ONE|SMH Hybrid (Yellow)
Begins: September 14
The ONE|SMH Hybrid (Yellow) Phase will begin with Cohort Pilot Testing for Lower School students September 10, which allows for on-campus classes plus an option for continued learning from home. Middle and Upper School students will resume their Virtual Phase schedule on Wednesday, September 9.
When we can return to campus, we have developed schedules that allow for physical distancing, reduced density in classrooms and during lunch, and extra transition time between periods.
SMH faculty have studied the best approaches to hybrid teaching and learning: in-person instruction; synchronous instruction for those who cannot be on campus but can engage the academic schedule remotely in real-time; and asynchronous instruction for those who will need to engage learning remotely but will not be able to access the live classes synchronously.
In the Hybrid Phase, the arts will continue to be a part of the Lower, Middle, and Upper School curriculum. Fine arts classes, productions, and exhibitions will include safety measures such as:
- socially distanced classrooms and studios
- personalized supply kits
- disinfecting shared equipment
- moving select classes to nontraditional venues
- adjusting schedules as needed
- streaming all performances
- hosting digital exhibitions
For detailed information on the safety measures and schedules for a specific discipline, click "Learn More" on its icon below.
This information is subject to change. For more information, contact Director of Fine Arts Bethany Bohall at firstname.lastname@example.org
As we return to campus, we will begin athletics workouts as allowed by Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools (TAPPS) and Metro Health School Risk Level guidelines. The Athletic Department will continue to monitor local and state guidelines, as well as meet with other area athletic directors to stay up to date with the latest information regarding the safe return of athletics.
Head coaches will work in conjunction with our Athletic Training Department to ensure we are appropriately managing the progression of workouts and practices for the safety of our student-athletes. We will remain flexible and agile and look forward to the opportunity for athletics teams to safely return to interscholastic competition.
Physical education coaches are excited and ready to welcome students back to campus. We will use outdoor spaces for PE activities as the weather allows. Limited equipment, if any, will be used; equipment will not be shared and will be cleaned and disinfected prior to its next use. The coaches will continue to share information with students to improve their overall health and wellness beyond physical activity.
Nurturing students’ mental health and wellness is as important to their overall success as academic achievement. Both the coronavirus pandemic and a recent public focus on long-standing racial injustice have undoubtedly affected student well-being. Consequently, we will assess and support students socially, spiritually, physically, mentally, and emotionally throughout the school year, whether learning is taking place on or off campus.
We plan to survey our Middle and Upper School students intermittently to better understand their emotional needs and will use that data to inform our wellness efforts. Lower School Counselor Susan Moore-Sickmann will have weekly guidance classes to support student well-being and will be available for individual consultations with students or parents. Middle and Upper School Counselors Leslie Palmer and Liz Clark will be available to students by appointment and will continue to lead advising efforts.
Director of Wellness Sandra Lopez-Morales, Ph.D., will lead the Saint Mary’s Hall Task Force on Equity and will continue working with a team to examine school climate and implement change to address equity and inclusion on campus. She will also continue to spearhead wellness offerings throughout campus and will be available for consultation by appointment.