Tara recognizes that the following are essential for healthy human development in the high school years:
- • Student-student and student-teacher relationships
- • Understanding and connecting to the world of modern human society
- • Wide variety of experiences of art, culture, humanity, and nature.
As such, we intend to provide (and reinvent, when necessary) the full Tara experience, as much as possible within health and safety guidelines and requirements, during the 2020/21 school year. Our plans are continuously evolving, as information and conditions change, but generally include:
- In-person, on-campus learning (except in case of executive stay-at-home orders)
- • Increased awareness of responsible health and safety procedures
- • Adapting school spaces to allow physically-distanced grade levels (stable cohorts of students) on campus for academic and other classes (except in case of executive stay-at-home orders)
- • Avoiding online classes with creative solutions to potential campus closures, such as guided independent learning through self-directed modules (like workshops or online arts and practical skills electives) for English and main lessons and immersive experiences during flex weeks for other classes.
- • Innovative approaches to festivals, performances, trips and experiential education with preparatory quarantining/testing, outdoor wilderness-based backup itineraries and livestreamed events, so that we can continue to fulfill Tara’s vision while meeting safety requirements
Please see the 7/27 community meeting slide deck
for more details about Tara’s current plans for 2020/21. And check out the distance learning page
to read about Tara’s innovative approach to teaching last spring!