COVID-19 Coronavirus Updates

One of our core values at TCS is care and respect for others. With this in mind, our campus closed to students, all student activities, and community events on March 16, 2020 to protect and care for both our TCS community and for our greater Atlanta community. School is still in session, but it looks and feels different than on-campus learning. 

 

Our founder, Lila McDill, knew that play is essential and curiosity is innate when she started the school back in 1970 to show our city’s families and other schools that it was possible to do school differently; in fact, it was better. 

 

Almost fifty years later, we find ourselves at the same point that Lila did, and we are doing school differently again. Our values of care, connection, and community and our emphasis on engaged learning remain core to the remote learning philosophy and experience. TCS is again transforming and serving as beacons of clarity in this brave new world. 

Remote Learning at TCS
While remote learning can never completely replicate on-campus learning, TCS teachers and administrators have carefully crafted a plan that prioritizes care, connection and community. From morning meetings to teacher-student check-ins to live math, reading and writing lessons, teachers continue to care for our students’ minds AND hearts even while we’re physically separated.

Remote Learning Platforms

We are using these platforms to implement remote learning:

  • Google Hangouts: Parents and students can connect with teachers and each other using Google Hangouts. Hangouts can be used for a variety of purposes, including teachers checking in with individual students as needed, small group work, and social connection.
  • Google Suite of Apps: We use email communication with parents and Google Docs and Google Sheets for content creation and scheduling.
  • PowerSchool Learning (PSL): Early Learning teachers use PowerSchool Learning to post assignments and communicate in the “Remote Learning” section of their classroom page
  • Seesaw: Teachers in kindergarten through grade 5 use Seesaw to post assignments, worksheets, videos and activities. Students can post their assignments here and receive feedback from teachers and classmates.
  • Google Classroom: Sixth through eighth grades use Google Classroom for assignment posting and management and communication. Parents can continue to access assignments and projects through their child’s login information.

Parent Resources 

Weekly Division Check-ins
Parents are encouraged to attend weekly video chats with either Director of Lower School Melissa Scott and Director of Student Life and Inclusion Morgan Darby (age 3 – grade 3) or Assistant Head for Academics and Director of Upper School Allen Broyles and Director of Student Life and High School Counseling Erin Joyner to talk about what is on your mind, to ask questions, and to learn from and support each other. Check your weekly division email from Melissa or Allen for dates, times and links to sessions.

Counseling Support
TCS is here to support you and your children during the campus closure. Here are some ways we are providing support while we’re away from school.

  • Parent ConsultationTCS Counselor Natalie Grubbs is available via email (natalieg@tcsatl.org) or virtually to respond to questions or concerns you may have regarding your children and to provide resources. Click here for more information.
  • Individual Student Support – Natalie is also available to check in with students who need brief, solution-focused support in dealing with a challenge or concern they are having. Click here to set up a one-on-one meeting with Natalie and your child.
  • Blog posts – Natalie has written several blog posts to help parents and students during this turbulent time:

Parent Perspective
Hear from TCS parents as they navigate remote learning and give tips for maximizing family time and finding connections while physically distancing.

Nurturing Connection and Reaffirming our Family’s TCS Why
Reflections on the New Normal & Moments That Matter
Enjoying Family and Finding New Passions During Physical Distancing
Gratitude for Engaged Learning and Connection
Staying Connected to Community While Remote Learning

Lower School (Age 3 – Grade 3) Remote Learning Updates
March 20, 2020 – Lower School Remote Learning: Week #1 Update
March 27, 2020 – Lower School Remote Learning: Week #2 Update
April 3, 2020 – Upper and Lower School Remote Learning Update
April 17, 2020 – Lower School Remote Learning: Week #4 Update
April 24, 2020 – Lower School Remote Learning: Week #5 Update
April 30, 2020 – Lower School Remote Learning: Week #6 Update
May 8, 2020 – Upper and Lower School Remote Learning: Week #7 Update

Upper School (Grades 4 – 8) Remote Learning Update
March 20, 2020 – Upper School Remote Learning: Week #1 Update
March 27, 2020 – Upper School Remote Learning: Week #2 Update
April 3, 2020 – Upper and Lower School Remote Learning Update
April 17, 2020 – Upper School Remote Learning: Week #4 Update
April 24, 2020 – Upper School Remote Learning: Week #5 Update
April 30, 2020 – Upper School Remote Learning: Week #6 Update
May 8, 2020 – Upper and Lower School Remote Learning: Week #7 Update

School-wide Communications
Feb. 28, 2020 – Monitoring the COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
March 3, 2020 – COVID-19 Coronavirus Update
March 8, 2020 – Please Read for an Important COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update
March 12, 2020 – COVID-19 Campus Closure
March 24, 2020 – COVID-19 Update: Campus Closed Through April 13
March 31, 2020 – COVID-19 Update: Campus Closed Through April 24 + FREE Virtual Spring Break Camp
April 2, 2020 – COVID-19 Update: Remote Learning Through the End of the School Year
April 14, 2020 – COVID-19 Update: The Next Six Weeks
April 21, 2020 – COVID-19 Update: End-of-Year Events and an Update from the Board
May 15, 2020 – 2020 – 21 Planning

How to Talk to Your Kids About COVID-19

It is our utmost desire to foster a sense of normalcy and continuity for our students. Since students take their emotional cues from the adults, we encourage you to monitor your child’s engagement and help them understand what they are seeing and hearing to avoid anxiety. Being prepared is not a cause for panic or alarm.

Here are articles that might be helpful in talking to your children about the coronavirus outbreak: