Responsible Reopening

2020–2021

Responsible Reopening

2020–2021

The Willow School is committed to delivering an exceptional educational experience that is safe for every student and every member of our community. Willow Together is a Connected Learning Model that allows your family to decide if in-person or online instruction is best for your child. Learn more about the principles of this model, how it will work, our protocols to ensure safety and health, and more HERE.

Find out more about how are planning for a responsible reopening on this page.

Our guiding principles as we plan for responsible reopening are our:

Continued commitment

to joyful, virtues-based learning that meets the individual needs of our students and families.

Responsibility

to provide a safe and healthy experience for our students and families.

Care and attention

to foster a sense of belonging for all students.

Support

for our students, families, employees, and community during these challenging times.

Flexibility

to move seamlessly between models as needed.

The Willow Reopening Task Force

Willow has formed a Reopening Task Force to focus on the two main goals of our reopening plans:

  1. Assessing and implementing new health and safety procedures.
  2. Evolving our educational program to fit the needs of modified in-person instruction, intermittent distance learning, and a blended learning model that includes both in-person and virtual instruction options for students.

Willow’s task force will rely on guidelines and recommendations from public health experts, the CDC, state and local government officials, the New Jersey Department of Education, and the New Jersey Association of Independent Schools. The task force will seek input and feedback from Willow’s Board of Trustees, parents, and community members throughout our planning process.

See who is on our task force:
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Willow Reopening Safety Task Force
  • Francisco Ayala
  • Meagan Coy
  • Jim Gast
  • Jay Gaussoin
  • Tasha Odom
  • Lisa VanderVeen
  • Kerri O’Malley
  • Carol Fontaine
  • Denise Touhey
  • Alicia Zurlo
Willow Reopening Education Task Force
  • Francisco Ayala
  • Meagan Coy
  • Jim Gast
  • Jay Gaussoin
  • Tasha Odom
  • Lisa VanderVeen
  • Kerri O’Malley
  • Sarah Miller
  • Sally Zeiner
  • Alicia Zurlo
  • Denise Touhey
Willow Reopening Parent Feedback Committee
  • Francisco Ayala, Head of School
  • Meagan Coy, Assistant Head of School
  • Lisa Vanderveen, Director of Admissions
  • Kerri O’Malley, Director of Marketing & Communications
  • Sandra Jesina & Inderpal Bhandari
  • Katherine Campagna
  • Stephanie Catalli
  • Sarah Cox
  • Andi Dickens
  • Jackie Glass-LoFaro
  • Veronica Westberg & Gregory Hill 
  • Adam Kalkin
  • Todd Malosh
  • Elizabeth & Zac Pessin
  • Sara Sorenson

Creating the best program for every scenario

 

We cannot yet know what September will look like in this constantly evolving situation. While we are committed to providing as much in-person instruction for students as possible, we are first and foremost committed to delivering an exceptional Willow education no matter what. Our Reopening Task Force is planning for different scenarios, based on our area’s stage of reopening. We will be ready to pivot, as needed, to meet any circumstance this fall. Visit our Willow Together page to read our current plans!

Continued Distance Learning

(STAGES 0 & 1)

Building on and refining our distance learning program established in the spring, teaching and learning will be delivered remotely through a combination of daily synchronous (live) instruction and asynchronous (accessible anytime) activities.

Hybrid Learning

(STAGES 2 & 3)

Combine classroom and online education, allowing children to choose to attend class in-person or opt to attend online. Implement social distancing and other safety requirements in the classroom. This is our current plan! Read more here.

Return to Full
In-Person Instruction

(STAGE 4: New Normal)

All students, faculty, and staff return to classrooms, updating our educational model and safety procedures with new best practices as applicable. Possible continuation of distance learning option as needed by the Willow community.

Connecting with you

 

As our plans take shape through the summer and relevant guidelines are updated, we are committed to sharing our process and planning with you. We will be updating this site often over the coming weeks, and you will be receiving regular update emails from the Willow Reopening Task Force. We have also planned two Town Hall meetings where we will share our evolving thinking on what reopening will look like this fall. We invite all families to attend these virtual meetings. Watch our first Town Hall here!

 

Town Hall Meeting

July 29, 2020 • 5 p.m.

*Current families will receive an email with a link to attend the meetings. If you are not currently enrolled, email our Director of Enrollment Management, Lisa VanderVeen, below!

Town Hall Meeting

August 19, 2020 • 5 p.m.

*Current families will receive an email with a link to attend the meetings. If you are not currently enrolled, email our Director of Enrollment Management, Lisa VanderVeen, below!

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