Private schools offer choice for in-person, online learning
BLOOMFIELD HILLS/BIRMINGHAM — While public schools in the Eagle’s coverage area decided on an online-only back-to-school experience, private schools nearby are planning a more flexible approach.
The Roeper School, Detroit Country Day School and Cranbrook Kingswood have all included an in-person instructional format to their fall 2020 curriculums.
Roeper will offer in-person learning at its Bloomfield Hills and Birmingham campuses with enhanced safety measures to protect students and faculty. They’ve also created Roeper Home Learning Program 2.0, according to Head of School David Feldman.
“We constructed our plan around various scenarios so that we can flexibly move between in-person and online learning, should the governor decide to move the state to phase three or if we believe that we are not able to appropriately offer the Roeper in-person experience that is consistent with our philosophy,” Feldman said in an email.
DCDS has also created a remote learning model and a full-time in-person option for fall 2020. Along with normal academic programming, the school plans to continue offering athletics, clubs and extracurricular activities.
That said, not everything will look exactly the same. The in-person learning option at DCDS is slated to include daily health screenings with touch-free temperature checks, a COVID-19 test conducted before Sept. 8 at an FDA-approved testing site, and rigorous mask mandates that include only a few opportunities throughout the day to remove two-ply face coverings, like at lunchtime.
Like Roeper, the DCDS remote learning option will be designed to transition in-person students to online in the event of a government closure.
At Cranbrook Kingswood, the current plan is to have all students return to campus full-time, with heightened sanitation and safety measures. That includes students from around the globe who stay in the school’s dormitories, who will be asked to wear masks in residential common areas, like dining halls.
The focus of Cranbrook Kingswood’s back-to-school plan will be on what it’s calling CK Cohorts, for which students will be assigned static daytime groups to minimize exposure to larger populations and expedite contact tracing in the event of an outbreak.
It will also make the task of teaching and hygiene supervision a little more manageable for staff.
“When a single cohort remains in the same classroom for more than one period, required cleaning, while still frequent, is less disruptive to students’ activities,” states Cranbrook Schools’ website.
In addition, day students will be asked not to carpool to campus, and visitors will be limited.
If the virus should make a local resurgence, the entire school would transition to remote learning with CK Online 2.0.
“It’s going to be different, but it’s also going to be tremendous, because education always is,” said Aimeclaire Roche, the director of schools at Cranbrook Educational Community.