Ashley Hall Return-to-Campus Plan
In addition to explaining the principles for reopening the School and the new safety policies and procedures we have adopted, Ashley Hall’s Return to Campus Plan provides important information about our Blended Learning Model, campus activities, and our community’s health and wellness. Please keep in mind that this plan will be updated with additional information and re-shared 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
Due to precautions taken for COVID-19, Ashley Hall temporarily closed campus and begun distance learning, effective March 30. Head of School Jill Muti outlined Ashley Hall’s distance learning plan to students and families on March 20 which addressed the full spectrum of this new learning environment. This plan was then refined by our administrators and faculty to create the best distance learning experience for our School. On April 22, South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster announced the closure of all South Carolina schools, public and private, for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.
Health and Wellness Resources
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 Calendar Updates
In accordance with the statewide school closure mandate from South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster, all on-campus events through the end of the school year are either postponed or canceled. Please see below for details on several specific events.
Ashley Hall Alumnae Weekend
Originally scheduled for April 17-19, this year’s Alumnae Weekend has been postponed until next spring. Alumnae are encouraged to save the dates of April 8-10, 2021 for a celebration two years in the making.
A traditional Ashley Hall Commencement ceremony on campus is scheduled for Saturday, August 1 at 6:30 p.m. based on directives from the CDC and SC Department of Health. This will be preceded by a Baccalaureate Service at Grace Church Cathedral on Friday, July 31 at 6:00 p.m., again following national and statewide policies on physical distancing.
More details are forthcoming.
Ashley Hall families are encouraged to visit the COVID-19 Resource Board in the Learning Commons for all school communication about the pandemic and its effect on campus.