Now that a vaccine is available, The Open School is finally able to offer our in-person program on a regular basis to families who want it. The in-person program is still operating with modified rules for health and safety. In addition, we are continuing to offer our virtual and hybrid programs as options.
Because different families have varying concerns and risks associated with COVID-19, families are allowed to choose the exact number of in-person days their children will attend per week. Any days they are not in-person are considered virtual days, and the student will connect to school from their device at home. This can range from 5 days per week (the traditional in-person program we have had for years), to 0 days per week (the virtual program we used for much of last year), to 1-4 days per week (our new hybrid program). Please note that the hybrid program is not a part-time program; students are expected to connect to school 5 days per week regardless of program, and the hybrid program may be phased out as the COVID-19 situation evolves.
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Following is a brief summary of the modified rules that all students and staff must follow.
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We’ve created a Tuition Hardship Grant for families who have been economically impacted and cannot pay their tuition. Please consider giving to this fund to help our community stay together as we weather this storm. Current families who need to apply for the grant can do so here. Grants are given out each month, so please re-apply each month. We love you!Go to top ▴
Staff will continually monitor the changing conditions in our area, and will communicate these conditions to the school community on a weekly basis via email and GroupMe. We will also notify our community if any student or staff has come into contact with someone confirmed to have COVID-19, although we will keep the identity of exposed individuals confidential.
All staff will attend a training session before school starts in August on the application and enforcement of this plan, followed by additional staff meetings each quarter. Also, enrolled families must attend an orientation before school starts which will cover this plan.Go to top ▴