OPENING WEEKS OF SCHOOL

 

At this time, Harpeth Hall plans to begin the 2020-2021 school year on Wednesday, August 19 with a low-density Hybrid Learning Model assuming government guidelines will allow schools to be in session.  

A hybrid approach to course delivery combines face-to-face classroom instruction and online learning into one cohesive experience. The Hybrid Learning Model lowers the student density on campus and allows for more physical distancing. 

Fifth graders will attend school on campus every day and students in grades 6-12 will be divided into two cohorts - Gray and Green - that will follow a Gray/Green schedule through September 4. This approach allows approximately half of the students (Gray Cohort) to be in class sessions on campus, while the other half (Green Cohort) completes assigned studies at home. The following day, the Green Cohort students will attend classes on campus, while the Gray Cohort will complete assigned studies at home. Siblings will be placed in the same cohort. The students’ remote work plans are designed to be completed asynchronously without access to the teacher. When a student is studying at home, for example, she will not be expected to Zoom into a class. She will participate in the class the next day on campus. 

The first three days of school, August 19 - 21, will be half-days. On August 19, students will be grouped by grade. On August 20 and 21, students will be grouped by cohort.

August 13 | Thursday

9 - 10:30 a.m. 
NEW 10th - 12th Grade Student Orientation on campus 

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
NEW 10th - 12th Grade Student Laptop Distribution on campus

6:30 p.m
9th Grade Parent Meeting via Zoom

August 14 | Friday

9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
9th Grade Student Retreat on campus

August 16 | Sunday

2 - 3 p.m.
NEW 6th Grade Student Orientation on campus

3 - 4 p.m.
NEW 8th Grade Student Orientation on campus

August 17 | Monday

8 a.m - 12 p.m.
RETURNING 9th Grade Student Laptop Distribution and Technology Orientation on campus
Students will come to the front entrance of the Library at an assigned time and in one-hour increments..

8:30 - 11:45 a.m.
5th Grade Student Orientation on campus 
Orientation will be one hour in length and staggered in four groups, two Advisory Groups at a time. Specifics about the groupings will be shared by the end of July.

10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
12th Grade Student College Workshop on campus 
College Counselors will communicate specific details to the seniors closer to the date.

1 - 3:15 p.m.
NEW 9th Grade Student Laptop Distribution and Technology Orientation on campus 
Students will come to the front entrance of the Library at an assigned time.  

1 - 3 p.m.
NEW 7th Grade Student Orientation on campus 
Orientation will be one hour in length and staggered in two groups from 1 - 2 p.m. and 2 - 3 p.m. Groups will be notified closer to the date. 

6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
5th Grade Parent Meeting via Zoom 

August 18 | Tuesday

Middle School Book Dropoff Day for Returning Students on campus
Returning students have the option to drop books in their lockers that day before classes start. The day will be organized in a staggered schedule to ensure the safety of all students and manage the number of students in the pod areas at any given time. Each block will be 15 minutes long. Parents will not come in with students. Returning 6th graders will have a block of time between 8:15 -11:30 a.m. Returning 7th graders will have a block of time between 12:30 - 2:15 p.m.  The specific schedule for each student will be shared in the coming weeks.

8 a.m. - 12 p.m.
8th Grade Student Laptop Distribution and Technology Orientation on campus 
Students will come at an assigned time and in one-hour increments. This will be coordinated with their book dropoff time. 

8 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
10th - 12th Grade Leadership Retreat for Elected Student in the Upper School via Zoom

August 19 | Wednesday

First Half-Day of School
Students will either attend a half-day session in the morning or the afternoon. The opening day is organized by grade to support a lower density model and allow students to begin the school year as a full class.

8 - 11 a.m.
5th, 8th, 9th, and 10th Grades

12 - 3 p.m.
6th, 7th, 11th, and 12th Grades

August 20 | Thursday

Half-Day
8 -11 a.m.

Gray Cohort attends 40-minute classes ABCD

12 - 3 p.m.
Green Cohort attends 40-minute classes ABCD

August 21 | Friday

Half-Day
8 - 11 a.m.

Gray Cohort attends 40-minute classes EFG + Advisory

12 - 3 p.m.
Green Cohort attends 40-minute classes EFG + Advisory

August 24 - September 4

Following Labor Day

If it is safe to do so, we will end the Gray/Green schedule and begin a regular schedule with safety and health precautions in place and allowances for those who need to remain at home. We will, however, continue to follow the city guidelines and may continue Gray/Green scheduling or transition to our Distance Learning Model should the need arise. We will continue to keep families updated on these decisions.