our students engaged in distance learning four days per week, with a fifth day spent in hybrid mode that combined remote learning at home with a visit to campus for time with their teachers and classmates.
Beginning next week, we are expanding our in-person instruction time on campus to half-days, four days per week. This decision is based on favorable local health metrics, guidance from the D.C. Department of Health, consultation with our medical advisory team, and our community’s demonstrated ability to follow important risk mitigation protocols.
We are thrilled to be entering this next phase of our return-to-campus plan. If you would like to see a few examples of our weekly hybrid learning schedules please see below. It is our hope that careful risk mitigation protocols and adherence to our Community Covenant will allow us to keep moving forward toward a return to full in-person learning.
Questions to Ask at Every School
Finding the right school for your child can feel overwhelming in the best of times, and we know it’s even more daunting amidst the pandemic.
As you begin learning more about Independent schools and start your school visits, it is useful to have a list of questions to ask as you research and attend information sessions at each school. To help you begin, we have compiled a few questions that we think are important. The list is not exhaustive, but we hope the questions will give you a good start in collecting information that will be useful as you consider your choices.
Questions we think are important to ask any year include:
- What is the mission and educational philosophy of the school?
- How does the school ensure each child feels known and understood?
- How does the school create a community so all constituents feel they belong?
- How is the school preparing students for the 21st century?
- Does the school have a distinct educational focus or approach to learning?
- Is there a strong partnership between teachers, students, and parents?
- Do faculty members have opportunities to grow and learn?
- What sets them apart from other schools?
Additional questions we think are important to ask this year in light of the pandemic are below. While we fervently hope everyone will be back to on-campus learning by next September, how a school has responded to the pandemic and it’s impact in the future may tell you a lot about its fit for your family. Questions to ask include:
- What is the school’s approach to learning during the pandemic?
- What are the measures/metrics the school is using to guide its decisionmaking about on-campus learning?
- How is the school building community, especially among new students and families, when everything is virtual?
- Assuming schools are fully open next fall, how will the school take into account the different learning experiences children had during the pandemic?
- How will the school address the post-pandemic social-emotional needs of students?
These suggestions should help you get started as you navigate the independent school landscape, and we hope you will join us at an upcoming event to ask these questions of us! If you have not yet registered for one or more events, you may do so here.