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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Bryn Mawr is monitoring the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) and will be updating this website regularly to share information about the School’s preparations and responses. Please check this page regularly for updates.

Bryn Mawr Updates

List of 15 items.

  • April 1 Letter to Community

    Dear Bryn Mawr Families,

    We’ve officially made it through one week of distance learning. I know it has been a learning experience for all of us—students, teachers and parents alike. I hope you are all doing OK, creating and adjusting to new routines, and maybe even having some fun together.

    I’m writing update you on a few items:

    • Family Feedback: We value your feedback on our first week of distance learning. You should have received a survey by email earlier today. We ask that you complete it by noon on Saturday so that we can learn about your experiences and refine our program as we move forward. The survey should only take about 5 minutes. Please let me know if you didn’t receive it.
    • Distance Learning Policy: Please make sure you’ve reviewed our distance learning policies. While much of this information has been shared by divisions, we have consolidated our policies here: Policy for Student Participation in Distance Learning. This, along with other helpful resources, are always available on our COVID-19 web page.
    • Summer Programs: As of now, Summer at Bryn Mawr camps and Summer Session 2020 academic programs are a go! Please continue to register for these programs knowing that they are fully refundable in the event that we have to cancel due to COVID-19.  For students and families in grades 8-11, we’ll hold a webinar on Summer Session next Thursday, April 7, at 5:30 p.m. Click here to register. More details will be coming from your division this week.
    • Service Opportunities: A number of you have contacted us directly with interest in staying engaged and connected to our local and global communities during this time. Dr. Eric Elton, Director of Community Engagement, compiled a guide to opportunities. Please be in touch with him regarding any additional suggestions or questions.
    I am so appreciative of our community efforts to work and learn together. From what I hear from my colleagues out west, we’ll be working the kinks out for another week or so, and even then our program will continue to evolve. As we go, we will continue to survey regularly and count on you for your feedback! 

    Take care of yourself, and each other.

    Warmly,
     
    Sue Sadler
    Head of School
  • March 25 Letter to Community

    Dear Bryn Mawr Community,

    First and foremost, I hope that this message finds you well and that your family’s first day of distance learning went smoothly. I’ve already heard wonderful stories about how happy our students were to see and connect with classmates, friends and teachers on their computer screens today (along with frequent pets and siblings). 

    I’m writing to inform you of some disappointing, though not unexpected, news. In alignment with Governor Hogan’s press conference today extending closures of Maryland public schools, Bryn Mawr will remain in distance learning at least through Friday, April 24 and campus will remain closed to the public. We will continue to monitor developments and take guidance from the CDC, Department of Health and our own team of medical advisors to prioritize the safety and wellbeing of our school community. We will communicate you regarding any additional changes and continue to update our COVID web page with the latest communications and resources. 

    This process will certainly be a learning experience for all of us and I look forward to seeing our students and faculty rise to this unprecedented challenge with strength, creativity and resilience. We will check in with parents, students, faculty and staff in the coming days to get feedback on the initial days of distance learning so we can respond and improve the experience as we go.

    Thank you for your ongoing support as we face this new reality together. 
      
    Sincerely,
     
    Sue Sadler
    Head of School
  • March 24 Letter to Lower School Families

    Dear Lower School Parents, 

    We hope that you and your families are well and have found ways to enjoy the most unusual spring break! I have been reading, walking my dogs, and playing an intense game of Scrabble with my family. Anne Broadus has completed two of many puzzles and made homemade jam with Meredith. (It’s also been a joy to hear her son playing the piano when we meet by phone or video.)

    We are writing to let you know more details regarding the next two weeks of distance learning for your daughter — or as we call it, Distance Learning Phase 1. As we experience this “new normal,” we will learn and grow, and re-calibrate as we go along. 

    When we left Bryn Mawr for spring break, we anticipated a short-term distance learning curriculum for Lower School; however, as we look to the future of Distance Learning, we believe some of our curriculum and programs will require your daughter to be on a device more often. We realize some of you already have devices for your child to use, but we are encouraging all Lower School families to come to school next week to pick up a school-issued device (iPad for students in K-3 and Chromebook for students in 4 and 5) for Phase 2 of our Distance Learning. We are in the process of preparing devices for home use and planning a scheduled device pick-up by the end of next week, exact day and time to be determined.

    The first day of classes will be tomorrow, Wednesday, March 25. Here’s what you can expect:

    • All posts from teachers will come through your family SeeSaw account. Daily assignments will be posted by 4:00 PM the day before they are to be used. 
    • Your daughter’s homeroom teacher will post every day on SeeSaw with a language arts assignment and a math assignment.
    • Your daughter’s special area teachers will post at least once a week on SeeSaw with assignments in their areas.
    • If there is a link to an assignment and/or enrichment activity (such as a 1st grade teacher reading aloud or a 4th grade link to a News article), that will come through your family SeeSaw account.
    • The goal is to have your daughter actively engaged in learning for four hours each day.
    • Your daughter’s homeroom teacher will reach out to you this week by phone to check in.
    • We will continue to put out the Lower School Thursday Letter each week.
    • As a reminder, please continue to send attendance if your daughter will not be able to complete work due to illness. Send an email to attendance_ls@brynmawrschool.org

    This is a new way of teaching for our faculty. We have been busy reading, learning, and  collaborating on how to make this a valuable experience for your daughter. We have had lots of questions as to how this is going to work, and you are inevitably going to have questions about the process as well. Although we are at home, we are all “at work” and available for you and your daughter. Please feel free to email any of your daughter’s teachers at their Bryn Mawr School email address. You will get a response within 24 hours, if not before. Expect a call in the next few days from your daughter’s homeroom teacher to check in. 

    Your daughter’s Student Learning Report will be available to view online on Friday, March 27. In place of the April 1 Student-Parent-Teacher Conference, you, your daughter, and her homeroom teacher will be touching base “virtually” during the week of March 30-April 3. Your daughter’s homeroom teacher will email you to schedule your new conference time.

    Lower School Counselor Debbie Waranch is also available, as are we. Please feel free to email any of the three of us with questions and/or concerns. Also, please click here to see the Student Support Services tips for Distance Learning.

    We want to reiterate that this is our start-up plan for Distance Learning in the Lower School. We are all new at this, and as we live it, we will adjust as we go. We expect that there will be kinks along the way, so your constructive feedback is welcome. During Phase 1, we are working on plans to increase live student interactions, online responses, and online interactive assignments. We will be back in touch with more details as our plans develop. 

    One of the challenges you may be facing is talking to your children about all that is going on in the world. There are plenty of articles available online with suggestions on how to go about this such as the one found here: What Do We Tell the Kids? It suggests that children need age-appropriate facts about COVID-19 and to understand why many of us are staying home from work and school. They need to know that yes, their lives will be impacted, but that there is, as the article calls it, a “new normal” and that we, the adults in their lives, will help them every step of the way. One of the aspects of this new normal is distance learning.

    In closing, we encourage you to stay home, keep washing your hands, and reach out in safe ways to connect with your family and friends — including all of us at Bryn Mawr. 

    Sincerely, 

    Laurie Vennes and Anne Broadus
  • March 24 Letter to Middle School Families

    Dear Middle School Families,

     
    Welcome back to school! Our faculty is ready to engage with your daughters again starting tomorrow as we begin the fourth quarter, and we look forward to continuing to provide a meaningful learning experience. We’ll just have to be a bit more creative and flexible about how we teach and learn together. And please know, we will be understanding and compassionate as we recognize the challenges that each family will face through these unique circumstances. 

    Most importantly: You do NOT need to become your daughter’s teachers. We’ve got this! And we’ve got YOU!  

    As you know, distance learning begins tomorrow, Wednesday, March 25. Here are some more details about how things will go:
     
    • School hours will continue to be 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Students should strive to do their assignments, assessments, and connect with teachers during those hours. 
    • Students should open their planners and plan to use them as a guide for what work to focus on each day. If they have math scheduled that day, then they should go to their math teacher’s Canvas page to see their assigned work for the day. 
    • We are striving to have students spend approximately four hours per day on learning. If your daughter is spending much more or less than this, please let her advisor or me know.
    • Appropriate dress down attire while on videoconferences, respectful behavior online, and a distraction-free learning area with student attention to deadlines will all be expected. This is where student resourcefulness and self-advocacy will really serve your daughters well!
    • All of our faculty will be making themselves available daily via email to students and regularly via videoconferencing (Google Hangout or Canvas Conference).  Their availability will be posted at the top of each of their Canvas Homepages.
    • Our Counselor, Lisa Warner, and Learning Specialist, Stacey Rubin, will each have regular availability for students, and you may email them at any time as well for advice.
    • Our Advisors will be reaching out via videoconference at least once this week to see your daughter and find out how she is doing with the transition to distance learning.
    • Remember to email attendance_MS@brynmawrschool.org if your daughter is unable to participate in learning on a certain day.  She will be expected to meet assignment and assessment deadlines, unless we hear from you.
    • Remember to email studenthelp@brynmawrschool.org should you experience any issues with technology.
    • Please be aware that when and if we move to synchronous classes (live classes in which students and teacher attend at the same time), these classes may be recorded so that students who are unable to attend may access the classes and/or instruction. We may also begin to use Zoom as a videoconferencing app.
    • And if you’re looking for tips and advice for supporting your child, check out our brief tip sheet.
    I am available anytime via email, and will have virtual office hours for students each week as well. Even if they just want to say “hi” or ask a question, it will be a pleasure to hear from them or you!

    The Macombers are making the best of things by implementing a daily schedule that includes school time, outside time, chores, and a family “Tournament of Champions” in which we will be playing one of our 44 board or card games and recording who wins.  Currently I am in the lead with 37 more games to go! 

    Please stay well, and don’t hesitate to reach out whenever you need us. We will be reaching out to you and your daughters through many forms in the coming weeks and keeping the Bryn Mawr spirit strong.

    Warmly,
     
    Amanda Macomber
    Middle School Director
  • March 24 Letter to Upper School Families

    Dear Upper School Families,

    Welcome back to school! After what was almost certainly the most unusual spring break in memory, we are prepared for our return in an altered format - one that will present opportunities for new ways of learning as well as new challenges. I hope that all of you have been able to read Sue Sadler’s message sent yesterday. It has a great deal of valuable information about what you can expect from Bryn Mawr in the coming weeks as we implement our distance learning program. I’m writing to you today to share information specific to the Upper School in this new - albeit unexpected - adventure. 
     
    • Distance learning for students begins tomorrow, March 25, and students should plan to spend approximately four hours per day on school work - though the work may initially be spread out over a longer stretch of the day than that. For each class, students can anticipate approximately 80 minutes of work every other day. 
    • School hours are 8:00am-4:00pm, Monday-Friday, so all online postings and communication from teachers should happen between those hours. Students may certainly email teachers at other times of day, but will likely receive responses to off-hours communications the next school day. 
    • The third quarter has been extended by a week to April 3 in order to give students and faculty time to adjust to distance learning and to provide time to complete any third quarter assessments in the new format. Grades for the third quarter will be posted by mid-April. 
    • Classes may meet either asynchronously (meaning that students can log in to access school work at any time) or synchronously (meaning that students will be asked to log in at a specific time in order to interact with classmates/instructors in real time). 
    • Between March 25 and April 3, any classes that meet synchronously will happen at the day/time that they would have met according to the on-campus schedule. This is in order to avoid conflicts between classes. Please be aware that synchronous classes may be recorded so that students who are unable to attend may access the classes and/or instruction.
    • With respect to attendance, please continue to report illness or other absences to attendance_US@brynmawrschool.org. It is important that we continue to account for student attendance, even in this online environment. 
    • Your daughter’s advisor(s) will remain in close contact with her throughout the distance learning program. The advisor will also contact you via phone or video conference by the end of this week to check in about the student experience with the transition. 
    • Divisional administrators remain available for families and students in facilitating online classes and continuing the business of Upper School, in such matters as transcript requests, student activities and support, scheduling, etc. Those administrators are: 
                 Nicole Hood, Upper School Director
                 Jason George, Academic Dean
                 Emily Fetting, Dean of Students
                 Jeanette Budzik, 9th Grade Dean
                 Farah Evans, Upper School Counselor 
                 Katy Beck, Upper School Learning Specialist 
                 Courtney Watkins, Interim Director of College Counseling 
                 Barbara Scott, School Nurse 
     
    • You can anticipate more frequent communication and updates from me for the duration of our distance learning program. This message describes our plan for operations through April 3. The Upper School administrative team, in partnership with the school’s leadership, will evaluate these practices and will make changes as needed for any extension of distance learning. 
    On a personal note, I think that most of you know that in addition to my role as Upper School Director, I am also an Upper School parent with both a freshman daughter and a senior daughter. I will be walking this path with you as we navigate our children’s academic progress and social-emotional well-being throughout this experience. There is so much that we don’t know right now about the future. One thing that I do know, however, is that the Bryn Mawr community is strong. And I also know that there is nowhere else that I’d rather be to face both the opportunity and uncertainty of the days ahead. I’m grateful for this work and for this community for my children. 
     
    Best,
    Nicole
  • March 23 Letter to Community

    Dear Bryn Mawr Families,

    I hope you are well, and that you’ve been able to at least enjoy a change of pace during this spring break. I know many of you had last minute changes of plans as travel became more restricted. While I am sure this has been disappointing, I hope you have made the most of the family time. At least Baltimore’s weather has cooperated!
     
    I also hope you’ve been taking the recommendations to “social distance” seriously. I recognize that this is hard, especially with teenagers, but I do believe it’s our best chance at lowering the risk of exposure and spread of illness. It’s been a joy to walk through our neighborhood and see children playing in their yards, riding bicycles and making their own fun, all from the appropriate distance, of course!
     
    I am sure that like me, you’ve also spent a good deal of time wondering what these next weeks will look like. We are certainly in for an adventure as we launch our plans for distance learning. I have been closely following schools who are well ahead of us in this shift, and while I can’t promise many things, I can tell you we are going to learn a lot and will probably modify our plans as we go. I suspect this will be a longer haul than two weeks, and while I truly hope I am wrong, I think we will find that to keep our community as safe as possible, staying physically apart is going to be the right thing to do.
     
    However, we will endeavor to deliver the Bryn Mawr mission in as steady a way as possible. I ask everyone’s patience and partnership as we shift to a very different model of delivering our curriculum, as there will undoubtedly be some kinks along the way, but rest assured that we will continue to provide meaningful learning, even at a distance. Our Bryn Mawr community is more than just a physical place.
     
    Just prior to break, we sent out two weeks’ worth of plans and we will use these as the basis for our distance learning until April 3. What will be added is more contact with teachers and advisors via technology or phone. Faculty have been working to prepare ways to connect with our students and families. Each division will do this a little differently, and you’ll be hearing more from your Division Director tomorrow (Friday for Little School). We are all planning ahead for the next phase of learning, so expect things to be modified as we learn more about what is or isn’t working.
     
    As we embark on this new version of school, for whatever period of time it lasts, we will be in frequent communication and always value your feedback. Here are some things you can expect from us, and what we’ll be hoping for from you! 

    From the School: 

    Frequent communication
    • Weekly message from the Head of School 
    • Weekly divisional newsletters
    • Frequent contact from your student’s homeroom teacher or advisor 
    Continuity of Learning
    • Tuesday, March 24: Professional Day
    • Wednesday, March 25: Commence distance learning
    • At least four hours of online content or independent work per day. This meets the Maryland state requirements for a school day.
    • School “hours” will be Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. No new content for the next day will be published after 4 p.m. Students will know in advance if they are expected to be online synchronously. While teachers and administrators will not be “on demand,” they will regularly check email during these hours. 
    • Teachers and students will interact online, via email, and via videoconference, with specifics determined by age appropriateness, available technology and instructional needs.
    • While this first phase will really be about getting our academics up and running, we will also try some activities to help keep students engaged and occupied. Some of these may be just for fun.
    • We will not try to replicate the entire school day. 
    Support! We are here to help. Here’s who to email for assistance:
    • Divisional Offices: Emailing the Division Director, Assistant Director, or Administrative Assistant in the Little, Lower, Middle, or Upper Schools is always a good place to start if you don’t know who to contact.
    • Advisors/Homeroom Teachers: Good resources if you have concerns about your child’s experience.
    • Classroom teacher: Direct questions about instructions or expectations
    • Information Technology: Contact studenthelp@brynmawrschool.org for any technology issues.
    • School counselors: We are here to help students and families work through any issues they encounter.
    • Learning Specialists: For students on plans or who are temporarily in need of organizational support.
    • Our website directory has specific information and numbers. Remember we also have a specific page for Coronavirus information, including the school’s distance learning plans here.
    • Head of School: Any time!

    And here is what we are hoping for from you:

     
    Communication
    • We expect parents to continue to report absences via the usual divisional attendence email addresses. If a student is unable to participate in distance learning that day due to illness or due to family commitment, please let us know.
    • We expect parents or students to connect with their advisors and homeroom teachers for support or questions.
    • Immediately let us know if you are experiencing any issues. We will do whatever we can to resolve these.
    Technology
    • A device for students to use and WiFi will be essential. Please be in touch if you have concerns or need assistance.
    • Headphones or earphones are highly recommended. 
    • School will provide a device for Lower School students who need one. Plans to distribute will come from the Lower School office in their communication tomorrow morning.
    Support
    • This is new for all of us and we really need your constructive feedback as well as your patience. It’s going to take some time to get into a rhythm. 
    • Students will need adult structure at home, based on their ages and stages of development. I expect this to lessen over time as everyone gets used to a new routine.
    • Creating a dedicated space and time for learning in your family routine will be essential.
    And last but not least, compassion, humor, and flexibility are always helpful words to remember. It’s likely that someone related to our community will become ill, and we want to be sure that our good wishes for their full recovery are our first sentiment. We’ll definitely need a little humor to ease some of the less graceful moments (such as when one of my recent video conference participants' youngest child ran naked through the video- she quipped, “At least it wasn't my husband!”). We will need to work together to accomplish this new remote learning in the best possible way, so flexibility and communication will really be essential.
     
    Some good will come out of this situation, even if it’s only that our children get to enjoy more unstructured time to use their imaginations. I really believe that creative play is a key feature in developing self-management skills for children. Even teens benefit from time to daydream and connect with their inner selves! AND those of us of a certain age are certainly going to get better with technology! We are all going to be able to practice our resilience in the coming weeks.
     
    I have always been an optimist, so I believe that if we stick together, we will come through this as intact as possible. Bryn Mawr is a tight knit community, and we are here to help. As soon as we get this week underway, I will invite you to join me in groups for virtual parent coffees so we can come together for support and fellowship. Thank you for all you will do to help great learning happen at home. We will try to make this as easy and family friendly as possible.
     
    Most importantly, stay healthy and hopeful. We are in this together, and I look forward to seeing how the Bryn Mawr community will rise to this new challenge.
     
    Sincerely,
     
    Sue Sadler
    Head of School
  • March 17 Letter to Alumnae: Bazaar and Alumnae Weekend

    Dear Bryn Mawr Community,

    First, I want to thank you for being part of this strong and steadfast community during the most challenging of times, and for your ongoing commitment to Bryn Mawr. We are writing to update you about the school’s actions taken in response to the COVID-19 global pandemic.

    Campus Closure
    Bryn Mawr is currently closed for spring break through Monday, March 23. Students and faculty will move to distance learning beginning Wednesday, March 25, running at least through Friday, April 3. We made this proactive decision last Thursday after hearing from Governor Larry Hogan, as well as consulting with our medical advisors and talking with more than 100 school heads from across the state. Closing the campus for students is a difficult decision, as we know this significantly disrupts and inconveniences the lives of our families. However, we also know it is our responsibility to do everything possible to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and keep our community and families safe.

    Our faculty and staff are prepared to continue teaching and learning and do all that we can to maintain a sense of community. You can read more about Bryn Mawr’s response, as well as more details about distance learning plans for each division, on our COVID-19 webpage.

    Alumnae Weekend 2020
    In keeping with the CDC’s recent recommendations to limit large gatherings for the next eight weeks, we must postpone Alumnae Weekend, scheduled for May 1-2, 2020. Please see Head of School Sue Sadler’s video message to the community regarding this decision.


    While we are so sorry not to celebrate these reunion classes and welcome all alumnae back to campus this spring, we know this is the best decision to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our community.

    We realize this is especially disappointing for the 0s and 5s classes, whose reunion was also postponed five years ago. We are working on some plans for the fall to celebrate you and connect you with classmates.

    Looking ahead, we will celebrate the reunions of the 0s and 5s, along with the 1s and 6s, during Alumnae Weekend next year. Mark your calendars now for April 30 through May 1, 2021.

    We truly hope to reschedule Gym Drill for later this spring and will share more details as they become available. If you have any questions regarding Alumnae Weekend, please contact Director of Alumnae Engagement Deanna Boyd ’05.

    Here to Help
    If any of you are self-isolating and need help, the Bryn Mawr community is here for you! If you need groceries or supplies, something shipped or mailed, or just a friendly phone call, please reach out to Director of Alumnae Engagement Deanna Boyd ’05 and she will connect you with a Bryn Mawr volunteer.

    Office of Development
    Following spring break, our Development team will operate remotely. As always, our contact information can be found on this page. We thank you for your patience and understanding as we work to process and acknowledge gifts, plan future events, and stay connected with all of you.

    These unsettling times certainly underscore an important element of Bryn Mawr’s mission statement: resilience in the face of ambiguity, complexity and change. Never has this been more critical. I thank all of you for being part of this community and look forward to the day we can all greet each other in person.

    Sincerely,

    Sue Sadler
    Head of School

    Deanna Boyd ’05
    Director of Alumnae Engagement

  • March 12 Letter to Families: School Closure

    Dear Bryn Mawr Community,

    After hearing from Governor Larry Hogan this afternoon regarding Maryland’s first community transmission of COVID-19, as well as consulting with our medical advisors and talking with more than 100 school heads from across the state today, it has become clear that we must take more immediate actions to prioritize the health of our school and community. I want to make it clear that there are no suspected cases of COVID-19 within our school community at this time; however, medical modeling predicts that we will not be immune from the spread. With that in mind, we have made the following proactive decisions:  

    • Bryn Mawr will now be closed for students tomorrow, Friday, March 13.
    • We will shift to distance learning beginning Wednesday, March 25. 
    • At a minimum, distance learning will be in effect through Friday, April 3, at the earliest. 
    • Little School will also be closed starting tomorrow through Friday, April 3, at the earliest. 
    Closing for students is a difficult decision, as I know this significantly disrupts and inconveniences the lives of our families. However, we also know it is our responsibility to do what we can to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and keep our community and families safe. 

    Please review the following items carefully:

    Distance Learning
     
    This week, students have been encouraged to bring home all materials needed to continue their learning remotely. If your student has left anything at school, personnel will be on campus tomorrow morning. Buildings will be open until noon tomorrow.

    You can expect to hear more regarding distance learning on Tuesday, March 24. We recognize that this new format and pace may be challenging for some students. Know that we will work with students — during and after a closure — to make sure that all feel confident in their learning. Please contact your student’s advisor or homeroom teacher for support, guidance, and advice. We are here to help. 

    Travel

    We strongly encourage families to follow CDC and Department of Health guidelines when making decisions to travel. As the situation evolves, we will be communicating policies and protocols for returning to campus following any travel or potential exposure to COVID-19. 

    Athletics and Program Cancelations

    We are suspending all athletics and student events through the distance learning period. We’ve also suspended all international programs and exchanges through the spring, as exchange students and their hosts may face unpredictable circumstances, travel restrictions, challenges returning home, or accessing healthcare while abroad. We will continue to evaluate all international programs to determine how best to proceed and will share any rescheduling updates as soon as they are decided. 

    At this time, other cancellations are:
     
    • Varsity lacrosse team training trip to Orlando, Florida
    • Invest in Girls trip to New York City later this month, due to visiting restrictions at the offices and business locations
    We will evaluate our plans for campus events, large group gatherings, school-sponsored travel, and field trips and announce any changes before we return from the closure. 

    Going Forward

    As we make decisions and face unpredictable circumstances, we are doing our best to model for students an important element of Bryn Mawr’s mission statement: resilience in the face of ambiguity, complexity and change. This is challenging work and we will continue to lean on each other as we prioritize the health, safety and wellbeing of our community. I am grateful for the dedication and focus of our faculty and administration in planning for a smooth transition, as well as supporting students through this unsettling time. 
     
    We will continue to communicate frequently regarding any changes or updates. Remember, our COVID-19 webpage remains the most up-to-date resource for this information.

    In closing, I want to send my gratitude to you and your family for your understanding and patience. We will get through this together. As always, feel free to be in touch if you have questions or concerns. Wishing you and your family a healthy and restful spring break.
     
     
    Sincerely,
     
    Sue Sadler
    Head of School
  • March 11 Letter to Little School Families

    Dear Little School Families,


    With spring break on the horizon, I want to make sure you are aware of our plan to stay connected in case of an extended closure due to COVID-19. While we have every expectation that all students will return to campus as planned on March 24, we are also preparing to provide learning activities and materials if necessary. As of now, Little School is open for Full-Year families over Spring Break.

    In the event of an extended closure, families will be notified through e2campus. You can always go to Bryn Mawr’s COVID-19 web page for up-to-date information and resources. Continued communication will be provided via email by Head of School Sue Sadler, Little School Administrators, and your child’s classroom teachers.

    On the first day of closure, teachers will prepare and email you age-appropriate activities that can be used to keep your child engaged and learning. The lesson plans may contain a theme for the week, songs or poems, suggested books that can be found online, questions for literacy-building, and gross- and fine- motor activities. This Friday, students in Afternoon Rooms 2, 3 and 4, will also bring home a packet of curricular materials to be kept at home and used during the closure. If we are closed, you can expect to hear from your child’s small group teacher mid-week, and Gwen and I will continue to send Friday Updates.

    Please note: At this time, it is very important for you to notify us if your child is sick so we can continue to track the health of our community. We ask that families email us brownme@brynmawrschool.org and nkwanyuog@brynamwrschool.org to report any illness or travel plans while school is open or if we have a closure.
    We are glad that you are part of our Little School family. We all enjoy spending our days with your children and being a part of their growth and development. Little school faculty and staff are always available if you have any questions or concerns.

    Sincerely,

    Megan Brown
    Little School Director
    brownme@brynmawrschool.org
    (410)323-8826
  • March 11 Letter to Lower School Families

    Dear Lower School Parents, 


    We realize that many area schools are closed this Friday, March 13, but Bryn Mawr will be open for a regular day of school. Our faculty and staff have spent considerable time preparing for distance learning and feel ready to go in the event of a closure. Note: Friday will be a dress down day for everyone.

    With spring break on the horizon, I want to make sure you are aware of Bryn Mawr’s plans to continue teaching and learning in the event of an extended closure due to COVID-19.  While we have every expectation that students will return to campus as planned on March 24, we are also preparing for distance learning if necessary. 

    Distance learning is designed to provide continuity and to continue progress towards learning objectives for each grade level. Of course, instruction will take many forms that may look and feel very different than a student’s typical in-class experience. 

    Please review the following information for Lower School families: 
    • In the event of a closure, students should not expect to have class or coursework on the first day. Teachers will use the first day or days of a closure to finalize content for distance learning and will reach out to students and families about distance learning plans. 
    • In the Lower School, distance learning will be administered via the SeeSaw Family app.  All K-5 teachers will be using SeeSaw as means of communication with students via parents for distance learning work. Students are not signing into their personal SeeSaw Class app, as this is for at school use only. This will allow parents to help track assigned and completed work. 
    • You can expect homeroom teachers to post reading, writing and math assignments daily. Special area teachers, such as science, art, physical education and world language, will post assignments to each grade weekly. Fourth and fifth grade assignments may include links to resources such as NewsELA, Google Classrooms, and Kahn Academy, as well work that does not require a computer. Before we leave on spring break, all K-5 students will be bringing home Math in Focus (Book B), writing journals, and other grade-appropriate novels and books. 
    • Teachers will include tips on how you can best support your child in their learning at home. 
    • Should you or your daughter have any questions about assigned work, please contact the teacher directly via Bryn Mawr Gmail. 
    • Continue to check Bryn Mawr’s COVID-19 web page for up to date information and resources. 

    Please note: We ask that families continue to use attendance_ls@brynmawrschool.org to inform the school if your daughter is sick and not completing work that day. This is very important for us to best continue tracking the health of our community. 

    We also ask that you update your contact information on the Bryn Mawr Parent Portal so we can easily get in touch with you via phone and email during distance learning.

    As we navigate through this ever-changing situation, it’s a good time to remind our children (and each other) of our Lower School values: cooperation, integrity, respect, responsibility, mindfulness, compassion, and resilience. Please be in touch with me or your daughter’s classroom teacher with any further questions or concerns. 
     
    Sincerely,
     
    Laurie Vennes
    Lower School Director
  • March 11 Letter to Middle School Families

    Dear Middle School Families,


    With spring break on the horizon, I want to make sure you are aware of Bryn Mawr’s plans to continue teaching and learning in the event of an extended closure due to COVID-19.  While we have every expectation that students will return to campus as planned on March 24, we are also preparing for distance learning if necessary. 

    Distance learning is designed to provide continuity and to make progress towards learning objectives for each grade level. Of course, instruction will take many forms that may look and feel very different than a student’s typical in-class experience. 

    Please review the following information for Middle School families: 
    • In the event of a closure, students should not expect to have class or coursework on the first day. Teachers will use the first day of a closure to finalize content for distance learning and update their Canvas pages accordingly. 
    • In the Middle School, distance learning will be administered via the Canvas Learning Management System that students have been using all year.  All 6th through 8th grade teachers will be using Canvas as the means of communication with students for distance learning work. 
    • Students should expect that academic teachers will post approximately 30-45 minutes of work per class per day. Special area teachers, such as art, physical education and dance, will post approximately 30-60 minutes of total work weekly.  In rare cases we will suspend work in certain classes until school resumes.
    • You should expect your student to be working on school work for approximately 4 hours per day and, unless they are sick, to be meeting deadlines posted for assignments.  Teachers will be assessing student progress through a variety of means in order to ensure content and skill mastery and for students to continue earning grades for the fourth quarter.
    • Teachers will be making themselves available daily for questions via email and via videoconferencing through Canvas.  They will post their availability and means of contact on the homepage of their Canvas courses.
    • Continue to check Bryn Mawr’s COVID-19 web page for up to date information and resources. 

    I met with all students on Tuesday morning to update them on coronavirus, the steps they can take to stay well, and the steps we are taking to keep them well and provide distance learning in the event of a closure. I guided them to start bringing home ALL of their academic materials each day to be prepared for a possible closure.

    Please note: We ask that families continue to use attendance_ms@brynmawrschool.org to inform the school if your daughter is sick and not completing work that day. This is very important for us to best continue tracking the health of our community. 

    We also ask that you update your contact information on the Bryn Mawr Parent Portal so we can easily get in touch with you via phone and email during distance learning.

    As we navigate through this ever-changing situation, we will remind our students about our mission statement: resilience in the face of ambiguity, complexity and change.  I truly believe that this is Bryn Mawr’s chance to shine as we come together to support one another and keep progressing forward in our pursuit of learning! Please be in touch with me if you have any questions or concerns. 
     
    Warmly,
     
     
    Amanda Macomber
    Middle School Director
  • March 11 Letter to Upper School Families

    Dear Upper School Families,

     
    As you likely have heard from your daughter this week, we have been planning and preparing for the possibility of an extended school closure in an effort to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Throughout the week, I’ve been speaking with faculty and students about those plans, about what distance learning might entail, and about upcoming travel plans for spring break - both domestically and abroad. 

    We realize that many area schools are closed this Friday, March 13, but Bryn Mawr will be open for a regular day of school. Our faculty and staff have spent considerable time preparing for distance learning and feel ready to go in the event of a closure. Note: Friday will be a dress down/out of uniform day for everyone.

    Should we move to a distance learning (DL) experience in the weeks after spring break, you and your daughter can expect her classes to continue with a high level of instruction and with the goal of ensuring that her learning progresses, on or off of Bryn Mawr’s campus. You can also anticipate that your daughter’s advisor will be in regular contact with her to check in about her management of the online learning processes and her overall adjustment to working in a distance learning format. 

    Things to consider now: 
    • Please feel free to let your daughter’s advisor know if you have irregular access to the internet during the day. Distance learning practices rely heavily on internet-accessible content and we want to take any challenges in access into consideration for all families. 
    • Please remind your daughter to bring all materials necessary for ongoing schoolwork home before the break (e.g. textbooks, calculators, art supplies). If the school is closed, students will not be permitted on campus just to “get something” left behind. 
    • Encourage any student who is ill to stay at home until she recovers. Many senior students, in particular, are worried about being subject to senior exams due to excessive absences. We are reevaluating those attendance requirements and very much hope that students and families will prioritize their own health and the health of others in making decisions about school attendance. 

    In the event that we move to a distance learning experience:  
    • The first day would likely operate as a “snow day” with few expectations for class meetings or school work. 
    • After the first day, students should expect to spend about four hours a day, Monday through Friday, in-class instruction or doing school work.
    • Teachers may offer course content in either synchronous (students report to class all at the same time) or asynchronous (students work online at their own pace and at a time of their choosing) forms. Should a class meet in a synchronous format, say for a virtual group discussion, the class meeting will happen at the same time that the class would meet during a regular school day at Bryn Mawr. 
    • Teachers will continue to make assignments and post-course information on class Canvas pages and may leverage other technological tools, especially Google Suite applications, in delivering course content. 
    • We are asking that families continue to report school attendance to attendance_US@brynmawrschool.org as usual with any pertinent information about illnesses, appointments, or other valid reasons for school absences. 
    • Families and students can think of and feel free contacting advisors as the point person for questions related to the DL experience. 
    • Divisional administrators remain available for families and students in facilitating online classes and continuing the business of Upper School, in such matters as transcript requests, student activities, and support, scheduling, etc. Those administrators include: 



    Finally, if the school experiences closure in the days or weeks after spring break, you can expect regular emailed communication from both Sue Sadler, Head of School and me as the Upper School Director. I ask that you work with us to stay up to date on your daughter’s school experience and as we make every effort to return to normal on-campus operations. 

    Please feel free to be in touch with me at any time. I’m hoping for good health for you and your families and for a pleasant and restful break for all of us. We are prepared to face any challenge beyond that. 

    Best,
    Nicole Hood
  • March 6 Letter to Community

    Dear Bryn Mawr Community,

    Our administrative team has spent many hours this week monitoring the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation and want to make sure you’re aware of some new developments as they relate to Bryn Mawr. Please carefully review the following: 
     

    Travel

    As spring break approaches, we strongly encourage families to follow the CDC’s travel guidelines. We are asking our employees, students and families who have traveled to a location designated by the CDC as a Level 2 or 3 risk to not come to Bryn Mawr’s campus or attend any school-sponsored events within 14 days of travel. The same policy will apply if you travel to an area that is elevated to a Level 2 or 3 risk within 14 days of returning. Please contact nurse@brynmawrschool.org to report travel, or if you have any questions or concerns. 

    We are actively evaluating Bryn Mawr’s global trips and exchanges, field trips, campus events, athletics and summer programs. As of now, there are no changes to current plans and we will be in touch as the situation evolves. Going forward, we plan to make decisions regarding trips and events by considering CDC and WHO advisories; ease of logistical response in case of an emergency; presence of COVID-19 at a destination; and the overall risk to our community. 


    Campus Health *New Policy*

    On campus, we have increased our cleaning measures and are disinfecting every space, every day. Beginning Monday, we’ll modify food service in the Dining Hall to limit unpackaged, self-serve items like salad bar and pizza slices (don’t worry, pre-packaged salads and served pizza will still be available). We’ve also increased signage and communication to remind the community of healthy hygiene habits and CDC-recommended precautions

    On Monday, March 9, we will begin implementing a new check-in policy for students and employees who have been out of school for two or more days due to illness. Before returning to classrooms or work, we ask that they check in at the Health Center (located in the Howell Building). The Health Center opens at 7:45 every morning. Little School staff will be checking students as they are dropped off in the morning. Students who become ill at school will need to be picked up within one hour. We are able to separate students with symptoms, but can no longer accommodate them for longer periods of time.

    I cannot emphasize enough—please keep sick children at home. As always, students are to remain home from school if they have a temperature of 100.0 or greater and should not return until they have been fever-free for 24 hours without the help of fever-reducing medication.

    Planning for Disruption

    Faculty and staff at all levels are actively preparing to continue teaching and learning in case of a school closure. While we hope this will be unnecessary, please know that we will be ready to continue curricular instruction at all levels. Distance learning would take different forms depending on grade level and subject areas and would likely involve online instruction in the Middle and Upper School divisions. If you have any concerns about your family’s technology resources (e.g. computing devices or internet access) at home, please reach out now to Thanasi Letras, Director of Technology, for assistance. 
     

    New Webpage

    We established a webpage to share up-to-date information about Bryn Mawr’s steps to support the health and wellbeing of our campus community, and we will post to this site any status updates, including any major effects on programs and operations, should they occur. We ask all families to rely on this website as an ongoing resource. New updates will be posted regularly to the website moving forward.

    Contact Information

    Finally, we ask that you take a moment to update your contact information and consider adding a secondary emergency contact on the Parent Portal. Please log into the Parent Portal and click on your name in the top right corner, then go to Profile. 

    We will keep you updated as the situation unfolds, and as we work to ensure the health and safety of our campus and community. Keep washing those hands and sneezing into sleeves and tissues! Should you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me or our school nurse Barbara Scott.


    Sincerely,
     
    Sue Sadler
    Head of School
  • February 26 Letter to Community

    Dear Bryn Mawr Community,

    We are writing to update you on Bryn Mawr’s work and response related to the novel coronavirus that was first detected in December 2019 in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China, now referred to as COVID-19. It has now been detected in 37 locations internationally, including cases in the United States. 
     
    As you may know, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) issued warnings this week about COVID-19 and indicated that they believe the virus is likely to spread in communities in the United States. They urged individuals, schools and communities to begin preparing for potential closings, quarantines and other significant disruptions.

    While we believe the COVID-19 risk is still very low to the Bryn Mawr community right now, we are reviewing and updating our pandemic crisis plan to be sure we are prepared for any disruptions. Additionally, with spring break on the horizon and an increase in travel, we want to make sure you’re aware that we may require families who have traveled to China and other higher risk areas to either undergo a medical exam upon return or to self-quarantine for up to two weeks before returning to Bryn Mawr. If you have concerns or questions, please be in touch with School Nurse Barbara Scott

    As always, we also remind you and your families to continue actions to promote good health such as frequent handwashing, covering coughs and sneezes, getting flu shots, and not sharing utensils, straws or drinks. We encourage you to visit the CDC website for the most updated and thorough information on both COVID-19 and seasonal flu, which poses a far greater risk at this time.

    The health and safety of our community remain our highest priority. As always, we will continue to support our students and families as we monitor the COVID-19 developments and update the community as necessary. 

    Sincerely,
     
    Sue Sadler
    Head of School
     
    Barbara Scott RN
    School Nurse
  • January 28 Letter to Community

    Dear Bryn Mawr Community,

    Some of you have expressed concern about the 2019-nCoV (coronavirus) that first emerged in Wuhan, China and has now spread to other locations, including the United States. We are writing to provide an update as it relates to the Bryn Mawr community. 

    As of now, there are no confirmed cases of coronavirus in Maryland. Our school nurse practitioner is consulting with doctors and epidemiologists at the Maryland State and Baltimore City Departments of Health, in addition to following recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), to ensure we are following best practices to keep our community healthy and safe. 

    While we believe the coronavirus risk is very low to the Bryn Mawr community, we are asking anyone who has traveled to China in the last two weeks not to return to school until they have been cleared by a physician. We are also reminding students and adults to continue actions to promote good health such as frequent handwashing, covering coughs and sneezes, getting flu shots, and not sharing utensils, straws or drinks.

    We are in close contact with our tri-school partners regarding coronavirusAs you may know, a group of Gilman students and faculty participated in a Model UN competition at Yale University this past weekend, where a student from the Chinese delegation tested positive for influenza. Because of the heightened awareness around coronavirus and the origin of his travel, the CDC requested that the student also be tested for 2019-nCoV. In an abundance of caution, the Gilman delegation remained away from school yesterday, but all were medically cleared to return to school today. 

    The health and safety of our community remain our highest priority. As always, we will continue to support our students and families as we monitor the coronavirus developments. We will update the community as necessary. If you have concerns or questions, please be in touch with School Nurse Barbara Scott. 
     

    Sincerely,

    Sue Sadler
    Head of School

    Barbara Scott RN
    School Nurse

Preventing Illness

The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. We strongly encourage families to reference the CDC Travel Information for advisories and recommendations. As a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Unsure about whether you should come to campus? Please use this chart to guide your decision! Contact nurse@brynmawrschool.org with any questions.

New Health Center Policies

  • On Monday, March 9, we will also begin implementing a new check-in policy for students and employees who have been out of school for two or more days due to illness. Before returning to classrooms or work, we ask that they check in at the Health Center (located in the Howell Building). The Health Center opens at 7:45 every morning. Little School staff will be checking students as they are dropped off in the morning.
  • Students who become ill at school will need to be picked up within one hour. We are able to separate students with symptoms, but can no longer accommodate them for longer periods of time.
  • Unsure about whether you should come to campus? Please use this chart to guide your decision! Contact nurse@brynmawrschool.org with any questions.
Last updated 4/1/2020

Event Changes and Cancellations

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If you have any questions or concerns related to Bryn Mawr’s response to COVID-19, please contact nurse@brynmawrschool.org.

Distance Learning

The information below outlines The Bryn Mawr School’s plans for its continued operation when = campus is closed for an extended period of time, just as we are now in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please read details below and review Bryn Mawr’s Policy for Student Participation in Distance Learning.

Here are some expectations regarding distance learning at Bryn Mawr:

  • Students should not expect to have class or coursework on the first day of a school closure. Teachers will use the first day of a closure to finalize content for distance learning and will reach out to students and families about plans.

  • Attendance policies will continue as usual. If a student is ill, we ask that a parent notify the school using the regular attendance protocols for each division.

  • Distance learning instruction may look and feel different from a student’s typical in-class experience. The goal is to provide continuity and to continue progress towards learning objectives in that course, class or grade. Assignments and activities may include readings, independent projects, meetings via video conference, online videos or different games and activities with family members. We will also work with families so that they know how best to support their children in their learning.

  • In some cases students will learn on their own time (i.e. asynchronously); in other cases, classes may meet virtually in real time in order to continue the in-class experience.

  • We expect Middle and Upper School students to log in and check their school email and Canvas every weekday to read the assignments and materials posted by their teachers. Teachers will have daily office hours when they will be online to answer students’ questions via email, chat, or video call. Students will be able to access and submit assignments through Canvas, Google Drive and/or SeeSaw.

  • If necessary, we will use the Google Hangouts platform for video-conferencing. Detailed instructions for using Google Hangouts will be shared if and when they are needed.

  • Teachers will share expectations around grading, assessment, attendance and homework with their students and families for each class or grade level.

  • If you have any concerns about your family’s technology resources (e.g. computing devices or internet access) at home, please reach out now to Thanasi Letras, Director of Technology, for assistance.

IT Support
In the event of a school closure where the distance learning model is in place, technology support is available weekdays from 8am to 4:30pm. Students may email studenthelp@brynmawrschool.org, and a member of the technology department will respond as soon as possible. Parents experiencing issues relating to the Parent Portal may contact portals@brynmawrschool.org.

Student Support Services

The Student Support Services team will continue to provide services and systems that support students’ success and overall wellbeing within a distance learning environment. Our counselors, learning specialists and health personnel will be available for consultation, personalized virtual support and referral services throughout the school day. The team will maintain regular communication with students currently receiving support via Google hangouts and email. Phone consultation will also be utilized on an as needed basis. Here are some distance learning tips from Bryn Mawr's Student Support Services.

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  • April 3 Student Support Tips

    Our Student Support Services team continues to work in supporting Bryn Mawr students. Here are a few useful tips, articles and websites from Student Services to help you in supporting your students from home!
    Health Center “Drop In” Office Hours for Families
    Bryn Mawr’s nurses are here to answer any general questions you may have related to Covid-19 or other general health concerns. Feel free to drop into Health Center office hours. If you have specific questions pertinent to your situation please email them directly to our nurses.

    Date: Friday, April 17
    Time: 12:30pm - 1:30pm
    Zoom URL: https://zoom.us/j/829917068

    Mental Health Tips for Everyone

    Stay Present.
      • Be honest with yourself about how you're doing and feeling today.
      • Learn from what has worked for you.
    Acknowledge and give gratitude for what hasn't changed.
      • What things are the same?
      • What's stayed consistent in your life?
    Actively look outside of yourself.
      • See things from another's perspective (this reminds us we are not alone).
      • What is the experience of others you encounter?

    Helpful Resources

    We’re here to help! Please contact any of our Student Support Services personnel if you have any questions or need any additional information.

    Student Support Services
    Ms. Evans, Director SSS, & US Counselor
    Ms. Beck, Upper School Learning Specialist
    Ms. Warner, Middle School Counselor
    Ms. Rubin, Middle School Learning Specialist
    Ms. Waranch, Lower School Counselor
    Ms. Hanley, Lower School Reading Specialist
    Ms. Scott, School Nurse
    Ms. Robinson, School Nurse


  • March 20 Student Support Tips

    Our Student Support Service Department will continue to provide services and systems that support students’ success and overall well being within a Distance Learning environment. Our Counselors, Learning Specialists and Health Personnel will be readily available for consultation, personalized virtual support and referral services throughout the school day. Our team will continue to maintain regular communication with students currently receiving support, via Google hangouts, and email. Phone consultation will also be utilized on an as needed by our Health Personnel.
    Do's
    • Keep calm and create a schedule to help manage your time.
    • Engage regularly with instructors and faculty for support and directions.
    • Continue your normal morning routine to prepare for instruction and learning.
    • Identify dedicated work space.
    • Eliminate distractions.
    • Allow yourself breaks.
    • Engage in physical activity.
    • Utilize healthy snacks to boost energy.
    • Ask for help as when needed.
    Don'ts
    • Be afraid to speak up and ask questions.
    • Ignore email or avoid communication.
    • Attempt working in an environment intended for rest.
    • Attempt to be anonymous
    • Forget our Bryn Mawr conversation norms (they still apply).
    • Proceed without a plan.
    • Ignore resources provided.
    • Forget to look at your google calendar and canvas pages
    • Forget to take care of yourself

    Resources for Parents to Support Students
    While surrounded by news and discussion of COVID-19 and participating in a new learning opportunity we aim to help you support your daughter's overall social-emotional well-being and her academic success. To help parents better prepare to do this in a quickly evolving landscape we have also included a few tips and resources for you.

    • As appropriate by age, discuss and/or set up a daily routine, including healthy eating and sleeping habits that your daughter can follow.
    • Provide a place and time at home for instruction and homework.
    • As appropriate by age implement/encourage limitations and structure around TV watching, gaming, social media and computer time.
    • Become familiar with Distance Learning resources available to you daughter within her division.
    • Inquire with your daughter about her fears, excitement, and progress.

Distance Learning: Divisional Details

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  • Lower School

    • In the Lower School, distance learning will be administered via the SeeSaw Family app. All K-5 teachers will be using SeeSaw as means of communication with students via parents for distance learning work. Students are not signing into their personal SeeSaw Class app, as this is for at school use only. This will allow parents to help track assigned and completed work.

    • You can expect homeroom teachers to post reading, writing and math assignments daily. Special area teachers, such as science, art, physical education and world language, will post assignments to each grade weekly. Fourth and fifth grade assignments may include links to resources such as NewsELA, Google Classrooms, and Kahn Academy, as well work that does not require a computer.

    • Before we leave on spring break, all K-5 students will be bringing home Math in Focus (Book B), writing journals, and other grade-appropriate novels and books.

    • Tips will be included on how families can best support their child in their learning.

    • We ask that families continue to use attendance_ls@brynmawrschool.org to inform the school if your daughter is sick and not completing work that day.
  • Middle School

    • Distance learning will be administered via the Canvas Learning Management System that students have been using all year. All 6-8 teachers will be using Canvas as means of communication with students for distance learning work.

    • Students should expect that academic teachers will post approximately 30-45 minutes of work per class per day. Special area teachers, such as art, physical education and dance, will post approximately 30-60 minutes of total work weekly. In rare cases we will suspend work in certain classes until school resumes.

    • Teachers will be making themselves available daily for questions via email and via videoconferencing through Canvas. They will post their availability and means of contact on the homepage of their Canvas courses.

    • Advisors will periodically check in with students to offer support and guidance.

    • Synchronous classes may be recorded so that students who are unable to attend may access the classes and/or instruction.

    • Please continue to use attendance_ms@brynmawrschool.org to inform the school if your daughter is sick and not completing work that day.
  • Upper School

    • After the first day, students should expect to spend about four hours per day, Monday through Friday, in class instruction or doing school work.

    • Teachers may offer course content in either synchronous (students report to class all at the same time) or asynchronous (students work online at their own pace and at a time of their choosing). Should a class meet in a synchronous format, say for a virtual group discussion, the class meeting will happen at the same time that the class would meet during a regular school day at Bryn Mawr.

    • Teachers will continue to make assignments and post course information on class Canvas pages and may leverage other technological tools, especially Google Suite applications, in delivering course content.

    • Synchronous classes may be recorded so that students who are unable to attend may access the classes and/or instruction.

    • We are asking that families continue to report school attendance to attendance_US@brynmawrschool.org as usual with any pertinent information about illnesses, appointments, or other valid reasons for school absences.

    College Counseling
    College Counselors will maintain daily office hours and will be accessible via email and phone. We will continue to advocate for seniors with colleges and universities by phone and email as decisions are released. We will continue to work with juniors on researching and building their prospective college lists and will monitor their progress via Naviance.