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Guiding Principles of the Return to Learn Plan

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Guiding Principles of the Return to Learn Plan

These broad principles have guided the information outlined in this Return To Learn Plan, and are rooted in the premise that the greatest immediate strength of The Fay School is its robust and motivated community of parents, teachers and staff who share a common goal of delivering the best possible educational experience in a safe environment for everyone. By working together, showing grace, staying patient, and remaining flexible, we can achieve these goals. 

Guiding Principles of the Return to Learn Plan

Educational Purpose

The Fay School exists to provide a unique education and leadership development program through emotional intelligence for children in as safe and secure an environment as possible. While the school’s policies aim to protect the health of all persons on campus, the school’s primary function is its educational purpose, and thus Fay cannot be expected to take on the role of government, health/primary care agency, or family decision maker.

Minimize Risk of Transmission

At present, it is not possible to completely eliminate the risk of COVID-19 infection on campus. The school can and will, however, take reasonable and extensive steps to minimize the risk of transmission, while ensuring that educational objectives are still met to the maximum degree. For anyone returning to campus, that means that some degree of risk will remain, despite all pains taken to minimize the spread of COVID-19. We understand and respect that every family will make its own decision whether to opt for Online Learning or to return to In-person learning, when appropriate.

Protocols to protect the health of our students, staff, and families

The highly disruptive nature of this pandemic will require the adoption of new social norms in response. These new norms will at times affect students’ learning experiences. When looked at in isolation of the many other important dimensions of children’s educational wellbeing, such as socialization with peers, teamwork, spontaneity, and the necessity for empathy from adults, for example, the protocols being adopted to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 have at least some potential to detract from optimal educational programming.  We have thus sought to keep the educational objectives of the school in mind when implementing sensible and robust protocols to protect the health of our students, Fay employees, and families.