Post Oak Plans 2020–2021

This page was updated 7-31-2020.

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.

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Partnership

Mitigating the risk of the spread of the virus and maintaining a safe environment inside the school relies on all of us to do our part outside of school. Our partnership with you has never been more critical as we navigate a global pandemic.

We implore all of you to follow the health and safety guidelines as laid out by health professionals worldwide:

  • Restrict your family’s exposure to large crowds.
  • Practice physical distancing and wear a mask in public.
  • Teach your children the importance of thorough hand washing.
  • Do not bring students to campus if they have been exposed to anyone who has COVID-19 or is exhibiting symptoms.
  • Take the school’s self-screening protocol seriously.
  • Be patient at arrivals when we are checking temperatures and allowing for entry at a safe distance between students.
  • Follow CDC recommendations regarding travel and self-quarantine when returning from travel.
  • Report any information to the school that will assist us in maintaining a safe environment.
  • Be flexible—our plans may change as the situation with the virus changes.
  • Look for updates to this plan on the website regularly and read the Friday Post e-newsletter.

At a Glance

Post Oak Re-entry Plan

Health, Safety, & Emotional Wellbeing

“Teach by teaching, not by correcting.” These words of Maria Montessori remind us that developing a new practice takes direct teaching, repetition, and reinforcement. The first and most important lessons your student will receive will be how to do their part to contribute to a safe environment. At Post Oak, we also know that emotional wellbeing—a sense of connection, safety, and security—is as important for learning as physical safety.

Long before the recent return-to-school statement by the American Academy of Pediatrics, we have been prioritizing the return to in-person learning because we know that students can be at their best when they feel a sense of security, closeness, and community with peers and teachers. However, if we need to begin remotely or spend time this year in distance learning, we are planning ways to create that same sense of community when our connection may be through a computer screen. Now more than ever, we will be attending to the emotional needs of students and faculty so that everyone can be at their best.

Health & Safety Practices

Facilities Safety

Elementary students in summer school wore masks and worked while distanced.


Learning Scenarios

In-person Learning
Hybrid Learning
Distance Learning

Learning Scenarios by Division

Each of the following sections will provide programmatic information for both in-person and at-home students. The at-home (Distance Learning) programs will remain largely the same whether a few students are learning from home or all students are learning from home.

Preparing for Interruptions

What Happens When Someone Gets Sick

A primary exposure is defined as any individual who has had close contact (within 6 feet of the individual for more than 15 minutes) with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 or is suspected of having COVID-19. A primary exposure will require an entire cohort to transition to distance learning. Each individual YCC, Primary, Lower Elementary, and Upper Elementary classroom is its own cohort. Middle School is its own cohort. High school is its own cohort. A secondary exposure is defined as all others who enter the school.

Technology

Reference the individual levels above for specific information.

  • Laptops will be available for Elementary through Middle School for students to take home during distance learning. 
  • The High School has a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program. In preparation for the school year, it is required that each student in the High School have a laptop with wifi capability. See the Parent Portal for complete information.

Students show artwork in after-school class

Programs

After School Enrichment Programs (ASEP)

In-person After School Enrichment Program (ASEP) classes will be canceled until further notice. We are identifying online ASEP options and will communicate with families in the coming weeks what may be available. Check back soon for updates.

Bearkats Athletics Program

The Athletic Department has not received guidance on middle or high school athletics this fall from our league (TCSAAL). However, the Athletic Department will work closely with TCSAAL to ensure our community and students are safe. More information on this will be forthcoming.

Community Events

Post Oak events and meetings will, to the degree possible, be hosted virtually instead of in-person. In the event that virtual conversations would not be effective, some smaller gatherings might occur, provided that all the appropriate distancing, cleaning, sanitizing, disinfecting, and hygiene measures are in place. The event or meeting will follow current guidelines in the number of participants and physically distanced space. The meeting/event size may not exceed the number of individuals who can be safely distanced as many feet apart as the current guidelines recommend. Any meeting/event that typically involves a reception-style or “mingling” component will be reimagined, postponed, or canceled.

All class orientation events at the beginning of the year will be virtual.

All-school events such as our annual POPA Dinner and Family Fun Day are canceled. Planning committees are working on alternate community-building events for the year. Updates and information about level-specific events will be distributed by division directors during the year.

Our 2021 Biennial Gala fundraiser will be postponed to the spring of 2022. Gala Chairs Amy Kirchner and Jessica Matos have happily agreed to continue on in this role for 2022. Brainstorming sessions are being held to create an alternate spring fundraising event for the upcoming year.

teacher and student at the end-of-year parade

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