In anticipation of ongoing and evolving challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, VTHS has developed three models for learning. These models take into account our principle which states, “Provide face-to-face learning over remote learning whenever it is safe to do so”.
These learning models acknowledge the critical role face-to-face interactions play in a student’s learning while implementing physical distancing norms that reduce student density.
Our learning models are as follows:
1. Enhanced Traditional Plan- We would have in-person school as normal with enhanced safety precautions in place such mask requirements for students and staff, temperature and health checks before entering our buildings, hand sanitizer availability throughout the campus, increased frequency of cleaning of high touch areas, limited visitation to campuses, etc. We would institute social distancing in and out of class and separate the school into pods of students so that a possible infection can be isolated without shutting the whole school down.
2. Social Distancing/Hybrid Plan- Hybrid would be a combination of distance and face-to-face instruction with increased safety and disinfecting measures as listed above, which could be done in a variety of configurations. This would only be enacted if regulations required us to do so.
3. Full Distance Learning Plan- We are prepared to conduct classes and programs online, with short notice. This may be necessary for part or all of the students if there is an outbreak or the governing agencies require us to do so. All students would participate in the learning of new material, continued standard pacing, interactive lessons, graded assignments, and assessments.
Our goal is to minimize, at all costs, the amount of time our students are distance learning and maximize the in-person experience. However, there is the realization that our community is not immune from this virus and there may be times we will have to temporarily move to distance learning for a pod or even the whole school by virtue of circumstances beyond our control and/or government mandate. We also recognize that distance learning is not why you chose Valley Torah. We are in discussion on how to compensate our parents if a significant part of the year is conducted online.
We are also taking into consideration that we may have medically compromised students. Parents of students with a higher risk of severe illness can contact our administration, if needed, before the school reopens. Administrators will finalize plans with parents regarding their academic needs for the upcoming school year.
Please note, we are closely monitoring updates for guidelines around reopening. While we have outlined learning models above, ultimately, how and when we reopen, will depend on the guidelines we receive.
Valley Torah High School is resolved to do everything it can to safely open our buildings. We have put in a tremendous effort to ensure we are implementing safe practices to do so based on what we know today.
We have seen best practices and information change quickly and frequently. The backbone of our roadmap is flexibility and fluidity. We will be well prepared for various scenarios and are planning to be able to move from different models on a weekly or even daily basis.
Most importantly, as we look ahead, we hope that our community will remain healthy and safe. We will continue to care for each other and work together to empower, educate, and inspire our students. We are grateful for your continued collaboration, optimism, and patience.