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Fostering a safe learning environment for students, families, faculty and staff.

The Antioch School is committed to balancing the safety of our students, families, faculty and staff with our collective desire to have in-person school in September, if community conditions are conducive to doing that safely. With that as our goal, we have been working on our schooling plan. We have crafted this plan based on many factors, including guidance from local, state and national health recommendations, family feedback to our survey, and the values that always inform the educational decisions at our school. The survey was especially informative, and there were many topics where there was a consensus from our community – the desire for in-person school, daily temperature checks, hand-washing with safe soap, limiting of adults in the building, and maximizing the time your children spend outdoors.

The Antioch School has many advantages when it comes to maintaining a safe learning environment during the pandemic. For starters, we are a small school with small class sizes. Typical student enrollment is less than 60 students spanning Nursery (3 1/2 year olds) through the Older Group (up to 6th grade equivalent). The fewer number of students means less individuals available for contact, which means a safer environment.

Antioch School students also spend a significant amount of time outside every day. We also have outdoor classrooms that are used year round - even in winter! Outdoor learning has been an intricate part of the school since its inception. We know how to do it and do it well. Outdoor learning isn't an add-on to the curriculum because of COVID-19, it is one of the core principles of the Antioch School.

The school building itself has some advantages. Each classroom has direct access to the outside, so students can arrive/leave without ever having to go through crowded hallways. The classrooms also have tall ceilings and lots of windows - that actually open. In warmer weather it is possible to get cross ventilation throughout the school through strategic opening of those windows.

Antioch School Safety Plan for 2020-2021

Assessing Symptoms

  • Students will enter their classroom every morning through their room’s external door on the tire swing side of the building, and have their temperature checked with a no-touch thermometer by their teacher. Any adults who enter the building will have their temperature checked as well.
  • We ask that parents monitor their children, keep them home, and see their primary care physician if they exhibit the following symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Fever of 100.4 F or higher.
  • Cough, shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing.
  • Any other symptoms (headache, GI issues, sore throat, chills, loss of taste or smell) along with an epidemiological link to a case of COVID-19.
  • Our infectious disease policy of informing the school of your child’s health and absence will continue to apply, with one small addition. We also ask that families let us know if their child has tested positive for COVID-19, or has come into contact with anyone who has tested positive.

Quick Contact

If you have questions, would like more information or to schedule a school visit, please use the form below or call  9 3 7 . 7 6 7 . 7 6 4 2.   Our address is 1160 Corry Street, P.O.Box 242, Yellow Springs, Ohio 45387.