1055 Willeo Road
Roswell, Georgia 30075
1055 Willeo Road
Roswell, Georgia 30075
Sometimes life requires flexibility and innovation to persevere through tough times. At High Meadows, our faculty has banded together to keep the learning, creativity, and fun going during the COVID-19 pandemic. We know that what we’ve learned and how we’ve grown during this challenge will only strengthen our school and community. Please read through our plan for opening High Meadows School in August and take a moment to read through the frequently asked questions section of this webpage.
We thank you for your trust and partnership in these efforts and look forward to working together to ensure a successful and memorable year.
(Click the names below to go to resource links.)
HMS COVID-19 Advisory Team
Legal counselors and insurance companies
Various independent school resources including SAIS and GISA
Feedback from High Meadows parents, faculty, staff, and leadership
Click here for a list of COVID-19 Testing Sites.
We have held multiple Zoom meetings and have heard many questions and we have many of them answered here. If you can’t find what you are looking for in the frequently asked questions below, please feel free to contact us. We will update the question and answer section as more general questions are submitted.
Question: Will High Meadows open on campus in August?
Answer: It is our desire and intention to start school on campus, however due to the rapidly changing landscape of the pandemic, we are planning for a variety of scenarios based upon the assessed risk factors at that time. Read more about our scenario planning here.
Question: For families not comfortable returning to school, will there be an all online option?
Answer: We have had several families ask if there can be an option to keep their children at home even if the school determines that we should be on campus. We are developing plans for how we might be able to create this option. To ground ourselves in real numbers and data, we need your feedback. Please click here to take this brief survey by noon on Wednesday, July 29.
Question: What measures are in place to prevent and respond to the virus?
Answer: Many new safety practices and procedures will be implemented for the opening of school including:
-Daily temperature checks
-Enhanced hygiene, cleaning and sanitation practices
-Training around respiratory etiquette for all community members
-Use of face coverings as recommended
-Staff trained in recognizing and responding to student illness
-Physical distancing practices
-Cohort model which minimizes cross-exposure
-Utilization of outdoor spaces
–Read more here
Question: Will class sizes remain the same?
Answer: We are implementing a cohort model which divides students into smaller contained groupings to limit cross exposure within our community. Learn more about our scenarios and cohort plans here.
Question: Will masks be required on campus?
Answer: Yes, current CDC guidance explains why masks are important. Additional research continues to support the use of masks. Therefore, it is one of our strongest layering strategies. Adherence to the proper use of masks will make it more possible for us to have students and teachers together as much as possible this year.
Question: In Orange, why is there a hybrid plan when we have plenty of space?
Answer: High Meadows sits on 42 beautiful acres with classroom space that accommodates roughly 28 classes of 15-20 students. When cohort size is kept to no more than 10 people, 40 classrooms would be needed each day. In addition to this space limitation, we do not have the teaching personnel to divide each class into two groups for simultaneous instruction, thus the hybrid model becomes necessary.
Question: Are you planning on utilizing your outdoor space for classes?
Answer: Outdoor spaces will be used frequently for learning activities from reading to P.E. to math. We will utilize the camp castles (open-air cabins) in addition to the open-air spaces in the meadows and the woods. Teachers will transition from outdoor to indoor learning throughout the day, keeping weather and activity type in mind.
Question: Will there be technology training for the parents?
Answer: Yes, we will have trainings for each platform before school starts, exact date TBD. In Lower Years, the primary platforms for assignments will be Seesaw and Microsoft Teams. In Middle Years, Microsoft Teams and the Portal will serve as the primary learning platforms. Teachers may use additional applications specific to assignments, but access to these other platforms will be made through the primary learning management platform.
Question: What technology/devices do we need for the virtual learning days?
Answer: For our Middle Years BYOD (bring your own device) program, the recommended device list can be found here. For Lower Years students, we have applied for a grant with Fulton County to purchase devices for each student in the event we find ourselves in Red (all virtual). Details will be shared when we have finalized this process. In the meantime, we have a supply of older devices that can be lent to families. Please contact email@example.com with any questions and to request a device.
Question: In Orange, will the 2 days on campus be back to back?
Answer: In Orange, 3rd through 8th grade cohorts will be divided into two groups that will have an alternating schedule with half of each homeroom on campus while the other half learns remotely. Group A will come to campus on Tuesday and Thursday and Group B will be on campus Wednesday and Friday. Each group will alternate Mondays on campus. Groups will be determined as class lists are finalized, ensuring that siblings are in the same group. Details about this schedule will be shared when completed.
Question: Can we have a schedule for the at-home learning days?
Answer: While in Red, schedules will be created for each cohort/class and shared with families weekly. Daily learning will consist of live, interactive lessons, posted assignments, and scheduled live Connections classes/mini-courses. In addition, teachers will provide opportunities for individual and small group check-ins as well as casual social gatherings.
While in Orange, the hybrid model, students will be given a schedule which may include asynchronous and synchronous learning opportunities.
Question: Is there a system so parents can keep children on track with assignments?
Answer: Teachers will incorporate lessons on learning management and strategies for working online as they transition into a virtual learning model. Clear expectations will be shared with students and guidelines given to families about how to support your child at home. In addition to the weekly schedule sent to families outlining the learning interactions, grade levels utilizing Microsoft Teams will receive a weekly email updating parents on the status of completed assignments. Lower Years families will have weekly contact with teachers to check in about progress and questions.
Question: Will each student need their own set of school supplies?
Answer: School supplies will not be shared between students. We are excited to announce that we are partnering with SHARE to provide each Lower Years family with their own set of daily classroom supplies. And as per usual, Middle Years families have already received the suggested supply/device list. Connections supplies/tools will be coordinated with teachers and parents throughout the year. Teachers will do a thorough cleaning between use of any tools that must be shared.
Question: How do Connections & Support teachers work with each cohort?
Answer: Connections classes will be scheduled with each class on a rotating basis whether online or on campus. We believe that these classes are essential to a High Meadows curriculum and want to continue providing students the opportunity to both explore and excel in these areas.
Support students will also be served whether online or on campus. Details of this schedule and model will be determined collaboratively with classroom teachers and families.
Question: Can you provide us with carpool information?
8:00 a.m. – 8:10 a.m. – Families whose last names begin with A through G
8:10 a.m. – 8:20 a.m. – Families whose last names begin with H through P
8:20 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. – Families whose last names begin with Q through Z
Pre-K Morning Carpool begins at 8:00 a.m. and ends at 9:00 a.m.
3:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. – Families whose last names begin with A through G
3:15 p.m.- 3:30 p.m. – Families whose last names begin with H through P
3:30 p.m.- 3:45 p.m. – Families whose last names begin with Q through Z
Details about specific locations for grade levels will be communicated in the back to school packet provided 2 weeks prior to school opening.
Question: Will we be able to meet our teachers before school starts?
Answer: Yes. We are creating new and safe ways to orient students to campus, classmates, and teachers. The traditional “meet and greet” and “orientation” will be scheduled for small groups, with details to follow. We are currently working through logistics of Hopes & Fears and Goal Setting Conferences so that teachers can hear from families and students about the coming year. Details about these orientation visits will be shared in the back to school packet.
Question: Will parents or visitors be allowed in classrooms?
Answer: To keep the community as safe as possible, we are only allowing essential adults on campus. Essential adults imply employees or essential people needed for the operation of the school. Unfortunately, we will not allow classroom volunteering or lunch visits during this time of COVID-19.