Summer Institute at The Baldwin School of Puerto Rico

School Reopening Plan

July 23 Update:

We are aware of the government mandate for reopening schools announced on Wednesday, July 22. Our educational offerings will still resume on August 24, but in a virtual format, as required by this most recent executive order. Our enhanced virtual program is detailed in the July program guide. (Click the link or see attachment below.)

Further explanation and detail of the beginning of the school year will be communicated by division after our return on August 3. We remain committed to the health and welfare of our students, faculty, and staff, and to a quality education for all our students. We continue to prepare our campus for a safe reopening, as soon as public health conditions warrant and the government allows.

Stay safe,

James Nelligan
Headmaster

 

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July 3, 2020

We continue to prepare the campus for the safe return of our students, faculty, and staff in sy2020-21. I have attached our Return to Campus: Baldwin School Program Guide (July 2020). This guide provides much greater detail about our plans for reopening campus in August, as well as other program contingencies should they become necessary in the future. This program guide is the companion to our Campus Health and Safety Reopening Protocols (June 2020). For ease of use, we have included a hyperlink to the Health and Safety Protocols in the Program Guide. We will publish quick-reference guides for each of the three divisions that highlight key aspects of the Program Guide and Campus Health and Safety document in the near future.

As part of our reopening process, we have modified the full year calendar published in Spring 2020. School will begin August 24, and end in June. We shifted the start date to ensure that our campus is fully prepared to support physical distancing, and so that our teachers and staff are well trained in our health and safety protocols and technological supports. All instructional days are preserved. The updated sy2020-21 calendar is attached below.

A series of informational videos explaining drop off procedures, hygiene, etc. will be made available prior to the start of school. These videos are designed for our students, to help them understand expectations and obligations while on campus.

Our drop-off and pick-up procedures have changed, as described in the Campus Health and Safety document. All students will be dropped off and picked up curbside. Temperature and general health checks will be conducted prior to students exiting cars in the morning. Parents will remain in their vehicles for both pick up and drop off. We are intentionally limiting the number of people on campus each day so as to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Please plan accordingly.

The Cafeteria and Bus Services are preparing health and safety protocols. These protocols will be published to the community once received. Services may be altered to preserve public health.

In brief:

  • Health checks will be conducted daily, including temperature screenings.
  • All children and adults are required to wear masks on campus.
  • Access to campus will be strictly limited to students and essential personnel.
  • Parent meetings will be conducted virtually.
  • Access to the business office will be in a virtual format.

The preservation of campus health will require a whole community effort. We will rely on each family to closely monitor the health of their members, to keep children home when they are ill or known to have been exposed to COVID-19, to report health concerns to the school, and to follow all health and safety protocols. Many in our community travel regularly for work and leisure. We ask that you take caution in doing so. If traveling, students and their families are expected to follow the Governor’s recent executive order with regards to testing and quarantine upon return to Puerto Rico.

Finally, I do recommend that all parents read the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Covid-19 Planning Considerations for School Re-entry. It is an excellent overview of why children need to return to school.

We look forward to seeing your children on campus soon!


James Nelligan
Headmaster