Tonight’s update will provide additional information on Advisory 4 plans and a quick explanation of next steps as we consider summer programming. I have also included the link to the Janney+ interest survey for summer programming that was shared last week. Finally, I am re-sharing the updated travel guidance as we approach spring break.
Advisory 4 Planning Updates
Thank you for your continued patience as we finalize logistics for our Advisory 4 Expansion plans. We will continue to update the Janney SharePoint site with important information and will provide grade-level and class specific details as they are finalized. We will bring back an additional 250 students for some form of in-person learning for Advisory 4; the operational lift is significant as we repurpose indoor and outdoor spaces and as we finalize teacher and class schedules. We will also be changing classrooms spaces as we expand our model, allowing our upper grade levels to use the larger classroom spaces.
As I mentioned last week, updated health and safety guidance lifts class caps beginning Advisory 4. A majority of our classrooms are between 600-700 square feet and therefore prevent us from expanding to 21-24 students per room even though the guidance now dictates three feet of separation between students. We have twelve classrooms, including the Art room, the Music room, and the Science lab, that are 800 square feet or larger and we intend to use these spaces for our older students who will be returning to campus for Advisory 4. As I noted last week, it is important that we focus our resources – classrooms and people – on offering more in-person learning opportunities for our upper grade students. I am incredibly grateful that we have a hard-working custodial team and an amazing operations team that has moved desks, tables, and furniture countless times as we reconfigure our in-person model and expand our offerings.
If you have not visited the DCPS Reopen Strong website recently, it is important to note that DCPS posts the school community notifications of positive cases on this website. We will also re-share our school-specific health and safety protocols on the Janney SharePoint site along with testing consent forms and protocols.
The LSAT will begin to discuss and plan for summer programming soon. We intend to send out an interest survey on summer programming to inform our planning, so please be on the look-out for that information. I will provide additional information on all summer planning soon.
Janney+ Summer Camp Interest Survey (Repeat)
Janney+ is able to offer a fun, interesting and unique camp experience based on our workshop model. We combine the three things we do well (language, enrichment, and care) to host camps that provide workshops with some of our most exciting language, enrichment, and JAC vendors and staff. For Summer 2021, the camp will likely run for 4 weeks (July 12 – August 6).
We would like to determine level of need/interest in this service. This is where we need to hear from Janney parents. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN A SUMMER CAMP AT JANNEY, PLEASE COMPLETE THE FOLLOWING FEW QUESTIONS PRIOR TO APRIL 11. If summer camp will be offered we will do our utmost to ensure that families know about it and can register for it as soon as possible.
Updated Travel Guidance (Repeat)
Please see the Mayor’s updated Travel Guidance from March 19. A reminder that students and non-vaccinated adults must quarantine after travel to a high risk state – this is important for those families traveling for Spring Break who will be returning to in-person learning for Advisory 4.
We have also been told that a list of the high-risk states will be updated soon.
If you are traveling to a high-risk state and your child is reporting for in-person learning, please remember to alert your child’s teacher and the Principal. Children can take a test no earlier than 72 hours after their return or no later than 72 hours (3-5 days) and show proof of negative test.
Parents who travel and aren’t showing symptoms can send their children to school.