The overarching goal of State College Friends School's response to the COVID-19 pandemic is to reduce risk to students and staff as much as possible while not only conducting school in person as long as it is safe to do so, but also creating the best learning environment for our students, faculty, and staff possible.
Our pandemic planning approach for the 2021-2022 school year is based on scientific evidence about how the virus spreads in adults and children, national and state-level recommendations, and the learnings and experiences from ourselves and the many school districts that held in-person school last year. For pandemic-related policies, we have weighed the risk to community members along the spectrum of implementing specific policies versus the risk of not implementing them, while weighing the benefits and burdens to stakeholders.
The 2021-22 school year marks the second fall in which SCFS will open school during the COVID-19 pandemic and calls for the second edition of our Pandemic Handbook. We trust that this Handbook will be a guiding resource for our entire school community as we navigate our way together through this year. We are so thankful for our community’s resourcefulness, flexibility, caring, and diligence. It is these qualities that have given us the success we shared last year and it will be these qualities that lead us forward this year. We strive to make sure we are all learning to our potential, helping those around us, and staying safe.
SCFS Priorities in Pandemic Planning
- The well-being of students, families, faculty, and staff
- Continuity of learning and quality of progressive Quaker teaching
- Clear communication and connection within the SCFS community