In order to shorten exposure during flu season, the fall semester will end in-person classes earlier than usual. Classes will begin at the end of August and students will return home on December 3, with classes continuing online until December 17. Classes will resume online on January 10, when international students return to the country. In-person classes begin on January 24. The calendar is subject to change based on changing conditions.
King’s Academy had already designed a new schedule model for the year 2020/2021, and it is well suited for a socially distanced setting.
Each student will have three to four classes a day depending on his/her course load selection, with each class lasting 75 minutes. Breaks between classes range between 15 to 45 minutes to allow smooth transition between classes and to reduce crowding and congestion.
Each student will have four classes a day, with each class lasting 60 minutes. Transition between classes will be minimal to ensure physical and social distancing. Furthermore, free play and lunch will be arranged in such a way to minimize the numbers of students in one location.
The majority of courses offered at King’s have a class size of fewer than 15 students. Local epidemiology officials have reviewed our plans and have affirmed that King’s Academy classrooms have ample space and sufficiently small class sizes to allow for appropriate social distancing. To further provide for student and teacher safety, desks in classrooms will be separated by six feet (or Ministry of Education standards), science lab benches will have plexiglass dividers installed, and classroom density will be minimized by removing furniture. Touched surfaces in classrooms will be cleaned after each class.
In the Middle School, students will move less frequently between classrooms, and they will use separate entrances and exits to the building. Furthermore, floors will be clearly marked to direct pedestrian traffic.
We are fortunate to have an amazing campus spread over 575 dunums (144 acres). This will allow use of outdoor space for classes, too.
Local epidemiology officials recommend outdoor instruction as another avenue for ensuring proper social distancing and ventilation. King’s Academy’s spacious lawns and Jordan’s glorious fall weather make an excellent setting for holding outdoor classes and meetings. Extra sunshades will be set up, under which courses may be held in our signature red Adirondack chairs. The open setting also enables additional pedagogical opportunities across our 575 dunum (144 acre) campus.
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