Oldfields Reopen/Stay Open Plan for 2020-2021
Our top priority is the health and safety of our community. Safety comes in many forms, from physical health to emotional wellness. Oldfields is closely following guidance from the CDC, as well as local and national health departments to continually update guidelines and recommendations for remaining open for in-person learning. We welcomed students to campus on August 22, and have had no cases of COVID-19 in our Oldfields community.
Oldfields' Ideal Environment
Our beautiful 140-acre campus is ideally located in Maryland’s scenic horse country, which means lots of safe space for activities on campus or in surrounding parks, trails, and waterways.
Spacious Academic Buildings
Our large classrooms combined with our small class sizes (average of 7 this year) allow for physical distancing during classes and as our students move about their day.
As a boarding school with the majority of faculty and staff living on campus, we have many trusted adults and caregivers—including 2 full-time nurses.
Flexible Academic Options
While in-person learning is the goal, we know circumstances may dictate remote learning for some or all community members at certain points in time. We are ready to deliver the Oldfields experience near or far.
Leaders in Healthcare
World-renowned healthcare providers and advisors are in our own back yard, including Johns Hopkins Hospital and the University of Maryland. In addition, the Maryland State Health Department is leading the way in COVID-19 testing and tracing.
HEALTH AND SAFETY
The health and safety of our community is our top priority. Oldfields School will follow public health guidance from the CDC and the Maryland Department of Health and local health agencies. It is our responsibility to take the utmost precautions for our individual protection, as well as for the collective safety of our community. We have established procedures to mitigate the risk of an outbreak on campus while also continuing to deliver the Oldfields experience for all our students.
|Faculty, staff, and students participate in ongoing training on preventative practices and protocols.|
|All community members were required to present proof of a negative COVID-19 test before returning to campus at the start of the school year. Testing continues when appropriate.|
All community members must complete a daily wellness screening.
|Masks must be worn at all times while in buildings, common areas, hallways, classrooms, and outside when in groups.|
COMMUNITY / RESIDENTIAL LIFE
Our close-knit community makes us a family, and this campus is our home. We will continue to focus on each girl’s success in and out of the classroom. Even as public health guidelines necessitate some adaptations to our day-to-day operations, we are fortunate that our 140-acre campus and small student body provide numerous options and advantages in adapting to new guidelines.
|We operated as a “closed campus” from August 22 through September 30. Our close-knit community got even closer! In October we began off-campus, school-sponsored trips and began scheduled in-person family visits on campus.|
|Dining services have been reimagined. We continue to have meals together, but in smaller groups and at staggered times while following health and safety protocols. We dine outside as often as possible!|
|Students have access to robust weekend and after-school activities, including off-campus trips that meet our health and safety criteria (hiking, canoeing, etc.).|
|Day students and faculty will do daily wellness checks and undergo screening upon arrival to campus. Partial-year boarding is being offered as an option for day students.|
As an intentionally small school, Oldfields is able to maintain an engaging academic experience while still meeting health and wellness guidelines. Our 5:1 student to teacher ratio and spacious campus allow us to welcome students back for in-person instruction with an updated daily schedule that closely resembles our previous schedule. Enhanced health and safety protocols will be new this year, but classes at Oldfields will continue to be personalized, challenging, and engaging learning environments that are taught by dedicated and experienced faculty.
|On-campus learning with in-person instruction is our goal. Our flexible hybrid learning models allow seamless transitions from in-person learning to remote and back as needed for the school as a whole or for individual students on a week-to-week basis.|
|International students participate remotely, using new technology to join the in-person class.|
|Small class sizes and spacious classrooms will allow for social distancing. Faculty utilize outdoor spaces as much as possible.|
|Adjustments to our daily schedule help keep things simple, safe, and successful.|
It’s different, but we are successfully facing the challenges of this new school year as we have faced them in our 154 years past, with Courage, Humility, and Largeness of Heart.