What does this year look like? Answers here.
We are grateful that teachers and staff at school are vaccinated, along with the vast majority of Middle School students ages 12 and up. Just as last year, for 2021-22 we have the same two goals: a safe, healthy community + in-person learning.
- All students, faculty, and visitors will wear masks indoors and on buses at all times.
- Masks are optional outdoors.
- Lunch, bus, and classroom seating look more “normal” with safety measures still in place.
- Daily symptom checks are required.
Read all about it in the Covid policies & procedures document.
With a strict attention to safety protocols and a flexible approach to changing conditions, Aspen Country Day School was able to stay safely open for in-person learning throughout the 2020-2021 school year. Here’s what it looked like:
- Everyone on campus completed a daily wellness check and stayed home when ill
- A rapid response team worked with our school nurse to monitor the health of the community
- Masks were worn by all students and teachers
- Children remained in grade-level cohorts
- Classrooms had extensive ventilation, air filtration, and distanced seating
- Lunch was brought from home; no communal dining
- School buses ran limited routes with fewer riders and windows open
- Strict rules around symptoms, travel, and protocols aligned with CDC and local public health recommendations
- A negative test was required before returning to school
Thanks to these and other essential measures, Aspen Country Day School students had a safe year with just three quarantines for three separate grades. For short periods — a total of 13 days — there were school-wide wellness breaks when children learned from home on a Continuous Learning platform. Three grades entered quarantines on three separate occasions due to suspected exposure, however, there were no documented cases of transmission at school.