Learning during the Pandemic


Tara recognizes that the following are essential for healthy human development in the high school years:

  • • Direct, human-to-human interaction that enables real-time relationships
  • • Participation in the diverse, active world of modern human society
  • • Connection to the rhythms of the natural world and outdoor experiences
  • • Engagement with a wide variety of artistic expressions, in drama, music, visual art, movement and more

We realize our responsibility to continue acting in the interest of public welfare while the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect communities around the globe. As we critically evaluate public health guidance to discern what and how it applies to our specific situation, we will continue to abide by applicable state and local laws and requirements. Within those safety measures and potential legal restrictions, we intend to:

  • •Further enhance air filtration and circulation in all buildings
  • • Require that all persons on campus complete a health screen and that anyone not feeling well stay home (and work individually with teachers to keep up-to-date in classes)
  • • Continue with in-person learning for all students in all grades and for all classes
  • • Create learning environments in which masks are not necessary, even if masking orders resume (outdoor classrooms, for example)
  • • Further innovate our approaches to festivals, performances, trips and experiential learning so that these experiences can still take place safely
  • • Be prepared for testing that may be required for some travel and cultural experiences
  • • Avoid online classes (in case of state-mandated closures) through creative solutions such as guided independent learning through self-directed modules in a variety of subject matter, depending on the time of year.
  • • Potentially put additional safety measures into place (such as testing or masking) at those times when students engage in higher-risk activities (such as singing, traveling or performing indoors).

Tara is striving to balance the health and safety needs of the global community with the individual experiences and learning opportunities that our curriculum offers. We have learned a lot about meeting the needs of the community while prioritizing the healthy mental, physical and emotional development of our students in the learning environment. The spring of 2020 taught us much about how to effectively use online media (as well as when and how to avoid it), and a full 2020-2021 school year of in-person learning allowed us to get creative in order to ensure that all plays, festivals, academic classes and (modified) trips could still take place.


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4180 19th St
Boulder CO 80304

Contact 303-440-4510 office@tarahighschool.org




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