Masters Reentry

The Masters School's reentry plans prioritize the health and safety of our diverse community in an approach that is flexible, nimble and responsive to family needs.
The novel coronavirus pandemic has forced The Masters School, like schools around the world, to adapt to new and rapidly changing conditions. Our administration and reentry task forces have been working on a comprehensive strategy for resuming instruction this fall.

Because of the continued spread of the virus, The Masters School will start its first month of the academic year remotely while observing the impact of reopening campuses in other parts of the United States and our region. We will phase into in-person instruction as soon as we deem it safe to do so.

Our plan strives to mitigate and manage health risks, while still providing a valuable learning experience that is deep and meaningful for all of our students.

Please know that this plan is subject to change as new information becomes available or new actions are taken. As always, we are happy to answer any questions; please contact reentry@mastersny.org.

Guiding Principles

List of 6 items.

  • Health and Safety

    We will place the health and safety of the community at the center of our plans and decisions.
  • Data and Trends

    Our decisions will be data informed, adhere to medical and scientific guidance and consider the unique aspects of the School community.
  • Mission Alignment

    Our mission will be at the heart of every decision. We will consider the needs of our diverse community and our mission “to be a power for good in the world.”
  • Continuity of Learning

    Whether in person, remote or within a hybrid model, we are committed to delivering an academic program that leads to deep, transformational and joyful learning.
  • Community Engagement

    Despite the challenges and restrictions presented by the current times, we will provide ample opportunities to safely engage as a community.
  • Timely and Transparent Communication

    We will continue to communicate regularly and transparently about the School’s plans and the considerations behind our decisions.

Remote Learning Plans

Our 2020–21 academic year will begin on Tuesday, September 8, with remote instruction, and we are committed to delivering a strong academic experience despite the current challenges. Below you will find our Remote Learning Plans by division.

Criteria for Resuming In-Person Instruction

In-person instruction is our preferred method of education, and we will return to that model once we feel it is safe to do so. After an observation period in September, The Masters School’s decision to resume in-person instruction will be informed by, but not limited to federal, state and local guidance and will be contingent on the level of success of school reopenings in our area. This decision will also be made in consultation with our Health Advisory Team. In addition, our decision will be based on:
 
  • Assurance that the number of COVID-19 cases in Westchester County has not increased for 14 days straight after reopening schools and leading up to our in-person opening date
  • Input from local health authorities, experts and our health advisory team
  • Review of the status of the virus in the Masters community to ensure that there is no significant local rise in new COVID-19 cases
  • Assurance that the community abides by the social compact and general health practices 
 
We will communicate a decision on in-person reopening by Wednesday, September 30. For regularly updated virus activity in our state and county, visit the New York State Department of Health COVID-19 Tracker.

Educational Models

Extended Remote Learning

Continuity of learning is one of our guiding principles. We understand the need to be nimble in the event of an abrupt campus closure, and we need to be prepared to accommodate students who are unable to return to school or whose families’ preference is to keep them home. Hence, The Masters School will offer yearlong remote instruction as an option that will be available under all scenarios and not only during campus closures — whether we are operating in person or under a hybrid model.

Under the extended remote learning model, middle and upper school students who will continue learning remotely when in-person classes resume may join on-campus classes via a remote connection in the classroom. Upper school students will have the option to participate in Masters Remote Academy, a program with fully remote sections tailored to the needs of long-time, online learners.

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