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Academic Continuity Plan 2020-21

Annie Wright Schools have made several adjustments to our processes and schedules in order to maintain academic continuity and a strong AWS experience in our new COVID-19 reality.
Annie Wright Schools’ academic continuity and re-opening plans are rooted in ensuring the health and safety of our community. We have incorporated learning and feedback gained during the spring of 2020, as well as being intentional and in alignment with guidance from the state of Washington; local, state and national health agencies; OSPI; and medical professionals. Our internal operational task force and divisional teams have developed guidelines and action steps that allow us to re-open as safely as possible while enabling us to pivot, and when necessary, respond to this ever-changing environment.

We recognize that family situations are complex and varied, and the challenges of this new environment exist on a variety of levels. We believe the framework we have established allows Annie Wright Schools to be as responsive to different needs and situations as possible, while allowing us to remain flexible and adaptable as situations change. This framework relies on our ability to pivot between and within two models:

List of 2 items.

  • In-Person Learning with Physical Distancing

    When it is safe to to begin on-campus, in-person learning, we will implement daily temperature checks, health questionnaires, and significant physical distancing structures to help maintain the health of our families, faculty and staff. We also believe it is important for our school community to work together and pledge to keep each other safe. To that end, we ask that every family sign the of community accountability. Additionally, no one will be allowed on campus without a prior appointment and similar health screenings.

    Further, students and faculty must remain 6 feet apart where possible and be masked at all times. Student activities, residential life, and other daily student life experiences will be adjusted to adhere to public health guidelines.

    In addition, we recognize that for many families, returning to school is not feasible or ideal due to medical or other reasons. To facilitate this option, all classes will be live-streamed so students can engage and participate in lessons whether physically or virtually present.

    In this scenario, students are not permitted to move freely around the campus. Class meetings and other large gatherings will be virtual. Students will eat lunch in advisory or class groups and will not be permitted to go off-campus. Through staggered start and pick-up times and locations, we will minimize student interaction at entrance and exit points. We will look for opportunities to be outside as much as possible, and will reduce the instances of transitions to minimize interaction outside of student ‘pods.’

    Lower School
    In the Lower School, students will spend their entire day together as a section, with the exception of recess where each whole grade level will come together. While the PYP curriculum is largely delivered by the homeroom teacher, specialist teachers deliver important components of our program as well. To minimize building travel and reduce interactions, we are considering several adjustments to specialist instruction including virtual participation.

    Middle School
    In the Middle School, students take different classes with different teachers, which results in several transitions throughout the day. To minimize interactions outside of grade-level groups, we are designing one-way routes, repurposing larger classroom spaces to reduce transitions, and will seek to keep class-level groups as unique pods, where possible.

    Upper Schools
    In the Upper Schools, like in the Middle School, students take different classes with different teachers. Class sizes will be limited to no more than 12 students. To reduce transitions, the daily schedule has been changed so that there are only three classes per day, every day. This, in addition to lunch taken in classrooms, means there are minimal “passing periods.”
  • Online Learning

    Faculty and staff have met divisionally since the end of the 19-20 school year to discuss parent and student feedback regarding last spring's learning experience, as well as their own recommendations, in order to adjust and improve Annie Wright's Online Academic Continuity Plan (OCAP). If the OCAP is activated, faculty will continue to communicate with their students via class pages on myAW and through Microsoft Teams. Additional software and systems tutorials will be available for new and returning families to ensure everyone is able to access all communications and assignments.

    Lower School
    In the Lower School, the schedule will be adjusted to allow for more synchronous time with teachers. Students and classroom teachers will begin the day together with live video chats, continue into some instructional time, break for asynchronous learning, reconnect to close out the morning and then have synchronous specialist learning in the afternoon. The specific times and length of synchronous instruction will be specific to and will vary by grade level.

    Middle School
    In Middle School, the schedule will be very similar to last spring's online academic continuity schedule, but with adjustments to allow each class to have more synchronous time each day, without extending the overall length of time during which each student will be expected to be in front of the screen. Physical and mental health remain a priority with advisory, PHE and community-building activities remaining central to our overall schedule.

    Upper Schools
    In our two Upper Schools, the basic framework of the schedule stays constant. The focus this year will be on providing students more synchronous time than in last spring while maintaining a daily structure. Recognizing the critical importance of physical and mental health, the schedule is designed to allow for movement breaks between classes, while allowing individual teachers to determine what portion of the class period will be synchronous and what will be asynchronous. Faculty recognize the importance of reducing overall screen time on any given day. As with the in-person scenario, all classes will be recorded to allow students in other time zones to watch and engage class activities during their waking hours. Additionally, opportunities for community building and one-on-one tutorials will remain a priority, seeking to engage students in different time zones. Faculty will have dedicated tutorial times to work with students in Tacoma and the U.S. and other times to work with internationally-based students.

CURRENT STATUS

Lower School
  • In-person learning with physical distancing
  • Families have the option to livestream from home
Middle & Upper School Information
  • Online learning

Fall '20 Opening Updates

List of 3 items.

  • SEPTEMBER 2

    Lower School
    On Tuesday, September 8, Annie Wright Schools will resume in-person instruction for students in Kindergarten through Grade 5. Preschool classes have been offered in-person since Opening Day on August 26. From the outset, we have prioritized on-campus learning for our youngest students, and we remain grateful for the county-wide efforts that now allow this to happen. We recognize that many families will not be comfortable having their student(s) return to campus. For these families, we are able to provide a livestream option. 
     
    We make this decision in light of the rapidly declining case counts within Pierce County. Current case counts are below the threshold of 75/100k established within Governor Inslee’s . The other two factors in the decision tree (test positivity and hospitalizations) are both safely within Governor Inslee’s guidelines.

    Middle & Upper School Information
    With the Lower School resuming in-person instruction, we hope to soon have the ability to bring back our students in Grades 6-12. Over the next two weeks, we will closely monitor case rates within Pierce County. We will also closely monitor our Lower School program. If case counts continue to decline, and if we effectively execute our plan with Lower School students, then we will actively consider returning Middle and Upper School students. 
  • AUGUST 20

    Dr. Chen from . While we are disappointed that we will not have students learning on campus for the beginning of the school year, we also recognize the importance of our community’s health and safety. What this means is that the Lower School must join the Middle and Upper Schools in starting the year online.

    Annie Wright Schools have been actively preparing for online learning throughout the summer. We did it well last spring, and we will do it even better this fall. Please refer to our Online Learning model, above. Of course, our preference is to be in-person, but if online is the only educational option, the AWS online program is second-to-none. AWS families have received division- and grade-specific information about our online approach via email from their designated division director. 

    When will school resume in-person?
    Based on Dr. Chen’s letter, he has tied Pierce County to Governor Inslee’s “decision tree”. This means schools cannot resume hybrid, in-person learning until their county has fewer than 75 cases per 100,000 residents over a 14-day period. Currently, our county rate is at 130. The good news is that we have been trending down in recent weeks, and Pierce County was at the threshold rate of 75 as recently as July 10. 

    We all agree on one thing—we want our students back on-campus learning together. This will only happen if we as a county practice safe, healthy behaviors. To that end, we ask that every family sign the of community accountability. Together we can reduce the rate of infection in Pierce County and get our kids back where they belong: in school.
  • AUGUST 7

    Annie Wright Schools are focused on understanding how the rise in infections should influence our reopening plan. We have consulted local physicians and public health experts, pediatric infectious disease specialists and epidemiologists, and continuously review the emerging and evolving COVID research. The goal of our reopening plan is rooted in the importance of being socially responsible to the AWS community, Pierce County, and most importantly, our students, faculty and staff.

    To that end, the Board was clear in its desire: Utilize a hybrid reopening approach that reduces student density and intentionally phases student return to campus based on current scientific evidence, local viral transmission rates, and the conditions on our own AWS campus. With this approach in mind, and based on the information acquired in recent weeks, Annie Wright Schools’ reopening on August 26 will, in fact, be a hybrid of our two outlined models:

    1. The Lower School will open for in-person, on-campus instruction for families who opt-in for this approach.
    2. Middle and Upper School students will open online, drawing on our Online Academic Continuity Plan.
    The decision to return Middle and/or Upper School students to campus, or to shift the Lower School to online learning, will be evaluated bi-weekly based on the current situation in Pierce County and on campus.

Important Information for 2020-21

List of 17 items.

  • Athletics

    Director of Athletics Mike Finch has been in constant communication with the WIAA in terms of guidance for athletics in schools. Based on the WIAA’s July 21 update, the current plan is as follows:

    Upper Schools
    • Season 1 (September 7 - November 8): USG & USB Cross Country, USB Tennis
      • If certain benchmarks are not met then this will be played in Season 3
      • A final determination on Season 1 will be made on July 28.
    • Season 2 (January 4 - March 7): USG & USB Basketball
    • Season 3 (March 1 - May 2): USG Volleyball, USG Soccer
    • Season 4 (April 26 - June 27): USG & USB Golf, USG Tennis, USB Soccer, USG & USB Track and Field
    The only WIAA sport for boys in Season 3 is Boys’ football which AWS does not have, so our USB would not have any official offerings during that time, unless Season 1 gets pushed into Season 3. We believe that is a strong possibility and will continue to update this information as we hear more from WIAA, which we expect by July 28. Lastly, Washington State Girls’ Lacrosse Association has not yet identified their start date, but we are hoping it aligns with the WIAA’s season 4.

    Middle School
    While the Middle School is much less tied to the WIAA, we still need others in our league to join us, but this is what we have currently pitched:
    • Season 1 (September 7 - October 16): Girls & Boys Cross Country, Girls & Boys Tennis
      • Could be pushed to Season 3
    • Season 2 (January 4 - February 26): Boys Basketball, Girls Soccer
    • Season 3 (March 1 - April 23) Boys Soccer, Girls Basketball
    • Season 4 (April 26 - June 11) Girls & Boys Track and Field, Girls & Boys Golf, Volleyball
    Lower School
    There’s far more uncertainty for Lower School sports. We are in conversations with local leagues and, if certain sports are offered and we are able to hold practices, we will discuss the right way forward. If no leagues offer competitions, our Athletics team is brainstorming ideas for pod trainings that should work well to keep our community of LS athletes engaged and active.
  • Bus

    While we will strongly encourage families to drive their students to school, we recognize that school provided transportation is critical for many families. Following the OSPI guidelines (), we will:
    • Maximize outside air and keep windows open as much as possible
    • Require riders to wear a cloth face covering
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces before and after route
    • Keep riders as far apart as possible on the bus
  • COVID-19 Testing

    Annie Wright Schools have partnered with , a Tacoma-based biotech firm, to conduct regular and comprehensive testing across the AWS community. Our goal is to test student-facing faculty and staff on a rotating, bi-weekly basis, and all boarding faculty and students weekly. 
  • Daily Self-Reporting

    We ask families to check for symptoms and temperatures each morning before you bring your student(s) to school as part of the . You must answer questions and list the temperature taken in MyMedBot, an app all AWS faculty and staff are using. This is required by everyone to be on campus. When it is time for your student(s) to be on campus, you will receive an email from MyMedBot with information on creating an account. When students arrive at school, we will take their temperatures again.

    If a student presents symptoms, the student must stay home. The AWS re-entry protocol will then apply and the school nurse may reach out to follow-up and confirm.

    When a student arrives on campus (in a cloth face covering), they walk through their designated entrance and directly to their classroom where their teacher will take their temperature. Any student that presents a fever will be immediately removed from the classroom by the nurse for further evaluation. If the student is required to go home, parents/guardians will be notified and the re-entry protocol will apply.

    When a student boards the bus, the bus driver will take their temperature and confirm with the parent/guardian that their MyMedBot form has been submitted. If not, the bus driver will ask screening questions and take their temperature. Any student that presents a fever or positively answers the health questions, will be asked to stay home. For this reason, it is important that parents/guardians remain at the bus stop with their student(s) until they are confirmed to ride the bus.
  • Extended Day

    We are unable to offer Extended Day (ED) in the morning. Parents must drop-off at the times specified for your student's grade. In the afternoon, ED will be offered until 6:00 pm and students will remain in their daily grade-level pods.

    In order to maximize safety, we will aim to keep groups to no more than 10 students and an ED staff person. In all cases, during Extended Day:
    • groups will aim to be outside as much as possible, including in covered areas when there is inclement weather;
    • students and staff will remain masked at all times, and will practice physical distancing whenever possible;
    • individual groups will be self-contained and will have their own outdoor and indoor space, so as to minimize interactions with other groups.
  • Face Masks

    AWS will follow the guidance from OSPI that requires every adult and student on campus to wear a cloth face mask (covering mouth and nose) composed of several layers when in the presence of other people. The guidance also discourages the use of masks with valves. (OSPI also allows for students to use a face shield as an alternative to a cloth face covering, though AWS’ preference is for cloth face coverings. Additionally, OSPI allows for cloth face mask exemptions for adults for health reasons, these will be discussed on a case by case basis. Please reach out to your Division/Department director.)  

    In certain circumstances (like labs or specific foreign language instruction, for instance), face shields will be worn in addition to a cloth face covering. Students in science labs will be provided a shield for personal use in class.

    No student, employee, or visitor will be allowed on campus without an appropriate face covering.
  • Faculty Support

    Annie Wright faculty are committed to nurturing and teaching your students and are, understandably, as concerned as we all are with the uncertainty of the 20-21 year. Our faculty ultimately wish to be with students, at school, in person, given the various protocols and plans we have put into place to maximize health and safety. That said, we recognize that faculty and staff health and wellness is paramount to a healthy school community.

    In specific instances, we are creatively working with faculty to ensure they can continue teaching their classes using virtual learning and live-streaming capabilities. We recognize that we need to find ways to provide relief for teachers who are with their pod of students all day as we seek to reduce contact with other adults. To that end, we hired full-time subs who will serve as coverage for teachers who are out, regardless of reason, and who can provide further support, as needed. 

    We are immensely proud of how our faculty pivoted and adjusted in the spring, and are working to ensure they have the best training, support and tools needed to continue providing the best possible academic experience in the midst of what we know will continue to be a challenging environment into this school year.
  • Food Service

    Families that planned to use our food service will still be able to do so. Box lunches will be delivered to classrooms daily and will be pre-ordered before the beginning of each week using an online system through our food service provider, Flik. Whenever possible, students will enjoy lunch outside.

    New in 2020, we will be using LunchTime to pre-order box lunches and deposit money to your student's lunch account. Lunches must be ordered by Thursday for the following week, and you can order up to three weeks out. A detailed guide to set up your LunchTime account, claim your student(s), and pre-load their lunch account(s) with funds is included on myAW, under Resources > Lunch Information.

    The dining hall will remain in use by our residential students both for breakfast and dinner during the week as well as meals on the weekend. Cleaning and sanitation protocols are being extended to the dining hall, and our food service provider has implemented additional food safety protocols for resident students.
  • IB in the Upper Schools

    You can learn about the IB Programme's protocol .

    We are very confident in student success in the IB Programme regardless of whether classes are physical or remote. Teachers are reporting that we have tracked our curriculum exactly as we had hoped to despite closures, and we will continue to keep IB candidates and all students on track in their learning and assessments. This is going to position our students very well both in terms of growth and our own graduation requirements. IB grades are usually calculated based on non-examination assignments as well as the examinations. When the May 2020 examinations were canceled, IB developed some new calculations to create grades based on the assignments students had completed and other factors; we saw a very high success rate (98%) for our IB Diploma candidates. While IB has not indicated if the exams will be held this year, IB teachers at AWS were able to adapt quickly and effectively to changes last year in order to ensure that the non-examination assignments were submitted to IB. We think our students are going to be very well prepared to earn IB credits during the exams or through any other assessment model IB develops. We will stay apprised of any developments that IB publishes to its own set of rules based on what happens going forward.

    We are very confident in student success in the IB Programme regardless of whether classes are physical or remote. Teachers are reporting that we have tracked our curriculum exactly as we had hoped to despite closures, and we will continue to keep IB candidates and all students on track in their learning and assessments. This is going to position our students very well both in terms of growth and our own graduation requirements. IB grades are usually calculated based on non-examination assignments as well as the examinations. When the May 2020 examinations were canceled, IB developed some new calculations to create grades based on the assignments students had completed and other factors; we saw a very high success rate (98%) for our IB Diploma candidates. While IB has not indicated if the exams will be held this year, IB teachers at AWS were able to adapt quickly and effectively to changes last year in order to ensure that the non-examination assignments were submitted to IB. We think our students are going to be very well prepared to earn IB credits during the exams or through any other assessment model IB develops. We will stay apprised of any developments that IB publishes to its own set of rules based on what happens going forward.

    Our College Guidance Department - Scottie Hill in the USG and Jeff Freshwater in the USB - has worked to make sure that the Yellow Tie Class is on track for the college process - including hosting Wright Connection, uploading virtual essay workshops, and having meetings with students and parents. They will continue to meet as needed with each student and family to make sure everyone Yellow Tie is ready for application season in the Fall. This, of course, will include our beloved College Week in some form! In addition, the College Guidance Department is working to offer official SAT and ACT tests on the Annie Wright campus for the Yellow Tie class. (The vast majority of colleges and universities, however, have test-optional policies, using the COVID-19 crisis as an opportunity to rethink their admission requirements.)
  • Large Group Gatherings

    Gone for now are the large gatherings. This means we will not hold chapel or all school assemblies until it is safe to do so, and it also means that the dining hall will remain empty, except for when used by our residential students. Students across the school will eat lunch in their classroom or outdoors.

    Divisional gatherings and other community building activities will continue, albeit virtually, across the school as we recognize they are an important component of the Annie Wright Schools experience. Each division will encourage student participation and engagement in age appropriate ways, and will seek to continue traditions like Gotcha Gators, morning and Monday meetings, and other community building moments throughout the week.
  • Physical Distancing

    Wherever and whenever possible, people on campus will work to keep six feet between themselves and others. In classrooms, where six feet are not possible, we will employ the use of barriers between desks.
  • Pick-Up & Drop-Off

    Through a combination of staggered start times and designated entrances, we can spread student arrival and departure and minimize use of any one entrance. Each entry point will be staffed to greet students and minimize touching door handles.

    Start Times by Grade Level
    School will start at the following times for the listed grade levels:
    • Preschool-Grade 1 | 8:00-8:15 am
    • Grades 2-8 | 7:45-8:00 am
    • Grades 9-12 | 7:45-9:15 am 

    A family with a student in Preschool-Grade 1 and a student in Grades 2-8 can drop-off both students between 7:45-8:00 am. 

    We encourage Upper School families to arrive closer to class start time.

    Lower & Middle School students of AWS faculty & staff should remain with their parent until 7:45 am and then be escorted to their classroom. Upper School students of faculty may join one of the US overflow spaces until 9:00 am.

    Designated Entrances & Drop-Off Points
    Parents will be asked to drop-off their students at the location identified below, and students will enter the building through the designed entrance.
     
    • Preschool | 10th Street Circle, Playground Entrance
    • Kindergarten & Grade 1 | 10th Street Circle, 10th Street Entrance
    • Grades 2-4 | Front of School, Main Entrance
    • Grades 5 & 6 | 10th Street Circle, 10th Street Entrance
    • Grades 7 & 8 | 10th Street Circle, Middle School Entrance
    • USB Grades 9-12 | Front of School, USB Building
    • USG Grades 9-12 | Front of School, Main Entrance
    • Bus students | 10th Street Circle, 10th Street Entrance

    Pick-Up Times & Location
    • Preschool | 3:15 pm, 10th Street Circle
    • Kindergarten-Grade 1 | 3:15 pm, 10th Street Circle
    • Grades 2-4 | 3:00 pm, Front of School
    • Grade 5 | 3:00 pm, 10th Street Circle
    • Grades 6-8 | 3:30 pm, 10th Street Circle
    • USB Grades 9-12, Front of School
    • USG Grades 9-12, Front of School
    • Bus Students | 3:15 pm, Kemper Parking Lot
    For families with students in both the Lower & Middle School, pick-up can take place at the earlier of the two pick-up times.

    Mid-Day Pick-Ups and/or Drop-Offs
    Parents routinely drop-off students after school has started or pick them up during the school day. For late drop-offs, visitor protocols will apply. Please reach out to your Division via the attendance email (below) to indicate your expected time of arrival. Arrangements will be made to ensure you are met and your student is screened before entering the building.

    For mid-day pick-ups, parents should also notify the Division, as indicated above, and call the school upon arrival to ensure we can safely bring your child out to you. 
  • Recess

    In the Lower School and Middle Schools, recess will continue this year as in years past with regard to length and schedule. However, students will only attend recess with their grade and will keep their masks on throughout recess. We use outdoor spaces as much and as frequently as possible for eating, learning and playing.
  • Remote Learning

    The school has made the decision to purchase high quality web cameras and high quality microphones for every classroom in the school. All of our classes will be live streamed via a link found behind our password protected website. When we are physically on campus, whether a student is home because they don't feel comfortable on campus or because they're not feeling well, they will still have the ability to engage their classes with teachers and classmates.
  • Safety

    For the safety of our entire community, any student or employee exhibiting any COVID-like symptoms as outlined in the  will be required to stay home until those symptoms are gone. We have outlined the main scenarios for staying home and re-entry, below.

    Showing Symptoms
    In the case that a student or employee has symptoms (as outlined above), they must stay home and connect with their health care provider. They can return to AWS when…
    • 24 hours have passed since recovery AND 10 days have passed since symptoms first occurred.
    OR
    • 24 hours have passed since recovery AND the individual’s health care provider has certified that there’s no suspected or confirmed COVID-19. The health care provider must send a note to the school.

      See  for further details.

    Positive COVID Test
    In the case that a student or employee tests positive and has shown no symptoms, they must stay home until…

    • 10 days have passed since the date of the first positive test AND the individual has no subsequent illness AND the individual’s health care provider has certified that the individual is COVID-free. The health care provider must send a note to the school.

    OR

    • The individual is symptom free and has two negative tests 24 hours apart. Test results must be provided to the school.

      See  for further details. 

    In the case that a student or employee tests positive and has shown symptoms, they must stay home until…

    • 24 hours have passed since recovery without any fever-reducing medication AND all symptoms have improved AND the date of the first positive test AND the individual has no subsequent illness AND 10 days have passed since the date of the first positive test AND the individual’s health care provider has certified that the individual is COVID-free. The health care provider must send a note to the school.

    OR

    • The individual is symptom free and has two negative tests 24 hours apart. Test results must be provided to the school.

      See  for further details. 

    Close Contact with Confirmed COVID Case
    Should a student or employee have close contact with someone (parent, relative, friend, etc.) who has tested positive in the last 14 days, the student or employee must quarantine for 14 days monitoring for symptoms. The individual can return to school when…
     
    • No symptoms develop within 14 days and there has been no further contact with the infected person. 
     
    OR
     
    • The individual receives two negative tests at least 24 hours apart. Test results must be provided to the school. (If the student or employee has remained in close contact with the infected person, then these tests must occur after the infected person has been cleared.) 

      See  for further details. 

    Illness
    Should a student exhibit any COVID-like symptoms at school or any illness in general, we have created a quarantine space where we can keep them until a parent can come to pick them up. For boarding students, there are two properties across the street from campus where students can be quarantined, tested and monitored.

    Before departing for work, Faculty and Staff members will be asked to take their temperature and complete an online form confirming they are symptom-free. If the employee presents a fever or positively answers the health questions, the school nurse and their supervisor will be notified and re-entry protocol will then apply.

    When the school learns of infection, or possible infection, within its community it will first notify the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department for guidance. Families can expect that if anyone living in the house with a student tests positive for COVID-19, Annie Wright Schools will notify impacted community groups.
  • Social & Emotional Support

    In Lower School, our program is already steeped in social and emotional development, largely due to the PYP. Through the planned units of inquiry students are able to explore, understand, and express their feelings about themselves, their surroundings, and their place in the world. Through the hands-on projects in which they engage, we are able to really key in on how students are feeling, and how they're dealing and managing.

    Additionally, in the Lower and Middle Schools, we are incorporating the Pollyanna Curriculum, a racial literacy program whose goal is to “build bridges and connections––for all students to recognize similarities among their peers along lines of race, while also celebrating perceived differences. We hope to plant seeds that will encourage and enhance racial literacy, geographical awareness, and cultural competence both in the classroom and throughout one’s life.” Through incorporating this curriculum, along with the SEL components of PYP, the social and emotional health and wellbeing of the students takes on a more comprehensive and holistic approach.
    In the Middle and Upper Schools, we are also implementing the CharacterStrong curriculum, a research based program designed to help students’ “social-emotional learning & character development.” This work is integrated in our advisory program and health and wellness classes.

    Our two experienced counselors, Devon Morris in the Lower and Middle Schools and Jenna Lott in the Upper Schools support each division in caring for students, implementing the programs and providing input and instruction wherever necessary. Along with the Learning specialists in each division, the counseling and support program is deeply committed to meeting students' individual needs as they come up.
  • Specials

    In the Lower School, specialist classes will continue, though will look a bit different.
    • Art will remain in the art room.
    • Spanish teachers will travel to the grade level classrooms and, in some cases, will teach virtually.
    • PE will occur by class (as opposed to the full grade in Grades 3-5) and we will continue to include small groups for swim, when it is safe to open the pool.
    • Library will remain virtual, streamed synchronously into the grade level classrooms.
    • We will pause for the year on music, as it has been taught previously, but will seek integration of musical principles into our PYP curriculum. Strings will continue for students in Grade 5.
We all agree on one thing—we want our students back on-campus learning together. We ask all AWS families to review the and work to ensure you are modeling these behaviors. Together we can reduce the rate of infection in Pierce County and get our students back where they belong: in school.

Town Halls

Town Hall meetings help answer questions about the academic continuity plan for the 2020-21 school year. 

Town Hall Recordings

September
  • September 3 |

August

  • August 12 | (day students)
  • August 13 |  &
  • August 14 | (boarding students)
  • August 17 |

Please follow the guidelines in these flow charts:

  1. What to do if you get a
  2. What to do if you have but haven’t been around anyone with COVID-19
  3. What to do if you are

Resources

  • AAP:
  • CDC:
  • OSPI: