Last March, St. Albans suspended in-person programming just before spring break, and the school pivoted quickly to full distance learning, which features St. Albans students, faculty, and staff working and learning in an entirely remote posture. We used this model all last spring, and depending on public health developments across the school year, we may have to revert to this model again. This fall, however, current health conditions allow us to begin the year in a more expansive form of distance learning, which we are calling “Remote-Plus.”
Academic classes will continue to be taught online, but we will find ways, starting with orientation the first week of September and continuing the third week of September and throughout the fall, to bring students back to campus, by form, for activities held outdoors. Remote-Plus activities might include an advisory group meetings in different outdoor locations, student prefect-led outdoor class meetings, or outdoor, in-person “office hours” for teachers of a particular form. Students will also be able to participate in outdoor athletic exercise and conditioning sessions, consistent with D.C. Health guidelines on the nature of the permitted activities.