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Academic Continuity Plan 2020-21

Starting in August 2020, Annie Wright Schools will be making 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 working groups have developed guidelines and action steps that allow us to re-open as safely as possible while enabling us to pivot as necessary and respond to the ever-changing environment.

We recognize that family situations are complex and varied, and the challenges this new environment pose 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 two models:

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  • In-Person Learning with Physical Distancing

    We plan to begin the 20-21 school year with five full days of on-campus education. In this scenario, 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 a pledge 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 such 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

    Should we be required to return to online learning due to local or statewide health and safety mandates, the school grounds will be closed and all students will be learning remotely. Faculty and staff have met Divisionally since the end of school to discuss parent and student feedback regarding this Spring’s learning experience, as well as their own stop/continue/start recommendations, in order to adjust and improve the School’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 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 live 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 the Middle School, the schedule will be very similar to this 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. As in the Spring, physical and mental health remain a priority with advisory, PHE and community-building activities remaining central to our overall schedule.

    Upper Schools
    In the Upper Schools, the basic framework of the schedule stays constant. The focus this year will be on providing students more synchronous time than in the 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.

FAQs for Fall 2020

The following are answers to some of the questions Annie Wright Schools have received from families regarding summer programming, the 2020–21 school year, and other pressing questions. We will continue to update this webpage as more questions are asked and as answers become clear, so please check back frequently. In the meantime, please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any concerns and/or questions that are not addressed here.

New Calendar

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  • What are the new dates for the school year?

    The first day of school will be one week earlier, August 26, and school will end on June 16. This earlier start date, and the reduction of Spring Break to one week this year, will allow us some flexibility should we need to pivot between in person and online scenarios, without fear of losing contact time with your student’s teachers. You can find all of the revised dates .

Safety

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  • What safety protocols are you planning to put in place?

    Annie Wright Schools’ operational task force is working closely with our school nurse, Paula Coumou, who has been in discussions with European schools that have reopened. Through their recommendations and the advice of the CDC, OSPI, WA DOH and others, we are forming expectations around masks, cleaning protocols, social distancing and other protocols in the classroom and in all school spaces.

    Masks will be required of adults on campus as well as students across all divisions throughout the day. Mask breaks will be accounted for, but otherwise, expect that your student will be wearing their masks all day while at school. Hand washing and hand sanitizer will be paramount as well, and we have equipped all classrooms and entryways with sanitizer stations. Classrooms are being rearranged to create 6 foot distancing wherever possible, with barriers and other accommodations in the rare space where 5 foot distancing is required.

    In the Lower School, students will spend their entire day together as a section. In the Middle and Upper Schools, though maintaining ‘pods’ is less feasible, students will be kept in class-level pods where possible and class transitions will be minimized to reduce cross-pod interaction. Upper School classes will be capped at 12 students. Cross-divisional interaction will be minimized by implementing staggered start and end times, separate entrances to reduce congestion and volume of students, keeping students in different spaces for recess and other outdoor time, and taking lunches in classrooms instead of in the dining hall.

    As far as housekeeping, classrooms will be regularly sanitized by teachers and housekeepers. In the Lower School, teachers will wipe down desks before and after lunch. In the Middle and Upper Schools, teachers will wipe down desks and chairs between classes. At night, the housekeeping staff will sanitize every room in the school. Additionally, the housekeeping staff will clean every bathroom in the school three times per day and amember of the housekeeping staff will be devoted solely to cleaning the high-touch areas on campus (door handles, faucets, handrails, key pads, etc.). This cleaning will be done on a continuous loop, meaning the focused sanitation won’t stop until the shift ends.

    Ventilation is also going to be of the utmost importance. Students should anticipate open windows and open doors and that may mean chilly classrooms. We will also be looking to hold classes and lunches outside as much as possible, so students should come prepared with a warm coat or jacket every day.

    We will be doing health and temperature checks every day, and are asking all of our community members to sign our Gator Pledge to help ensure our community’s safety. If someone is sick, they need to stay home. Guidelines for when it is safe to return home will be shared with the community.

  • Does Annie Wright have plans to modify chapel, lunch, sports and other activities that traditionally assemble students from various grades?

    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 during recess. We will use outdoor spaces as much and as frequently as possible for both eating and learning.

    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 likely remain empty, except for when used by our residential students. Our plan is for students across the school to 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.
  • Will students still be able to go to specialists like Spanish, art and music?

    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.
    • 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.
  • If the dining hall is unused, how will students use the 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.

    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.
  • What will happen to Extended Day both before and after school?

    While we will not offer an Extended Day (ED) option in the morning, after school ED will continue to be available until 6:00 pm. While we will make every attempt to maintain the daily grade-level pods, due to overall numbers and staffing, we cannot ensure this to be the case for all students.

    In order to maximize safety, we will keep groups to no more than eight students and an ED staff person, and we will aim to keep students with as many same-grade peers as possible. In all cases, during ED:
    • 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.

    Specific fee structures for ED will be available with ED contracts. We will be asking families to pre-register for expected pick-up times to facilitate staffing and manage groupings most effectively.
  • What happens if a student or employee is sick?

    For the safety of our entire community, any student or employee exhibiting any COVID-like symptoms as outlined in the Gator Pledge 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.

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


    OR


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


    OR


    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…


    OR

  • Will students or employees who are infected or exposed be put in isolation?

    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.
  • If a student is sick, what are the guidelines for the rest of the class?

    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.

What Learning Will Look Like

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  • When does Annie Wright plan to make a decision about resuming physical versus online classes for the fall of 2020?

    Please refer to our reopening framework, above. Our reopening plan is being informed by the advice and guidance from a wide range of sources including the , , , local and state health departments, local health professionals, and , among others. Given our size and structure we feel we can be flexible and nimble in our ability to both keep our community safe and deliver the high quality Annie Wright program our families have come to expect. With our large campus and our relatively small student body, our current plan is to reopen with our modified, physically-distanced, in-person instruction for all students on August 26. While this is our current plan, we recognize these plans may need to change as the current situation changes. With the recent spike of cases in Pierce County, we are constantly monitoring the situation and will communicate any changes as soon as possible.
  • If online classes are needed, what will they look like?

    The Upper Schools have a unique challenge when transitioning into online classes because of different time zones represented within our student body. Next year, if we need to continue distance learning, we hope to be more in line with a slightly more traditional schedule. We have committed to opening our boarding department throughout the year. This means our boarding students can return and we can take advantage of a more traditional schedule. With cameras in the classrooms, we can potentially have students in a synchronous environment for longer periods of time.

    The Middle School distance learning schedule currently has core academics from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm, then an hour to meet individually with teachers, 45 minutes of athletics, and a social hour at the end of the day. This has been pretty successful according to the surveys we sent to students and parents. We will continue to make tweaks to ensure that our students remain engaged, successful and motivated. 

    In the Lower School, we tried to find a balance between being on a screen and also continuing learning. We’ve ended this distance learning experience with a good balance of live synchronous opportunities and asynchronous teaching and learning. We were able to do this because we ended the school year in a distance learning format, rather than starting the year that way. Expectations were in place, relationships were built, systems were learned, and kids knew what they needed to do. If we have to begin next year virtually, we expect that it will look different because the beginning of the school year is spent building community and we will probably need to do more live synchronous time to start.
  • For families who may not feel comfortable sending their students to school even if they are healthy, how are you ensuring those students receive a high quality education from home?

    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. If 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.
  • If school opens for in-person classes in the fall, will distance learning continue for students or families who are at high risk for serious health complications due to COVID-19?

    We’ll have live streaming options within every class. That’s going to be critical and hopefully a great option for many of our families, whether they’re worried about health concerns, or if a student is ill. That way, students will be able to not only watch class, but also participate in class.

IB & College Preparation

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  • Will students be able to complete the work for the IB Diploma if classes are remote or if IB exams are canceled?

    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.
  • What is the current plan to have students fulfill IB Diploma Programme graduation requirements such as CAS and EE?

    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.
  • For seniors, what will college guidance look like? How can parents prepare for it?

    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.) Students and parents can prepare for the Fall by utilizing SCOIR to research college options, and having conversations about what

Physical Activities

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  • Are you planning to continue recess, sports and PE for Lower School students?

    Specialist classes, including PE, will continue either in person or virtually in the small classroom sections with which students will spend the day. Recess will be outside as often as possible, and will therefore be able to include both class sections per grade. Our Director of Athletics, Mike Finch, is still working to develop an after-school sports program that is feasible in size and safety, We will share information on this as it becomes available.
  • How will school sports look?

    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.

Busing

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  • Will busing be impacted?

    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

Social & Emotional Support

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  • What is the plan to address social and emotional impacts on students?

    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 Aynes 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.
  • In what ways are you working to support your faculty?

    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 coming year. Our informal surveys indicate that most of our faculty wish to be with your 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 are looking at hiring full-time subs who will serve as coverage for teachers who are out, regardless of reason, and who can provide further support, as needed. Additionally, we are looking at ways to test all student-facing faculty and staff for COVID-19 on some rotational basis.

    We are engaging in ongoing programmatic conversations with faculty and staff during this summer, and are looking to keep them as informed as possible - while trying to honor their summer breaks. We will soon be sharing a more formal survey with them to further gauge where they are  as we continue our planning process. 

    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 coming school year.

Tuition & Enrollment

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  • Can we defer enrollment to second semester?

    You can certainly choose not to enroll your student for fall 2020. Your option is then to reapply at the time you would like your student to enroll. While we will do our best to accommodate your family, there is no guarantee that a space will remain available.
  • What is your refund policy for the next year?

    Refunds are not available after June 1. If we have to move online for any amount of time next year and if there are savings from this shift, we will absolutely pass these savings along to families. But the vast majority of our operational budget as a school is made up of our faculty and staff salaries. We will need to continue paying our teachers and our staff to ensure that your students receive the quality education that they deserve and to ensure that Annie Wright's strong team remains in place for years to come. What this means is that we cannot prorate our tuition, and the amount of any potential rebate is impossible to determine at the moment.
     

Financial Aid

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Boarding

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  • Is Annie Wright considering allowing boarding students to stay at home and take their classes virtually?

    Yes. Boarding students, and any other student who feels better staying home, will be able to live stream all their classes. For boarding students who are in different time zones, asynchronous watching of recorded classes will also be an option.
  • Will the dorms be open during breaks for students who might not be able to travel home?

    Yes; that is our plan from August 8 to June 16. For long breaks, we’re planning to offer some structure that will keep boarding students active, both physically and mentally, but still be fun. All breaks will be covered in the price of tuition.
  • Will boarders have to be quarantined before coming back to campus?

    We are planning for a quarantine period, assuming that the government still has a 14 day stay at home expectation, when students arrive. We’re asking all international students to arrive on August 8 so that we can then begin the quarantine process on campus. Quarantining on campus will help us ensure that students are safe and healthy. Once quarantine is over, the dorms will follow the same social distancing and PPE protocols as the rest of the school. As an alternative to such an extensive quarantine, we are looking at whether we can use a testing solution to take two tests over 24-28 hours in the hopes of receiving two negative tests.
  • What are the sanitation protocols in the dorms?

    We have high expectations for both dorm facilities and individual student sanitation.

    Frequently used spaces, surfaces, handles, etc., will be sanitized throughout the day and students will be encouraged to limit their handling of these surfaces.

    All dorm bathrooms and showers will be professionally cleaned and sanitized twice daily – once in the middle of the day and once after the students go to bed. Students will be assigned to specific bathrooms and showers based on the location of their rooms and asked to use only those facilities to reduce potential cross-contamination.

    Students will be expected to sanitize the frequently touched parts of their individual rooms daily.

    Boarders will be required to wear masks whenever outside their own rooms and to practice constant social distancing in all dorm spaces. Only boarders, dorm parents and housekeeping staff will be allowed in the dorm spaces, and only the specific occupants of a given dorm room will be allowed in that room.

    If any COVID cases are suspected or diagnosed in the dorm, those students will be isolated across the street in the Head of Schools' and Director of Residential Life’s homes for quarantine until testing proves the student does not have COVID or they have fully recovered.
  • How do you anticipate handling the five-day boarders who will be coming and going?

    Five-day boarders will be asked to room with other five-day boarders to reduce potential exposure. Seven day boarders and their families can make the final decision whether to room with a five-day friend or not. Only the specific occupants of a given dorm room will be allowed in that room.

    We will do health checks for each five-day boarder upon their return to campus after each weekend, checking their temperatures and using a screening checklist. We will also be conducting weekly COVID testing for all boarding students – including 5-day boarders to help us catch any potential outbreaks early.
  • Will the international students’ insurance cover the COVID-19 tests and treatments?

    We have been informed that yes, the 2020-2021 policy will cover COVID-related medical expenses.
  • How would AWS accommodate international students if they aren’t allowed to leave their home country or enter the US?

    Students will be able to access all classes live through the live steam option or, as appropriate for their time zone, will be able to engage the classes asynchronously through the recordings. Additionally, teachers will provide opportunities for synchronous tutorials and one-on-one and small group opportunities during time slots that are at “regular” hours for the students. All of this will be with the goal of ensuring that students are on track with all of their work and can seamlessly transition back to in-person learning whenever that is appropriate and feasible.
  • What role will prefects play during the move-in period for the dorms before school starts?

    The majority of our prefects will likely not be able to return to campus as originally scheduled due to travel restrictions and personal concerns. Those who can will be important and active members of the dorm leadership team. We ask that they plan to return to campus on 8.17 ready to help the dorm parents prep the dorm and support those students who have returned.

    We anticipate delaying formal team-building activities and training until at least the majority of the prefects are back on campus.
  • Will COVID testing be available for AWS boarders?

    Our current plan is to test all members of the boarding community – students and dorm faculty alike - for COVID once per week with the intention of catching any source of infection as soon as possible, thereby reducing the chances of an outbreak in the dorm.
  • Will my student have to leave the dorm during the holiday breaks?

    Spring breaks. All international students are invited to remain on campus over these holidays so they can avoid the expense of local accommodations or the quarantine time necessitated by traveling home.

Town Halls

Annie Wright Schools will host regular Town Hall meetings to answer questions about our re-opening and academic continuity plan for the 2020-21 school year. If you miss any of the sessions, you can watch the recordings below. Further sessions will be held throughout the summer.

Town Hall Recordings

  • June 23 | (domestic)
  • June 24 |
  • June 25 |
  • June 26 | (international)
  • July 22 |
  • July 22 |  
  • July 23 |

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Founded in Tacoma, Washington, in 1884, Annie Wright Schools serve students from age three through high school. Annie Wright Lower  and Middle Schools offer coed programs in Preschool through Grade 8, while separate Upper Schools for girls  and boys offer day and boarding options in Grades 9 through 12. Annie Wright is proud to be an International Baccalaureate World School.