Next week, CA will begin sharing specific details about these reopening plans directly with students, families, faculty, and staff, and on the Healthy Concord website, where an extensive set of related FAQs will also be posted and updated regularly.
The decision to reopen CA follows the invaluable feedback from students and families about all-remote learning, the substantive work of the Safe Return to Concord Academy (SRCA) advisory committee and its sub-committees, the success of current in-person campus activities, and critically important input from faculty and staff. It also follows strides in facilities changes for safe operation, the arrangements for testing that CA has put in place, and the status of Concord-area virus management thus far.
As noted in the announcement, CA’s plans are being designed not only to open CA for in-person learning, but also to have the best chance to stay open. The plans are contingent on the state of the pandemic, most notably continued confidence that CA can operate safely. CA’s reopening plans will also account for developments that could necessitate a return to all-remote learning.
Since the start of academic classes for remote learning on September 2, CA has followed a new academic schedule called Short Terms at Concord, or STACs, a modular-style program that allows deep engagement with a few subjects at a time.
Additional information and specific plans will be made available in the days and weeks ahead. The CA community is also encouraged to send thoughts and questions about CA’s reopening plans to firstname.lastname@example.org.