Ashley Hall's Plans for the 2020-2021 School Year
In addition to explaining the principles for reopening the School and the new safety policies and procedures we have adopted, Ashley Hall’s Back to School resource board in the Learning Commons provides important information about our Blended Learning Model, campus activities, and our community’s health and wellness. Please keep in mind that the Back to School resource board will be updated with additional information prior to the first day of school.
Ashley Hall’s leadership is closely monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic, which remains a rapidly evolving health situation. The School will continue to follow guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the South Carolina Department of Health. Our goal is to make measured, supportive, and informed decisions in the best interests of our students and families.
Ashley Hall’s Measures to Protect Its Community
Ashley Hall is guided by our mission “to produce educated women who are independent, ethically responsible, and prepared to meet the challenges of society with confidence.” Our School is committed to delivering this mission through an educational experience deeply rooted in on-campus programming while also providing learning options for those who are unable to attend class in person due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In planning for the 2020-2021 school year, Ashley Hall makes the following commitment to the members of its community:
– Protect the health and safety of students and employees
– Prioritize the well-being of students by supporting their social, emotional, and academic needs
– Provide students with a high-quality educational experience regardless of the setting in which teaching and learning take place
– Establish effective utilization of spaces and scheduling to support appropriate and safe physical distancing
– Communicate and familiarize our school community with new campus routines that ensure health and safety while promoting student learning
– Implement guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC), and the American Academy of Pediatrics and comply with government ordinances to keep school safe and community members well
Specifically, as outlined in many reports issued by public health entities on the topic of risk reduction strategies for reopening school, Ashley Hall is taking steps to provide healthy classrooms, buildings, policies, schedules, and activities while considering multiple strategies to mitigate varying levels of risk as the caseload of COVID-19 in our local area changes.
Distance Learning Program
At Ashley Hall, our core values of individualized learning, student-driven inquiry, and a rich community are the foundation of all we do, including distance learning. From synchronous small group instruction and one-on-one meetings to asynchronous lessons that fit within our families’ schedules, our School knows the importance of helping each student discover what works best. Our distance learning opportunities are specially calibrated to blend a developmentally appropriate amount of on-screen time with activities that foster independence, movement, and success through multiple modes of learning. We partner with families for an education experience based on a traditional foundation enhanced by modern learning.
Ashley Hall families are encouraged to visit the Campus Communications and COVID-19 Resource Boards in the Learning Commons for all school communications about the pandemic and its effect on campus.