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Recent Communications from Prep

March 12, 2021

Dear Community Member,

We’re writing today with some updates on our preparations to return to hybrid learning.

Reopening Survey Deadline

Thank you to all parents who responded quickly to our survey sent on Wednesday. For those who have not completed the survey, we ask parents to complete it once for each of their Prep children, even if your plans have not changed since February’s survey. The deadline for survey completion is Monday, March 15, at 12:00 p.m. We appreciate your input so that we can adapt our strategies to meet students’ needs whether they are learning at school or at home.

Blue and Silver Stable Groups and Schedule

In order to best plan for a return to campus, we are providing families with the Blue-Silver stable groups as well as the Blue and Silver schedule for April through the end of the school year. Students who are siblings have been put into the same stable group. We cannot change these groups because they are carefully calibrated to ensure that we do not exceed our maximum room occupancy; they will remain stable through the end of the school year.

Please note that the schedule for March 31 and April 1 has changed. March 31 is now an A day and April 1 is now a B day.

Travel Reminders
If you plan on traveling for spring break,
CDC guidelines say that you should get a COVID-19 test 3-5 days after travel and stay home and self-quarantine for a full 7 days after travel.

  • Even if you test negative, stay home and self-quarantine for the full 7 days.
  • If your test is positive, isolate yourself to protect others from getting infected.
  • If you don’t get tested, stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days after travel.
  • Avoid being around people who are at increased risk for severe illness for 14 days, whether you get tested or not.

Faculty who cannot return to campus in the weeks after break will be provided with a classroom support sub to support students in the classroom while the teacher Zooms in from home. The majority of these classroom support subs are people who are already familiar with the school through previous substituting and/or are alumni.

Reminder Checklist for Students

As students prepare for a return to campus, we are sharing the following information for families, which also can be found in our On-Campus Safety Plan.

Technology Needs for Students Coming to Campus for Hybrid Learning

Students coming to campus will need to bring their laptops to school for in-class use. Students will receive instructions to set up their laptops on the school wifi system in advance of their return to campus.

Essential Personal Technology Needs

  • Laptop should be fully charged (i.e., charged overnight the night before coming to school) and students must bring their charger.
  • Bring any headset with earphones and a microphone.

To ensure that students can access the school wifi, students should do the following ahead of time:

  • Make sure their computer has run any updates it needs to run.
  • Make sure they know their flintridgeprep.org username and password.
  • All use of devices must comply with the school's Acceptable Use Policy.
  • All use of devices must comply with the school's Acceptable Use Policy.
  • Make sure they have antivirus software installed, that it’s active and current (no expired subscriptions).
  • Make sure they know the administrator password for their laptop.
  • Make sure their browsers (Chrome, Safari, Firefox, etc.) are up to date.
  • If their family uses Microsoft Family to set parental controls on their Windows computer, make sure they’ve added wifi.flintridgeprep.org to the list of allowed sites.
  • Students are not allowed to turn on hotspots on campus. Turn off any cell hotspots on their phone. Hotspots can interfere with Prep’s network. If they are having trouble getting their laptop on the wifi, ask a teacher for help or see the Tech Department on the second floor of the Bachmann Collaboration Building.
  • Cell phones will not be able to connect to Prep’s wifi if they are running a VPN. Please disconnect VPN before attempting to connect

BYOD Policy

Flintridge Prep has a BYOD, or Bring Your Own Device, program. Laptops must meet specifications set up by the Technology Department.

Checklist for Students Coming to Campus for Learning

Students returning to campus for hybrid learning will need to bring many of their own items. Lockers will not be assigned, so students will need to maintain possession of their personal items throughout the day.

Students should NOT bring PE clothes (students will not change for PE).

Here is a list of items students should bring:

  • A book bag or backpack that can hold the student’s belongings through the school day
  • Laptop with charger
  • Earbuds or headphones with a microphone
  • Visual arts kits, if requested by the teacher to bring to school
  • Science kits, if requested by the teacher to bring to school
  • Lunch, reusable water bottles, and snacks
  • Replacement masks if needed
  • Depending on the weather, a jacket, sweater, or additional clothing. Windows and doors will be open in classrooms.

Please feel free to direct your questions to anyone on the COVID-19 School Compliance Task Force or to email covidteam@flintridgeprep.org.

Sincerely,

Jim Pickett
Head of School

The COVID-19 School Compliance Task Force includes:

Jim Pickett
Theresa King
Kim Kinder
Sarah Cooper
Vanessa Walker-Oakes
Nick Adams-Wright
Andres Alamillo
Nicole Haims Trevor