Because Nashville has returned to Phase 2 of the Roadmap for Reopening Nashville, locker cleanouts have been postponed. Students & families should not enter school buildings. Faculty & staff should continue to work from home.
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Following the news of Nashville's return to Phase 2 of the Roadmap for Reopening Nashville, Director Vince Durnan shared the following letter with K-12 families, faculty & staff. Locker cleanouts have been postponed, and campus has again closed its doors.
Visit usn.org/summer for the full listing of K-12 offerings and to register at a nominal fee. It includes some programming around the Black Lives Matter movement, and additional curricula will be added in the weeks ahead.
Read on for faculty & staff summer plans to prepare for the next academic year. Expect to continue to receive regular email updates, read about future protocols on a safe return to Edgehill Avenue, and learn about virtual summer programming in the coming weeks. Please aid us by responding to surveys and participating in Coffee with the Director on Tuesdays.
On what was originally scheduled to be the last day of school, students and their families may drive through University School of Nashville parking lots to return school devices, library books, and other items. The schedule for Thursday, May 21 is as follows:
Kindergarten in the 21st Avenue garage & lot from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Grade 1 in the 21st Avenue garage from 11 to 11:45 a.m.
Grade 2 in the 21st Avenue garage & lot 12 to 12:45 p.m.
Grade 3 in the 21st Avenue garage & lot 1 to 1:45 p.m.
Grade 4 in the 21st Avenue garage & lot 2 to 2:45 p.m.
Grades 5 & 6 in the 19th Avenue lot from 3 to 4 p.m.
Grades 7 & 8 in the 19th Avenue lot from 4 to 5 p.m.
Given Nashville's extended Safer at Home Order and USN landing in phase three of the city's resumption of activity plan, USN Summer Camps will not take place on campus in June. We are considering virtual summer offerings instead and continue to prepare for the months ahead.
The first day of the 2020-2021 academic year is Tuesday, August 18, and USN will share the plan for safely returning to school in mid-July. School administrators are considering three scenarios: remote learning, on-campus learning with significant social-distancing protocols, and a hybrid of the two. Join Director Vince Durnan on 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays for Coffee with the Director to stay abreast of this evolving conversation with Division Heads.
Given current CDC and Metro Nashville Public Health Department guidelines limiting the size of gatherings and recommending social distancing, many school events may look different this school year. The Middle School musical has been rescheduled for December. USNA will not host a Fall Fest or Fall Book Frenzy in 2020, and Artclectic will most likely be a virtual art show. Monitor this webpage and read the USN Newsletter for updates on other back-to-school events like orientations, the kindergarten parent dinner, and the Popsicle Party.
Families will receive a prorated credit for lunches and/or milk plans for days students are not on campus. These credits will be posted to TADS after in-person classes resume. The Business Office will ensure each account has the correct balance and credits by the end of the fiscal school year.
Families who use fixed billing will be issued a prorated credit for the time After-School is not in session. Enrichment classes also will be prorated and credited back to students’ accounts. Credits will be calculated and posted to TADS after in-person classes are back in session. The Business Office will ensure each account has the correct balance and credits by the end of the fiscal school year.
On February 11, 2020 the World Health Organization announced an official name for the disease that is causing the 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak, first identified in Wuhan China. The new name of this disease is coronavirus disease 2019, abbreviated as COVID-19. In COVID-19, ‘CO’ stands for ‘corona,’ ‘VI’ for ‘virus,’ and ‘D’ for disease. COVID-19 is a new disease, caused by a novel (or new) coronavirus that has not previously been seen in humans.
There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19 infection. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, the CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
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.
These are everyday habits that can help prevent the spread of several viruses. Source: CDC
If anyone does not feel well, staying home is the expected course of action. Those who believe they may have been exposed to or infected with coronavirus should seek medical care right away. Call a clinic, your physician’s office, or an emergency room to let them know about recent travel and symptoms. USN families and faculty also should inform their respective divisional offices or department heads. Additional Instructions: CDC