2020-2021 School Year
The measure of the strength of a community is how we rise and take on the moments that challenge us. Each time we think we have reached our capacity, we remember who we are.
We are Perkiomen.
We work hard.
We solve through living.
And then we ask what’s next.
Our approach to the 2020-2021 academic year will be no different.
We are proud to announce our flexible plan for a return to instruction:
a solution for meeting each student’s goals, built for each student’s situation.
We will continue to deliver the high-quality, personalized Perkiomen education we all value, while prioritizing the health and safety of our students and employees. We recognize that there are many forces outside of our control, however we are committed to taking steps forward with confidence in our resilience and leadership.
Our 4-point plan for returning to campus demonstrates our strong commitment to our students and their families.
Flexibility to engage on campus and everywhere in between
- On Campus
- Online transitioning to On Campus
- On Campus transitioning to Online
- Families make their choice for their situation.
- Options for students to begin the year at home, and return to campus when they are able.
- An increased number of terms in one academic year creates built-in pivot points, if a transition is needed.
- If necessary, students can remain on campus during scheduled school breaks to reduce travel.
Safety and balance for healthy bodies, minds, and community
- Perkiomen’s health and safety plan has been developed, reviewed, and approved by the Infection Control Specialist at St. Luke’s Quakertown | Upper Bucks campus.
- Decisions are made with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Pennsylvania Department of Education, and the Montgomery County Department of Health.
- We are working closely with the National Association of Independent Schools, Association of Delaware Valley Independent Schools, The Association of Boarding Schools, and The Student and Exchange Visitor Program.
- A revised daily schedule slows the pace of the day to incorporate safety measures like proper hand washing, cleaning, sanitizing, and social distancing.
- Breaks between classes provide safety in campus hallways and reduces computer/device fatigue for remote learners.
Leveraging new circumstances to continue to deliver our signature innovative education
- Three classes per term delivers high-quality, focused education where students continue to take a deep dive into topics that interest them.
- Class periods do not rotate during terms, providing continuity for remote learners throughout each term.
- Two conferencing periods per day encourage either one-on-one faculty assistance or space for AP course review, Learning Center classes, institute work, or academic support.
- Evening classes provide an additional flexible learning option.
- Open air classrooms combined with technology access points will allow for campus events and classes to be live-streamed.
- The hallmarks of Perkiomen student life – advisory, leadership clubs and activities, Purple & Gold Games, and after school arts and athletics will be accessible for both on campus and online learners.
- Valuable lessons learned from Virtual Perkiomen will be integrated into Perkiomen Resolved.
- What health and safety measures will be put in place on campus?
- What types of face coverings are recommended?
- Will students need to quarantine before returning to campus?
- What is the difference between quarantine and isolation?
- How will campus arrival/registration work?
- Will students be tested for COVID-19?
- What is the first step if a student becomes ill?
- What communication will happen if there is a confirmed COVID-19 case on campus?
- How will you communicate a shift in instructional model or a campus closure?
- Where will boarding students go if they become ill, or there is a campus closure?
- What if a student cannot return to campus in the fall?
- Can students resume in-person instruction on campus when they are able?
- Is there a change in the Dress Code?
- Will students be able to take the SAT or ACT on campus?
- What modifications are being made to the athletics program?
- What modifications are being made to the arts program?
- How does the revised schedule affect The Learning Center?
- How does the revised schedule affect English as a Second Language courses?
- Will there be exams?
- Are guests permitted on campus?
- What are the guidelines for musical instrument use?