Since mid-March, The Winston School of Del Mar, where a wide range of academic, social and emotional needs support services are available for students in grades 6-12, has been successfully implementing distance learning. By engaging our students and equipping our teachers and staff with practical learning strategies and specialized programming, our students and staff have continued to work hard and strive towards success during this unprecedented time in our school history.
Following our initial success with having small groups of students on campus since September 14, we are happy to announce that we will be executing our blended learning, in-person cohort system starting October 12, allowing students to come back to campus in supervised small group settings. Head of School, Dr. Dena Harris, stated: “By limiting cohort sizes, restricting cohort mixing, maintaining proper physical distancing, staff and student testing, masking, cleaning and other safety measures, we believe that we can create a framework of success and safety for our students and staff.”
She continues, “Throughout the summer, we have made many campus modifications to allow us the flexibility to spread out and take advantage of our open-campus setting utilizing both indoor and outdoor spaces. Our goal is to minimize movement, reduce high-touch surfaces, and move our learning spaces outside as much as possible.”
“Enrollment continues to climb as frustrated parents are looking for robust learning solutions for students with learning disabilities who are particularly vulnerable during COVID-19 when so many support services have been negatively impacted or marginalized,” stated Harris.
While routine and structure are so important to our students, we welcome ways to continue celebrating our Winston School traditions like Spirit Month. Throughout October, students will have opportunities to participate in fun activities and events which allow us to stay connected even though we are apart.