|The risk of transmission (low, medium, high) depends on:||Low||Medium||High|
|if the San Diego County rolling 14 day average of positive tests is:||Flat or falling||Flat or rising||Rising|
|or the number of San Diego County triggers outside acceptable ranges is:||Zero||1-2||2 or more|
|or whether there is evidence of transmission within the Bishop’s community:||No||No||Yes|
|When the transmission risk level is||Low||Medium||High|
|Our teaching and learning modality will be:||In-Person||Blended||Distance Learning|
|Which means that these groups will be on campus:||The maximum number of students possible. Ideally all are on campus. All employees may work on campus. Visitors are permitted.||Cohorts of students (grades 6-8 or 9-12, for example) will take turns coming to campus. Employees who can effectively telework should do so. Visitors are restricted.||Essential employees only on campus. No students or visitors.|
Letter from the Head of School
I hope this note finds you and your family healthy and well. Throughout the year, wellness has been an important priority for The Bishop’s School.
We are now in the unexpected situation where COVID-19 presents clear risks for physical well-being. We have all been instructed to stay home and to only leave when it is essential to do so. There are blessings to being together—more family meals, game nights, spontaneous conversations and many creative ideas too long to list here.
However, the social distancing protocol we are all following presents some less visible but no less real psychological and emotional challenges. Externally-imposed isolation is hard, and for a number of reasons isolation with adolescents presents unique difficulties.
One of my favorite authors on adolescents is psychologist and school counselor Lisa Damour. Her book “Untangled” is the single best book I have read on the development of young girls. Linked below is a brief article she wrote for the New York Times recently on parenting teenagers, and recognizing and helping them manage their emotions. I hope you find it as helpful as I did.
Resources and School News
Messages for Families
Please note: We will not be sending a weekly newsletter over spring break. Enjoy your time off!
Message from the Academic Dean
This is day five of online school -- wow! Overall, we’ve heard a lot of positive feedback about classes. We’re aware that in some cases there may be adjustments needed to the pacing, type and amount of work being done during and outside of class, and we’re in the process of working with teachers on this. Our teachers have had to make many changes to their expectations and lesson plans in a very short time, and they’re still tinkering and figuring things out -- while also learning new technologies and attending to their homes and families. Student feedback is the best way for teachers to learn; it’s more important than ever that students provide direct feedback to teachers about what’s working well and what needs adjustment. Thank you for your support and understanding. Enjoy your spring break!
Message from the School Nurse
I hope you’re all doing well. I miss seeing your faces so much! This is just a quick reminder to continue to practice vigilant handwashing and strict social distancing during our upcoming spring break. Each and every one of you is important to us, and we want to make sure you stay healthy, and we all continue to do our collective part to help flatten the curve.
I enjoyed this fun video about social distancing, I hope it makes you smile!
Information for Eighth Grade Families: Upper School Curriculum
In lieu of the presentations about the upper school curriculum and ninth grade course requests that were scheduled for eighth grade students and parents, we have three items to share. The first is a screencast which is based on the second item, a four-year course planner, which you can download and customize for yourself. Please note that while it’s not required that you fill out a course planner, it can be very helpful to do so. The third item is the slide deck which would have been shared at the parent meeting; it’s a summary of the information that you can find in the 2020-2021 Curriculum Guide. The Curriculum Guide includes course descriptions, in addition to information about academic policies.
Welcome to Bishop’s new Wednesday e-newsletter! While we’re all working and learning from home, we hope to provide helpful information and resources - and maybe even a little fun - for members of our community.
The Bishop’s Marketing Team
Local COVID-19 Update
As you may have seen, county health officials informed the San Diego Unified School District that a person linked to schools in the La Jolla area (Bird Rock Elementary, La Jolla Elementary and La Jolla High) has tested positive for the virus. Read more here.
In light of this news, we hope families will continue to practice social distancing, which includes avoiding gatherings and keeping at least six feet from others, which are the most effective ways to prevent community spread of the COVID-19 virus. This means that students should be discouraged from gathering socially, which would undermine campus closure efforts and could further contribute to community spread.
Academic & School Updates
The Bishop’s School Online Netiquette
We want Bishop’s to be a community where people are first, where we look in each other’s eyes and greet each other, where we are fully present to each other - even when we cannot be together in person. Our online netiquette policy is designed to support that effort, allowing all community members to engage thoughtfully with one another in our online platforms.
P.E. and Service Learning Requirements
Spirit Week Next Week!
Regular spirit dress rules apply; if not in spirit dress, please wear a uniform top.
Want to win a Better Buzz gift card? DM photos to @the_bishops_school Instagram of you participating in Spirit Week every day, and you’ll be entered to win!