Message from Our Head of School, 7/31

Dear Post Oak Families,

Thank you for your patience and partnership as we navigate the ever-changing landscape of the global pandemic. Upon considering the current high rates of COVID-19 infections in the Houston area and the many factors going into the reopening of schools in our area and nationally, this letter outlines Post Oak’s initial plan for opening the school for the 2020–21 school year. Making this decision was not easy. I have heard from many of you in the past weeks, and I know that the information below will be welcome to some of you and disappointing to others.

Our plan meets the following objectives:

  • Prioritizes the health and safety of Post Oak students and employees with protocols that follow the guidelines set out by the CDC.
  • Provides Post Oak students with a high-quality program in a safe environment.
  • Meets the standard of care as set by TDFPS child care licensing for early childhood programs in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Supports the intent of the Harris County and City of Houston health department mandate to limit the opening of schools in person in order to help reduce the spread of the virus.
  • Relies on the expertise of the medical community and data regarding the lower infection rates among children ages 0–9 versus children ages 10–19.

We have put in place a comprehensive return to work protocol for our employees and a comprehensive return to school plan which is published on this page. These plans outline how students and staff will return to campus and how they will engage in distance learning. Below is the current timeline for each level’s return date.

It is important to remember that the situation in the Houston area continues to be fluid. Post Oak will continue to evaluate all plans relative to the health risks to our community.

Young Children’s Community (YCC) and Primary Programs

  • Start date: August 24
  • Program start: All students begin in person as scheduled.
  • Families who are not comfortable sending their children to campus may opt to begin with Distance Learning.
  • As in previous years, the first week of school will follow an orientation schedule, which will be modified to facilitate phasing in groups of children to support teachers in establishing new routines of mask-wearing, hand washing, sanitizing materials. The orientation schedule will be available next week.
  • A third adult has been assigned to each Primary classroom to support teachers in their work with students on campus and at home. (YCC already has this support.) 

Elementary (Grades 1–6)

  • Start date: August 18
  • Program start: All students begin with Distance Learning through September 7. We will plan for the phase-in of students beginning September 8 after the re-evaluation of COVID-19 infection rates. Details will be shared closer to that time.
  • Orientation: We will use the week of August 18–21 for orientation activities including:
    - Laptop distribution
    - Meet-the-teacher
    - Zoom meetingsTraining for students and parents on Google Classroom and Google Sites
    - Daily and weekly schedules
    - Work submission and feedback process
    - Class gatherings

Middle School and High School (Grades 7–12)

  • Start date: August 18
  • Program start: All students begin with Distance Learning through at least September 7. We will plan for phase-in of students beginning September 8 after the re-evaluation of COVID-19 infection rates. Details will be shared closer to that time.
  • Orientation: We will use the week of August 18–21 for orientation activities including:
    - Advisory meetings
    - Google Suites and Power School training
    - Work submission and feedback process
    - Community gatherings

Please join us on Thursday, August 6 for our next Q&A session. There will be separate virtual sessions for lower school and upper school. Click here for more information

  • Museum District Campus (Middle and High School) at 6 p.m.
  • Bissonnet Campus (YCC through Elementary) at 7 p.m.

 

Thank you,

Maura