After shutting down their campuses on March 13th and implementing Distance Learning for current students, Deerfield-Windsor School is thrilled to begin their 2020-2021 academic school year in person. "We are beyond excited for students to return to our classrooms, and most importantly, for our relationships to continue to flourish," Head of School, Allen Lowe, explains. After an in person and memorable graduation ceremony held for the Class of 2020 in May of this year, DWS closed out the school year with a celebration of their seniors and immediately began work to prepare to re-open their doors. "While the environment and new protocols may look different than before, our ability to provide face to face instruction and guidance to our students will be incredibly healthy for them to grow and develop into their full potential in the classroom," says Mr. Lowe. While distance learning in the spring was certainly not the preferred teaching method, Deerfield-Windsor students and faculty were still able to accumulate an 85% AP Course (Advanced Placement) pass rate giving DWS students free college credits. "While we missed the feel of our community in the hallways, our faculty and staff never missed a beat in terms of academic achievement," says Mr. Lowe.
To create an atmosphere of safety, and to preserve the healthiest environment possible, an enormous investment in personal protective equipment for students, faculty and staff was made. Plexiglass, the mitigating of group gatherings, mandatory mask requirements, modified schedules to decrease hallway traffic, locker and lunchroom modifications, routine sanitizing of all areas throughout the day, and the addition of a school nurse dedicated to educating and managing all potential Covid-19 cases, are just some of the more obvious changes. Additionally, DWS recently installed indoor air quality products manufactured by RGF that use technology to kill viruses, mold, and bacteria actively in the air and on surfaces. This technology is effective and has been used in surgical suites and in food process sanitation for years. "Our desire is for parents to feel completely secure in the knowledge that their children are our number one priority, and that we will do everything necessary to protect our students and school community while allowing them to learn the best way children do- in person and in a community that loves and cares for them," shares Lauren Ray, Director of Advancement. Deerfield-Windsor School does also offer a distance learning platform for those desiring to enroll but needing to wait to engage due to extenuating circumstances that may put their households at risk.
For those families seeking a Deerfield-Windsor educational experience, the school is still encouraging and accepting applications for admission. "We have an awesome college preparatory environment that begins in our Pre-K classrooms and ends with 12th graders who are more than prepared to succeed in the college environment and pursue their goals. To create affordability of an excellent education, DWS is proud to offer tuition assistance to qualifying families. If a family is interested in learning more, the admissions office is happy to work with them to help explore possibilities, " explains Jennifer Ricks, Director of Admissions.