Ravenscroft Students Return with Hybrid Learning Model, Facility Upgrades
Following the spring semester’s historic shift to remote learning, Ravenscroft students and faculty returned to campus for the new school year on August 13, 2020, after mandatory safety training for all employees and students.
Ravenscroft, a Pre-K-Grade 12 independent day school, has introduced a hybrid learning model that provides flexibility for parents as the state and nation continue to manage the COVID-19 pandemic. The hybrid learning model is a combination of on-campus learning and remote access for students who need or prefer to remain at home. It is your family’s choice—the school has made it possible to transition easily between on-campus and at-home learning at any time.
New protocols and procedures include daily health screenings, mandatory face coverings, physical distancing, and changes to daily routines to minimize exposure for teachers and students beyond their core class groupings.
Additionally, over the summer, Ravenscroft invested in technology upgrades, teacher professional development, personal protective equipment, and facility enhancements that support this new type of learning.
Facility Upgrades to Accommodate Physical Distancing and Enhanced Hygiene
Summer is always a busy time for Ravenscroft’s Buildings & Grounds (B&G) crew, who typically take advantage of empty academic buildings to complete routine maintenance and campus improvement projects. But this summer’s work— which started earlier than usual due to students’ transition to remote learning in March—was anything but typical.
Below are all the facility upgrades implemented at Ravenscroft to ensure a safe and comfortable learning environment for all.
- Classrooms were reconfigured and extra furniture was removed in learning spaces across campus.
- The B&G team made hundreds of sturdy, plexiglass dividers for students and teachers to use when sharing tables during partner work or when meeting in small groups with teachers.
- Signs were added to all campus buildings to help students and teachers safely navigate hallways, stairwells, and other spaces.
- Reminders about wearing face coverings and physical distancing were added to all campus buildings.
- Additional hand-sanitizer stations have been added across campus. The B&G team made dozens of stands for gallon-size jugs of hospital-grade hand sanitizer.
- Drinking fountains across campus have been replaced with bottle-refilling stations.
- White tents of various sizes have been added across campus to provide students and faculty with a shaded spot to spread out and enjoy fresh air during class or a short break in their busy day.
- The new Middle School front entrance provides a secure point of entry for students and faculty plus a dedicated place for parents to drop off items for their children during the day.
- The Jones Health Center has added a Lower School health annex that keeps the youngest Ravens from having to walk extra far to see the nurse.
- The RavenZone school store has moved to a modular building nestled among the pines in front of Richards Hall, and capacity limits are in place. (Store hours remain the same.)
“We are so grateful for the work the faculty did this summer to prepare for the school year,” Colleen Ramsden, Ravenscroft Associate Head of School for Academics and Student Life, says.
Ravenscroft values independent thinking in the context of their strong social fabric, which is inclusive and supportive of all students.
In this particular moment, Ravenscroft leadership, teachers, and staff continue to model adaptability and resilience for their students as everyone works through feelings of uncertainty and discomfort.
An essential element of this preparation was faculty members’ work in refining and expanding their repertoire of best practices in the hybrid classroom, made possible by the generous support of the Parents’ Association.
Lessons in the classroom have taken on a new look with Canvas and Ravenscroft’s new OWL technology. OWL allows students and teachers to be part of the classroom, even if unable to be physically present.
In Fifth Grade, the teachers say, “We have kept our sense of humor and welcome each and every one of our kids, whether ‘fabulous face-to-face’ or ‘valuable virtual.'”
Especially in this time of change and new challenges, Ravenscroft is living its mission to nurture the individual potential of their students.
The school’s mission, combined with its signature citizen leadership framework, Lead From Here builds essential 21st-century skills and emphasizes the value of leading yourself, leading with others, and changing our world — molding citizen leaders who are prepared to thrive in a complex and interdependent world.
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