Upper School Campus Updates
Home Screening Information
Prior to sending your student(s) to school each day, please following the guidelines below to home screen for symptoms. It is important that symptom screening is done at home to better keep our campus safe.
Governor Abbott’s executive order and the TEA’s subsequent guidance documents have mandated that all persons on campus must wear a mask covering both the nose and mouth at all times (aside from when eating or drinking). Masks should be a solid color or have a simple, tasteful pattern. Masks may not have any words written on them nor can they have verbal or visual reference to popular culture including decorative brand logos. Please visit the link below for the full mask policy.
On-campus and online students are invited to attend tutoring for each of their classes to ask additional questions or receive additional instruction on a topic. Tutoring occurs before school (7:30-7:55am) and after school (4:00-4:30pm) depending on the class. Please see the tutoring schedule below to determine when each of your student’s classes is offering tutoring. Online students can find the Zoom Link for tutoring in Google Classroom under “Classwork.”
Previously, the last hour of the Early Release Friday was used for a club period. Due to the current situation, we are unable to hold clubs until further notice. With this in mind, beginning the week of September 21, we will no longer have Block Scheduled Thursdays and Fridays. All students will now attend all six classes every day each week.
To better align our schedules for distance learners and students on campus, we are adjusting our online schedules to begin 5 minutes earlier and end 5 minutes earlier.
Beginning the week of September 21, like the On Campus Schedules, the Online Schedule will no longer have Block Scheduled Thursdays and Fridays. All students will now attend all six classes every Thursday and Friday.
Students will be given a locker use schedule when they arrive on campus. We are not allowing students to visit their locker every passing period to decrease traffic in the hallways significantly. As mentioned above under “Carline,” we have adapted our before and after school locker use to minimize the number of students in the hallways at these times.
When students enter a classroom hand sanitizer will be available at the entrance for students to cleanse their hands. Desks have been arranged to maximize the space between each student and all classes will have a seating chart for the purpose of contact tracing if the need arise. To prepare the space for the next group of students using the space, the last five minutes of each class will be used to sanitize student desks and materials that are used across classes.
Students are expected to wash their hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer on their way to lunch. Hand sanitizer is available to students inside each lunch room and on the way to the outdoor eating space. The number of students at each lunch table has been reduced. While eating, students should take off their masks by the ear loops, fold it, and place it on the lunch table. Even when spending lunch outside, students should put their mask back on once they have finished eating, unless 6 feet apart. At the end of each lunch period, the tables are cleaned for the next group of students.
We have day and night porters devoted to keeping our building clean and safe. Throughout the school day, our porters are circulating the building cleaning common spaces regularly. In the evening, our porters disinfect the building. In addition to our porters, we have hand sanitizer available throughout the building and we have installed higher grade air filters in the HVAC units.
The carline routes are the same as last year. You will receive carline placards with your student’s name and grade on it on the first day of school. These placards are required for carline every day, as students will wait in their 8th period classrooms until they are called.
Morning Drop Off (7:30 – 7:55 am)
The Upper School opens its doors to students at 7:30am. When students enter the building we encourage them to use hand sanitizer, go to their locker to get their books for the first period or two, then go directly to their 1st Period Classroom to decrease traffic in the hallways. High School students have the additional option of spending time on the Lawn before first period after visiting their locker.
Afternoon Pickup (3:35-4:00 pm) **Early Release Pickup 1:40-2:00 pm**
At the end of 8th Period, students will be released to their lockers to pack up for the day then will return to their 8th Period classroom for dismissal. To decrease traffic in the hallways, students will be released to their lockers in waves. Please encourage your student(s) to add materials to their backpack each time they visit their locker so packing up at the end of the day can occur more quickly. Teachers will also be encouraging your student(s) to be continuously packing up in this way.