Deserving of Our Best
It is going to take an incredible effort by the collective village we know as Webb School of Knoxville to support our students during the 2020-2021 school year. Our students deserve all the careful planning, nurturing and assurances that the adults in our community can provide. Our students deserve engaging learning activities, opportunities to stretch and grow, and time just to be kids. They deserve teachers and parents working in partnership to make this happen.
Rarely in our school’s 65-year history has there been this much anticipation for the start of classes. We have spent time looking back and planning forward, but now we are ready to welcome our Spartans back to campus.
Although our goal is to have all students on campus, we realize that due to the rapidly evolving nature of this pandemic, there could be interruptions to in-person learning during the school year. Our teachers are prepared with contingency plans and are ready to pivot to a remote learning model should the health situation require a shift.
The foundation of Webb School’s responsive re-entry plan revolves around four key tenets – health & safety, student development, connectedness, and community. These guiding principles will continue to help inform our decisions as we move forward into the school year.
HEALTH & SAFETY
The health and safety of all community members is paramount and will be at the forefront of all interactions on campus. A strategic, layered approach to mitigating risk is being implemented. We will continually seek to align our measures with guidance from federal, state and local health authorities.
Assessing how the spring semester impacted students and how they are approaching the fall will be key as our teachers carefully craft a transition plan for each student. Parents will play a crucial role in providing information regarding their child. Our focus will steadfastly remain on the development of the whole child – physical, emotional, social, and intellectual.
Strong faculty-student relationships often characterize outstanding school experiences. We lost a sense of connectedness during a spring of remote learning, which has our teachers yearning to get back to in-person instruction. Even if we have to go remote at some point this year, we will be ready to keep connectivity at the heart of our online interactions.
We have each learned from the past five months and know the hurdles in front of us. Unsettling times require togetherness. They require a true partnership. Lending a helping hand will never feel so rewarding as we rally to support our students. Each community member adds value and our collective teamwork can ensure that Webb students benefit from our individual gifts.
Shared Goals & ResponsibilitiesAs a community that prioritizes health and safety, we must all do our part to minimize the spread of COVID-19. Webb currently meets all applicable safety requirements and will continue to adjust protocols based on new guidance. We encourage parents to stay updated on the most recent communications from state and federal health officials as they relate to the spread of the virus and its impact.
We recognize that constant hand washing, wearing cloth face coverings and physical distancing are challenging. We ask that you to remain vigilant in helping to ensure the health and safety of all members of the Webb community. While school personnel will do their part in attempting to mitigate exposure during the school day, it is important that our families understand their obligations in ensuring the same when the school day ends. We all have the same goal, which is to provide a safe, in-person educational experience for our students.