In preparation for the new school year, our faculty members have been consistently working on developing safety measures and applying social and emotional learning to ensure the safety and success of our students. We want to provide the emotional support that students need to successfully adapt to returning to school.
As the semester begins many parents, students, and teachers are feeling apprehensive about the new year. In order to provide the best education and environment for our students, we began working proactively and sent our surveys to our families last year. The feedback we received responded for a return of the interactive learning experience that Renton Prep is known for.
We know remote learning places much higher responsibility and stress on families at home. Alternatively, in-person learning allows for much greater social, emotional, and academic support for children. With that in mind, we are doing our best to prepare a safe and supportive environment for our students this upcoming school year.
Flexible Policies for Safety
This year our classes will be 100% in person. We’ve received a lot of feedback from our family surveys of how students missed our interactive education. So this year we are returning in-person field trips, cross-age mentoring, and the highly collaborative experience that is essential to our curriculum. Our plan is to keep our students on campus throughout the school year unless an adjustment is required. This flexible mindset is a strategy that we used last year which kept our students and staff safe during the pandemic. We had no cases of COVID-19 on campus last year and are very excited for our students return.
CDC and governmental guidance continue to rapidly change and likewise, we plan to be flexible to accommodate. We are currently taking each individual COVID-19 precautions day-by-day, based on research, safety standards, and governmental regulations and recommendations. As of now, it looks like all schools will be asked to wear masks so that is what we plan to abide by. However, if this should change, we will reassess based on safety, staff, and student needs.
The Return of Extended School Care
Due to the pandemic, extended school care was temporarily closed. We are very excited to announce its return this year along with a new extended care leader— Christiana Allen-Thompson!
Nearly all procedures for extended aftercare this year will remain relatively the same. However, this year guardians will need to remain with their students until check-in for before school care and call to enter the building. In addition, guardians must be at the front door for pick up and call upon arrival to sign students out. This process allows us to filter our various pick-up times to ensure the safety of our students.
For additional information on our extended school care, please check our website!
What to Expect for the 2021-2022 School Year
The primary change we will see this year is the in-person educational model. We plan to have our students on campus this year, and with that comes in-person events, field trips, and group-oriented learning. We are looking forward to increasing in-person events for our students and families like our open house on Aug 16th.
Renton Prep remains a STEAM and project-based school, so students will still see the integration of online educational programs and technology-enabled growth. However, we are excited to incorporate more hands-on experiences to keep our students motivated as they return to school.
Not to mention, students and families will see some new faces along with familiar ones! We have a dynamic and engaging team joining us this year that will help model an ongoing love for learning in our students and community.
Safety At School in Renton Prep Christian School
We are looking forward to the potential that comes with this new school year! Renton Prep is excited to be able to continue to collaborate across various platforms, but ultimately with our students all under the same roof.
We have a strong desire to expand on our sense of community within the school and are hopeful for Renton Prep’s best year yet! To learn more about our teaching methods and contact us today, or apply for 2021-2022 enrollment.