Fall 2020-21 Going Forward
PS1 Pluralistic School believes that children learn best within a community. From the first day of kindergarten through 6th grade, we help students understand themselves as individuals and as members of larger communities. We’ve designed our curriculum, schedule, and even our physical campus to inspire both productive cooperation and individual reflection. As students gradually expand their comfort zones—from small-group projects to their classroom, school, neighborhood, and eventually the wider world—each learns how and why to make positive change at every level.
When children grow up in these small-scale pluralistic communities, learning and working with diverse groups becomes second nature—and they go forth to share these values and methods with the wider world.
After reviewing the recommendations from the CDC, LADPH, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and many early studies from other regions and countries in the context of our values, PS1 hopes to move forward with an on-campus learning model for the fall, and is pursuing a waiver application with the County. It is important to emphasize that our plan is subject to change, as we continue to monitor the rate of COVID-19 infections in our local communities and receive new guidance.
To follow status and regulations by county, visit www.covid19.ca.gov/roadmap-counties
To minimize risk, always:
- Wear face coverings
- Keep six feet apart when leaving home
- Wash hands, sanitize
- Immediately isolate or quarantine if believed to be sick or exposed
As a reminder, it
remains imperative that parents, faculty, and staff contact PS1
immediately if you or someone in your household:
- Has been diagnosed with COVID-19.
- Has been tested for COVID-19 and is awaiting results.
Campus Reopening Plan
Our plan and process aims to maximize safe and healthy in-person learning for all students. Our Coronavirus Task Force and our Going Forward Task Force have been meeting all summer to plan for the re-entry of students on campus in a way that emphasizes the health and safety of all students and staff.
We have produced additional FAQs based on this plan (below) that will be updated on an ongoing basis. We ask for your partnership and understanding while dealing with the challenges and future adaptations that are presented by a global pandemic.
Prior to opening we will educate faculty, staff, and families on the school’s rules and policies on on-campus operations as detailed in the waiver request:
- Use of masks and hygiene measures to be implemented during the school day
- How to use PPE for students, staff, and teachers
- The School’s procedure in the event of community infection
- The use of technology for students who continue with remote learning
Teaching & Learning
The goal of a PS1 education is for students to know themselves as learners and have a voice and advocacy in their learning. PS1 teachers engaged in professional learning this summer that fits with the developmental, cognitive, and social-emotional needs of their students and adapts to all learning scenarios. Teaching teams continue to build their capacities in a wide range of offerings that focus on online instruction, project-based learning, differentiation, transdisciplinary planning, and social-emotional learning.
Relationships are central to a PS1 education. Establishing relationships that allow students to feel known, cared for, and safe will be our primary goal when school begins, whether remotely or in person, as we know that most students will return to school with more social-emotional needs than is typical in September. We will seek to meaningfully connect with each child as quickly as possible and use those relationships to process our new REALM and what will take place this school year. The process may look different for some students - whether new or returning, a Zoom lover or not - our work will be to find the right path to connection for each.
To that end, we are making several enhancements to our program to boost our capacity for social-emotional support to students. Across the school we are adding to our social-emotional curriculum and providing opportunities for staff to connect with students and families personally, remotely, and frequently.
Community is at the center of the PS1 experience and mission. PS1 is more than a school. Our communications and community engagement activities will be transparent, consistent, and mission-centered.
We continue to provide and re-imagine ways of connecting and celebrating our students and being responsive to the needs of families. We look forward to cultivating relationships with our new families. We value, understand, and embrace the importance of connection and relationships. This central tenet of our community is what continues to make our school a vibrant place to learn, develop, and grow. We strongly encourage community participation in upcoming virtual Town Halls; with parent surveys; and virtual gatherings of families and volunteer committees.
- How will on-campus learning work at PS1?
- Will school still open on Wednesday, September 2?
- Will school hours remain the same?
- Is this a fall plan or a whole year plan?
- How will cohorts be formed?
- Will cohorts be by single or mixed grades and will they change during the year?
- Will distance learning look like the learning from last spring?
- Will families be required to self-quarantine before returning to school?
- What will students need to bring with them to school?
- What will be required of the community to make sure that everyone entering the building is healthy?
- What is the plan for a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 at the school?
- Will Youngers students have a chance to see their classroom before the first day of school?
- If kids are cohorting with their teacher, how might specialists work?
- How can we keep students safely distanced from each other in classrooms?
- How will drop-off and dismissal work?
- Will staff and students be required to wear and provide face coverings?
- Will Morning Care or After Care be available?
- How many students will be in a classroom?
- What new technology are we investing in for our classrooms?
- What guidance is in place for students' use of restrooms?
- If we return to remote learning or I choose to keep my student at home, will it look like it did last spring?